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Friday, 19 September 2014 11:34

Hickory Man Convicted for Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle

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The District Attorney’s Office announces the conviction of Ronald William Deal, 34, of Hickory, NC, for (F) Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle and Habitual Felon status this week in Catawba County Criminal Superior Court.

The defendant was sentenced to no less than 100 months and no more than 132 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction.

The crime occurred in August 2013 in the City of Conover.  Officers with the Conover Police Department were conducting a driver’s license checkpoint on the Exit 132 ramp on Interstate 40 when the defendant abandoned a stolen motor vehicle he was driving upon his approach to the checkpoint. Investigators were able to determine the identity of the defendant through interviews and a search of the vehicle.

Sgt. Bart Lowdermilk of the Conover Police Department handled the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Brenda Brewer prosecuted the case. The Honorable Timothy S. Kincaid presided over the conviction and Mr. Deal will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction for processing.

Friday, 19 September 2014 11:26

Hickory Man Convicted for Assault

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The District Attorney’s Office announces the conviction of Jerome Shaw, Jr, 33, of Hickory, NC, for (F) Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury and (M) Assault on a Female after a two day trial in Catawba County Criminal Superior Court this week.

The jury deliberated for approximately 20 minutes prior to returning the verdicts of guilty as charged. The defendant was sentenced to no less than 38 months and no more than 58 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction.

The domestic assault occurred in October 2012 in the City of Hickory. Injuries sustained by the victim as a result of the assault included a cut to the hand, facial swelling and bruised ribs. Brian Ollis from the Hickory Police Department handled the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Brenda Brewer prosecuted the case. The Honorable Timothy S. Kincaid presided over the trial and Mr. Shaw will be returned to the Division of Adult Correction.

Mr. Shaw was previously convicted of (F) Financial Transaction Card Forgery and (F) Identity Theft in Mecklenburg County in January 2012. As a result of a probation violation related to those charges he previously received an active sentence of no less than 27 months and no more than 33 months in the Division of Adult Correction. The sentence received this week will be served at the expiration of the sentence he is now serving.

Friday, 19 September 2014 07:23

Autopsy Confirms Maggie Daniels was Strangled

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The autopsy report of the murdered Discovery High School guidance counselor Maggie Daniels show that Daniels was strangled, which confirms the Newton Police Department's report.

The autopsy was conducted June 30 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, but at that time Newton Police only said that her death was being investigated as a homicide, but never reported what her injuries were until much later.

Curly black hair found under Daniels' fingertips, among other items led investigators to Sharmon Odom.

Odom's DNA matched the hair that was found on Daniels, and 5 weeks after Daniels was murdered, Odom was arrested in Winston-Salem.  

About two weeks ago, it was determined that this is a capital case, and Odom's next court date is October 6th.  Odom is charged with murder, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree sexual assault.

Friday, 19 September 2014 07:12

1 Killed in I-40 Construction Zone Crash

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I-40 Westbound near highway 18 was closed this morning after a deadly crash at exit 105.

That area has been under construction for almost 2 years, and it's a major traffic exchange area for people in Morganton.

At about 2 am, a pickup truck drove through that construction area, through the cones, and hit three workers.

Troopers say one of those workers died on the way to the hospital.  The other two workers were rushed to Grace Hospital.  No update on their conditions is available, and no names have been released yet. 

According to reports, Troopers said that the driver of the pickup was not injured, and he has not been charged.

Troopers also said they will take this case to the district attorney.

Automotive supplier now taking applications, looking to fill various positions from now to 2018

WHAT: GKN Driveline, who last week broke ground on its Newton, N.C., facility expansion in Catawba County, will hold a job fair seeking more than 200 qualified applicants to fill positions by the end of 2018.

**Those interested in positions at the Newton facility MUST register and sign up at www.ncworks.gov in order to attend this event.

**You can also apply online for current openings at www.gkn.com/driveline/careers.
GKN Driveline Newton currently employs more than 700 people, supporting machining and assembly of high precision products for demanding AWD applications.
WHERE: NC Works Hickory/Newton Local Office
3301 Hwy 70 SE
Newton, NC 28658

WHEN: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

CONTACT: Company Contact
Lori Petrelecan, Manager Marketing Communications, Americas
Tel: + 248 303 4991
Email: Lori.petrelecan@gkndriveline.com

GKN plc is a global engineering group – our technologies and products are at the heart of vehicles and aircraft produced by the world’s leading manufacturers. GKN operates four divisions: GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy, GKN Aerospace and GKN Land Systems. Approximately 50,000 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. We harness our considerable technology and manufacturing resources to supply the highest quality systems, structures, components and services. For more information, please visit www.gkn.com.

GKN Driveline is the world’s leading supplier of automotive driveline components and systems. As a global company serving the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers, GKN Driveline develops, builds and supplies an extensive range of automotive driveline components – for use in the smallest ultra low-cost car to the most sophisticated premium vehicle demanding the most complex driving dynamics. GKN Driveline is a leading global producer of CVJ Systems, AWD Systems, Trans Axle Solutions and eDrive Systems and operates in 22 countries at 45 manufacturing locations employing approximately 24,000 people. For more information, please visit www.gkndriveline.com.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:55

BBB Tips for Parents about Children’s Privacy Online

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Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with Yelp and TinyCo, Inc. for improperly collecting personal information about children in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

“Children are growing up with technology and they are learning to use smartphones and computers before they can tie their own shoes,” said BBB President Tom Bartholomy. “BBB urges parents to monitor the websites and apps that their children use as soon as they are old enough to click on a mouse and play games online.”

In a 2012 survey from AVG, findings from U.S. children, ages two to five years old, may surprise you:

19 percent can operate a simple smartphone app
25 percent can make a mobile phone call
25 percent can open a web browser
61 percent can play a computer game
67 percent can operate a computer mouse
“Smartphones and tablets have replaced television as the predominant education and entertainment media for children,” added Bartholomy.

BBB has these tips for how parents on how to protect their children’s privacy online:

Children often learn their name, address and phone number at an early age. Make sure your child understands that they cannot give out this information online.
Monitor your children’s screen time. Know what websites and apps they are using.
Read the websites’ privacy policies so that you know what information will be collected about your children and how that information will be used.
For more information about online safety, please visit BBB.

Catawba County Public Health Dental Practice is now accepting children ages 1 to 21 with dental coverage through BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina. The dental practice will continue to welcome children ages 1 to 21 with Medicaid or HealthChoice insurance and pregnant women with Medicaid coverage.

The opportunity to increase children’s access to Public Health’s dental practice came through participation in a capacity building grant from the BlueCross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, which helped enhance the practice’s role as a dental home for children beginning at the age of one.

“Tooth decay is the most common disease of childhood, and it’s our goal to help prevent it,” said Doug Urland, Health Director, Catawba County Public Health. “This expansion allows our Dental Practice to assure access to preventive care and treatment for even more children in our community.”

Catawba County Public Health Dental Practice provides complete dental examinations and a wide range of preventive, treatment and educational services for children, including cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings, crowns, some surgical procedures, and instruction on brushing and flossing. Appointments can be made by calling (828) 695-5778.

Catawba County Public Health, located off Fairgrove Church Road behind Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, N.C., works to protect and promote the health of all county residents. For more information, please call (828) 695-5800 or visit www.catawbacountync.gov/phealth.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:50

HPS Celebrates the U.S. Constitution

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The Constitution of the United States of America was an education focus at Hickory Public Schools on September 17, 2014. A fitting topic of study since this date was the anniversary of the creation of the document, which was created more than 200 years ago. On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time, signing the document that has endured.

Over the years, HPS students have studied and discussed the Constitution while memorizing the preamble: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

HPS students from kindergarten through high school seniors were involved in the Constitution Day celebration learning about the freedoms that our Founding Fathers secured for this nation.

At Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High School (HCAM), Nathan Phelps, instructor for the Photography Academy, led his senior students in a discussion of the creation of the Constitution and how the document was written to guarantee governance of the land while keeping a balance for the people. His students reviewed the book, The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation by Jonathan Hennessey.

Classroom dialogue brought attention to the three branches of government—the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch and the Judicial Branch. “The Constitution was written to ensure that no single branch would have too much power,” said Phelps.

The HCAM students also reviewed the amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights. The amendments, which were ratified and became part of the Constitution on December 10, 1791, guarantee individuals certain basic protections as citizens, including freedom of religion, freedom of speech, a free press, and free assembly; the right to keep and bear arms; freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, security in personal effects, freedom from warrants issued without probable cause; and guarantee of a speedy, public trial with an impartial jury.

At Longview Elementary School, students in Lora Snider’s third grade class were teamed in small groups—discussing the Bill of Rights as they worked together to illustrate protected freedoms. “We the People” became the classroom focus while the students discussed their freedoms.

After reviewing the frame of the U.S. Constitution, Snider’s students collectively pulled together their classroom social contract, making a “classroom constitution” that would serve as their governance for the school year. Each student, serving as a classroom delegate, signed the classroom constitution.

And certainly not to be outdone by the bigger kids at HPS, kindergarten students at Viewmont Elementary paraded through the school halls displaying their patriotic energy -- wearing personal creations of red, white and blue hats in celebration of the United States of America!

Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:49


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The Catawba Valley Community College Small Business Center will present “How to Buy—Or Sell—A Business” on Wed., Oct. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.. This no-cost seminar is held in partnership with Lenoir-Rhyne University and will be held on the Lenoir-Rhyne Campus in the Mauney building.

Many small to mid-sized privately held businesses change ownership every day. The best prepared sellers and buyers understand both sides of the transaction to enable them to make the best possible decisions. This two-hour seminar shows both potential business buyers and sellers the buy/sell processes, how businesses are valued, as well as ways that the business value can be enhanced over time.

There is no cost to attend this seminar, but pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact the CVCC Small Business Center at 828-327-7000, ext. 4117.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 06:42

Man Killed in Mining Accident

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Yesterday evening a well known minor was killed after a trench collapsed in Alexander County.

56 year old Terry Lee Ledford was mining for emeralds yesterday, at a property off of Hill River Road and Duncan Lane, when the owner of the land said he noticed that a portion of the hole had collapsed and he called 911.

Rescue crews arrived around 5:30 in Hiddenite.  Rescue workers and at least 40 firefighters spent hours removing the dirt from the hole.  Officials determined the trench was 30 feet deep, and Ledford was digging alone. 

The Alexander County Emergency Management Director Russell Greene said they saw a digging tool sticking out of the ground, and that's where they started looking for Ledford. 

At about 8:30 pm officials and rescue workers found Ledford 4 feet underground. 

According to nearby residents, Ledford had been digging all his life, and just a few years ago he discovered the largest emerald on the continent.   

Officials say Ledford lived with his wife in Spruce Pine NC.