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Monday, 17 August 2015 10:33

City Of Morganton Taking CDBG Applications

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The City of Morganton through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program has funds available for Non-Profits acting as subrecipient to conduct activities to benefit low and moderate-income persons within the City limits of Morganton. Anyone interested should submit an application by 3 p.m., Monday, September 14.

According to a news release from the City of Morganton, selected applicants will be required to execute a subrecipient agreement with the City of Morganton. Non-profits that have received funding for the past two consecutive years will not be eligible for funding. Community Development Staff wants to make these funds available to all qualified non-profits and provide an equal chance to receive CDBG funds to all local non-profits.

You can download an application at the City of Morganton website. Contact Lisa Helton at 828-485-4281 for more information.

The Hickory Police Department is investigating an incident in which a man reportedly threatened to shoot several people due to a dispute over a confederate flag. Police reports say that the incident occurred early Sunday morning (August 16) outside of the Kangaroo Express on Highway 70 SE in Hickory. Following an argument over the confederate flag, a suspect reportedly threatened to shoot everyone who was in the parking lot. No shots were fired, no injuries occurred and there was no arrest made in the case. A 9mm pistol and ammunition was found in the parking lot and seized by police. The investigation is continuing. WHKY’s Fentress Chestnut will have more on this story during tonight’s edition of WHKY TV News at 5:30 and 10:00, channel 14 digital antenna and satellite, channel 7 Charter Communications. 

Congressman Mark Meadows will hold a town hall meeting two weeks from Thursday in Caldwell County. According to the Caldwell Journal, the meeting will be held at West Caldwell High School. The Republican 11th District Representative announced that the event will be open to the public and to the press. At the meeting, Congressman Meadows will provide a Washington update, share his priorities for the fall, and solicit constituent feedback and questions.

The Town Hall Meeting will be Thursday, September 3rd from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the West Caldwell High School Auditorium at 300 West Caldwell Drive in the Gamewell community of Caldwell County.

26-year-old Natasha Price Taylor of Northeast Seehorn Street in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (August 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Taylor was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A court date is scheduled for November 2.

26-year-old Leslie Ruth Niehaus of Stone Creek Court in Lenoir was arrested Friday (August 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged on a felony fugitive warrant from another state. The state the warrant is from was not on file at the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office when WHKY spoke with an officer there earlier today. In addition to the fugitive charge, Niehaus is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance, possession of cocaine, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Niehaus is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Niehaus was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $60,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for today.

Monday, 17 August 2015 07:55

Woman Arrested In Burke On Felony Drug Charge

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20-year-old Destiny Estelle Lee Good was arrested Saturday (August 15) by authorities in Burke County. She’s charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Good was incarcerated in Morganton under $27,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, August 17).

45-year-old Lloyd Pitman was arrested Saturday (August 15) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony maintaining a dwelling, vehicle, or place to keep controlled substance. Following the arrest, Pitman was placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, August 17).

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on a request by RB Solar LLC, to rezone approximately 54 acres of a 127 acre tract, located at 3682 North Oxford Street in the St. Stephens/Oxford Small Area Planning District, from R-30 Residential to R-80-CD Conditional District for a solar farm, when the Board meets at 7:00 tonight (Monday, August 17) in the David L. Stewart Meeting Room of the Catawba County Agricultural Resources Center at 1175 South Brady Avenue in Newton. The meeting is not being held at it's normal location due to Soldier's Reunion Activities taking place around the 1924 Courthouse.  

The Board will also consider a request to appropriate existing fund balance to Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire-Rescue in the amount of $60,130. If approved, the department would use these funds to replace rescue equipment. And the Board will consider a resolution supporting the Stepping Up Initiative being led by the National Association of Counties (NACo), which calls for a national effort to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in county jails. The Board will consider a customized resolution that outlines Catawba County’s exiting long history of programs designed to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in the County jail facility.

The forecast for a possibility of rain this week is a welcome relief to the region, which continues to suffer from drought conditions. According to the North Carolina Drought Monitor’s latest report, the Greater Hickory Metro has counties either in a moderate drought category, or severe drought category. The report, released last Thursday (August 13) reflects conditions from last Tuesday, August 11.

Catawba County remains under a severe drought advisory. Also listed in this category is Lincoln County. Counties in the severe drought category are urged to implement water shortage response plans, stay informed on drought conditions and advisories, and participate, as appropriate, in regional and local coordination for the management of water resources. There are other precautions for counties in a severe drought and they can be found at the website www.ncdrought.org.

Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Iredell Counties are all listed in the moderate drought category. Counties in this category are urged to adhere to local water use restrictions, participate, as appropriate, in regional and local coordination for the management of water resources, and stay informed on drought conditions and advisories among other precautions, which can also be found at the previously mentioned website.

Overall, 67 of North Carolina’s 100 counties are listed in one of three categories, severe drought, moderate drought, or abnormally dry.

40-year-old Brian Christopher Miller of Charlotte Lane in Lenoir was arrested Friday (August 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony indecent liberties with a child. Following the arrest, Miller was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (Monday, August 17) in Lenoir.