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Friday, 28 November 2014 12:18

Catawba County Science Fair Winners Announced

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Catawba County 4-H and Catawba County Schools have partnered to offer the Catawba County Science Fair, culminating with a countywide contest in November.

Winners in the elementary division were Annalee Smith and Makayla Little. Smith’s project was titled “Ready, Set, Remember,” which focused on the impact of gender in short-term memory. Smith is a 4th grade student at Maiden Elementary. Little, a 3rd grade student and the youngest fair participant, titled her project “Egg-splorer.”

Students in grades 6-8 competed in the middle school division for the N.C. Science Fair and were judged in scientific categories. Adysen Hudson and Samantha Wilmoth created a team project titled “Speeds vs. Breeds” that earned them the 1st place award for Biological Sciences. Hudson and Wilmoth are students at Maiden Middle School. Abbey Smith, another student from Maiden Middle, earned the 1st place award in Behavior & Social Sciences for her project titled “Total Recall: Does Age Effect Short-term Memory?” Josh Wilson, a home-schooled 4-H member, earned 1st place in the Chemistry category for his project titled “Starch Your Engines,” based on food chemistry.  

Top winners in the physics category were Tyler Long and Cassidee Bruce, 8th graders at Riverbend Middle School. Tyler Long worked with Ottis Morrison to create and test a soda geyser, which earned a first-place physics award.

Selected students will advance to the regional science fair contest in December at Appalachian State, with regional winners advancing to the N.C. Science Fair.

For more information, contact Donna Mull at 828-465-8240 or donna_mull@ncsu.edu.

The 11th annual Exodus Homes Christmas Lights Festival & Food Crawl will be held on December 8 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Horseshoe Apartments, 122 8th Avenue Drive S.W. in Hickory. Ward 4 City Councilmen Hank Guess will light the rooftop Christmas tree at 5:30 p.m.

Guests are invited to enjoy the Christmas lights while dining on free food donated by Olive Garden, Texas Roadhouse, Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse, Pizza Hut, Wingzza, Mountain Chicken and Pepsi Cola.

The Exodus Church gospel choir and Prodigal Sons & Daughters will perform. The Exodus youth will also sing, dance and demonstrate their step team skills. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to give out candy to the children. Those attending will have the opportunity to purchase William Mangum’s "Eternal Hope" Honor Cards.

All of the Exodus Homes apartments will be open to the public for tours. The event is free, but donations are appreciated. The event will be held, rain or shine.

For more information, contact the Rev. Susan Smith Walker at 828-962-8196 or revsusanwalker@gmail.com.

Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed this Saturday (November 29) as "Small Business Saturday," encouraging North Carolinians to celebrate small businesses and the valuable contributions they make to the economy.

The Governor says “Small Business Saturday” is a celebration of entrepreneurs, of hard work and of the talent and workforce North Carolina has cultivated to make it attractive to potential small business owners. Governor McCrory praised the work small businesses do to provide employment and opportunity for citizens throughout the state. He encouraged citizens to patronize local small businesses this Saturday and on other days.

North Carolina is home to more than 800,000 small businesses, accounting for nearly one-half of North Carolina's gross state product. Overall, there are an estimated 28 million small businesses in the United States, representing more than 99% of American companies and two-thirds of all new jobs created, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Friday, 28 November 2014 07:06

Hickory Man Charged with Attempted Murder

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38-year-old Johnny Frank Lipps of 39th Avenue N.E. in Hickory has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of attempted first-degree murder.

A man is charged with shooting another man in the face during an altercation that authorities say was connected to a land dispute. According to the Catawba County Sheriff's Office,

The incident occurred at about 5:30 Wednesday (November 26) as Hunter Wade Lail and a friend were hunting on land off of 39th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Johnny Lipps approached the two men. According to the Sheriff's Office, there is an ongoing land dispute between Lipps and the Lails.

Lipps was reportedly within 20 feet of the two men when he allegedly fired three or four shots in their direction. Lail and his friend told Lipps not to shoot them and Lipps said he was just going to graze them. Lipps allegedly fired one more shot, hitting Lail in the face. Lail and the other man then went to Lail's house where they called authorities. Lail was taken to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem for treatment.

Deputies arrested Lipps early Thanksgiving morning. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $500,000 secured bond. Lipps will appear in District Court Monday (December 1) in Newton.

Friday, 28 November 2014 06:59

F.P.A. to Hold Auditions for "Almost Maine"

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Foothills Performing Arts will hold auditions for "Almost, Maine” on Monday and Tuesday, December 15 & 16 at 6:30 p.m. in B-100 on the Caldwell Community College campus.

"Almost, Maine" by John Cariani is a collection of scenes about the varied stages of love. As many as 10 women and nine men of various ages are needed. The production will be directed by Lori Franklin.

Auditions will consist of cold reads from the script. No prepared monologues or prior acting experience are necessary. Foothills Performing Arts supports nontraditional casting.

For more information about the show, visit the show's webpage at www.almostmaine.com or read a description by the Dramatists Play Service.

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute is located at 2855 Hickory Boulevard in Hudson.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, December 1, in the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

The Board will receive a report on the county’s fiscal year 2013-14 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and an independent audit of the county’s financial records for FY 2013-14. The Board will also consider adopting a set of goals for fiscal year 2015-2016.

The Board will observe as newly elected County Commissioner Sherry Butler and re-elected County Commissioners Kitty Barnes and Randy Isenhower take their Oaths of Office for four-year terms and re-elected Sheriff Coy Reid takes his Oath of Office for a second four-year term. The Board will hold its annual organizational meeting to select a chairperson and vice-chairperson for the coming year and appoint commissioners to serve on board subcommittees.

The Board will consider a resolution regarding its partnership with Catawba Valley Medical Center, Frye Regional Medical Center, the City of Hickory and the Catawba County EDC’s Committee of 100 in support of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s planned Health Sciences Center. The county’s support would include funding in the amount of $20,000 per year for five years for a total of $100,000.

The Commissioners will also consider proposed risk and needs priorities for fiscal year 2015-16 for the Catawba County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.

The Board will consider the use of the sole source exemption, allowed under state law when a needed item is available from only one source, for the purchase of position console equipment for the E-911 Center in the Justice Center/Public Safety Center Expansion. In addition, the Board will consider awarding a bid for construction of the Old Shelby Road waterline extension.

Finally, the Board will recognize the county budget staff, which has won the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for a 26th consecutive year, and the Board will recognize retiring Western Piedmont Council of Governments Executive Director Dee Blackwell for his contributions to the county and region during his 40-year career.

34-year-old David Lee Sheffield, Jr. of Southfork Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:15 this morning on charges out of Caldwell County for felony obtaining property by false pretense, as well as misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen property.

Sheffield was taken into custody at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on 6th Street N.W. in Hickory and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He is currently scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Lenoir on January 5 on a number of other felony charges. He also has a Superior Court date set for December 1 in Morganton on a charge of felony larceny.

46-year-old Thomas Black of Regency Square in Newport News, Virginia was arrested in Newport News on burglary charges from a December 2007 incident in Lincoln County. Black was picked up by Lincoln County Detectives on November 25 and returned to Lincoln County to face charges. He was wanted on felony charges of second-degree burglary and larceny after breaking & entering. He was also served with two misdemeanor warrants for driving on a revoked license.

On December 3, 2007, Black’s ex-girlfriend returned to her Oakwood Circle home and found Black running out of the house. He fled with an estimated $10,000 worth of jewelry and $650 in cash. Entry to the home was gained by prying open a back bedroom window.

Detective Sally Dellinger spoke with Black by phone on December 19, 2007 and he agreed to come to the Sheriff’s Office and speak to her about the case. He didn’t show up for the meeting.

Following his arrest, Black was placed in the Lincoln Co. Detention Center under a $28,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

42-year-old Dana Wilson Johnson of Loomis Street in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives on one felony count each of breaking & entering a building, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods, as well as one misdemeanor count of injury to real property.

Johnson is accused of taking electrical wiring from a vacant home on Loomis Street and causing thousands of dollars in damage to the residence. Deputies were dispatched to the house after the owner, who now lives in Massachusetts, reported someone had broken into the home. The interior was severely damaged as the wiring was stolen. A new kitchen sink valued at $2,300 was also taken. Damage to the residence was estimated at $8,000.

During a search of the home, Deputies found two toolboxes that did not belong to the owner. In one of the toolboxes, they found a Green Dot card in the name of Dana Johnson. In the other toolbox were some papers, one of which had a work schedule from a local grocery store where Johnson’s husband works. Neighbors reported seeing the suspect at the residence on a number of occasions.

Johnson was arrested by Detective Kelly Paris and placed in the Lincoln Co. Detention Center under a $7,500 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 13:21

More Details Released in Arrest of Charlotte Man

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More details have been released in the arrest of 54-year-old Gary David Hinson of Norwood Drive in Charlotte. Hinson was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:45 Tuesday morning (November 25) on one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count each of larceny and possession of stolen goods or property. He was also charged on a November 21 misdemeanor warrant from Mecklenburg County for failure to appear on a charge of assault on a female.

At 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, Police were called regarding a man who left the Olde Hickory Taproom without paying his bill. The manager at the Taproom gave Officers a description of the suspect and told them he saw the man heading toward Randolph Billiards.

Police found the suspect at Randolph Billiards. He was in possession of a laptop computer. The manager at the pool hall told Officers the laptop was stolen from a customer’s vehicle that was parked near the front of the business. Police contacted the customer, who verified that the laptop was the same one stolen earlier.

Hinson was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on December 1 in Newton and on January 12 in Charlotte.

No charges were filed in connection to the dine & dash incident at the Taproom.

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