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The City of Hickory’s Zahra Baker All Children’s Playground at Kiwanis Park was recently honored by Partners for Parks.

On September 24, at its 2014 Annual Awards event, Partners for Parks, an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, acknowledged the playground with a Project Recognition Award. Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright and Steve Aaron, representing the Kiwanis Clubs, attended the event and were presented with the award. In addition, representatives from Friends of Hickory and Land Design were in attendance. Land Design is the consulting firm hired by the city to work with the Inspiring Spaces Committee and city staff.

In 2009, Partners for Parks decided to recognize significant contributions in the area of parks & recreation from individuals, organizations, agencies and corporations. This was the organization’s sixth annual awards presentation.

For more information on Partners for Parks, go to www.partnersforparks.org.

The Zahra Baker All Children’s Playground at Kiwanis Park is located at 805 6th Street S.E. in Hickory.

Thursday, 02 October 2014 17:04

Boone Woman Faces Charges in Three Counties

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31-year-old Elaynia Victoria Huffman of Bairds Creek Road in Boone was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on a warrant out of Cleveland County for possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, failure to appear for possession of methamphetamine in Catawba County and a felony probation violation out of Watauga County.

Huffman has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $78,000 secured bond. She will appear in a Newton courtroom tomorrow and in a Cleveland County courtroom on October 6, with a Watauga County court date on October 13.

43-year-old Kurt Allen Corey of Connelly Springs Road in Granite Falls was arrested yesterday for felony failure to register as a sex offender. Corey was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $50,000, secured. He will appear in a Lenoir Courtroom tomorrow. Corey also faces several felony sex offense charges in Burke County where he was scheduled to appear in court today.

16-year-old Denzel George Patterson and 23-year-old Dyante Siobhan Henley, both of Psalms Street in Cornelius, along with 21-year-old Andre Thomas Patterson and 20-year-old Nicholas Scott Hunt, both of Railroad Street in Cornelius, have all been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives on one felony count each of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count each of larceny and possession of stolen goods.

The four were charged in connection to vehicle break-ins in the Webb’s Road area of eastern Lincoln County. On September 29, Deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 3900 block of Harmattan Drive in Denver where someone had entered an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway and removed two pieces of jewelry from the center console. The silver locket and a silver charm disk were valued at $900.

While Detectives were following up on several vehicle break-ins in the neighborhood, they learned that credit cards stolen from another victim had been used at numerous locations in Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville and Denver.  

Lincoln County Detectives working with Cornelius and Huntersville Police were able to identify one of the suspects from security footage at the Huntersville Wal-Mart where a stolen credit card was used. That identification led to the arrest last night (October 1) of all four suspects.

Three suspects were given a $15,000 secured bond while bond for Andre Patterson was set at $25,000, secured. The only court date currently listed for any of the suspects was an appearance today by Henley.

The investigation is continuing with additional charges likely. More charges are also expected from Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville Police.

Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:21

Catawba County Commissioners to Meet Monday

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The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, October 6, in the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton. The meeting will start 15 minutes earlier than usual so board members may attend the Catawba Valley Furniture Academy open house.

The commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2015 Schedule of Values, a set of standards and rules created following the study of the county’s current real estate market. After final approval by the board, the Schedule of Values will be used as an appraisal manual to set property values effective on January 1, 2015.

The board will also consider a set of legislative goals to be sent to the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners as part of the association’s statewide legislative goals creation process.

The board will consider accepting a U.S. Department of Justice Grant to be used to meet medical costs at the county jail.   The board will consider a request to retire drug interdiction K-9 dog, Jak and transfer ownership of Jak to his handler.

The board will consider designating Emergency Services Director Bryan Blanton and Emergency Management Coordinator Karyn Yaussy as primary and secondary agents on FEMA Mitigation Grants, which would be used to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to life and property from a variety of hazards.

The board will consider a budget revision to account for pass-through 9-1-1 funds to be used by the cities of Hickory and Newton. Also on the agenda, the commissioners will consider amendments to the county’s personnel code, which would remove from one section a statement regarding a pre-employment screening process that is inconsistent with the current practice and, in the section regarding Reduction in Force, would address the inappropriate use of the term “part-time.”

The board will consider an amended lease regarding the privatization of the county’s biodiesel production and operations and they’ll receive a resolution from the Hickory-Conover Tourism Development Authority commending the board for its efforts to confirm the mission and goal of the authority to promote travel and tourism in the area.

Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:06

33 Jobs Coming to Mooresville

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Harvest Garden Pro, LLC a division of Harvest Power, Inc. is planning to locate its division headquarters in Iredell County, creating 33 jobs and investing approximately $120,000 over the next three years in Mooresville.

Harvest Power helps communities better manage and beneficially re-use organic waste through the production of renewable energy, soils, mulches and natural fertilizers. The Harvest Garden Pro subsidiary provides and sells tens of millions of bags of mulches, soils and bagged garden products through retail outlets across North America including Lowe’s, The Home Depot, Wal-Mart and independent garden centers. With the move to Mooresville, the company will be better positioned to serve key operations, distribution channels and customers.

Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will likely exceed $70,000 plus benefits. The Iredell County average annual wage is $42,724.

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $45,000. Other partners that helped with this project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of N.C., the Town of Mooresville, the Mooresville-South Iredell Economic Development Corporation and Iredell County.

For more information about Harvest Garden Pro or job opportunities, visit http://harvestpower.com.

33-year-old Nadiaya Rosalyn Johnson of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:30 yesterday evening (October 1) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense. She allegedly used the victim’s phone and failed to return it.

Johnson was taken into custody without incident at her residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $4,000, secured. She has since been released. Johnson will appear in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

Thursday, 02 October 2014 12:08

CVCC Offers Info Session for Free Tuition Program

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Catawba Valley Community College invites high school sophomores, juniors and seniors and their parents or guardians to an information session on Thursday, October 9, at 6 p.m. Participants will learn how to earn college credit, tuition free, through the college’s Career & College Promise program.

The session will be held in Room 582 of the Cuyler A. Dunbar Building on the Main Campus at 2550 Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m.

Through the Career & College Promise program, students can begin their two- or four-year college work while they are in high school, allowing them to get a head start on their workplace and college preparation. The information session will help parents and guardians learn more about how their child can qualify, the different academic credits students may earn and the academic expectations of students in a college environment.

For more information about Career & College Promise at CVCC, visit www.cvcc.edu/Career_College_Promise or contact Sarah McBride at smcbride@cvcc.edu or 828-327-7000, ext. 4594.

Thursday, 02 October 2014 12:00

Lincolnton Police Investigate Theft at Wal-Mart

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Lincolnton Police are investigating an organized retail theft at the Wal-Mart store on North General’s Boulevard in Lincolnton.

On Thursday, September 25, at approximately 10:45 a.m., Lincolnton Police Sgt. Spencer Summers responded to a larceny call at Wal-Mart. Sgt. Summers spoke with management and Loss Prevention personnel at Wal-Mart who said that two white males entered the store and stole razor blades and dental accessories valued at nearly $1,900. The incident occurred the previous evening between seven and 7:45.

An investigation determined that the same two subjects were responsible for a similar crime at a Wal-Mart in Charlotte.

The first suspect is a tall white male who was wearing a black t-shirt, khaki shorts and a black ball cap with white lettering. The second suspect is a shorter white male who was wearing a white t-shirt, black pants and white athletic shoes. The suspects left the store in a newer, small, white Chevrolet four-door passenger car, possibly a Sonic.

Anyone with information should call the Lincolnton Police Department at 704-736-8900 or call Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Crime Stoppers callers may remain anonymous. A tip leading to an arrest could result in a $1,000 reward.

Authorities in Morganton have received reports from a local apartment manager that an unknown man was posing as a city worker Tuesday evening (September 30) and trying to gain entry into citizens’ homes.

According to Electric Department Director Brooks Kirby, an unknown man knocked on several doors at the Woodbridge Apartments Tuesday night and told the residents that he was doing an underground survey for the city. The man said he needed to go into their apartment to do the survey. Kirby said residents should not let the subject into their homes.

City Manager Sally Sandy said that city workers would not knock on residents’ doors after business hours unless there was a power outage, water outage or some kind of emergency. The city conducts normal business Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Any legitimate city workers would wear a city uniform, drive a city vehicle and carry identification.

Public Safety Chief Ronnie Rector said that residents should always confirm the identity of anyone they let into their homes, and residents should never hesitate to call 9-1-1 if they feel threatened.