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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.

Thursday, 02 October 2014 07:00

Artists' Reception at Taste Full Beans Tonight

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Hickory artists Marie Taylor, Thelma Kirby, Loretta Ivey, Jan Bodnar, Amanda Dobbins and Charles Kimso will have work for sale at Taste Full Beans throughout the month of October. A reception for the artists will be held tonight (October 2) from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The public is welcome. Refreshments will be served and the artists will be present to talk about their work.

Taste Full Beans is located at 29 2nd Street N.W. in downtown Hickory. For more information, call 828-325-0108.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:40

Lenoir Man Charged with Indecent Exposure

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20-year-old Collin Stewart Hudson of Fairview Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (September 30) on charges of communicating threats and indecent exposure. He was given a custody release. No court date is currently listed.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:19

Hickory Man Indicted Following June 2014 Meth Arrest

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35-year-old James Wallace Jernigan III of River Road in Hickory was served a felony indictment at about 5:15 p.m. yesterday (September 30) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jernigan was initially arrested in June of this year following a traffic stop and subsequent search. The search allegedly turned up methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Jernigan was taken into custody yesterday by authorities in Alexander County and turned over to Hickory Police. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond. A Superior Court date in Newton was set for November 3.

According to a statement released today (October 1) by North Carolina’s State Board of Elections (S.B.E.), the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting in advance of the General Election in November. A divided panel ordered the lower court to enjoin enforcement of new election procedures that eliminated same-day registration and required that a voter cast his or her ballot in the properly assigned precinct. Judge Diana Gribbon Motz dissented.

S.B.E. Executive Director Kim Westbrook Strach expressed concern that changes so close to the election might contribute to voter confusion. Strach said more than four million voter guides have gone to the public with information contrary to today’s decision.  

An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is expected as soon as tomorrow. Voters are encouraged to stay informed for further developments. A portion of the law dealing with voter I.D. is not set to take effect until 2016.  

A copy of the Fourth Circuit opinion is available online. Election Day is November 4.