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25-year-old Meredith Leigh Michaux of La Foret Drive in Morganton has been arrested on charges of hit & run with property damage, felony trafficking in cocaine and felony robbery with a dangerous weapon.

She was arrested yesterday (July 10) as Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers and Lenoir Police assisted the United States Marshals Service in the service of a warrant for armed robbery. The warrant was issued in connection to an incident in Burke County several weeks ago.

Information gathered led Officers to an address on Forest Hill Drive in Lenoir. Officers entered the residence and found the suspect, Meredith Michaux, who was taken into custody without incident. A search of the area turned up a large amount of crack cocaine and a firearm.

Michaux was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $201,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in a Burke County courtroom today on the robbery charges and in Lenoir on July 14 on the trafficking charge. Additional Caldwell County court dates were set for August 12 & 26.

26-year-old Ashley Renee Propst of Graybirch Drive in Maiden has been arrested by Probation & Parole Officers in Catawba County for a felony probation violation. She is on probation following an October 2013 conviction in Lincoln County for possession or distribution of methamphetamine precursor chemicals.

She was jailed yesterday (July 9) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. Propst will appear in Superior Court on July 14.

The Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA) will hold a gathering focused on the care of dairy goats at the Ripshin Goat Dairy. The program will take place from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 20 at the dairy in Happy Valley. The informal tour and potluck meal will include information and networking opportunities for a variety of learning levels.

Liza Plaster owns and operates the Ripshin Goat Dairy, an Animal Welfare Approved goat dairy that sold cheeses through a variety of outlets until winter 2012. Although Ms. Plaster has retired from cheese making, she is excited to teach others about the care of dairy goats and share her story. The informal program will provide a comfortable setting for persons with any level of experience.

The BRWIA gathering is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring a potluck food item to share. Attendees must wear durable, close-toed shoes and sun protection.

The dairy is located at 1865 Highway 268 in Lenoir. Those planning to attend should RSVP to Suzanne Fleishman at programs@brwia.org or 828-386-1537.

More information about the BRWIA’s summer workshop series and other programs can be found at www.brwia.org.

45-year-old Mark Shannon Mills of Souther Road in Old Fort has been charged by McDowell County Sheriff’s Detective Paul Alkire with eight felony counts each of larceny and obtaining property by false pretense.

In May, while Mills was a subcontractor for Crane Resistoflex, the company reported ten sintering tubes, valued at $100,000, missing. Det. Alkire said Mills stole the tubes and sold them to a scrap metal business on multiple occasions for a total of $2,000.

Mills was released from custody on a written promise to appear in court. No court date is currently listed.

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Lenoir-Rhyne University’s new Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia will present two virtual open houses beginning this Friday, July 11 between noon and 1 p.m. The final virtual open house session will be offered Wednesday, July 23, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Open house sessions will highlight the center’s Counseling program and online Human Services program. Those seeking professional degrees and an opportunity to accelerate their careers should attend.

Each virtual open house session will introduce enrollment counselors and the Dean of the Graduate School and will highlight various opportunities available at the Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia. Information about financial aid opportunities, degree programs and campus housing will also be provided. Sessions are expected to last approximately one hour.

Go to Columbia.lr.edu to register. Contact Kohl Friery or Bria Rearden at 803-461-3296 for more information.

The Caldwell Arts Council has announced that Grassroots Arts Program Grant Applications are now available. Applications must be submitted to the Caldwell Arts Council by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 15. Allocations will be announced in mid-September.

The grants are funded by the North Carolina Arts Council and are available to non-profit organizations for cultural arts programming in Caldwell County. Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations, arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists and other community organizations that provide arts programs in the county.

The application is available at www.caldwellarts.com. For more information, contact the Caldwell Arts Council at 828-754-2486 or info@caldwellarts.com.

The March of Dimes Foothills Division has announced that Team Will in Iredell County has been ranked number two in the nation among Family Teams participating in the 2014 March for Babies. Team Will is the second highest fundraising Family Team in the nation.

In March of 2006, Mitch and Anna Johnson of Statesville gave birth to their first son, Will, nearly three months prematurely. Will weighed only one pound, five ounces at birth. His twin brother, Sam, was born three days later and weighed one pound, two ounces. As the result of various complications from the premature birth, Sam passed away two days after delivery. While Will was still in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Johnson family formed Team Will.

Their fundraising efforts were led by now eight-year-old Will and his parents. In 2014, they raised more than $77,000 during the Iredell County March for Babies campaign. They have been among the top Family Teams statewide and nationally since 2009. Since inception, Team Will has raised more than $313,000 to aid in the Foundation’s efforts. The Johnsons will receive national recognition from the Foundation this fall.

More than four million babies are born prematurely in the United States each year. The March of Dimes helps them all through research, education and vaccines.

Thursday, 10 July 2014 11:14

Lenoir Man Faces Felony Drug Charge

21-year-old Gregory Michael Cramer of Meadow Circle in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (July 8) by Hudson Police for possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. He was given a custody release with a District Court appearance in Lenoir set for tomorrow.

42-year-old Michael Dean Campbell of 18th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Granite Falls Police yesterday (July 8) for misdemeanor larceny, possession of stolen goods or property and first-degree trespass. He was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $23,800, secured. District Court dates in Lenoir were scheduled for August 14 and September 15.

28-year-old Eric Dale Jones of Hickory Boulevard in Lenoir was served an indictment yesterday (July 8) by Lenoir Police on charges of felony trafficking in opium or heroin and misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. He also faces charges for D.W.I., allowing a vehicle to be driven with no registration, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.

Jones was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $3,000 secured bond. Appearances in Superior Court and District Court were set for September 8.