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Tuesday, 12 August 2014 06:51

Former Lenoir-Rhyne President Passes Away

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Former Lenoir-Rhyne University president Dr. Albert B. Anderson died on Tuesday, August 5, in Fargo, North Dakota.

Dr. Anderson served as Lenoir-Rhyne’s eighth president from 1976-1982. His administration was marked by a refinement of the school’s role as a church-related institution; the restructuring of the academic calendar and core curriculum; and the addition of majors in psychology and accounting.

The first non-clergyman to serve as president, Dr. Anderson was a native of North Dakota. He had a wide educational background, which included Concordia College in Minnesota, the University of Minnesota and Harvard University, where he earned a Ph.D. In September 1982, Dr. Anderson resigned as president, effective January 1983, to become Director of Development at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Two significant programs—the Lineberger Center for Cultural and Educational Renewal and the Broyhill Institute for Business Leadership—were established under Dr. Anderson’s leadership and the endowment grew to $8.8 million.

He is survived by his wife Anita and their children. A memorial service was held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Laporte, Minnesota on August 9.

Two major initiatives involving the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Catawba County and its partner municipalities are the subject of a case study released across the United States by the National Association of Counties (NACo).

Catawba County is one of only 33 counties (along with two multi-county associations) selected in the United States for case studies this year.

NACo’s report, “Strong Economies, Resilient Counties: The Role of Counties in Economic Development,” presents information to county governments across the United States about economic development challenges and the solutions applied by selected local governments.

Catawba County’s efforts to attract data centers to the county following the location of an Apple Data Center off of Startown Road near the Town of Maiden are featured in the case study, along with the Innovate Catawba initiative, which is designed to make the county more economically competitive. The case study makes note of the cooperative planning for a data center location that led to Apple’s decision to locate in Catawba County.

The study says that before Apple selected the site, the county and four municipalities planned to finalize the development of utilities, roads and signage at the data center campus (as it was originally envisioned) before a buyer was secured.

The NACo case study notes that the county, the EDC and the cities of Conover and Hickory and the towns of Maiden and Catawba subsequently partnered to create a second data center development called the ncDataCampus off of I-40 near Conover, now nearing completion.

The entire NACo Case Study is available at www.uscounties.org/strong-economies/profiles/CatawbaNC.pdf. For more information, call the EDC at 828-267-1564 or visit www.catawbaedc.org.

Monday, 11 August 2014 15:16

Hickory Man Faces Felony Cocaine Charge

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59-year-old Michael Greylen Robinson of 1st Avenue Place S.E. and 35-year-old Latrina Caprice Woods of 1st Avenue S.E., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police just before ten o’clock last night (August 10). Robinson was charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and no responsibility.   Woods was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were arrested when Officers on foot patrol in the area of 9th Avenue Place S.W. and 2nd Street Place S.W. saw a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle was driven by Robinson with Woods as the passenger. As Officers approached, they could see an open container in the vehicle.

A consent search was conducted, leading to the discovery of nine rocks of crack cocaine in the car door. The drugs weighed 1.8 grams. A crack pipe was found on Woods’ person.

They were taken into custody without incident. Robinson was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. Woods was processed and released after posting a $600 unsecured bond. Robinson was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton. Woods will appear in a Hickory courtroom on September 10.

The McDowell Co. Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the person suspected of taking scrap metal and fencing material from 2133 Landis Lane in Nebo.

Anyone with information should regarding the case should call Detective Paul Alkire at 828-652-2235 or call Crime Stoppers at 828-65-CRIME. Information leading to an arrest could result in a reward.

22-year-old Zachary Tyrone Witherspoon of Dulatown Road in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police Friday (August 8) for possession of a stolen firearm. He was also charged with a local ordinance violation for discharging a firearm in the city limits. Witherspoon was jailed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (August 11) in Lenoir.

29-year-old Lori Ann Davis of Button Lane in Hudson was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:45 p.m. Friday (August 8) for felony larceny of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny.

The incident leading to her arrest occurred on August 2 at the Days Inn in Hickory when the victim told Police a known subject he had met on social media stole his truck, laptop computer and cell phone while he was asleep. On August 4, the victim was able to provide the suspect’s full name after he located her on Facebook.

Police matched the Facebook images to images from the Department of Motor Vehicles and made a positive identification. She was taken into custody Friday at the Citi Trends store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory.

Davis was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $18,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (August 11) in Hickory.

The Office of Governor Pat McCrory today (August 11) announced a number of appointments to various state boards & commissions.

Among them is Samuel Yearick of Caldwell County, who was appointed to the North Carolina Forestry Council. Yearick is the county manager for Ashe County.

The Forestry Council advises the Secretary of the Department of Environment & Natural Resources on matters concerning the protection, management and preservation of state-owned, privately-owned and municipally-owned forests. The term length is four years.

Mark Brooks of Buncombe County was reappointed to the North Carolina On-Site Wastewater Contractors & Inspectors Certification Board. Brooks is the president, senior engineer and project manager at Brooks Engineering Associates, P.A.

The board works to protect the environment and public health, safety and welfare by ensuring the integrity and competence of on-site wastewater contractors and inspectors. The board also works to require the examination of on-site wastewater contractors and inspectors and the certification of their competency to supervise or conduct the construction, installation, reparation or inspection of on-site wastewater systems. The term length is three years.

Pack and Ship 2 at 2725 Northwest Boulevard, Suite H, in Newton celebrated its grand opening Thursday (August 7) with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman and members of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce were on hand for the event.

Owners Deborah Price, a Newton native, and her husband, Michael Price, also own a Pack and Ship store in Denver. They will continue to operate the first store in addition to the Newton location. Deborah Price said in addition to her ties to Newton, she and her husband selected the second location due to the demographics in the area and the need for a packing and shipping store.

Pack and Ship 2 offers packing and office supplies, scanning, freight shipping, laminating, computer repair, copies and faxing. It is an authorized shipper for DHL, FedEx, UPS and the USPS. For more information, call 828-446-2698 or visit www.packplusnc.com.

Monday, 11 August 2014 12:33

Two Lenoir Women Face Felony Drug Charges

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26-year-old Krisie Melissa Parrish of N.W. Creekway Drive and 30-year-old Michelle Gieava Gill of Folk Street, both from Lenoir, were arrested by Lenoir Police Saturday (August 9) on charges of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Parrish was also charged with felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

Both women were taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond for each set at $30,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were set for today (August 11) in Lenoir.

56-year-old Donald Eric Kincaid is in protective custody and a warrant for his arrest has been issued in connection to the apparent murder of three people in Morganton.

21-year-old Freddie Thompson, 54-year-old Barbara Johnson and 75-year-old Zakiya El Bey were all found dead at Thompson and Johnson’s residence on West Concord Street at about 1:15 a.m. yesterday (August 10).

Johnson was Thompson’s mother. Bey was a family friend. The incident leading to their deaths was described as some sort of domestic dispute and not a random act of violence. The suspect reportedly was Johnson’s boyfriend.

Police say all three victims appear to have died as the result of blunt force trauma. No official cause of death has been released. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday (August 13).

Officers expect to serve the warrant charging Kincaid with murder soon. The investigation is ongoing. The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is assisting.

No further details are available at this time.