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As part of Homecoming 2014, Lenoir-Rhyne University will host the annual Alumni Association Awards Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. today (Friday, October 10) at the Crowne Plaza in Hickory. Mike Hogewood, Class of ’76, will emcee the event. Award winners will also be recognized at Saturday’s homecoming football game.

Five Lenoir-Rhyne University alumni will be honored during the ceremony for their contributions to their professions, community and alma mater. The honorees include Perry Fewell ’85, Robert Mercatante ’88, Jearld Leonhardt ’69, Dr. Michael Ervin ’88 and Dr. Bradley Icard ’09.

Perry Fewell will receive the Clarence L. Pugh Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor bestowed to an alumnus or alumna of the university. Fewell was a four-year letterman for the L.R. football team as is currently the defensive coordinator for the N.F.L.’s New York Giants.

Recipients of the Opal L. Moretz Alumni Service awards are recognized under three categories: Service to the Community, Service to the University and Service to the Alumni Association.

Rob Mercatante will receive the Service to the Community Award for his 25 years of service in Guatemala. Jearld Leonhardt will receive the Service to the University Award for his continued commitment to the betterment of Lenoir-Rhyne. He is currently in his seventh year as a Trustee of the University and is Chair of the Board of Trustees’ Finance & Investment Committee. The Service to the Alumni Association Award will be presented to Dr. Michael Ervin, a physician in Columbia, South Carolina, who began his service to the Alumni Board in 2004.  

The Rising Star Young Alumnus Award is being presented to Dr. Bradley Icard.

For more information about the awards ceremony, call 828-328-7108.

Friday, 10 October 2014 11:22

Beaver Library to Host Ten Local Authors

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The Patrick Beaver Memorial Library will host a Local Author Fair on Saturday, October 18. The public is invited to drop in at any time between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to meet and speak with authors from the community, learn about their published works and purchase autographed copies of their books.

The Local Author Fair will feature ten authors. They are residents of Hickory or surrounding communities and their books represent a variety of genres. Books will be available that are suitable for all age groups.

The authors are Libby Bagby, Nancy Geiger, Loyd Hoke, Jr., Joyce Moyer Hostetter, Rebecca McRee, George Truett Moore, Matthew L. Smith, Kermit Turner, Kasey Whelton and Steve Yount.

There is no charge to attend. For more information, call 828-304-0500 ext. 7235. The Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 Street N.E. on the SALT Block.

Friday, 10 October 2014 11:12

Claremont Man Indicted for Assault on Officer

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21-year-old Desmun Charvon Wells of JT Posse Drive in Claremont was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police late last night (October 9) on one count each of assault on a government official, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree trespass and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

The indictment comes in connection to an incident on March 21 of this year when Officers saw Wells on Hickory Housing Authority property and knew that he had been banned from the property. As he was arrested on the trespassing charge, Wells allegedly resisted and kicked at the Officers. No significant injuries were reported. In the course of the arrest, a pipe was found on Wells’ person.

He was taken into custody yesterday and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where an appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for today in Newton. Bond was set at $10,000, secured.

Friday, 10 October 2014 11:06

Conover Man Faces Felony Drug Charges

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34-year-old Jason Duane Colley of Charlotte Street in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:20 yesterday afternoon (October 9) on felony counts of possession of heroin and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also served warrants for four counts of failure to appear and two probation violations.

He was arrested when Police were called to assist Catawba County E.M.S. and the Hickory Fire Department at the Shuford Mobile Home Park on 17th Street S.E. in Hickory. A white male was found there, unresponsive, slumped over the wheel of his vehicle. The man was identified as Jason Colley and the outstanding warrants for his arrest were located.

A search of the vehicle turned up a baggie containing 0.7 grams of methamphetamine, one gram of heroin and 6.5 alprazolam pills. Also found were syringes, spoons, glass pipes and a digital scale.

Colley was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $37,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court Monday (October 13) in Newton.

Friday, 10 October 2014 07:06

No One Injured in Morganton Apartment Fire

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Fire destroyed four units in an apartment complex at 121 Camellia Garden Street in Morganton Thursday. Firefighters responded at about 4 a.m. yesterday. Three of the four apartments were unoccupied. The resident of the fourth apartment was not injured.

The Burke County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire, which started in one of the unoccupied units. Several area fire departments responded.

Friday, 10 October 2014 06:58

Oktoberfest Starts Today in Hickory

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The 29th annual Oktoberfest begins at 5 p.m. today (Friday, October 10) and runs through the weekend in downtown Hickory. Live music begins at six o’clock this evening on four stages around Union Square. Edwin McCain is the headliner. He will perform on the main stage at 9:30 tomorrow night (Saturday, October 11).

The festival continues until 11 p.m. tonight. It runs from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. tomorrow and from noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Oktoberfest features a variety of food, a juried arts show, crafts of all kinds, a kids stage and amusement rides. There is no admission to any of the concerts.

WHKY is among the event’s sponsors and will be on hand throughout the weekend.

For more information, visit http://hickoryoctoberfest.com.

A woman in Hickory reportedly killed herself today after a stand off with local law enforcement. Few details are available, but neighbors say the woman was a nurse who recently lost her job.

Authorities responded after the woman’s neighbor called and told them the woman had barricaded herself inside the residence on 15th Avenue S.E. in Hickory, threatening to kill herself and others.

Approximately 40 patrol cars and S.W.A.T. trucks were on the scene this afternoon. The woman fired several shots at Police with a semi-automatic pistol and said she would shoot them if they didn’t leave.

The S.W.A.T. unit went into the house about an hour after the shots were fired. Officers say every door in the home was barricaded. Once inside the house, they found the woman dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The woman’s identity has not been released. There are no reports of additional injuries at this time.

28-year-old Donald Lee Beaver of Tradewinds Court in Mooresville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for violating a pre-trial release agreement.

While out conducting follow-up investigations on several domestic violence cases, Det. Sgt. Katie Harwell of the Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit went to a residence on Winding Arbor Road. No one was home. In an effort to locate the victim, Sgt. Harwell went to 148 Rowan Road in Cleveland. When Sgt. Harwell knocked on the door, Donald Lee Beaver answered. He then pointed to the female Sgt. Harwell was attempting to locate.

Sgt. Harwell spoke with the victim and was able to confirm through the Clerk of Courts Office that Beaver was in violation of active pretrial release conditions.

Beaver was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. Beaver was originally arrested on September 22 of this year for assault on a female and resisting a public officer. His original bond was $500, secured. An appearance in District Court was set for November 10.

         

Thursday, 09 October 2014 13:38

Boone Teen Accused of Stealing Hammock from Employer

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19-year-old Kathleen Beatrice Ferrell of Boone was arrested by Boone Police last Friday (October 3) on one count of felony larceny by employee.

Ferrell allegedly stole a Mayan hammock from her place of employment, The Happy Place. She is accused of listing the hammock for sale on App State Classifieds, a Facebook page dedicated to private sales.

Ferrell was given a $10,000 secured bond pending a November 18 appearance in Watauga County District Court.

46-year-old Mickey Gene Mellon of Boyles Road in Lawndale has been convicted in Lincoln County Superior Court on charges of attempted discharging a firearm into occupied property and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was sentenced yesterday (October 8) to 27 to 42 months in the North Carolina prison system.

On September 28 of last year, Deputies were dispatched to a shots fired call on Hull’s Grove Church Road. The caller told Officers someone in a gold-colored minivan was firing shots at a green Jeep Cherokee as they traveled on Hulls Grove Church Road. Deputies later found the Jeep wrecked on Zonnie Schronce Road. No one was in the Jeep.

Detective Jon Propst learned the vehicle had been occupied by two women, one of whom was described as Mellon’s girlfriend. Investigators searched Mellon’s Cleveland County home where they located a handgun used in the incident.