A home on Union Grove Road just south of Lenoir was heavily damaged by fire last night (September 3).
After checking with the National Weather Service, Investigators used GPS data to determine that the fire was most likely caused by a lightning strike. It appears that lightning struck the chimney and traveled down to the roof. The home sustained more than $200,000 in damages.
No injuries were reported.
33-year-old Amy Inman Helton of North Caldwell Avenue in Newton has been arrested by Newton Police on two counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
She was confined this morning (September 4) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $4,250 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow with another court date on the resisting charge coming up on September 22, both in Newton.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.