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Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:59

Catawba County Employees Recognized at Awards Night

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Two teams of Catawba County employees were presented with the County’s 2014 Team Awards during the county’s annual Awards Night on October 21. One team led an effort to encourage tobacco-free government campuses across the county and the second team brought specialized training to adults working with youth on the warning signs of a youth in crisis or in need of mental health services.

A panel of judges in the government field, all independent of Catawba County, selected the two teams as winners for 2014.

The Tobacco Free Policy Team was led by Amy A. McCauley, Community Outreach Manager, Public Health. Team members include: Dewey Harris, Assistant County Manager; Doug Urland, Health Director, Public Health; Carleen Crawford, Tobacco Free Living Coordinator, Community Transformation Grant Region 4 & Cabarrus Health Alliance; Donald Duncan, Manager, City of Conover; Doug Barrick, Manager, City of Claremont; Todd Clark, Manager, City of Newton; Joel Mashburn, Manager, Town of Catawba; Marshall Eckard, Manager, Town of Brookford; and Mack McLeod, Director, City of Hickory Parks & Recreation.

Family NET Clinical Director Janine M. Szymanski led the Youth Mental Health First Aid team. Team members include: Debra Katz, Clinical Supervisor, Family NET; and Mary Morrison, Business Manager, Family NET.

Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:12

ECCCM to Hold 2nd Annual Fall Gala

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The Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry will hold its 2nd annual Fall Gala at the Catawba Country Club on November 15 from 6 p.m. until.

The evening will begin with a social hour, a silent auction and a dinner. GMZ jazz will provide a variety of music for the evening and a demonstration and group lesson from the All American Dance Company will open the dance floor.

Tickets are $75 per person or $150 per couple. Proceeds will benefit the ECCCM’s crisis services offered to the community.

Tickets can be purchased from any ECCCM Board member, online at www.ecccm.org/fall-gala or by calling the ECCCM office at 828-465-1702. For more information, contact Guynell Sears at executiveassistant@ecccm.org.

23-year-old Joshua Stephen Moriarity of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10 a.m. yesterday (October 22) on one felony count of failure to register as a sex offender and one misdemeanor count of second-degree trespass.

The failure to register warrant was issued on July 15. Police found Moriarity at the Silver Springs Terrace apartment complex on North Center Street, where he had previously been banned.

Moriarity is on the Sex Offender Registry in New York for     second-degree sexual abuse - sexual contact with a person less than 14 years old. He was convicted in March 2013.

After his arrest yesterday, Moriarity was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,500 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on October 27 in Newton.

Thursday, 23 October 2014 07:02

Governor to Make Three Stops in Western N.C. Today

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Governor Pat McCrory will make three appearances in western North Carolina today.

The Governor will be at the Burke County Community & Business Leaders Meet & Greet at one o’clock this afternoon. The event will take place at Abele's Restaurant on South Sterling Street in Morganton.

At 3 p.m., Gov. McCrory will appear at the dedication of the Universal Advanced Manufacturing Center at McDowell Technical Community College on College Drive in Marion.

At seven o’clock this evening, he’ll attend the N.C. Metro Mayors Coalition at The Bull & Beggar on Paynes Way in Asheville.

None of those events are open to the general public.

The City of Hickory’s Parks & Recreation Department will host the 3rd Annual Bark Bash at Stanford Park’s picnic shelter on Saturday, November 1, from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The family-friendly event will benefit the Humane Society of Catawba County.

The Bark Bash features contests and presentations by Hickory’s K9 Officers and the Catawba Valley Obedience Club. Contest registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the events set to begin at 10 a.m.

The Humane Society of Catawba County (HSCC) invites all participants to join in the “Mutt Mosey,” a dog walk to benefit the homeless pets at the Humane Society. The $20 registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. All dogs participating in the “Mutt Mosey” will receive a treat bag.

For more information, contact Recreation Programmer Sherry Morgan at 828-328-3997 or email smorgan@hickorync.gov. For more on the “Mutt Mosey” dog walk, contact Beth Hatley at the 828-464-8878 ext. 205 or email beth@catawbahumane.org.

Thursday, 23 October 2014 06:51

Early Voting Starts Today

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The Catawba County Board of Elections reminds eligible voters that one-stop voting for the 2014 general election begins today (Thursday, October 23) and ends at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 1 at the Main Catawba County Library in Newton.

Five one-stop voting locations will be open at varying times and dates. New for this election is a one-stop site at Conover Station at 403 Conover Station in Conover. Other one-stop sites will include: the Newton Main Library at 115 West “C” Street in Newton; the Highland Recreation Center at 1451 8th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory; the Southwest (Mountain View) Branch Library at 2944 Highway 127 South; and the Sherrills Ford Fire & Rescue headquarters at 4011 Slanting Bridge Road in Sherrills Ford.

Two precinct locations have been permanently moved. The voting location for Banoak Precinct 2 has moved to Corinth Baptist Church at 7929 Highway 10 West in Vale and the location for Blackburn Precinct 3 has moved to Blackburn Baptist Church at 5015 Highway 10 West in Vale.

The period for early voting will be shorter this year because of the changes in North Carolina law. On Election Day, voters must now vote at their assigned precinct or their vote will not count. Another change in North Carolina law requiring voters to show an I.D. card at the polls will not go into effect until 2016. A law that eliminates straight-party voting is in effect for the November 4 general election.

For more information, call the Catawba County Board of Elections office at 828-464-2424 or visit www.catawbacountync.gov/elections.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 17:07

Lenoir Woman Faces Felony Drug Charges

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31-year-old Rachael Nicole Cox of Laws Street in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (October 21) on felony charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. Cox was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $30,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Lenoir.

54-year-old Ronald Earl Curtis of Dry Ponds Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Granite Falls Police yesterday (October 21) on four counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of injury to personal property. Following his arrest, Curtis was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $101,500 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

31-year-old Justin Nathaniel Deaton of Statesville has been arrested for financial card theft and financial card fraud.

The crime was reported on October 15 and assigned to Detective Getz of the Economic Crime Unit. According to the incident report, on October 9, the victim and his wife were getting ready for bed when they saw the interior lights of their truck come on. The victim and his wife went to the window where the victim saw his stepson, Justin Deaton, running around to the back of the truck.

The couple went outside to see if anything was missing from the truck, but did not notice anything missing at the time. Later that night, they realized they had left a debit card in the truck and realized that it was gone.

The victim contacted his bank and found that there was a fraudulent transaction at an ATM in Statesville. The cash taken was less than $100. Detectives obtained surveillance video from the business where the debit card was used and identified the suspect as Justin Deaton.

Deaton was arrested on October 22 and processed at the Iredell County Detention Center where bond was set at $2,500, secured. No court date is currently listed.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:34

Beverly Hester Named Catawba Co. Employee of the Year

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Beverly Hester, an Administrative Assistant II with Catawba County’s Department of Utilities & Engineering, was recognized as the Employee of the Year for 2014 at the county’s annual Awards Night dinner yesterday (October 21). The event was held at Catawba Valley Community College’s Tarlton Center.

Hester was honored for her work following the severe flooding that occurred on July 27, 2013. Her work allowed the county to receive disaster recovery funds from FEMA for flooding at the landfill. Hester also met an unexpected staffing shortage at the landfill as the county was preparing to begin new, expanded recycling programs.

Cindy Meadows, a Business Manager with the Department of Utilities & Engineering, nominated Hester for the award. Meadows says Hester’s attention to detail in cataloguing the damages and repairs was invaluable in the county’s efforts to recoup much of the cost of recovery from FEMA. As a result of Hester’s efforts, the Solid Waste Fund was reimbursed by FEMA for $66,464.

When the cleaning crew for the landfill offices and the county’s Biodiesel Production Facility quit abruptly, Hester took on those duties to ensure the office, restrooms and break area were kept clean, saving the county $1,800 until a new cleaning company could be contracted almost six months later.

Hester is a native of Catawba County. She is a 1983 graduate of Fred T. Foard High School. She began work for Catawba County in 1990 as a Scale Attendant at the Blackburn Landfill. In 1992, she was promoted to the position of Scale Manager. That title was reclassified as Waste Reduction Coordinator in 1997 and again re-classified as Administrative Assistant II, the title she currently holds, in 2004.

Hester and her husband, John, live in Conover and have two daughters.

Six other Catawba County employees were nominated for Employee Of The Year for 2014. They included: Teresa Buff, Assistant Tax Collector, Tax Office; Darlene Burgess, Public Health Nurse, Public Health; Leslie Campbell, Administrative Assistant II, Public Health; Kristy Connelly, Accounting Services Manager, Finance; Brian Drum, Communications Center Supervisor, Communications Center; and Tommy Poovey, EMT Paramedic, Emergency Services.