One-stop early voting starts today (Thursday, October 20) for the November 8 general election. Early voting takes place today through Saturday, November 5.
One-stop early voting will be offered at the following five locations in Catawba County: The Newton Main Library (in lieu of the office), at 115 West C Street in Newton. The Highland Recreation Center at 1451 8th St. Dr. NE in Hickory. The Southwest Library at 2944 South NC Hwy 127 in Hickory. The Sherrills Ford-Terrell Library at 9154 Sherrills Ford Road in Terrell. And Conover Station at 403 Conover Station SE in Conover. If you vote in another county check your Board of Elections website for early voting information.
Catawba County early voting sites will be open every day from October 20 through November 5 during the following times: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. A full list of locations and voting hours at each location may be found online at the Catawba County Government website, www.catawbacountync.gov/elections. Early voting will not be offered at the Board of Elections office.
If voting on Election Day, November 8, registered voters must cast their ballot at their designated precinct location. Specific precinct location information and sample ballots may be found online at the previously mentioned website.
Due to recent changes to election laws, photo identification will not be required to cast a ballot. If first-time voters do not provide identification information on their NC Voter Registration form, they will be asked to show ID the first time they present to vote. Accepted forms of identification are a current and valid photo ID, current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
Absentee ballots may be requested by any registered North Carolina voter by November 1. Requests must be made in writing on an official State Absentee Ballot Request Form, which is available from the Catawba County Board of Elections office or online by going to the Catawba County Government website.
An early morning break on a 12-inch water main on Hopewell Road in Morganton and a second leak on an eight-inch line drained millions of gallons of water from the City of Morganton’s water system and has left some customers in the area with low water pressure.
Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Jason Green said he can’t be sure when the breaks occurred, but he thinks the leaks got worse sometime during the night. The water plant was able to keep up with the leaks while demand was low. However, when demand picked up this morning, the city’s main water tanks started losing volume.
Just after six o’clock this morning, when use started to peak, the water level in the Dale Circle and Valdese Avenue tanks started to drop dramatically. More than 15 feet of water in the tanks was lost in less than an hour, according to Green. At least three million gallons drained out of the water main before city workers could locate and isolate the leak.
In addition to the 12-inch line break on Hopewell Road, city workers also discovered a leak on one of the water lines feeding Morganton Heights. Green said he and other Water Resources staff were trying to determine why Morganton Heights’ pressure was still low, even after isolating the 12-inch break. The Distribution & Collection Supervisor started checking the lines feeding the shopping center and discovered a second leak.
The leak has been stopped. At last report, the main water tanks were starting to fill and water pressure at Morganton Heights was expected to return to normal.
Residents are still encouraged to conserve water where possible while the system recovers. The city water treatment plant produces and distributes an average of 8.8 million gallons of drinking water per day.
For more information, call the city’s Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
22-year-old Ashlyn Dawn Buckner of Herman Road in Claremont was arrested Tuesday (October 18) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine resisting a public officer, shoplifting with concealment of goods, and failure to perform community service hours. Buckner was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,460 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for November 9, 15, and 17.
26-year-old Destinee Knicole Jones of Herman Sipe Road in Conover was arrested Tuesday (October 18) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony break or enter a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny. Jones was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A District Court date is set for next Tuesday (October 25).
24-year-old Edith Paige Johnson was arrested Tuesday (October 19) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance. Johnson was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
23-year-old Joshua Matthew Parkhurst of 9th Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:35 p.m. yesterday (October 18) on one felony count of hit & run.
His arrest stems from an incident on July 25 of this year. Parkhurst allegedly fled the scene after he rear-ended another driver on Highway 321 N.W., near Clement Boulevard N.W. The victim, a 59-year-old woman from Lenoir, was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center for treatment.
Witnesses gave information that led to Parkhurst’s identification. A warrant for his arrest was issued on October 13. He was taken into custody without incident at his residence yesterday. Parkhurst was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
A break on a 20-inch water main on Hopewell Road in Morganton has left customers without water service. The break occurred at six o’clock this morning (October 19). The cause of the break is unknown. Workers were able to isolate the break. As of 8:40 a.m., only about five customers were affected.
City workers shut off water service to the line this morning. Some customers in the Hopewell Road area will be without water service until repairs can be made. The repairs may not be completed until this evening due to the large size of the pipe.
Customers are asked to conserve water as much as possible today until the line is repaired.
For more information, call the city’s Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
47-year-old Tracy Lynn Kaylor of Chester Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (October 18) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of receiving stolen property and probation violation. Kaylor was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday October 19) on the stolen goods charge, a Superior Court date is set for next Monday (October 24) on the probation violation charge.
37-year-old Michael Peter Blanch of Silver Springs, Florida, was arrested Tuesday (October 18) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a place to keep controlled substance. Blanch was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, October 19).
46-year-old Denaita Jean Love of Shoups Grove Road in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (October 18) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with trafficking opium or heroin, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Love was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, October 19).
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (October 18).
Public Services Director Chuck Hansen presented a proposal for the acceptance of the grant-in-aid allocation of $250,000 appropriated by the NC General Assembly. These funds would be used to mitigate structural damage to Highway 70 as a result of the failed 96 inch storm drainage pipe at the site of the sinkhole. The proposal passed unanimously.
Minutes and second readings approved unanimously. Included in second readings were three items related to the acceptance of a temporary construction and permanent sanitary sewer and storm drainage easement for the property of Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company, for installation of utilities infrastructure.
The consent agenda was approved unanimously as well, council did remove two items at the request of Councilman Lail. The two items removed are both related to grants for Park 1764. Council discussed those items, then approved them as well.
Assistant City Manager Rodney Miller presented the quarterly financial report. Paula Hodges, Audit Partner with Martin Starnes & Associates, presented the 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
Mayor Rudy Wright recognized staff for receiving the 20th consecutive Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In addition, Communications and Marketing Manager, Dana Kaminske presented an update to Council regarding the branding and marketing of the city.
37-year-old Robert Christopher Cannon of Central Avenue in Granite Falls was arrested today (October 18) and charged with trafficking oxycodone pills.
Following an undercover investigation, Narcotics Agents with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s I.C.E. Unit took Cannon into custody without incident after he was caught in possession of 50 oxycodone pills with the intent to distribute them. Cannon did not have a prescription for the pills. He was arrested in the parking lot at the China King restaurant in Granite Falls. The pills have a street value of approximately $750, according to North Carolina state drug guidelines.
Cannon was incarcerated in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Lenoir.
The 33rd Annual Southeastern Classic band competition will be held this Saturday (October 22) at Newton-Conover High School’s Gurley Stadium.
17 marching bands are currently confirmed, with exhibitions planned by the host band and by Lenoir-Rhyne’s Spirit of L-R Marching Band.
Gates will open at 12 noon with the opening ceremony slated for 1:30 p.m. An awards ceremony is scheduled at the completion of the event at 9 p.m.
Admission is $7. For more information, call Newton-Conover High School at 828-495-0920.
27-year-old Thomas Sherrill Graham of Parkview Lane in Sherrills Ford has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle, felony larceny and injury to personal property.
Graham was arrested in connection to an incident at about ten o’clock Friday night (October 14) on Trollingwood Lane in Mooresville. The victim reported that numerous items were taken from their unlocked vehicle. The victim said that bags filled with Karate gear were stolen with a value of over $2,600.
As Officers were taking the report, a neighbor reported damage to two screen windows in his home. The victim told Deputies he believed that a family member might be responsible for the damages to his home, as well as the vehicle break-in next door. Officers learned that the suspect, Thomas Sherrill Graham, has an extensive criminal history and is currently on probation with additional charges pending in court.
Detectives discovered that the property stolen from Trollingwood Lane was in Graham’s possession at his residence in Catawba County. Detectives went to Graham’s home where they recovered all the stolen property. The property was returned to the owner. Graham denied any knowledge of the incident and said that some friends gave the stolen property to him. He refused to provide any names.
Graham was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond on the Iredell County charges. He was also charged in Catawba County with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving while license revoked and simple assault, with an additional $1,500 secured bond on those charges. He was scheduled to appear in an Iredell courtroom today, with a Catawba Court date on November 29.