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Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:23

Catawba Valley Medical Again Wins Women's Choice Award

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For a third consecutive year, Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) has received the 2014 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience by women.

The distinction identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and what women say they want from a hospital, including quality physician communications, responsiveness of nurses & support staff, cleanliness and trusted referrals from other women.

Women currently account for 90% of all healthcare decisions for themselves and their families, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. According to Delia Passi, CEO and founder of WomenCertified, the Women’s Choice Award identifies the best hospitals across the nation to help women make smart healthcare choices for themselves and their family members.

For more information, visit the Women’s Choice Awards official website at www.womenschoiceaward.com.

Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:56

Catawba County Commissioners to Meet Monday, Sept. 8

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The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 8, in the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton. The Board’s usual schedule calling for meetings on the first and third Monday of each month has been adjusted because of Labor Day in the first week of September and the annual International City & County Management Association Conference in Charlotte during the third week.

At the September 8 meeting, the Board will hold a public hearing on a proposed Highway 150 Corridor Plan, which was designed to put strategies in place to manage the future growth of the corridor.

The Board will be formally presented with the proposed 2015 Schedule of Values, a set of standards and rules created following the study of the county’s current real estate market. After final approval by the Board, the Schedule of Values will be used to set property values effective on January 1, 2015.

The Board will also consider a proposed new Work First Plan for October 2016 through September 2019. It will consider approving a first amendment to the 2009 Apple Economic Development Agreement that would clarify specific parcels and improvements subject to the initial agreement that related to the Apple Data Center in Maiden, in light of Apple having developed other property in the county since the 2009 agreement.

The Board will consider a request from the Bandys Crossroads Volunter Fire Department to appropriate $30,000 of the department’s existing fund balance to replace a damaged pump and tank used on a brush truck, and the Board will consider appropriating $54,633 in accumulated Cooperative Extension fund balance to support 4-H, agriculture & local foods and food safety programs.

The Board will receive a report from the County Tax Collector on the settlement of 2013 taxes, and they’ll issue a proclamation declaring the week of October 5-11 as Fire Prevention Week.

Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:54

CE FoamSolutions to Add 20 Jobs in Valdese

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CE FoamSolutions, LLC is expanding its operations in Burke County. The company plans to create 20 new jobs and invest $98,000 over the next three years in Valdese.

CE FoamSolutions manufactures fabricated foam cushions and foam and fiber padding to be used in upholstered furniture. The company currently serves customers in North Carolina and Virginia, but could expand in other parts of the southeast as business grows. CE FoamSolutions currently employs 17 people at its Valdese plant.

Salaries will vary by job function, but the annual payroll for the new jobs will be $515,440.

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $20,000. Other partners that helped with the project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, Western Piedmont Community College, Burke Development, Inc., Burke County and the Town of Valdese.

Thursday, 04 September 2014 06:57

Morganton Triple-Murder Suspect Arrested

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56-year-old Donald Eric Kincaid was arrested last night (September 3) and charged with first-degree murder in connection to the deaths of 54-year-old Barbara Ann Johnson, her son, 21-year-old Freddie Charles Thompson, Jr. and family friend, 75-year-old Zakiya El Bey.

The three were found dead early on the morning of August 10 after Burke County E.M.S. received a 9-1-1 call from a residence on the 100 block of West Concord Street. Officers with the Morganton Dept. of Public Safety responded and found the three dead of apparent blunt force trauma.

Kincaid was Ms. Johnson’s boyfriend. He was identified as the suspect in the case early in the investigation. Warrants for his arrest were issued and he was placed in protective custody prior to an appearance before a Magistrate at about 10 o’clock last night.

Kincaid has been confined in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility where he is being held without bond. Authorities will seek indictments on three counts of murder. Kincaid will appear in court today in Morganton.

Catawba County Animal Services will wrap up a series of rabies vaccination clinics this Saturday (September 6). The final clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday at the Riverbend Dog Park, located at 6700 Highway 16 North, just south of the Alexander-Catawba county line.

All pets brought to the clinic will receive a one-year rabies vaccination. A fee of $5, which is unchanged from last year, will be charged for each vaccination. The fee is set to recoup the cost of the vaccine.

The Catawba County Animal Shelter also provides one-year rabies vaccinations to pet owners year round, Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. All dogs must be on a leash and under control of the dog owner at all times and all cats must be in a carrier.

North Carolina law states that it is the duty of the owner of every dog, cat and ferret over four months of age to have them vaccinated for rabies. Pet owners face a $50 fine if they do not have pets vaccinated. Tags showing proof of the vaccination of dogs must be placed on the dog’s collar. Cat and ferret owners must be able to show proof of a current vaccination in the form of a rabies certificate.

For more information on the county’s 2014 Rabies Vaccination Clinics, call the Catawba County Animal Shelter at 828-464-7686 or visit www.catawbacountync.gov/animal.

41-year-old Dawn Renee Kirby of Forest Hill Drive was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (September 2) on three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. She was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $15,000, secured. Kirby will make a first appearance in District Court tomorrow in Lenoir.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:47

Lenoir Man Arrested for Assault; B&E; Larceny

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28-year-old Christopher Dominique Ferguson of Victoria Court in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (September 2) on charges of assault on a female, misdemeanor larceny, felony breaking & entering and felony larceny after breaking & entering. The felony charges are from Burke County.

Ferguson was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center where he was held without bond on the assault charge. He was given an $11,000 secured bond on the other charges. Court dates were set for September 30 and November 4 in Lenoir on October 6 in Morganton.

As a result of a partnership between Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation and Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute (CCC&TI), 29 Blue Ridge Electric employees recently completed an 18-month customized “Emerging Leaders Institute.”

The group recently celebrated at a graduation dinner with senior staff members from Blue Ridge Electric and Blue Ridge Energies, along with Ann Edwards, CCC&TI Corporate & Continuing Education instructor and facilitator for the Emerging Leaders Institute. Also attending from CCC&TI were Dr. Ken Boham, President, and Donna Beane, Department Chair for Corporate & Continuing Education.

The Institute included sessions on time management, self-assessment & personality traits, stress management, team building and dealing with change. Edwards commented that much planning and preparation go into these customized courses for local businesses.

Blue Ridge Electric is a member-owned electric cooperative serving some 74,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes, Avery and Alexander counties.

23-year-old Roger Tully Frady and 23-year-old Meitta Yvone Elliott, both of Cherokee Way in Marion, have each been arrested on two felony counts of child abuse.

McDowell County Sheriff’s Detective Paul Alkire said that in the course of a recent murder investigation, it was discovered that the couple’s two children – a one-year-old girl and a two-year-old boy – each had very high levels of methamphetamine in their systems.

On August 2, Frady was jailed on a murder charge after allegedly shooting to death 41-year-old Ronnie Eugene Lewis of Cherokee Way, as reported by WHKY on August 4.

Frady has not yet been served with the child abuse warrants. He remains in custody under a $500,000 secured bond on the murder charge with a Superior Court date set for September 29. Elliott was given a $200,000 secured bond and was scheduled to appear in District Court on the child abuse charges today (September 3) in Marion.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 13:28

Crime Stoppers Tip Leads to Robbery Suspect's Arrest

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39-year-old Brian Keith Guzman of Alabama Avenue in Marion has been arrested on felony charges of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Guzman allegedly assaulted and tried to rob a man at the victim’s Jenny Lind Drive residence on Monday, August 25 (reported August 28 on WHKY).

An anonymous Crime Stoppers tip led authorities to Guzman, who was taken into custody around six o’clock Tuesday evening (September 2) at a residence on Seagle Street in Marion.

Bond for Guzman was set at $100,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in court today (September 3).

Apprehended along with Guzman Tuesday was 24-year-old Justin Ryan Fowler of Walker Road in Nebo, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear.