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Monday, 15 September 2014 11:48

Furniture. Well Crafted. Inaugural Design Competition

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Hickory is known across the world for its quality handcrafted furniture, designed by artists and built by craftsman from the Hickory Metro, and it’s time to showcase the best of the best chairs that are designed and manufactured in our area.

Furniture companies in Catawba, Burke, and Caldwell and Alexander counties as well as individual craftsmen in the four-county Metro are invited to enter a chair for the Furniture. Well Crafted. Inaugural design competition by September 23. This competition complements the current “Furniture. Well Crafted.” exhibit at the Catawba Science Center, as well as dovetails with Hickory’s “Life. Well Crafted.” brand.

“The Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited about partnering with the City of Hickory and Catawba Science Center in this chair competition,” said Bebe Leitch, CEO of the Hickory-Conover Tourism Authority (TDA). “This competition is more than a chair design. This competition is about the getting back to the roots of our heritage of furniture manufacturing, and using that as a tool to boost the region’s job base.”

For more than 110 years the furniture industry has been a major employer in the Hickory Metro. Once again, local furniture companies are growing. Their reputations are built on quality furniture that can be passed from generation to generation. Our local manufacturers are adapting with the latest technology that allows them to customize order for customers.

“The Furniture. Well Crafted. Hands-on exhibit at Catawba Science Center is about our community,” said Alan Barnhardt, Catawba Science Center Executive Director. “It begins with the history of furniture manufacturing in our area, then visitors learn about modernized technology utilized in furniture making today. Children and their families immerse themselves in many of the skills used in building a piece of furniture. This exhibit also showcases the educational and career opportunities and posts salary ranges for a variety of furniture jobs available in our area.”

“People can earn a really good salary working in this industry,” added Barnhardt. “The furniture companies that I have been working with are seeing a 20 percent increase in business and are in need of dedicated employees. Catawba Science Center saw an opportunity to share the application of science and technology with our 130,000 annual visitors. It’s made for an incredible, interactive educational experience that has been well received by the community.”

As of September 10, more than a dozen companies have agreed to participate in the
Inaugural chair design competition, and many more are expected by September 23. The jury to decide the First, Second and Third Place winners will be made up of retired furniture executives and designers from the four-county Hickory Metro. First Place receives $500, the 2014 “Furniture. Well Crafted.” trophy and an autographed copy of Factory Man, by author Beth Macy and John Bassett, III. Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker battled off shoring, Stayed Local and Helped Save an American Town. Second Place receives $300, and Third Place receives $200.

“After winners are announced, the chairs will go on tour around the community, more details to be announced soon,” said Mandy Pitts, City of Hickory Communications Director and Brand Manager. “We are fortunate that the Catawba Science Center put together the Furniture. Well Crafted. Exhibition, and thankful for the companies, schools and colleges that helped make it Happen. If you have not seen the exhibit, make sure you see it before it ends in mid November.”

The Catawba Science Center, is located on the SALT Block 243 3rd Avenue, NE, Hickory and is Open Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sunday 1 – 4 p.m. CSC Members are free, non-CSC member admission is $8 for adults $6 for seniors 62 and older, and Youth 3 – 18, and children under 3 are free.

Applications for the Furniture. Well Crafted. Design competition is due September 23, and the chairs are not delivered until November 3. For more information, call or email Mandy Pitts, City of Hickory Communications Director/Brand Manager, mpitts@hickorync.govmailto:mandypitts@charter.net or (828) 261-2290.

March of Dimes is hitting the greens again this year to raise some green for babies. The Annual March of Dimes Executive Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, September 19, at Rock Barn Golf & Spa on the Robert Trent Jones course. Registration and lunch begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 12:00 p.m.

“Anyone who knows me will tell you that I do my fair share of golfing,” says Drew Isenhour, Area President for Republic Services of NC - GDS. “Pairing a day of golf with the chance to provide a healthy start for every baby provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy a day on one of the best courses around and show my commitment to families in our community.”

Tournament sponsorships and foursomes are still available, but are filling up fast. Sponsorship Opportunities begin at $250, Individual Golfers: $250, and Foursomes: $1,000. Mulligans are available for purchase at $25 per player. The event will offer businesses the chance to network with other area executives and entertain clients on the golf course. Providing a healthy start for every baby is just the icing on the cake. All proceeds from the Executive Golf Tournament will benefit March of Dimes.

The 2014 March of Dimes Executive Golf Challenge is presented by Republic Services – GDS and 1st Response Rail. Corporate Sponsors also incude Parker Poe, Catawba Baler & Equipment, Curo Health Services, Civil & Environmental Consultants, KRD Trucking & Dixon Golf.

For more information or to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jennifer Knox at (828) 464-8905, JKnox@marchofdimes.org, or visit www.marchofdimes.org/northcarolina.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Granite Falls Brewing Company recently contributed $5,982 to the Town of Granite Falls Veterans Memorial Committee for the veterans monument project. Mario Mastro, Granite Falls Brewing Company President, General Counsel and Chief Quality Control Officer, presented the check to members of the Veterans Committee at the Shuford Recreation Center site where the monument is under construction.

Mr. Mastro stated "Granite Falls Brewing Company is pleased to assist the Town of Granite Falls Veterans Committee with their fundraising efforts which will result in the construction of a monument that will honor veterans that have selflessly served our country."

Veterans Committee Chairman Sam Erby accepted the check on behalf of the Veterans Committee and stated "since the opening of Granite Falls Brewing Company, Mr. Mastro has developed the reputation of being an outstanding corporate citizen. On behalf of the Town of Granite Falls Veterans Committee, I extend sincere thanks to Granite Falls Brewing Company and to Mr. Mastro for the support of the veterans memorial project."

The Town of Granite Falls established the Veterans Memorial Committee to plan the location, design, construction and fundraising efforts for a monument to honor all United States veterans. The committee has chosen the location, selected the design, started the construction and is currently raising funds for the monument. The Veterans Committee plans to dedicate the monument on Veterans Day, November 11, 2014 at 11:11 a.m. All veterans, or family members or friends of veterans who served honorably and have connections to Granite Falls and the southern end of Caldwell County are invited and encouraged to participate in making this vision become a
reality.

Monday, 15 September 2014 11:18

Become a Communities In Schools Mentor!

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Want to Make a Difference in the Life of a Child?
Become a Communities In Schools Mentor!

Communities In Schools mentor training is on September 18th at the Caldwell County Public Library. Training begins at 8:30 in meeting room #7. Being a Communities In Schools mentor means spending one hour of your week with a student to provide academic support, to provide encouragement, and, most importantly, to build an uplifting relationship that benefits not only the mentee, but also the mentor.

Contact the CIS office for a mentor application.

The students need you!

Call the office at (828)-759-2852 to volunteer.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series will present award-winning spoken word poet, Joshua Bennett on Thursday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. in Belk Centrum.

Bennett has performed his poetry at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Kennedy Center, the Sundance Film Festival, the NAACP Image Awards, and President Obama’s Evening for Poetry and Music at the White House. He has also performed with Poet Laureates Billy Collins and Rita Dove.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in English and Africana Studies. He was the recipient of a Marshall Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. The Marshall Fellowship allowed him to graduate from the University of Warwick, UK with a Masters in Theater and Performance Studies. With the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, Bennett is pursuing a PhD in English at Princeton University.

This event is open to the public, and free for all guests. No tickets or reservations arerequired.

Sponsors of the 2014-2015 Series include: Crowne Plaza--Hickory, Our State: North Carolina, the Hickory Public Library, the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, the United Arts Council of Catawba County, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, and the Catawba Valley Community Foundation.

On 09/17/14, deputies from Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 7:30 am until 9:00 am on 09/17/14 at Howards Creek Fire Department. 3604 W. Hwy 27 Lincolnton, NC 28092.

Please contact Lt. Jordan Cody with questions: 704 268-3041, jcody@lincolnsheriff.org.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the Sheriff’s Office’s work in the County.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that deputies are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our deputies,” said Sheriff David Carpenter. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments, sheriff’s offices, and state police forces strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between law enforcement and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Monday, 15 September 2014 10:54

Caldwell Arts Council announces October Exhibit

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The Caldwell Arts Council is pleased to announce the October exhibit: “38th Annual CALDWELL VISUAL ARTISTS COMPETITION” featuring 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artwork created by Caldwell County artists in competition for cash awards. Artists wishing to participate may find the guidelines on our website: www.caldwellarts.com .

An opening reception will be held Friday October 3, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. hosted by members of the Lenoir Service League, and the exhibit will continue Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm through October 31.

Caldwell Arts Council exhibits are free & open to the public. Light refreshments are served during opening receptions.

About the Caldwell Arts Council

The Caldwell Arts Council presents monthly and quarterly exhibits, education and collection programs that foster cultural arts in Caldwell County. Located at 601 College Avenue SW near downtown Lenoir, hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. There is no admission charge, although donations are gratefully accepted. To be added to the mailing list or e-mail list, please call 828-754-2486 or info@caldwellarts.com. The Caldwell Arts Council’s programs are supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources and by individual and corporate donors.

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library invites the public to a program about the Berlin Airlift on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. Presenter Eddie Ide will tell the amazing true story of the successful 15 month long effort by the British, French, and United States to supply by air life essentials to the city of Berlin, Germany. The city’s 2.4 million people were being blockaded by the Soviets in 1948 and 1949. The Berlin Airlift was the first major international confrontation of the Cold War and it stopped the Communist takeover of Western Europe.

Presenter Eddie Ide lives in Catawba County and he has had a lifelong enthusiasm for aviation history. His interest in the Berlin Airlift began over 20 years ago. Mr. Ide served as Vice President of the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation for 12 years and has had the opportunity to meet many of the military participants and German recipients of the airlift effort. In 2000, he was a crew member for an aircraft that participated in the Berlin Airlift at the Hickory, NC Air Show.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, please call 304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 Street NE on the SALT Block.

Monday, 15 September 2014 08:37

Body of Missing App State Student Found

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Boone Police Investigators and the North Carolina SBI Investigators confirmed that the body found near Poplar Grove Road in Boone is 18 year old Anna Marie Smith. 

Smith was a freshman at Appalachian State University, and she was reported missing on September 03, 2014. 

A North Carolina Driver's License and an Appalachian State University Identification card belonging to Smith were found at the scene.  Ms. Smith's body was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for an autopsy. 

A time frame for the completion of the autopsy to determine the cause of death is currently unavailable. 

Monday, 15 September 2014 08:29

Weekend Arrests

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36- year old Bernard Arnel Patterson of East Orange Street in Fayetteville NC was arrested this morning by the Hickory Police Dept. Patterson is charged with misdemeanor child abuse and discharging a firearm in city. He is under a $4000 bond and has a court date for October 15th.

27- year old Justin Edward Maltba of 5th street in Hickory was arrested yesterday by the Hickory Police. Maltba is charged with common law robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Maltba has two scheduled court dates, and he was supposed to make his appearance today. Bond is set at $53,000.

31- year old David Alexander Beatty of Sherwood Lane in Newton was arrested yesterday by the Newton Police Dept. Beatty is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, and bond is set at $75,000. Beatty had his first court appearance today.

31- year old Roger Dale Killian of Deal Road in Claremont was arrested yesterday by Catawba County Sheriffs Officers. Killian is charged with felony failure to register as a sex offender. He has a court appearance scheduled for September 19th, and his bond is set at $50,000 .

21- year old Tomas Juan Miguel of Mull Street in Morganton was arrested yesterday by Hickory Police. He is charged with driving while impaired, and two counts of felony serious injury by a vehicle. Miguel had his first appearance in court today, and his next court date is October 15th. Miguel is being held under a $171,000 bond.

30- year old Henry Pham of 23rd Street in Hickory was arrested yesterday by the NC Highway Patrol. Pham is charged with driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, and a stop sign violation. Pham is scheduled to appear in court on October 9th, and bond is set at $10,000.

19- year old Harold Chance-Paul Turner of Knob Oak Lane in Charlotte was arrested on Friday by Catawba County Sheriff Officers. Turner is charged with First-degree burglary, obtaining property under false pretense, and felony larceny. He has two scheduled court dates coming up with the first date set for Wednesday September 17th. Bond is set at $17,500.

39- year old Jerry Gerard Parson was arrested yesterday on 6th street NW in Hickory by the Hickory Police. Parson is charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

32-year old Mark Allen Willard, was arrested yesterday by the Hickory Police at 1st Avenue NE in Hickory. Willard is charged with misdemeanor assault on a female.