Abigail Cotton of Hickory has been awarded the 2014 R.C. McQuilkin Scholarship, which is a full-tuition scholarship to Columbia International University. Ms. Cotton received the news on her 18th birthday in a voicemail message from University President Bill Jones.
Ms. Cotton, who is home-schooled, participated in the R.C. McQuilkin Scholarship Weekend competition November 13-15 on the C.I.U. campus. She was joined by 60 other high school seniors from 10 states, plus one from Japan and one from Ukraine. They took part in intense interview sessions, group activities and social events.
Ms. Cotton says she will likely major in Intercultural Studies, but is also interested in C.I.U.’s new Honor’s Program, English and possibly a graduate degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Her long-term goal after graduation is doing missionary work in the Middle East.
Ms. Cotton attends Harvest Bible Chapel in Hickory. She is the daughter of Dr. Michael and Miriam Cotton.
Founded in 1923, Columbia International University is private, Christian and multidenominational institution.
50-year-old David Floyd “California Dave” Blanchard of South Drive in Morganton was arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers Saturday (November 22) on felony charges for larceny and possession of stolen goods.
Events leading to Blanchard’s arrest unfolded in October and November as Burke County Sheriff’s Detectives investigated four separate larcenies from a bridge construction site off of Morrison Road. Items stolen during the first three larcenies consisted of miscellaneous metals such as rebar and fence posts. On Wednesday, November 19, the victim reported a $30,000 skid steer stolen.
On Saturday (November 22), Detectives received information that led them to a suspect’s residence near the construction site. Inside the suspect’s garage, Detectives found the stolen skid steer. Blanchard was taken into custody without incident.
Blanchard was jailed in the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on December 15 in Morganton.
Previously, Blanchard had made bond following a June 10 arrest on charges of possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent to manufacture and manufacturing methamphetamine. A Superior Court appearance on those charges was set for January 12.
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) will close its Hickory license plate agency on Tuesday, December 2, and Wednesday, December 3, to conduct customer service training.
The NCDMV is currently holding statewide customer service training courses for all office locations. The Hickory agency will reopen on Thursday, December 4, at 9 a.m.
Agencies located in the immediate area will remain open to provide vehicle registration services. The following locations will be open during the training:
Lenoir - 1408 Blowing Rock Boulevard, 828-758-1528
Morganton - 603 South College Street, 828-437-4505
Newton - 803 West Conover Boulevard, 828-464-6878
Taylorsville - 85 East Main Avenue, 828-632-4463
License plate agencies offer vehicle registration services and title transactions, as well as vehicle license plate renewals, replacement tags and duplicate registrations. Currently, 122 license plate agencies operate across North Carolina.
44-year-old Kerri Elaine Giles of Berry Road in Icard was arrested shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday (November 22) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer and driving while license revoked. She also faces a misdemeanor larceny charge on a warrant issued in September.
Events leading to her arrest unfolded as Officers on patrol on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. near 10th Avenue Drive S.E. saw a 2009 Dodge Avenger stopped at a stop sign and a female outside the vehicle, arguing with a male inside the vehicle. The vehicle did not appear to be operational, but as an Officer approached the female, the driver was able to start the vehicle. The Officer asked him to pull into the parking lot at Hickory Used Cars.
The Officer asked both subjects for their names and conducted a search of the vehicle, leading to the discovery of two hydrocodone pills. A paper copy of a citation against the female was also found bearing a different date of birth than she gave to the Officer. When the Officer realized he had been given fictitious information, he obtained the female’s correct name – Kerri Giles – and found the outstanding larceny warrant for her arrest.
The male was not charged.
Giles was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,900 secured bond. She has since been released. Giles will appear in District Court on January 13 on Saturday’s charges and on January 29 on the larceny charge, both in Hickory.
The City of Newton has announced that Alex Frick of Hickory has been hired as its new Public Information Officer. Frick previously was a reporter for the “Hickory Daily Record.”
A native and lifetime resident of Catawba County, Frick is a 2006 graduate of St. Stephens High School. He also is a 2010 graduate of Davidson College where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English.
Frick says he became interested in local government as a result of his involvement with the Hickory City Youth Council and “looks forward to helping city staff share their work with Newton’s citizens.”
Frick joined the city in his new job effective yesterday (November 24).
According to published reports, the Boost Hickory committee has missed a second deadline for filing financial disclosure reports. The deadline was November 14. No reports had been filed as of November 24. The missing report would cover contributions received by the committee and expenditures made from October 20 through November 26.
Amy Strange, deputy director for campaign finance & operations for the North Carolina State Board of Election, has said the deadline will be extended to December 3. The extension was granted because Strange says her office has no record of having sent the committee an Official Notice of Report Due.
Boost Hickory was created to support two City of Hickory bond referendums, both of which passed in the November 4 general election. The streets & sidewalk bond passed by a margin of 60.08% to 39.92%. The economic development bond passed 55.50% to 44.50%.
The committee also missed an earlier deadline for a report covering contributions and expenditures from June 26 to October 20. That report was submitted less than 24 hours prior to the November 4 election.
The Statesville Police Department is requesting assistance to identify a suspect involved in a larceny at Priscilla McCalls on Sullivan Road in Statesville. At about 12:30 p.m. on November 11, a suspect entered the store and removed several items from inside the establishment.
The suspect is an unknown white male with a beard.
The S.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division is currently investigating the incident. Anyone with information concerning the identity of the suspects can contact the C.I.D. at 704-878-3515, or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous and a cash reward is possible.
20-year-old David James Blum of Piper Ridge Drive in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (November 22) by Lenoir Police on four felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. He was also charged with misdemeanor simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance. Following his arrest, Blum was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $10,500, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court on the felony charges today (November 24) in Lenoir, with another court date on the drug charge coming up on January 5.
29-year-old Funchee Matthew Moua of Freedom Drive in Albemarle has been arrested by Claremont Police on two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and one count each of possession of stolen goods, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.
Moua was jailed Friday (November 21) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $202,900, secured. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (November 24), with additional court dates coming up on December 15 and January 14.
28-year-old Charles Hynson Patrick III of 10th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5 p.m. Saturday (November 22) on one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm and one misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon.
Patrick was arrested on the 1500 block of Highland Avenue N.E. in Hickory when Police pulled his vehicle into the parking lot at the Cupboard Express store on 16th Street N.E. for an expired tag. A search of the vehicle turned up a Walther P99 .40 caliber handgun and a Hi-Point C9 9mm handgun. The Hi-Point gun had been reported as stolen.
Patrick, who did not have a concealed carry permit, was processed at H.P.D. and then released on a $7,350 unsecured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (November 24) in Newton.