Catawba County is ready to launch it's new mobile library, it's called "Library to Go." For many months, the library staff has been working behind the scenes to prepare for the roll-out. It's essentially a traveling location of the Catawba County Library which brings empowering services and resources from within the library walls and into communities that need them the most.

The Library to Go features lots of colorful graphics and is equipped with computers, solar panels, an awning, exterior lighting, and wireless access points. When it arrives for a visit, library workers will unload it and set up bookshelves, work tables, technologies, lounging spaces, and play and learning areas – creating a temporary, ever-changing library space designed for interactive learning and exploration.

To kick off the launch of the Library to Go, a ribbon cutting will be held at noon on Thursday, November 29 at the Newton Recreation Center at 23 South Brady Avenue, on the lower level. The interactive spaces will be set up for viewing and tours, and everyone is invited to the event.

For more details about this new exploration station, visit the Library to Go page, where you can also fill out a request for a visit to your non-profit organization or community event.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 06:47

Felony Charge Lodged Against Caldwell County Man

41-year-old Clarence Thomas Waycaster of West Avenue NW in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 20) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation. Waycaster was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for December 3.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 06:22

Lenoir Man Charged With Probation Violation

40-year-old Joshua Alan English of Northwood Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation. English was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for December 3.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 05:16

Man Charged With Destroying Antitheft Device

33-year-old Neil Randall Cuthbertson was arrested Tuesday (November 20) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny by destroying an antitheft device. Cuthbertson was arrested at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and placed in jail in Morganton under $1,500 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for November 28.

Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (November 20). Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were all approved. A public hearing was held and City Council approved closing a portion of “E” Avenue SE, as petitioned by Catawba County. Following another public hearing, City Council approved a street improvement project for curb and gutter along a portion of 4th Street NW.

Public Services Director Kevin Greer presented an update on Trivium Corporate Center. City Council approved an agreement for professional services with Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. for master planning services related to Trivium Corporate Center.

City Manager Warren Wood mentioned that Hickory Police Department offers information about resources and programs available to help the homeless. Mr. Wood and Council also mentioned the great turnout for the Christmas parade and tree lighting last week.

 

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 04:32

Lenoir Man Charged With Weapon Offense

41-year-old Tyrone Christian Schmid of SW Emerald Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 20) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm. Schmid was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 04:09

Man Charged With Murdering Son

49-year-old Tony Jerome Odum Sr. was arrested Tuesday (November 20) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with murder.

Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. Morganton Public Safety Officers responded to a 911 call from 105-A Ross Street. The caller, later identified as Emanuel Odum, reported an argument with his father who had a gun. As Officers responded they were notified that shots had been fired and the caller was wounded.

When officers arrived they found 27-year-old Emanuel Forrest Odum shot in the chest lying in the driveway. The victim was taken to CHS Morganton where he was pronounced deceased. According to a news release, further investigation revealed that Emanuel Odum was shot with a rifle inside the trailer. Authorities identified Tony Jerome Odum Sr., Emanuel's father, as the shooter. The NC State Bureau of Investigation assisted with the investigation and processing of the scene.

Odum was placed in jail in Morganton under no bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court today (November 21).

40-year-old Jerry Wayne Williams of 17th Street SE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (November 20) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with two counts of felony probation violation and one count of misdemeanor probation violation. Williams was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,500 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for November 26.

42-year-old Eric Scott Hefner of 16th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (November 20) on felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. In addition, Hefner was charged with misdemeanor larceny and driving while license revoked.

Events leading to Hefner’s arrest began yesterday when Hickory Police were notified of a larceny at Tractor Supply Co. on Highway 70 S.E. The suspect vehicle was identified as a white KIA that had been reported stolen in Morganton.

Officers saw the KIA on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. and attempted to stop it, but the vehicle sped away. The vehicle was then spotted at the Budget Inn Express on Highway 70 S.W. Hefner was taken into custody without further incident at 1:35 p.m. at the hotel.

The suspect was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $16,500 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today and on January 24.

44-year-old Terry Lynn Snipes was arrested Monday (November 19) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and felony possession of weapon by a felon. Snipes was arrested at 4 p.m. Monday and placed in jail in Morganton under $65,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (November 21).

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