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Wednesday, 15 October 2014 07:05

No One Injured in Tues Afternoon School Bus Crash

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A Catawba County school bus was involved in an accident yesterday afternoon (October 14). The bus was carrying about 44 Blackburn Elementary students home from school when the accident occurred. No injuries were reported and no one was transported to a hospital.

The accident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. as the school bus was traveling west on Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. As the driver attempted to turn left onto 21st Street S.E., the bus was hit by a white Suzuki van. The front end of the bus sustained heavy damage to its front end. The van was severely damaged, as well.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 06:57

Boone Man Charged after Firing Gun into Apartment

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21-year-old David Carden Britt was arrested last Friday (October 10) by Boone Police on a charge of felony discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.

Just after 12 a.m. Friday, Boone Police responded to a reported gunshot at an apartment on Kimberly Drive in Boone. An investigation revealed that Britt was cleaning a firearm inside his apartment when it discharged. The bullet went through the floor into an adjacent apartment. Police say Britt was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

No one was injured.  

After his arrest, Britt was given a $75,000 secured bond. He will appear in Watauga County District Court on November 18.

Governor Pat McCrory is scheduled to be in Asheville today (October 15) for the G.E. Aviation Asheville grand opening. The governor’s appearance is set for 10:30 a.m. at 502 Sweeten Creek Industrial Park Road in Asheville.

Governor McCrory will offer remarks prior to the ribbon cutting. Afterward, the governor will be joined by company employees and state and local officials to tour the facility and learn more about the company's advanced manufacturing and production.

In July of 2013, Governor McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced G.E. Aviation facility expansions in Asheville, Durham, West Jefferson and Wilmington.

Today’s event is closed to the general public.

The accident happened this morning at the old Hickory Granary.

A building inspector was called to the scene to make sure the structure was safe. Crews then removed the SUV from the scene a short time later.

According to published reports the driver fell asleep, and then the next thing you know you slam into a building.

The driver woke up and had climbed out of the wreckage before fire fighters arrived on the scene.

The driver had cuts to his head and arm, but nothing serious. The driver said it really could have been serious if I would’ve hit a nearby tree instead of the building.

There were downed power lines so the police cleared the area for public safety.

Police say the driver would possibly be charged for improper lane change.

58-year-old, James Randal Holston of Taylorsville was arrested last Friday (October 10) by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on 40 counts of first-degree statutory sex offense with a child and two counts of indecent liberties with a minor.

He was arrested after Sheriff’s Investigators received information regarding the possible sexual assault of a juvenile victim. According to a statement released by the Sheriff’s Office, an investigation revealed that Holston was the assailant.

After further investigation and interviews, Holston was taken into custody Friday. He has been confined in the Alexander County Detention Center under a $1,000,000 secured bond. Holston had a first appearance in District Court on Monday (October 13) with his next court date set for November 3 in Taylorsville.

Hickory Public Library is excited to announce the launch on October 20th of hoopla digital, a service that offers thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital (www.hoopladigital.com). 


Hickory Public Library cardholders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android through Google Play or their iOS device at the App Store. They can then visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers. hoopla digital is offered at no cost to patrons via browser, Android and iOS and requires only a valid Hickory Public Library card to access. To get registered, or find out more information, visit www.hickorync.gov/library or www.hoopladigital.com. Users may borrow up to 10 items per month!

hoopla digital has a simple sign-up and attractive, easy-to-use interface, so it’s easy to get to your listening and viewing experience. There’s also no waiting to borrow popular movies, TV shows, albums or audiobooks. And hoopla digital’s automatic return feature eliminates late fees.

See what all the hoopla is about by visiting Patrick Beaver Memorial Library at 375 3rd Street NE or Ridgeview Branch Library at 701 1st Street SW, both in Hickory, or the library’s website at www.hickorync.gov/library. You may also check it out on Hickory Public Library’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hickory-Public-Library/459838747363161 or Twitter https://twitter.com/HPLNC. Remember hoopla is coming Monday, October 20th!

Responding to the increasing number of people wanting to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Sheriff David Carpenter today announced that Lincoln County citizens are being invited to become Honorary Members of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association.

Membership applications go out in the mail this month. Individuals choosing to join the voluntary program can do so for $25, while businesses can show their support with a $50 contribution. The funding provides critically important technical resources, legislative support on key criminal justice issues, and support for the NCSA Undergraduate Criminal Justice Scholarship Program at state universities, and additional training for Sheriffs and their deputies.

Contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by Section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

With government funding becoming increasingly difficult to secure, the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association’s Honorary Membership Program has taken on greater importance than ever before, said Sheriff Carpenter. The funding is vital in helping us carry out our mission of making our county a safer place to live, work and play.
Individuals not receiving a membership application or desiring more information may go to
the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association website at www.ncsheriffs.org or contact the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association at:

Post Office Box 20049
Raleigh, North Carolina 27619-0049
Telephone: (919) SHERIFF (743-7433)

Meanwhile, residents wishing to become Honorary Members can also sign up for the program by contacting the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
The Honorary Membership Program was created to provide citizens with an opportunity to lend their support to more effective law enforcement and to better help local Sheriffs protect the lives and property of citizens.

“As the need for building stronger public-private law enforcement partnerships in this country continues to escalate, programs such as this continue to grow in importance, said Sheriff Carpenter. I encourage everyone receiving a membership application to consider joining forces with us by becoming an Honorary Member. It is a valuable investment in our future.”
Founded in 1922, the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association is a not-for-profit professional and educational organization dedicated to the preservation of peace and the protection of the lives and property of the citizens of North Carolina. The Association office is located in Raleigh. 

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 12:08

LRU "Bach" Festival

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The Sacred Music Program of Lenoir-Rhyne University will sponsor Bach Festival Days 2014 highlighting the life and works of Johann Sebastian Bach, October 26 through 29 in the newly opened Grace Chapel.

The Musicians-in-Residence and Bach experts this year are Dr. David Arcus, recently retired Duke University Chapel Organist, and Dr. Ellen Exner, Assistant Professor of Music History at the University of South Carolina School of Music.

In addition the Tesla Quartet, Winner of the Gold Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, will make an appearance. Additional performers will include guest and student musicians, and the A Cappella Choir of Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Events will be held in Grace Chapel and the recital hall of Mauney Music Building on the university campus, and are free and open to the public. 

Events that the public are invited to include take place on October 26th through October 29th.

For additional information on the Bach Festival, contact Dr. Paul Weber, Professor of Church Music and Director of Choral Activities at LR at 828-328-7149

Lincolnton, North Carolina - On 10/28/14, deputies from Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 7:00 am until 9:30 am on 10/28/14 at Dunkin Donuts, 647 N. Highway 16, Denver, NC 28037

Please contact Lt. Jordan Cody with questions: 704 268-3041, jcody@lincolnsheriff.org.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the Sheriff’s Office’s work in the County.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that deputies are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our deputies,” said Sheriff David Carpenter. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments, sheriff’s offices, and state police forces strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between law enforcement and community members one cup of coffee at a time.  

The 37th Miller Lite Amateur Golf Tournament took place at Glen Oaks Golf Club in Maiden recently with Family Care Center of Catawba Valley receiving a portion of the tournament proceeds. Winners of the tournament were Joe Good and Doyle Wyant. The runners up were Thad Allen and Rodney Pennell. Golfers enjoyed three days of golf in a 2 man best ball format, with after play events taking place in the newly built clubhouse.

“Family Care Center received $3200 and we appreciate United Beverages of North Carolina, LLC, Newton-Conover Rotary Club and Glen Oaks Golf Club for another great tournament,” stated Jane Earnest, Executive Director. “The proceeds from this tournament will go far in assisting homeless families with dependent children who just need a second chance to get back on their feet,” Earnest continued.

Family Care Center has served this community for 26 years, offering homeless families with dependent children physical, social, educational and emotional support as they transition to self-sufficiency. For more information call 828-324-9917, fcc@familycare-center.org or www.familycare-center.com.