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CenturyLink, Inc. has announced the Hickory winner of the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers & Technology grant. The program, which has been offered since 2008, awards grants to schools in CenturyLink’s local service areas on behalf of teachers who have developed specific plans to innovatively implement technology in their classroom.

Hickory High School was awarded $5,000 to support the “Implementation of Computer-Based Instructional Support into Math I Courses” program. Teacher Melissa Sharpe submitted the project. The program utilizes Chromebooks to integrate the web-based program, “Assessment & Learning in Knowledge Spaces” (ALEKS) into the high school Math I curriculum to allow for flexible instruction and to elevate student achievement and learning experience.

More than 48 teachers in western North Carolina, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia, applied for grants. Six winners were selected by a review committee comprised of community members from western North Carolina and Tennessee and a CenturyLink representative. The winning teachers’ schools each received a grant to be used by the teachers to purchase technology to benefit students in the classroom.

Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating the theft of trailer tires and wheels from trailers parked at TRT Trailer Sales at 3302 Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton.

Employees reported the theft early Monday morning (May 12) when they arrived for work and discovered the missing items. Detectives say it appeared that someone cut a trail through the woods near the business and carried the tires and wheels to a waiting vehicle on Gaston Hillside Road.

A total of 18 wheels and tires valued at approximately $850 were taken. The thieves also caused $225 in damage to a trailer fender.

Detectives believe the incident occurred sometime between 1 p.m. Saturday (May 10) and seven o’clock Monday morning.

Anyone with information should contact the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln Co. Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. A Crime Stoppers tip that leads to an arrest could result in a reward of up to $1,000. Callers may remain anonymous.

Southern Biscuit Flour was named the official sponsor of the International Biscuit Festival Baking Contest in Knoxville, Tennessee, to be held on May 17. The contest is the highlight of the afternoon’s events at the International Biscuit Festival.

The 12 finalists will bake their recipes using Southern Biscuit Flour live on the baking stage in downtown Knoxville from noon until 4 p.m. on the 17th. Contestants from Seattle to Maryland will participate.

Southern Biscuit Flour and other products are produced at Renwood Mills on North Brady Avenue in Newton. Renwood Mills is a small batch, authentic southern mill that has been grinding wheat and corn from nearby farms into flour and cornmeal for more than 75 years.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 11:31

HCAM Chooses its Prom Queen & King

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Two seniors were recently crowned as the King and Queen for Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High School's 2014 Prom. The HCAM prom, which included dinner and dancing, was held at Market on Main.

Abigail Acosta was crowned as Prom Queen. She is studying Advertising & Graphic Design. Daniel Martinez was crowned as Prom King. He is studying in the Culinary Academy.

High Country Crime Stoppers and the Appalachian State University (ASU) Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in solving a case involving an alleged assault that occurred during the early morning hours Saturday, May 10.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. Saturday on Hill Street near the John Thomas building. A female non-student reported that she was assaulted by an unknown white male. The victim said she was struck in the back of head, causing her to fall face first onto the pavement. The victim suffered several injuries and was transported by Watauga Medics to the Watauga Medical Center emergency room.

The suspect is described as a white male with blond hair and a crew cut.

Anyone with information regarding the assault should call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the ASU Police Department at 828-262-2150. All information will be kept confidential. Information leading to an arrest could result in a cash reward.

26-year-old Adrian Jamar Wells is wanted by Hickory Police on outstanding warrants for felony possession of cocaine, first-degree burglary, possession of stolen goods or property and resisting a public officer.  Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Adrian Jamar Wells should contact Sgt. Jeff Medley of H.P.D.’s Street Crimes Interdiction Unit at 828-261-2645 or call the Communications Center at 828-328-5551.

30-year-old Steven Dwayne Rhoney of Della Lane in Newton was taken into custody by Newton Police early Monday morning (May 12) on warrants for discharging a firearm in the city limits and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.  

At 10:45 p.m. Sunday (May 11), Newton Police responded to a report of shots fired in the area of 927 Della Lane.  Upon arrival, Officers canvassed the area but were unable to locate a suspect.  As the result of repeated calls for “shots fired” in the same area during the past year, Officers remained in the area to investigate.  

At approximately 11:37, Officers heard shots.  Officers witnessed a male suspect standing on the back deck of the Della Lane residence discharging a firearm.  Officers identified themselves and attempted to get the suspect to surrender.  The suspect ran back into his house and would not respond to Officers’ commands.  

Arrest warrants and an involuntary commitment order were issued.  At 12:30 a.m., the Catawba County STAR Team and the Catawba County Negotiators Team were called in.  Several attempts to make contact with the subject were unsuccessful.  

At 5:15 a.m., the STAR Team entered the residence and took Rhoney into custody.  He was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center by Newton Police for evaluation.  Also arrested was 25-year-old Leah Faith Bridges Rhoney of the same address.  She was charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.  

Leah Rhoney was placed in the Catawba County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.  She has since been released.  Steven Rhoney will appear in District Court on June 9.  Leah Rhoney has an appearance set for June 23.

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19-year-old Vince Njoku of Woodstock, Georgia, drowned yesterday (Monday, May 12) in Lake Hickory. Mr. Njoku was a computer science major and a freshman football player at Lenoir-Rhyne University. He lived in Isenhour Hall on the Lenoir-Rhyne campus.

The incident occurred at Geitner Park in Hickory. According to published reports, Njoku was with friends when he jumped off a rock into the lake at approximately 5:20 p.m. Witnesses say he jumped feet first and was not flailing. Witnesses saw bubbles, but Njoku did not resurface. At least one other person in the group was in the water at the time.

About an hour after responding to the scene, rescue workers recovered Mr. Njoku’s body in 13 feet of water.

Water temperatures were said to be about 74 or 75 degrees. Police do not suspect drugs or alcohol to be a factor.

Hickory Police are investigating, though Mr. Njoku’s death is believed to have been an accident. No plans for an autopsy had been announced as of 9 a.m. today.

Monday, 12 May 2014 17:55

Hickory Man Faces Meth Charge in Caldwell

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45-year-old Mark Henkel Cline of Teakwood Road in Hickory was arrested by Hudson Police Friday (May 9) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. He was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $10,000, secured. No court date is currently listed.

40-year-old Jerry Fillden Shupe II of Cindi Lane in Claremont was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (May 11) for misdemeanor larceny and felony possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises. He was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $33,500, secured. No court date is currently listed.