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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.

33-year-old Jeffery Dean Etchison, Jr. of West College Street in Stanley was arrested today (September 2) by Lincolnton Police on

charges of embezzlement, identity theft, forgery of an instrument, uttering of a forged instrument and obtaining property by false pretense.

Etchison was an employee at the Fifth Third Bank on East Main Street in Lincolnton. On August 15, he allegedly forged a savings account withdrawal slip and withdrew money from an elderly victim’s account without the victim’s permission. Etchison is accused of keeping the money.

Last Monday (August 25), the elderly victim was notified of the unauthorized withdrawal. He contacted Fifth Third Bank and filed a police report. During the investigation, Etchison told Police a white male subject who made a transaction immediately following Etchison’s illegal transaction was the suspect. Bank Investigators and Lincolnton Police then developed information on the possible offender, who was later identified and interviewed. Investigators determined that he was a witness and was not the offender.

Etchison was interviewed a second time. According to Police, he confessed to the illegal withdrawal and to intentionally leading investigators to the wrong person.

After his arrest, Etchison was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

Fifth Third Bank has cooperated fully with the investigation, which is ongoing.

The Valdese Family Friday Night Summer Concert Series will continue with a performance by The Extraordinaires at seven o’clock Friday evening (September 5) in the Wells Fargo/Town Parking lot in downtown Valdese.

Formed in the spring of 2003, The Extraordinaires feature a variety of classics and R&B. They are made up of lead vocalist Amy Owen; bass and trumpet player Rusty Bunton; trumpet player Mark Gaber; trombone player Chuck Moss; Chase Bunton on horns and additional vocals; Steven Foster on sax and vocals; keyboards by Justin Bumgardner; guitarist Pat Tyler; and drummer Eric Taylor.

Myra’s will continue their Friday “Cruise In” with over a hundred classic & antique cars. Several downtown merchants will remain open to provide shopping opportunities.

The Family Friday Night Series is sponsored by the Town of Valdese, the Valdese Merchants Association and the Morganton News Herald.

For additional information, visit townofvaldese.com or call 828-879-2129.

23-year-old Nathaniel Jawon Norwood of Holloway Place in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police Friday (August 29) on one felony count of fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. He was also charged with two counts of failure to stop for a red light and one count each of speeding (60 in a 25 MPH zone), aggressive driving, carless & reckless driving, driving left of center, hit & run with property damage, D.W.I. and no operators license.

At about 9:20 Friday morning, Police saw a red Nissan passenger car traveling at a high rate of speed run as it ran a red light at the intersection of Harper Avenue and Virginia Street. The Nissan did not stop after Police activated their blue lights and siren. The vehicle traveled west on Harper Avenue and made a series of turns. It ended up on Fairview Drive, where the vehicle left the roadway and struck utility pole guide wires, causing the vehicle to overturn.

The driver, Nathaniel Jawon Norwood, was transported to Caldwell Memorial Hospital and was released with non-life threatening injuries. The front passenger, Martha Craig, was the vehicle’s registered owner and was charged with allowing an unlicensed driver to drive.

An investigation determined that the vehicle was involved in a hit & run accident on Poplar Street in Lenoir shortly before the chase.

Norwood was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (September 2) in Lenoir.

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25-year-old David Lee Gross of Mourglea Avenue in Connelly Springs was arrested Friday (August 29) by Lenoir Police on one felony count of fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, as well as one misdemeanor count each for unsafe movement, driving while license revoked, reckless driving, driving the wrong way on a street with double yellow lines, aggressive driving, fictitious registration, no insurance, unsafe passing, speeding in a work zone, following too closely and possession of drug paraphernalia.

His arrest stems from an incident on July 24 when Lenoir Police took a stolen vehicle report. A white 1987 Toyota Supra was stolen from the parking lot of Mountaineer Motors on Morganton Boulevard in Lenoir. Just before 11 a.m. Friday, an Officer saw a black 1987 Toyota Supra at the intersection of Civic Court and Fairview Drive. The Officer noticed the vehicle had been spray painted black.

The Officer confirmed that the vehicle stolen in July was still missing and he ran the tag, which came back as revoked. The Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the suspect vehicle fled. The ensuing pursuit wound through the city, left the city limits and continued onto Connelly Springs Road. Lenoir Police turned the pursuit over to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office as the North Carolina Highway Patrol deployed stop sticks near Castle Bridge.

The suspect vehicle went another quarter of a mile before coming to a stop. The suspect then fled on foot. Caldwell County Deputies were able to arrest the suspect after a short foot pursuit. The suspect was identified as David Lee Gross.

Gross was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (September 2) in Lenoir.

Gross will also be indicted for felony auto larceny and felony possession of stolen goods.

Lenoir Police Chief Scott Brown cited information sharing and proactive police work in bringing about Gross’ capture. The Chief expressed his appreciation to the Sheriff’s Office and the Highway Patrol.

The City of Morganton's water distribution crew will make a waterline repair in the area of East Union Street to Vine Arden Road. The repair is scheduled to begin tomorrow morning (September 3) at eight o’clock, weather permitting. If inclement weather delays construction Wednesday, work will start the next available day.

It is anticipated that the repair could take up to 24 hours to complete. Some customers may be without water service as repairs are completed. Customers may experience discolored water caused by the opening & closing of water valves. Crews will flush mains to minimize any discolored water; however, customers may need to flush their own service lines until the water becomes clear.

No problems with the safety of drinking water are expected.