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High Country Crime Stoppers and the Watauga County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public’s assistance in solving a break-in at Mack Brown Chevrolet, 2705 U.S. Highway 421 South in Boone.

The incident took place on June 30 at approximately 3 a.m. The suspect gained entry by climbing a fence at the rear of the building. Video footage shows the suspect dressed in a t-shirt and jeans with a brace on his or her left arm. The suspect stole an older model truck, along with car rims.

Anyone with information regarding the break-in should call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 or 828-737-0125 or call the Watauga County Sheriff's Office at 828-264-3761.

A reward may be available for information leading to an arrest or to the recovery of stolen property.

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 13:27

Carolina Premier Dance Company Opens in Newton

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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Monday (July 7) at the Carolina Premier Dance Company, 514 West 21st Street in Newton. Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman was among those on hand to celebrate the opening.

Carolina Premier Dance Company offers clogging, hip-hop, ballet, tap, ballroom, Carolina shag, east & west coast swing, acrobatics, tumbling and cheerleading classes. Private lessons are available, as are competition teams, dance companies and workout classes.

Co-founders Stefanie Grubbs Canady and Darren Hedrick began their dance careers in 1983 and are proficient in a variety of dance styles. Carolina Premier instructors hail from around the nation. Dancers and students will travel from eight states to learn and compete.

The dance studio is located in the former Moretz-Gold Toe plant, complete with wooden floors that are ideal for dancers.

From July 18 to 20, Carolina Premier Dance Company will host Fusion Fest with workshops for all skill levels. The dancing begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 18.

For more information, visit www.carolinapremierdance.com.

The Rhodhiss Post Office will hold a meeting at 3 p.m. today (July 8) to discuss shortening office hours, cluster boxes, closing the office or contracting it to a private service.

For more information, call David Hollar at 828-391-1028.

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 12:05

Wisconsin Man Held as Fugitive on $150K Bond

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31-year-old John Rubein Virgil Hudson of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin has been arrested by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol in Caldwell County as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was taken into custody and jailed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center where he is being held under a $150,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police are seeking the public’s assistance in solving an incident involving vandalism in downtown Boone.

Last Thursday, July 3, at approximately 11:30 p.m., two vehicles in a King Street parking lot were intentionally damaged. One vehicle was kicked or struck with a blunt object and the windshield of another vehicle was kicked out.

Witnesses who observed the incident described the suspect as a white male walking with another white male and a white female. Boone Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects, whose images were captured by nearby surveillance cameras.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 or 828-737-0125 or call Boone Police at 828-268-6900.

A reward may be available for information leading to an arrest.

The Humane Society of Catawba County (HSCC) is sponsoring its Furry Faces Photo Contest. The contest is a unique opportunity to celebrate pets while showing support for the homeless companion animals in the community.

The top 13 entries will be featured in the 2015 Humane Society of Catawba County calendar. All proceeds go directly to the HSCC.

The contest ends at midnight on Thursday, July 31.

For more information, click here.

Catawba Valley Community College student David Bares recently received a scholarship from Christians United for Israel (CUFI) to attend the organization’s annual National Summit in Washington, D.C. this summer.

Bares will be one of 400 college students from around the country to attend the summit. He received the scholarship based on his success in establishing a CUFI chapter at CVCC last year. Bares serves as president of the chapter, which is the newest one in the state. Bares is enrolled in CVCC’s associate in arts program and hopes to transfer to UNC Chapel Hill to complete a bachelor’s degree in the health field.

A Level II tutor at CVCC’s Learning Assistance Center, he tutors students in anatomy & physiology, English, psychology, history and world religion. He has been named to the Honors List and is writing a book on biblical truths.

Before enrolling at CVCC he attended Davie County Community College, World Bible College and the Ringgold School of Preaching in Ringgold, Georgia. A native of Davie County, Bares worked for J&J Home Improvement in Mocksville for 24 years.

The Hickory resident also serves as one of the associate ministers at Morning Star Baptist Church in Hickory.

The City of Morganton plans to cut off water service temporarily Friday morning (July 11) in the Interstate 40/Exit 105 area. About 50 customers will be affected.

Contractors working for the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will connect a new section of the city’s water line to the city's existing water system. The work is a part of the NCDOT bridge replacement project at Exit 105 and South Sterling Street. Water service will be shut off after midnight on Friday and restored once the work is complete. Plans called for service to be restored by early Friday morning.

The customers affected include those on South Sterling Street from Bush Drive to Drexel Road, Steakhouse Road, Believers Way and Randall Road.

Anyone with questions or concerns can call the City of Morganton Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.

Newton Police say the investigation into the death of Maggie Daniels is continuing. Investigators continued to work the case over the long holiday weekend.

Investigators are making contact with residents and neighbors in the area and conducting interviews. Police are following up on all tips and leads that have been reported.

Police are requesting that any businesses or private residents in the area of Ms. Daniels’ apartment or from 15th Street to 20th Street on North Main Avenue with exterior surveillance cameras that were in operation on June 27 & 28 should contact the Newton Police Department.

Anyone with any information regarding the death of Maggie Daniels should call Newton Police at 828-465-7430.

According to published reports, the City of Claremont has approved a development agreement with Apple to annex land for a new solar farm. The property is located at 3123 Kelly Boulevard in Claremont and has a listed market value of more than $1.4 million.

The planned facility will be a 100-acre, 17.5-megawatt solar farm with an initial investment of $55 million. The project will create 75 jobs during construction.

Claremont City Council approved the agreement with Apple during its meeting Monday night.

The new solar farm should be completed within five years of the start of construction, slated for the end of this year.

The facility will be Apple’s third solar farm in Catawba County, joining an existing facility in Maiden and another planned on Lai Ber Road in Conover.