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Thursday, 04 September 2014 13:33

Mailbox Vandals Wanted in Watauga County

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High Country Crime Stoppers and the Watauga County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public’s assistance in solving a vandalism case in the High Country.

Authorities are trying to identify the person or persons who vandalized a mailbox on the 1800 block of Meat Camp Road and six mailboxes at the intersection of Harmony Lane and Friendship Church Road. The incidents took place between 10 p.m. on August 14 and 3 p.m. on August 15.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Watauga County Sheriff's Office at 828-264-3761. Crime Stoppers callers may remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward.

Thursday, 04 September 2014 13:14

Man Held in Lincoln County on Drug Charge

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23-year-old Christopher Aaron Cline has been arrested in Lincoln County on charges of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with failure to comply.

Cline was jailed yesterday (September 3) in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center with bond set at $1,000, secured, plus a $665 cash compliance bond. He will appear in a Lincoln County courtroom on September 23. Cline also had a court date today on a D.W.I. charge.

19-year-old Derek Gene Yoder of Highland Avenue N.E. in Hickory has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on three counts of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and two counts of misdemeanor larceny. He was also charged with one count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods or property.

Yoder was jailed this morning (September 4) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $48,500 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:45

Linolnton Man Faces Felony Forgery Charges in Hickory

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40-year-old John Joe Warlick of Highway 150 East in Lincolnton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:10 yesterday afternoon (September 3) on felony counts of forgery of bank notes and uttering a forged instrument.

Warlick was taken into custody without incident at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $19,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:36

Lenoir Man Faces Felony Cocaine Charges

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34-year-old Brenten Emanuel Jones of Arlington Circle N.W. in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (September 3) by Lenoir Police on felony charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. He was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Lenoir.

Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:23

Catawba Valley Medical Again Wins Women's Choice Award

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For a third consecutive year, Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) has received the 2014 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience by women.

The distinction identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and what women say they want from a hospital, including quality physician communications, responsiveness of nurses & support staff, cleanliness and trusted referrals from other women.

Women currently account for 90% of all healthcare decisions for themselves and their families, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. According to Delia Passi, CEO and founder of WomenCertified, the Women’s Choice Award identifies the best hospitals across the nation to help women make smart healthcare choices for themselves and their family members.

For more information, visit the Women’s Choice Awards official website at www.womenschoiceaward.com.

Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:56

Catawba County Commissioners to Meet Monday, Sept. 8

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The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 8, in the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton. The Board’s usual schedule calling for meetings on the first and third Monday of each month has been adjusted because of Labor Day in the first week of September and the annual International City & County Management Association Conference in Charlotte during the third week.

At the September 8 meeting, the Board will hold a public hearing on a proposed Highway 150 Corridor Plan, which was designed to put strategies in place to manage the future growth of the corridor.

The Board will be formally presented with 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 to set property values effective on January 1, 2015.

The Board will also consider a proposed new Work First Plan for October 2016 through September 2019. It will consider approving a first amendment to the 2009 Apple Economic Development Agreement that would clarify specific parcels and improvements subject to the initial agreement that related to the Apple Data Center in Maiden, in light of Apple having developed other property in the county since the 2009 agreement.

The Board will consider a request from the Bandys Crossroads Volunter Fire Department to appropriate $30,000 of the department’s existing fund balance to replace a damaged pump and tank used on a brush truck, and the Board will consider appropriating $54,633 in accumulated Cooperative Extension fund balance to support 4-H, agriculture & local foods and food safety programs.

The Board will receive a report from the County Tax Collector on the settlement of 2013 taxes, and they’ll issue a proclamation declaring the week of October 5-11 as Fire Prevention Week.

Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:54

CE FoamSolutions to Add 20 Jobs in Valdese

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CE FoamSolutions, LLC is expanding its operations in Burke County. The company plans to create 20 new jobs and invest $98,000 over the next three years in Valdese.

CE FoamSolutions manufactures fabricated foam cushions and foam and fiber padding to be used in upholstered furniture. The company currently serves customers in North Carolina and Virginia, but could expand in other parts of the southeast as business grows. CE FoamSolutions currently employs 17 people at its Valdese plant.

Salaries will vary by job function, but the annual payroll for the new jobs will be $515,440.

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $20,000. Other partners that helped with the project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, Western Piedmont Community College, Burke Development, Inc., Burke County and the Town of Valdese.

Thursday, 04 September 2014 06:57

Morganton Triple-Murder Suspect Arrested

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56-year-old Donald Eric Kincaid was arrested last night (September 3) and charged with first-degree murder in connection to the deaths of 54-year-old Barbara Ann Johnson, her son, 21-year-old Freddie Charles Thompson, Jr. and family friend, 75-year-old Zakiya El Bey.

The three were found dead early on the morning of August 10 after Burke County E.M.S. received a 9-1-1 call from a residence on the 100 block of West Concord Street. Officers with the Morganton Dept. of Public Safety responded and found the three dead of apparent blunt force trauma.

Kincaid was Ms. Johnson’s boyfriend. He was identified as the suspect in the case early in the investigation. Warrants for his arrest were issued and he was placed in protective custody prior to an appearance before a Magistrate at about 10 o’clock last night.

Kincaid has been confined in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility where he is being held without bond. Authorities will seek indictments on three counts of murder. Kincaid will appear in court today in Morganton.

Catawba County Animal Services will wrap up a series of rabies vaccination clinics this Saturday (September 6). The final clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday at the Riverbend Dog Park, located at 6700 Highway 16 North, just south of the Alexander-Catawba county line.

All pets brought to the clinic will receive a one-year rabies vaccination. A fee of $5, which is unchanged from last year, will be charged for each vaccination. The fee is set to recoup the cost of the vaccine.

The Catawba County Animal Shelter also provides one-year rabies vaccinations to pet owners year round, Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. All dogs must be on a leash and under control of the dog owner at all times and all cats must be in a carrier.

North Carolina law states that it is the duty of the owner of every dog, cat and ferret over four months of age to have them vaccinated for rabies. Pet owners face a $50 fine if they do not have pets vaccinated. Tags showing proof of the vaccination of dogs must be placed on the dog’s collar. Cat and ferret owners must be able to show proof of a current vaccination in the form of a rabies certificate.

For more information on the county’s 2014 Rabies Vaccination Clinics, call the Catawba County Animal Shelter at 828-464-7686 or visit www.catawbacountync.gov/animal.