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The Children's Advocacy & Protection Center of Catawba County will offer three opportunities this fall for adults wishing to learn more about how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

The free training is called “Stewards of Children: Darkness to Light.” Participants will watch a documentary film and participate in a discussion led by a trained facilitator. In 2011, the CAPC launched a campaign to train 6,000 adults. So far, 3,100 have taken the training. Through the nationally recognized program, CAPC victim’s advocate Adrienne Opdyke has trained 2,034 adults.

Any concerned adult is invited to take the training. Parents and those who work with children, professionally or as volunteers, are especially encouraged to attend.

The training has been scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, September 16 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry in downtown Hickory.

Sunday, September 28 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

A two part training with the first hour scheduled for Wednesday, October 8 from noon to 1 p.m. and the second hour scheduled for Wednesday, October 15 from noon to 1 p.m. at CVCC.

Those wishing to attend should pre-register by calling 828-465-8162 or emailing klandry@catawbacountync.gov. Businesses, churches, schools or other organizations are also invited to host future events.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 11:35

Hickory Alive to Shut Down after 24 Years

The Hickory Jaycees have announced that the last Hickory Alive event will take place this Friday, September 5. Xerockx will perform.

The downtown concert series is shutting down after 24 years. Funds raised through the events have gone back into community efforts such as the Hickory Holiday Parade, Christmas for Teens, Grand Pals adoption of local seniors, The Corporate Challenge, leadership development for young professionals and Hickory's Easter Egg Hunt.

Anna Price, President of the Hickory Jaycees, says Hickory Alive is losing its busiest time frame after 9:30 p.m. due to increased city restrictions. She says the Jaycees can no longer recoup the cost to host the event for the community.

The Jaycees expressed their appreciation to attendees, performers, vendors and supporters that have been a part of the concert series for the last 24 years.

37-year-old Steven Allen Dills II of East Main Street in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincolnton Police Friday (August 29) for felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Lincolnton Police responded to a disturbance call on East Main Street early Friday morning. While investigating the disturbance call, Officers found a small amount of cocaine and drug paraphernalia in the possession of Steven Dills.

Dills was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on September 17.

Dills has prior convictions for misdemeanor larceny, D.W.I., simple possession of marijuana, probation violation, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance, failure to return rental property, second-degree trespassing and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

57-year-old Janice Smith Lynn of Miller Bridge Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 11 o’clock last night on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. 39-year-old Billy Roger McGee, Jr. and 49-year-old Tammerlon McGee, both of Rhoney Road in Connelly Springs, were also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, respectively. Tammerlon McGee faces additional misdemeanor charges for possession of Xanax and possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were arrested without incident on the 100 block of 7th Avenue S.E. after Police conducted a routine traffic stop for speeding. A Nissan, driven by Lynn, nearly collided with a police car as it changed lanes. Police obtained consent to search, leading to the discovery of 23.5 grams of marijuana under the driver’s seat, for which Billy McGee took responsibility. Eight Oxycodone pills were found in Lynn’s purse. Two Xanax pills and some marijuana roaches weighing two grams were found in Tammerlon McGee’s purse. An additional search at H.P.D. headquarters turned up a crack pipe in Tammerlon McGee’s bra.

One other person in the vehicle was not charged.

All three suspects were processed and released after posting unsecured bonds; $600 each for Lynn and Billy McGee and $1,000 for Tammerlon McGee. They were scheduled to appear in District Court on October 23 in Hickory.

61-year-old Cynthia Marlowe Storie has died as the result of an accident Monday (September 1) in Morganton. Ms. Storie passed away at about 6:30 Monday evening at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Her husband, Dayton Stanley Storie, is still listed in critical condition.

At about 3:49 p.m. Monday, Officers with the Morganton Dept. of Public Safety responded to a motor vehicle crash involving an SUV and a motorcycle at the intersection of Burkemont Avenue and Conley Street.

A preliminary investigation suggests that a 2008 Toyota RAV4, operated by Ryan William Deloach of Charlotte, was traveling north on Burkemont Avenue and was turning left onto Conley Street. A 2000 Harley Davidson Road King motorcycle, operated by Dayton Storie of Morganton, was traveling south on the outside lane with his wife Cynthia as the passenger.

Police say Deloach failed to yield the right of way to the oncoming motorcycle and hit it on the left side. Both riders were thrown from the motorcycle, resulting in serious injury. The Stories were both airlifted to CMC of Charlotte.

Charges are pending. The investigation is ongoing.

The Rev. Dr. Robert Allen will preach the first sermon in Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Grace Chapel at 10 this morning (Wednesday, September 3). The public is invited.

Pastor Allen, a 1962 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne and an alumnus of LR’s Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, is now the university’s executive director of development. He has served churches in Fayetteville, Kings Mountain and Macon, GA, and was pastor of the historic Church of the Ascension in Savannah, GA. While teaching theology and humanities and serving in the Advancement offices at Lenoir-Rhyne, Dr. Allen has served Unity Lutheran Church and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, as well as other congregations in the Hickory area. Pastor Allen was a major guide and influence in the artistic and liturgical development of Lenoir-Rhyne’s new Grace Chapel.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s weekly chapel services are held on Wednesdays from 10 to 10:30 a.m. each week the university is in session. Those services will be held in the new Grace Chapel. The public is always invited.

The Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library will open its doors to the public at 4 p.m. on Monday, September 29.

County officials, including Library Director Suzanne White and branch librarian Jennifer Patterson, will be joined by County Manager Tom Lundy, County Commissioners and others for a grand opening celebration to welcome guests to the new facility in southeastern Catawba County.

The building, located at 9154 Sherrills Ford Road, replaces the 39-year-old facility a short distance away. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the opening of the $3.1 million facility that more than doubles the space for library services.

The 10,000-square-foot facility was designed by Jenkins-Peer Architects of Charlotte and built by the David E. Looper Company of Hickory as general contractor.

The name will officially change to “Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library” on that day to better identify the communities served by the facility.

The branch phone number will remains as 828-466-6827. Expanded operating hours will be Monday and Tuesday from 12 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The existing branch building will be closed from September 22-28 to enable the move. Library materials may be returned at the drop box at the new location during that time. Customers may use any one of the Catawba County Library locations that week: Claremont, Conover, Newton, Maiden, Southwest or St. Stephens.

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 15:04

Hudson Woman Faces Felony Drug Charge

19-year-old Christian Elaine Everett of Redwood Street in Hudson was arrested by Hudson Police yesterday (September 1) for felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. She was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $15,000, secured. Everett was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 14:36

Hickory Man Faces Felony Marijuana Charge

42-year-old George William Hill, Jr. of 8th Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:30 Friday afternoon on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and one misdemeanor count for possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Police responded to an anonymous call regarding a man selling drugs on the 800 block of 8th Street Place S.E. As Officers approached the area, they saw a man in a wheelchair and detected the strong odor of marijuana. The man was searched, leading to the discovery of five baggies in his pockets and in a black bag between his wheelchair and the vehicle where he was parked. In all, the marijuana weighed 107.3 grams.

Hill was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow (September 3) in Newton.

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 14:14

Human Rights Rally Scheduled for September 7

A Human Rights rally will be held at 3 p.m. on September 7 at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 416 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. Organizers say the event is intended to bring attention to the lack of jobs, job training, education and economic development in the city.

The rally will be led by the Rev. Lamont Reeves.

For more information, call 828-308-4669 or 828-238-9676.