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The City of Hickory announced today (February 17) that Assistant City Manager & Chief Financial Officer, Warren Wood, has accepted the Town Manager position with the Town of Waxhaw, North Carolina. After a competitive nationwide search, the Town of Waxhaw’s Town Board announced Wood as its selection on Monday evening, February 16.

Wood has been with the City of Hickory for 22 years and served in a variety of professional and management positions, most recently overseeing the city’s Administrative Services, Police, Fire and Parks & Recreation departments. He has had primary responsibility for budget development and budget administration.

Wood is a native of Hickory. He began his career as Town Manager of Badin, North Carolina in 1991 before he was hired by the City of Hickory in 1993. In Hickory, he worked as Purchasing Agent, Human Resources Director and Director of Administration & Budget before assuming his current position.

Wood will join the Town of Waxhaw on March 30 of this year.

Monday, 16 February 2015 17:43

Weather Forces Multiple Closings

Winter Weather-related announcements:

Lenoir-Rhyne University classes that start at 4 p.m. or later today are cancelled. A decision on Tuesday classes and university operations will be made later today (February 16).

Classes at Catawba Valley Community College are cancelled after 4 p.m. tomorrow. A decision regarding Tuesday’s classes will be made at 6 a.m. tomorrow.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for this evening (February 16) at 7 p.m. in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room in Newton’s 1924 Courthouse on North College Avenue has been cancelled.

Catawba County Schools and Hickory Public Schools will be closed Tuesday for staff and students. The lost instructional day will be made up February 27. Newton-Conover City Schools will be closed for students and staff Tuesday. Caldwell and Burke county schools will be closed for students Tuesday with an optional teacher workday.

The Facebook Small Business Boost event scheduled for Tuesday in Lincolnton has been cancelled.

Monday, 16 February 2015 14:18

Hudson Man Charged with Felony I.D. Theft

35-year-old Milton Wesley Setzer of Ken Dar Lane in Hudson was arrested Friday (February 13) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of identity theft. He was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (February 16) in Lenoir.

29-year-old Billy Dean Potter of Old Highway 70 in Connelly Springs was arrested yesterday (February 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and felony sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. He was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

30-year-old Joshua Eric Kelley of Franklin Avenue in Marion was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (February 13) on charges of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and felony possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana. Following his arrest, Kelley was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $100,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (February 16) in Lenoir.

27-year-old Amanda Ashley Tomlinson of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about four o’clock Saturday morning on one felony count each of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and obtaining property by false pretense.

She was arrested after Police responded to a noise complaint involving a loud argument at her residence. Upon arrival, Officers conducted a routine warrant check and found that Tomlinson had outstanding arrest warrants from Iredell County dated January 29 of this year.

Tomlinson was taken into custody without incident and taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,000, secured. She has since been released. An appearance in an Iredell County courtroom was scheduled for February 23.

Governor Pat McCrory has issued a State of Emergency declaration ahead of a winter storm that will enter North Carolina this afternoon (February 16) and is expected to hit the state with snow, sleet and freezing rain. Governor McCrory said North Carolina’s State Emergency Response Team is preparing for the approaching winter storm and recommended that residents do the same.  

This morning, Governor McCrory signed two executive orders to expedite storm response. The State of Emergency declaration enables the governor to mobilize the necessary resources to respond to a storm and is the first step in seeking federal funds to help defray eligible storm-related costs. The executive order waives restrictions on weight and the hours of service for fuel, utility and other truck drivers that may be working to deliver supplies, restore services or clear storm debris.

Governor McCrory also activated the State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate storm response and he directed the State Highway Patrol to coordinate with other law enforcement and emergency responders statewide to mark abandoned vehicles to ensure that no one is left stranded in the dangerous weather. Additionally, he reminded motorists of the state’s quick clearance policy, instructing state transportation crews to clear the road by pushing to the shoulder any vehicles that may impede traffic.

Real-time weather conditions, road conditions and shelter openings, as well as winter safety tips, can be found on the free ReadyNC mobile app or on line at www.readync.org web site.

Travelers are also urged to call 5-1-1 or go to www.ncdot.org for up-to-date roadway conditions.

The Caldwell County Animal Shelter at 829 Fairview Drive S.W. in Lenoir will not take in any animals from Wednesday, February 18, through Wednesday, March 4, while repairs are made to the shelter.

In keeping with state regulations, all floors and walls where animals are kept must be sealed in order to prevent disease. During the two weeks when the shelter is closed, kennel walls will be repainted in order to comply with the regulations.

Animals cannot be in the areas where painting is being done. Any animals currently in the affected areas will be sent out to rescues or adopted before the shelter shuts down for two weeks.

For more information, contact LouAnne Kincaid, Caldwell County Public Information Officer, at 828-759-7879.

29-year-old Andy James Smith of 37th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after midnight on Valentines Day. He was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana. Smith was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested when Police on foot patrol at the Deluxe Inn on Highway 70 S.W. saw a subject with a glass pipe, preparing to smoke meth in a room at the hotel. A search of the room turned up three meth pipes, digital scales, a marijuana pipe, 4.7 grams of marijuana, $501 in cash and 1.1 grams of meth.

Smith was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $16,800 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (February 16) in Newton.

30-year-old Christopher Michael Martin of Dry Dock Loop in Mooresville was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (February 14) on one felony count each of larceny, obtaining property by false pretense and possession of stolen property. The charges are based on warrants issued from Burke County on February 12. He was also charged with a felony probation violation on a warrant from the U.S. Marshals Service.

Martin was arrested after Officers on foot patrol at the Deluxe Inn on Highway 70 S.W. detected the odor of marijuana coming from a room at the hotel. Officers entered the room and found 0.7 grams of marijuana and some paraphernalia. Martin was cited for those offenses and taken into custody without incident on the outstanding warrants.

Following his arrest, Martin was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,500 secured bond on the charges from Burke County; however, he was put on hold without bond by the Marshals Service. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (February 16) in Morganton.