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A new grocery store is coming to Hickory. The Food Matters Market will open in early 2015 in the old Ace Hardware building on Highway 127 North. The new market is looking for quality, local food and artisan products to sell in the store, including meats, produce, cheese, baked goods, jams, soaps and other value-added products.

Representatives from the store will give a presentation open to any interested producers regarding the new store and the process for becoming a supplier. The presentation will be held on February 11 from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Catawba County Cooperative Extension Center, 1175 South Brady Avenue in Newton. Topics covered will include desired products, food safety, insurance requirements, delivery process, in-store farm promotion opportunities and more.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Kellyn Montgomery with the Catawba County Cooperative Extension at 828-465-8243 or kellyn_montgomery@ncsu.edu.

 

The Office of Governor Pat McCrory today (February 2) announced 27 appointments to the Juvenile Justice Planning Committee of the Governor’s Crime Commission.

 

Among them are Richard Thompson of Catawba County, Dr. Amy Blake-Lewis of Cabarrus County, Rachel Hannibal of Iredell County, Stephen Smith of Buncombe County, Diamon Dalton of McDowell County and Julian Balknight of Cabarrus County.

 

The committee advises the state board on administering juvenile justice and delinquency prevention grants from the U.S. Department of Justice. The term length is two years and members serve at the pleasure of the governor.

 

Monday, 02 February 2015 14:26

Hickory Man Faces Felony Meth Charge

62-year-old Preston David Payne of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:30 Friday evening (January 30) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Police responded to an assault call at Payne’s residence. Officers found no evidence of an assault, but a search of the residence turned up 0.1 grams of methamphetamine and a burned spoon.

Payne was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,500, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (February 2) in Newton.

50-year-old Kimberly Deann Bumgarner of Mark Trail Court in Claremont was arrested at about two o’clock yesterday afternoon (February 1) by Hickory Police on felony counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of counterfeit currency and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Events leading to her arrest began about an hour earlier when the manager at Hickory’s OfficeMax store called Police and said a male and a female subject were in the store, attempting to pass a counterfeit $100 bill.

Officers arrived to find that the female, Kimberly Deann Bumgarner, had passed the bill. When questioned, she told Officers there was nothing illegal in her purse, but a search turned up a small, round, blue tin containing a straw with residue. A female Officer then conducted a more thorough search and found five 0.5 mg Xanax pills, one 2.0 mg Xanax pill, 12 1.0 mg Clonazepam pills and 1.4 grams of methamphetamine.

Bumgarner was taken into custody at the store. The male was not charged.

Bumgarner has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

45-year-old Reginald Steven Young of Stonewood Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 2) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was arrested shortly after midnight when Officers conducting a property check at the Terrace Hills apartment complex on the 1100 block of 2nd Street Place S.E. Officers approached a vehicle in the parking lot. As Police searched one of the vehicle’s occupants, Reginald Steven Young, Young broke away and fled on foot. He was apprehended after a brief foot chase. Officers then found a baggie of crack cocaine weighing 1.9 grams.

Following his arrest, Young was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $6,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

23-year-old Ashton Markese Mayfield of 3rd Avenue Court S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 1 p.m. Friday (January 30) one on felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine and one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance.

Mayfield has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $27,450, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (February 2) in Newton. Mayfield was also scheduled to appear in Superior Court today in Newton on felony charges of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and multiple counts of obtaining property by false pretense. He also has several court dates in McDowell County scheduled this month on a variety of charges.

29-year-old Antwan Stephen Boyd of 13th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

He was arrested after an Officer traveling on Highway 70 S.E. saw a vehicle with no headlights on. The Officer conducted a traffic stop at the Shell station and found that the driver, Antwan Boyd, had outstanding warrants dating back to 2012 for failure to appear and for a probation violation.

A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of 0.9 grams of powder cocaine on Boyd’s person. Boyd was taken into custody without incident.

He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (February 2) in Newton.

Hickory Police report an incident in which an electronic monitoring beacon was stolen from the city’s courthouse complex at 1418 1st Avenue N.W. The incident occurred at about 4 p.m. Wednesday and was reported the following day.

The victim is listed as the N.C. Department of Correction Probation & Parole division. The beacon is valued at $250 and was used to monitor parolees in the courthouse.

According to Police reports, the suspect is known to law enforcement. It’s not clear if a warrant for suspect’s arrest has been issued.

Hickory Police are investigating.

A special meeting of the Hickory International Council will be held at 6 p.m. this coming Monday (February 2) in the upstairs conference room at the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library.

The purpose of the meeting is to appoint an ex officio representative to serve on the city’s Bond Implementation Commission.

On January 27, Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) Executive Director Anthony Starr announced that Tina Miller has been promoted to the position of Area Agency on Aging director. The announcement was made during a meeting of the WPCOG’s Policy Board. Ms. Miller will replace Sheila Weeks, the current director, who is retiring at the end of February.

Ms. Miller joined the WPCOG in 1998 as a Job Training Partnership Act Specialist. She became an Aging Specialist with the Aging Services Division in February 1999 and has served in that capacity for the past 16 years. Her work includes conducting assessments of regional service providers and serving as lead monitor for the Area Agency on Aging.

Ms. Miller is a nationally certified Reverse Mortgage Counselor and has conducted almost 900 counseling sessions for older adults in the region. She is the regional coordinator for evidence-based health promotion programs, a master trainer for the “Matter of Balance” Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and the Diabetes Self-Management Program. She is also responsible for maintaining the Area Agency on Aging webpage and the Resource Directory for Older Adults.

Miller has a Bachelor’s in Business Management from North Carolina State University and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from Appalachian State University.