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Dr. Steve Stone, Superintendent of Caldwell County Schools, is one of eight nominees for North Carolina’s A. Craig Phillips Superintendent of the Year award. The winner will be announced at an awards presentation and reception on Tuesday, November 18, at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro beginning at 5:45 p.m.

The North Carolina Superintendent of the Year is chosen by a selection committee appointed by the North Carolina School Superintendents' Association, in conjunction with its umbrella organization - the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA) - and the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA). The three organizations co-sponsor the annual award that recognizes outstanding leadership in K-12 public schools and is named in honor of former State Superintendent A. Craig Phillips. The digital learning company, Pearson, is the event sponsor and will provide a $5,000 award to the state winner.

Other nominees are from the Perquimans, Carteret, Greene, Cumberland, Rockingham, Union and Transylvania county school systems.

The recipient of this year’s award will compete for the National Superintendent of the Year honor, which will be presented next February at the National Conference on Education in San Diego.

Friday, 14 November 2014 06:43

Maiden Woman Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

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24-year-old Jessica Louise Keller of Airport Road in Maiden has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of misdemeanor larceny, possession of a schedule I controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. Keller was jailed early this morning (November 14) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $24,000 secured bond. She will appear in District Court Monday (November 17) in Newton.

40-year-old Christopher Lee Rathbone has been arrested and charged with 32 counts of felony embezzlement.

Yesterday (November 12), Det. Robert “Trey” Hayes and Officer Rick Hensley of the Lincolnton Police Department traveled to the York County Detention Center in York, South Carolina where Rathbone was being held as a fugitive from North Carolina.

The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the Lincolnton Police Department and the North Carolina Lottery Commission. Rathbone allegedly stole lottery tickets, activated the lottery tickets and collected the winnings from the tickets while he was an employee at the A-1 Express store in Lincolnton.  

Authorities in Lincoln County received information regarding Rathbone’s whereabouts and Rock Hill Police arrested the suspect on charges filed by the Lincolnton Police Department.

Upon his return to Lincolnton, Rathbone was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $30,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was set for today.

The investigation is ongoing and further charges are possible

Rathbone has previous convictions for the sale of cocaine, felony larceny, felony forgery of an instrument, felony uttering a forged instrument, felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, shoplifting, leaving the scene of an accident, simple possession of marijuana, resisting a public officer and several traffic related charges.

Thursday, 13 November 2014 14:14

Lenoir Man Convicted & Sentenced on Meth Charges

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25-year-old Paul Edward Seeds, Jr. of Outlaws Lane in Lenoir pleaded guilty to charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine and possession of precursor chemicals last week in Caldwell County Superior Court. Seeds was sentenced to no less than 72 months and no more than 96 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction. He was also ordered to pay a $50,000 fine.

Seeds was originally arrested and charged by the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s I.C.E. Unit. He was on supervised probation and had been on law enforcement’s radar for suspicion of cooking meth. He was confronted at his home by I.C.E. Agents and by his Probation Officer. Seeds consented to a search of the premises. Several items consistent with cooking meth were found outside the residence and in a burn pile on the property.

Thursday, 13 November 2014 13:59

Two from Lenoir Charged with Breaking & Entering

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19-year-old Aaron Wayne Douglas II of Summer Way in Lenoir and 22-year-old Vincent Gavin Osborne of Old Morganton Road in Lenoir were both arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (November 12). They were each charged with misdemeanor breaking & entering. Douglas was also charged with a probation violation.

Following their arrests, the two were taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond for Douglas set at $20,000, secured, while Osborne was given a $10,000 secured bond. Douglas was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Lenoir. Osborne’s next court appearance was set for January 8.

Thursday, 13 November 2014 13:54

Lenoir Man Charged as Habitual Felon

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35-year-old Jason Leon Tolbert of S.W. Underwood Avenue in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (November 12) as an habitual felon. Following his arrest, Tolbert was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $130,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in Superior Court on January 12 in Lenoir.

Tolbert has previous felony convictions in Caldwell County for armed robbery in June 2010 and possession of stolen goods in June 2010 and May 2002; misdemeanor larceny convictions in May 2002 and May 2003; and felony obtaining property by false pretense convictions dating back to 1997.

Thursday, 13 November 2014 11:31

Public's Help Sought in Locating Missing Stanley Man

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating 55-year-old Jeffery Odis Hoyle of 2033 Cabin Lane in Stanley.

Mr. Hoyle was reported missing by a family member on November 6. He is described as a white male, 6’2” tall with brown hair and brown eyes. Mr. Hoyle was last seen on or about November 1 driving a 2013 Chevrolet Cruise with a dealer’s license plate, tag number FD-22568.

Mr. Hoyle has a secondary driver’s license from the state of Florida and has friends in Virginia. He is not answering his cell phone, which appears to be turned off.

Mr. Hoyle has been entered in the National Crime Information Center’s database as a missing person.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jeffery Odis Hoyle should contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

Caldwell Early College High School Principal Candis Hagaman has received the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership. Ms. Hagaman is one of only eight in the nation to receive the award. She was honored in Washington D.C. Tuesday (November 11) at the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony.

Ms.Hagaman had been the principal at Caldwell Early College High School since 2010. Last year, the school had a 100% graduation rate.

Principals nominated for the award are school leaders committed to fostering successful teaching and learning at their schools and who do “whatever it takes” to help their students meet high standards.

44-year-old Michael Darren Mehaffey of Herman Sipe Road in Conover has been arrested by Maiden Police on charges of possession of a firearm by felon, trafficking in opium or heroin and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was confined yesterday (November 12) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday (November 17) in the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

The Commissioners will receive an update on the activities of the Catawba County Youth Council. The Board will also honor Commissioner Lynn Lail for her service to the community and to the Board of Commissioners as she prepares to retire after serving three terms on the Board.

The Board will consider granting the County Tax Administrator the authority to allow extensions for listing personal property on an individual basis, upon written request and for good cause shown. No extensions would be granted beyond April 15, 2015.

In addition, the Board will honor Shuford Elementary School teacher Angie Sigmon, who recently received the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.

The Commissioners will also issue a proclamation declaring November 21-27 as Farm-City Week in Catawba County.