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The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting for FastMed Urgent Care in Hickory next Friday, April 17, at 11 a.m.  FastMed Urgent Care is located at 2280 U.S. Highway 70 S.E., near the intersection with Startown Road and the McDonald Parkway.

The event is open to the public.  Local businesses, medical providers and residents of Hickory and Catawba County will have the opportunity to review the clinic’s services, meet the providers and clinical staff and learn about FastMed Urgent Care.

Guests will receive a tour, a light lunch and a token of appreciation.  Local businesses and medical practices are welcome to participate.

For more information, click here.

 

31-year-old John Ivey Branch Jr. and 28-year-old Natoshia Nicole Barber, both of the same US64/NC18 address in Morganton, were arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. Both suspects are charged with filing a false police report, and Branch is also charged with misdemeanor child abuse.

In November of 2014, John Ivey Branch Jr. was named as a suspect in a child abuse investigation. A joint investigation has been ongoing with the Burke County Department of Social Services and Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division. On March 24, 2015, Branch went to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and filed a report along with his girlfriend, Natoshia Nicole Barber. This report was filed two days prior to their appearance in Burke County District Court.

The report contained new allegations involving Barber’s juvenile child. Investigators with the Criminal Investigation Division investigated the new allegations and after several interviews, both Branch and Barber confessed to making a false report for the express purpose of impeding the ongoing child abuse investigation and DSS court proceedings.

Both suspects were placed in jail under $7,500 secured bond. They're both scheduled to appear in District Court in Morganton May 4.

City of Morganton Water Resources workers responded to a water line break on Polly Street at around 8:45 a.m. today (Friday, April 10). As of 9:20 a.m., workers were on the scene and a news release says they hope to have the repair made in a couple hours.

Friday, 10 April 2015 06:23

Two Burke County Most Wanted Suspects Arrested

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Two of Burke County’s Most Wanted were arrested this week. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrests of 40-year-old Keith Russell Lynn of South Center Street in Hildebran and 51-year-old Jonathan Wayne Willis Sr. of Cape Hickory Road in Hickory. Both suspects were arrested on Wednesday (April 8). Lynn was wanted on counts of felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of schedule VI controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Willis was wanted on counts of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Lynn was placed in jail under $3,000 unsecured bond, Willis was incarcerated under $25,000 secured bond. They’re both scheduled to appear in court May 18.

Friday, 10 April 2015 06:17

Drug Charge Filed Against Rhodhiss Woman

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20-year-old Bobbie Marie Gosnell of Walnut Avenue in Rhodhiss was arrested Thursday (April 9) by Granite Falls Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of schedule one controlled substance. Following the arrest Gosnell was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. She made her first appearance in District Court Thursday.

41-year-old Billy Allen Spurlock of 26th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Thursday (April 9) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule III controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, driving while license revoked not impaired, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, possession of marijuana up to ½ ounce, expired registration card or tag, and two counts of driving while license revoked. Following the arrest, Spurlock was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $23,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, April 10).

A Catawba County mother faces charges after an accident that resulted in three children being transported to the hospital Wednesday. The woman's SUV flipped three times along St. James Church Road south of Newton. According to a published report,

investigators with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol say Matacrus Chavez lost control of the SUV when it went off the road on the hillside and crossed the centerline. She is charged with careless and reckless driving, and no operator’s license.

Chavez's six-year-old son was unharmed after firefighters rescued him from the SUV. Firefighters had to cut the roof off to get him, his two younger cousins, his mom and grandmother out. The published report says all five were to be released from the hospital sometime Thursday. Firefighters said it took between 20 and 35 minutes to get everyone out.

Highway patrolman Brett Hilton said he knows what kept the kids safe. All of them were properly buckled in their safety seats, protecting them as the SUV started to overturn.

Morganton City Council approved a $75,000 Community Development Block Grant Small Business Loan to Avery Avenue Partners (AAP) Monday night. The CDBG loan will help supplement AAP’s $400,000 investment to renovate a portion of the old grocery store building located at 208 Avery Ave.

AAP is renovating the store as part of a tentative deal to bring Food Matters Market to Morganton. Food Matters Market is independently owned and currently operates a marketplace in Brevard, and the company is about to open a second location in Hickory.

In addition to the AAP dollars, Food Matters Market is planning to invest $500,000 to up fit the store and create a minimum of 10 new jobs within the first year if the deal works out.

Jerry Norvell with AAP, said that programs such as the CDBG Small Business Loan are always welcome by business owners and often help make projects happen. If AAP meets the conditions of the CDBG loan, then 50% of the loan will be forgiven.

“Anytime you’re getting new business in the downtown area, any assistance the City can offer helps,” Norvell said. “The incentives help the rental rate which enables a business to pay rent in the downtown area, and helps the developer offer a rent that is affordable.”

According to information available on their website, Food Matters Market plans to grow the company to 15 to 18 stores by 2018 throughout the Southeast. The stores will be approximately 8,000 to 12,000 square feet, and will target communities with populations of 15,000 to 30,000.

Food Matters Market offers local, fresh, organic, and sustainable foods. “We are a community market where people and food matter,” according to the company website. “We proudly support our local producers, and are passionate about healthy, organic foods. We believe in helping our area’s economy and creating a sustainable and healthy environment where people and food matter.”

Find out more about Food Matters Market at http://foodmattersmarket.com.

The City of Morganton has offered CDBG Small Business loans for about 10 years. The program offers competitive, low-interest loans between $5,000 and $75,000 for new or expanding small businesses in the city limits of Morganton that employ individuals that meet low to moderate-income criteria. Funds may be used by small business owners for a variety of purposes to encourage small business entrepreneurship.

A man in violation of a domestic violence protective order was found guilty by a jury of improper entry on to the property of a domestic violence shelter and being a habitual felon. The trial occurred in Burke County Superior Court and the defendant was found guilty on Wednesday ( April 8).

51-year-old James David Williams of Glen Alpine, was found guilty by a jury following a day-long trial and sentenced to serve six to nine years of active prison time in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Joseph N. Crosswhite, Superior Court Judge from Iredell County.

The Options Domestic Violence Shelter in Morganton contacted the Morganton Department of Public Safety and the District Attorney’s Office in Burke County on Aug. 8, 2014, in reference to the defendant coming to the front door of the building. Williams had a domestic violence protection order in place against him at that time, and the plaintiff for that order was residing at the shelter when the incident occurred.

Video surveillance from the shelter showed Williams on the sidewalk outside the front door of the facility, and multiple witnesses, including the plaintiff, identified him from the video.

Williams also was convicted of prior felonies for possession of stolen goods in 1991, breaking and entering in 1998 and 2005, as well as three prior convictions for assault on a female.

Officer Cory Holland took the initial report when the violation took place. Frank Webster and Chris Back prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.

Newton will celebrate Arbor Day with the planting of a smoketree at the new Newton Fire Department Headquarters. The annual Arbor Day Celebration begins at 10 a.m. Friday, April 24, at the new Fire Department Headquarters on South Brady Avenue.

The Newton Tree Board selected a smoketree as a fitting tree to plant at the new headquarters. The species’ blooms are wispy clumps of filaments that look like puffs of smoke, according to the Arbor Day Foundation. Smoketrees—also known as smokebushes, cloud trees, wig trees and mist trees—have long been a favorite of gardeners.

For more information, call the Newton Recreation Department at 828-695-4317 or visit newtonnc.gov.