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Alexander County Commissioners Meet, Approve Resolution To Join Opiod Settlement

At their Monday (July 15) meeting, the Alexander County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to join the Kroger opioid settlement, which would result in an additional $40 million in settlement funds across the state. Interim County Manager Ben Faulkenberry said that Alexander County would receive a total of $174,000 to be distributed over a…

Hickory City Council Approves Speed Limit Reduction

Hickory City Council met Tuesday (July 16) in regular session. Minutes, second readings and the consent agenda, minus one item, were all approved. Among the items approved on the consent agenda, is a speed limit reduction along 20th Avenue N.W. between North Center Street and 2nd Street N.W., and along 20th Avenue Drive N.W. from…

Natural Gas Leak Reported in Morganton [UPDATE 03:30 p.m.]

UPDATE: As of 2:30 p.m. the gas line was repaired. The shelter in place warning has been lifted. Residents can safely turn their HVAC systems back on. Burke County 9-1-1 reported a large natural gas leak near Valdese Weavers on Lovelady Road at about 11:50 a.m. today (July 16). At last report, Lovelady Road was…

Enjoy Music and Fireworks in Alexander County on July 20

The public is invited to enjoy an Independence Celebration on Saturday, July 20 with a free concert and fireworks. This installment of the 2024 Summer Concert Series will feature “The Extraordinaires” at 7:00 p.m. on the Rotary Performance Stage at Alexander County Courthouse Park. Fireworks will follow at approximately 9:45 p.m. at the Alexander Central…

State Officials Urge Water Safety

As temperatures remain high, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is encouraging residents to enjoy recreational waters safely and be aware of possible health risks, including harmful algal blooms. Certain infections are also more common during summer such as primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), vibriosis and cryptosporidiosis. To help ensure a safe…

Public Meeting Held In Morganton To Discuss Charlotte’s Interbasin Water Request

Charlotte Water held a public meeting to discuss their interbasin transfer request. The session was held in Morganton Monday evening (July 15). A large crowd attended the event at the CoMMA Performing Arts Center. Charlotte Water filed a notice of its intent to request an increase from 33 million gallons per day (MGD) up to…

Catawba County Commissioners Meet, Approve Several Items

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Monday night (July 15). There were eleven items on the consent agenda. Among the items on the consent agenda was a request from the Finance & Personnel Subcommittee that the board authorize the County Manager to sign an agreement with the North Carolina Department of…

Taylorsville to Name New Town Manager Wednesday

The Taylorsville Town Board has scheduled a special called meeting for Wednesday at 9 a.m. The meeting will be held at Town Hall. The Board is expected to name a new Town Manager to replace Aaron Wike. Mr. Wike has requested to return to his position as Public Works Director. According to a press release,…

Authorities Continue to Seek Missing Morganton Woman

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office continues to ask for the public’s assistance in locating Kimberly Margaret Woodard. Ms. Woodard, who is 39 years old, lives on Sunrise Lane in Morganton. She was last seen leaving her residence at about 1 a.m. on June 29. She was reported missing on July 3. Ms. Woodard is a…

Lawndale Man Killed in Lincoln County Crash

A man was killed in a two-vehicle accident in Lincoln County this morning (July 15). The deceased is 59-year-old Barry Wilson McKee of Lawndale. At about 7:20 a.m. today, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the scene of the accident on N.C. 18 at N.C. 10. The driver of a 2019 Dodge Ram…

Newton Splash Pad Open Through Labor Day

The Newton Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce the Newton Splash Pad is open for the 2024 season. The splash pad will operate through Labor Day from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. After Labor Day, operations will be dependent on daily temperatures. The splash…

Arrival of Two AV-8B Harriers at Hickory Regional Airport

The City of Hickory to welcome the arrival of Hickory Aviation Museum’s newest aircraft addition, a United States Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier, at Hickory Regional Airport on Monday, July 15. Two aircraft, the museum addition and its wingman, will arrive at the Hickory airport at approximately 3 p.m. and perform some non-aerobatic maneuvers before landing.…

Meeting Scheduled To Discuss Water Transfer Request Scheduled Tonight In Morganton

Charlotte Water will hold its next public meeting to discuss their interbasin transfer request in Morganton tonight (July 15). Charlotte Water filed a notice of its intent to request an increase from 33 million gallons per day (MGD) up to 63 MGD regarding the water it transfers from the Catawba River Basin to the Rocky…

Police: Woman Sets Fire To Home, Fatally Shoots Herself

Authorities responded to a house fire in Alexander County. It was reportedly set by a woman who shot herself after starting the blaze. On Friday, (July 12) shortly after 2 p.m. Alexander County 911 received a call regarding a victim with a gunshot wound at a house on fire on North Shore Drive in Hickory.…

Catawba County Man Arrested Following Reported Standoff With Police

30-year-old Ian Maurice McMahon of Conover was arrested Friday (July 12) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts of felony probation violation along with single counts of trafficking, opium or heroin, traffic in methamphetamine,  possession of meth and two counts of possession…

Hickory City Council to Meet Tuesday

Hickory City Council will meet on Tuesday, July16, at 6 p.m. in the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building on North Center Street. Among items on the agenda, council will consider approval of a speed limit reduction along 20th Avenue N.W. between North Center Street and 2nd Street N.W., and along 20th Avenue Drive N.W. from…

Death of 9-Month-Old Child Under Investigation

Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers are investigating the death of an infant on Tanglewood Drive. Just before five o’clock this morning (July 12), Officers responded to a report of a suspicious person near Section House Road, between Conover and Hickory. Deputies encountered an adult female who seemed disoriented. Deputies followed the woman to her residence on…

Man Dead of Apparent Suicide after Police Chase in Iredell & Surry Counties

A man was killed Thursday (July 11) following a Police pursuit in Iredell and Surry counties. The deceased is 20-year-old Dashawn Samuels of Charlotte. Just after two o’clock Thursday afternoon, a Trooper with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol attempted to stop a vehicle on Interstate 77 in northern Iredell County. The vehicle had been…

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Enhances Lake Norman Safety with NC Wildlife, ALE, and Law Enforcement Partners to Intensify Safety Efforts

Following recent tragic events on Lake Norman, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is intensifying safety efforts through collaboration with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NC Wildlife), Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE), and other law enforcement agencies. This joint initiative aims to prevent incidents and ensure the safety of all lake users. Key initiatives include: Enhanced…

Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Receives Computer To Assist In Fighting Child Exploitation & Human Trafficking

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office recently announced that they received a Talino Forensic Lab computer along with Magnet AXIOM Essentials software. The items are from a grant sponsored by Operation Underground Railroad. The computer contains tools designed to process electronic storage devices to assist in the rescue of those in need from child sexual exploitation…

Ribbon Cutting for Hickory’s Aviation Walk Set for July 30

The next segment of the Hickory Trail is slated to open to the public this month. A ribbon cutting will mark the official grand opening of the Aviation Walk on Tuesday, July 30, at 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend the ceremony at the new Aviation Walk pedestrian bridge trailhead, 1240 U.S. 321…

21st Annual North Carolina Blackberry Festival in Lenoir This Weekend

The 21st annual North Carolina Blackberry Festival is this Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13, 2024, in Downtown Lenoir. Come get your fill of fresh blackberries, enjoy delicious festival food, shop hundreds of vendors, and have a berry good time! Plus, everyone has a chance to win big money! The Never B’s will kick…

Election Precinct Workers Sought In Alexander County

The Alexander County Board of Elections encourages local residents to attend an information session about becoming a Precinct Official. The meeting will be held on Monday, July 29 at 6:00 p.m. at the Taylorsville Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall (75 2nd Street SW, Taylorsville). This information session will provide answers to questions for anyone who has…

All-Way Stop Sign Installed Near Burke County School

An intersection with a Burke County elementary school on one corner has been converted to an all-way stop in the interest of safety. North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) staff installed new stop signs and pavement markings to Old N.C. 18 at its intersection with Mount Home Church Road and Colony Road near Mull Elementary…

Man Injured in Officer-Involved Shooting Monday Faces Eight Felony Assault Charges

Newton Police have obtained eight felony warrants for 24-year-old Keon Jemez Leach of Newton. He is charged with four felony counts each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm. Leach is the individual who fired at Police and was shot when Officers…

Authorities Investigating Death Of Man Found Along Roadway

A man was found deceased along Highway 18 in Caldwell County on Tuesday (July 9). According to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, the agency is investigating a death after the person was found on the side of the road. The Sheriff’s Office said it has identified the victim but was not releasing their name as…

Identities of Plane Crash Victims Released

Authorities have released the identities of three people who were killed in a plane crash in McDowell County early yesterday morning (July 8). The deceased are the pilot, Adam Plummer, and two passengers, Scott George and Charles Mather, Jr. All three were from South Carolina. The plane, a Cessna 182, went down in the Brackett…

Authorities Seeking Missing Morganton Woman

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing person. She is 39-year-old Kimberly Margaret Woodard of Sunrise Lane in Morganton. Ms. Woodard was last seen leaving her residence on June 29. She was reported missing on July 3. Ms. Woodard is a white female. She is 5’7″ tall and…

The Corner Table Receives Donation from Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation

On Monday July 8, 2024, The Corner Table announced they received $2,500 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation to help nourish neighbors experiencing hunger. The Feeding the Hungry grant supports community feeding partners by helping neighbors increase their access to nutritious food and providing nutrition education to eliminate health risks for those experiencing food…

Officer Involved Shooting Reported By Newton Police Department

An officer involved shooting occurred late Monday night (July 8) in Newton. Shortly after 11:30 p.m. Monday, the Newton Police Department received a call from Catawba County Communications Center in reference to a 911 hang-up at the Catawba Pines Apartments on East 1st Street. Upon arrival on the scene, officers were confronted by numerous noncomplying…

Unemployment Rates Increase Across Hickory Metro, State

Unemployment rates increased across the Greater Hickory Metro and throughout most of the state. The latest figures were released last week by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division and show the May jobless rates. Catawba County’s unemployment rate is 3.5 percent, up from 3.2 percent in April. Alexander County’s jobless…

Former Hickory Finance Officer Retiring Following Nearly 30 Year Career

After nearly 30 years of service with the City of Hickory, former Finance Officer Melissa Miller is set to retire on August 1. Miller started working for the City of Hickory in April 1995 as a Customer Service Representative in the Collections Division of the Finance Department. She was promoted to Senior Customer Service Representative…

Three Reportedly Killed in McDowell County Small Plane Crash

According to published reports, three people were killed in a plane crash this morning (July 8) near the McDowell-Rutherford county line. The small plane (a Cessna 182) was found in the Brackett Town Road area off of Vein Mountain Road. The plane was reportedly traveling from Tennessee to Rutherford County. The identities of the deceased…

City of Hickory to Offer Hickory 101 This Fall

The City of Hickory will offer a five-week class called Hickory 101 for citizens wishing to learn about the inner workings of local government. Each week, participants will learn about City functions and departments by touring facilities, seeing demonstrations, and hearing presentations. Hickory 101 is a condensed version of the popular Neighborhood College program that…

Man Dies In Four-Wheeler Crash In Watauga County

A Boone man was killed in a weekend crash involving a four-wheeler in Watauga County. The deceased is 38-year-old Carl Scott Norris. On Saturday (July 6) at approximately 11:00 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Briarwood Lane near Big Hill Road. A Suzuki four-wheeler was traveling west on Briarwood Lane and struck…

Fire Hydrant Testing Planned In Morganton

The City of Morganton will be testing fire hydrant flow around the city over a period of 12 days late this month into the second week of August. Water pressure at locations around each fire hydrant may experience discoloration. The flow testing will start on July 28 and will be dependent on weather and calls…

Alexander County Authorities Make More Arrests in Connection with Shooting [UPDATED 3 p.m.]

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office has charged several individuals in connection with the shooting of a juvenile on June 6 in the Stony Point community. 28-year-old Chadrick Ty-Quan McGee of Statesville was arrested Friday (July 5) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony accessory after the fact. Also arrested was 37-year-old Tammy Amanda…

Shooting Under Investigation

Today (July 5) at approximately 3:00 a.m. officers from the Statesville Police Department responded to a call reporting shots fired in the 1900 block of Gay Street. Upon arrival, officers were informed that a subject had been shot multiple times at the address but had already been transported to the hospital via private vehicle. The…

Wildfire Burning in Burke County (Updated, 8:28 p.m., 7/5/24)

A wildfire has now charred approximately 60 acres of woodland in the Burkemont Mountain area of Burke County. The fire began at about 5 a.m. today (July 5). At last report this morning, the fire was 0% contained. Responding agencies include Salem Fire Rescue and the West End Fire Department. The North Carolina Forestry Service…

Two People Injured in 4th of July Shooting in Hickory

Hickory Police are investigating a shooting that occurred yesterday (July 4) on the 400 block of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory just after 9:30 p.m. Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries. No one had been arrested as of this morning. No further details are available. The investigation is ongoing.

Annual Donald Hicks Basketball Day Camp to be Held in Newton

The Donald Hicks Basketball Day Camp (DHBDC) will take place beginning on Monday, July 8 through Friday, July 12 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Grace Reformed United Church of Christ. The Donald Hicks Basketball Day Camp (DHBDC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Tax ID 37-1959260), recognized by the IRS and the State of North Carolina.…

Firefighters Sent To Hospital Following Debris Fire

A fire that sent two firefighters to the hospital is under investigation by the Iredell County Fire Marshal’s Office. Two Mooresville firefighters were treated at a local hospital Tuesday (July 2) for injuries sustained while on the scene of a large debris fire. Mount Mourne Fire Department personnel and nearby departments were dispatched at 11:52…

CVCC SkillsUSA Chapter Claims Several Medals At National Competition

The Catawba Valley Community College SkillsUSA Chapter, took home more than six gold or silver medals during the 2024 National Championships. The SkillsUSA National Championship occurred in Atlanta, GA and ran from June 24 to June 28. Approximately 6,000 students from across the United States attended the conference to compete and display their skills in…

Man Killed In Watauga County Crash

A Watauga County man was killed in a crash earlier this week. The deceased is 35-year-old William Jesse Glenn of Sugar Grove. On Wednesday (July 3), at approximately 8:00 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to a fatal collision in Watauga County on Reese Road near Wilburn Rominger Road. A 2001 Dodge Ram…

Child Killed In Accident At Steel Creek

A child was killed in an accident earlier today (July 4) at a Burke County recreational spot. At approximately 10:40 a.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the Steel Creek Park & Family Campground parking lot. A 2019 Chevrolet Silverado was attempting to pull around a building and struck a pedestrian who walked in front of…

Scam Warning Issued By Federal Offices In N.C.

The FBI Charlotte Field Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina are warning the public about a new, more sophisticated jury scam involving fake federal arrest warrants. The scammers call victims or send emails claiming the victims failed to report for jury duty and there is…

Motorcyclist Killed in Burke County Crash Monday

A motorcyclist was killed in an accident Monday evening (July 1) in Burke County. The identity of the deceased has not been released. At about 6:10 p.m. Monday, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the crash scene on N.C. Highway 18 near Miller Bridge Road. A Honda motorcycle was traveling north on N.C.…

License Plate Agency to Reopen in Conover

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will reopen a license plate agency on July 10 in Catawba County. The office closed on October 10, 2023, when the previous operator’s contract ended. The agency will be operated by Melissa Henderson and will be at the same location as the previous agency at 803 Conover Boulevard…

New Space Exhibit Launching at Catawba Science Center July 10

Catawba Science Center is officially launching a brand new exhibit on July 10, 2024. Expanding Horizons: The Solar System & Beyond is a permanent exhibit in the Hall of Astronomy, located just outside the Millholland Planetarium. Explore our solar system and learn all about space travel, where we’ve been, where we’re going, and how new…

Pursuit Results In Fatal Crash, Man Charged In Connection To Death Of Passenger

A man has been charged in connection to a fatal crash Tuesday (July 2) in Iredell County. The deceased has been identified as 28-year-old Keonte Shakir Forney. 27-year-old Ridge Rashaun Gray is charged with felony counts of death by vehicle and flee to elude arrest. He’s also charged with reckless driving, driving while license revoked,…

Another Public Meeting Scheduled To Discuss Interbasin Transfer Request

Charlotte Water will hold its next public meeting to discuss their interbasin transfer request in Morganton later this month. Charlotte Water filed a notice of its intent to request an increase from 33 million gallons per day (MGD) up to 63 MGD regarding the water it transfers from the Catawba River Basin to the Rocky…

Special Event for Kids Wednesday in Valdese

The Town of Valdese will hold a special holiday event for children tomorrow (July 3). The “Hunt for Stars & Stripes” will take place from 8 a.m. until 12 noon Wednesday in downtown Valdese. Children will search along Main Street from Carolina Street to the Old Rock School for an American flag. Any child who…

Randy Clay Band to Perform in Valdese

The Family Friday Nights Summer Concert Series continues this Friday evening (July 5) with a performance from the Randy Clay Band, featuring beach & dance music. The free concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Temple Field behind the Old Rock School at 400 Main Street West in downtown Valdese. The performance will end at…

Three Employees Assume New Roles in Alexander County Schools

New Alexander County Schools Superintendent Dr. Bill Griffin was sworn in Monday (July 1) at a special called meeting of the Alexander County School Board of Education. District Court Judge Dale Graham officiated the ceremony with Dr. Griffin’s wife, Meredith, holding the Bible. Prior to his start as A.C.S. superintendent, Dr. Griffin served as assistant…

Town of Glen Alpiine Now in Compliance with A.D.A.

U.S. Attorney Dena J. King announced today (July 2) that the Town of Glen Alpine has remedied several violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) to ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal access to its Town Hall building. The U.S. Attorney’s Office initiated an investigation following a complaint filed with the U.S. Department…

Splash Pad Coming To Lenoir

The City of Lenoir is building a new splash pad at the Lenoir Rotary Soccer Complex. Construction should start in the middle of July. The splash pad will be pear shaped. It will be 2,516 square feet with a 5-foot border. The spray area will be 1,648 square feet with 55 spray features of different…

New Principal Chosen at Bethlehem Elementary

Alexander County School Superintendent Dr. Bill Griffin has announced that Stephanie Reep will be the new principal at Bethlehem Elementary School. Her appointment was approved by the Alexander County Board of Education this morning (July 1). She will replace Charles Draper, who resigned to work with Oxford Baptist Church in Conover. Ms. Reep is currently…

Ultra-Light Plane Crashes in Burke County

At about 9:10 this morning (July 1), the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to an airplane crash in Burke County on Mountain Shadows Drive. After departing from a private airfield, an ultra-light glider struck several trees and crash-landed in the woods. The pilot, 45-year-old Christopher Ryan Short of Morganton, was transported by medical helicopter…

Parents Charged with Murder in Death of 16-Month-Old Child

34-year-old Lucas Shayne Scronce and 41-year-old Jennifer Denise Clay, both from the same address on Short Road in Newton, have been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of their 16-month old child, Ivy Clay. Scronce and Clay are the child’s biological parents. On February 7, Catawba County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to…

Fireworks Displays Scheduled This Week For Independence Day

There are multiple Independence Day celebrations scheduled in the Greater Hickory Metro this week. There will be a fireworks show following the Hickory Crawdads/Winston-Salem Dash game on Wednesday (July 3). The game starts at 6:30 p.m. at L.P. Frans Stadium. In addition, the Morganton Parks and Recreation Department will have their annual fireworks show Thursday…

Arrest Made In Connection To Fatal Shooting In April

An arrest has been made in a murder case.  The victim is 52-year-old Richard Pledger of Statesville. 30-year-old Devin Emmanuel Rankin of Statesville was arrested Thursday (June 27) by Statesville Police Officers. He’s charged with first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, and discharging a firearm within city limits. As WHKY previously reported,…

Fire Quickly Extinguished at Morganton Business

At about 2 a.m. today (June 28), the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to a structure fire at American Roller Bearing on Burke Drive. Upon arrival, units located a motor that had caught fire inside the building. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire. There were no injuries.

Police Find Suspect in Armed Robbery & Assault Case, Deceased

The Hickory Police Department is conducting a death investigation after a wanted suspect was found deceased Thursday afternoon (June 27). The deceased is 34-year-old Dallas Loyd Gragg. At approximately 3:20 p.m. Thursday, Officers responded to an address on 9th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory in an attempt to locate Mr. Gragg, He was wanted on…

United Arts Council of Catawba County Renamed Arts Culture Catawba

The United Arts Council of Catawba County was renamed in 2006 to reflect the partnerships in Catawba County. Now, in 2024 the organization is known as Arts Culture Catawba. Arts Culture Catawba makes grants for cultural events throughout Catawba County. In addition, its annual United Arts Fund campaign provides unrestricted operating support to funded affiliates,…

Man Fatally Shot In Catawba County Incident, Suspect Charged With Murder

30-year-old Trevor Kiernan O’Mara of Vale was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with murder. On Thursday (June 27), at 5:01 p.m. deputies with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a person shot at a residence in the 5000 block of Hope Road. When deputies arrived, they found 31-year-old…

NCDMV To Begin Collecting Processing Fee In July

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will begin collecting a processing fee on all transactions paid for with a credit or debit card starting next Monday (July 1). This includes transactions occurring in-person, online and at a self-service kiosk. A provision in last year’s state budget allows NCDMV to collect up to 2% on…

Ten Year Prison Sentence Imposed Against Hickory Man In Federal Firearms Case

30-year-old Kadeem Jamal Albright of Hickory was sentenced to 120 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for firearms offenses. The announcement was made Thursday (June 27) by Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Chief Reed Baer of the Hickory Police Department was among those joining…

New Exhibit & Planetarium Show to Open at Catawba Science Center

The Catawba Science Center will launch a new exhibit on July 10. “Expanding Horizons: The Solar System & Beyond” is a permanent exhibit in the Hall of Astronomy, located just outside the Millholland Planetarium. The exhibit gives patrons the chance to explore the solar system and learn about space travel. Included is a Mars pod…

Hickory Man Sentenced to More than 10 Years in Child Porn Case

U.S. Attorney Dena J. King announced Wednesday that 39-year-old Chad Joseph Caesar of Hickory has been sentenced to 132 months in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for receipt of child pornography. Hickory Police Chief Reed Baer joined Ms. King in making the announcement. According to court documents and the sentencing hearing, in…

New Alexander County Manager Named By Commissioners

Following an extensive search and interview process, the Alexander County Board of Commissioners has selected William “Todd” Herms to serve as the new County Manager, effective August 12. Herms’ appointment was formally announced at a special meeting on Wednesday (June 26). Herms has 18 years of experience as a municipal manager in North Carolina, having…

Man Killed In Wednesday Evening Motorcycle Crash

A man was killed in a Wednesday night (June 26) motorcycle crash in Iredell County. The deceased is 65-year-old Scott Alexander Turner of Statesville. At approximately 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Shinnville Road near Weathers Creek Road. A 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling north on Shinnville, when the…

Alert Issued For Missing Man Cancelled [UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL INFO 12 NOON 06/27]

At the request of the Hickory Police Department, the N.C. Center for Missing Persons has cancelled the Missing Endangered Alert for 89-year-old John Calhoun McDowell, Jr. of Hickory. Mr. McDowell was found safe in Richmond, Virginia. The alert for Mr. McDowell was issued Wednesday. Shortly after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, the alert was cancelled. No additional…

Names of Victims in Double Murder Case Released [edited to correct spelling]

The names of the victims in a Lincoln County double-murder case have been released. The deceased have been identified as Tabatha Eades Michelle Funderburk and Austin Bradley Tallent. As WHKY previously reported, 32-year-old Conway Storm Cook of Lincolnton was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one…

Pedestrian Killed In Crash On Interstate

A pedestrian was killed in a crash on an Iredell County Highway. The deceased is 63-year-old Calvin Jay May of Greenville, N.C. Today (June 26) at approximately 1:15 a.m., the N.C. State Highway Patrol responded to Interstate 77 south near NC 150 (Exit 36). A 2023 Freightliner tractor-trailer was traveling south on I-77 and struck a pedestrian who…

Arrest Made in Lincoln County Double Homicide

32-year-old Conway Storm Cook of Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder. Cook was charged in connection with a double homicide and a serious injury to a third person. The incident occurred overnight (June 25/26) at an address…

Van Turns in Front of Newton Police S.U.V.; No Serious Injuries

At about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (June 25), a Newton Police Officer was involved in an accident on Business Highway 321, near West 20th Street. The accident occurred as the driver of a northbound Chrysler van on Business 321 attempted to turn left into the Walmart Neighborhood Market parking lot. The van turned in front of…

Man Sentenced to at Least 16 Years in Shooting Death of Child

26-year-old Douglas Mason Wilson will spend at least 16 years in prison following his guilty plea to a murder charge. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle in Catawba County Superior Court Tuesday. He was sentenced to 16-to-20 years. He has been in jail in Catawba County for…

Alert Issued for Missing Elderly Hickory Man

The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has issued a Missing Endangered Alert for 89-year-old John Calhoun McDowell, Jr. of 21st Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. Mr. McDowell is believed to be suffering from a cognitive impairment. He was last seen at his residence by his wife and E.M.S. personnel at about 1 a.m. Tuesday…

Town of Hudson & HUB Station Present “The Last Romance” for One Weekend Only

The Town of Hudson and HUB Station will present the delightful comedy, “The Last Romance” for one weekend only, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th. The Sunday performance is a matinee. “The Last Romance” is an acclaimed comedy, set in a park in Hoboken, New Jersey. Ralph Bellini is a…

Double Homicide Under Investigation In Lincoln County

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a double homicide and the serious injury to a third person. The incident occurred overnight at an address on Springs East Road. Two people were found deceased inside the residence. A third person is on life support at Caromont-Gaston. Officers have taken a person of interest into custody. Police…

Troutman Man Charged With String Of Sexual Exploitation Counts

70-year-old Paul Howard Beha of Sierra Woods Drive in Troutman was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with ten counts of felony second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. In February, 2024, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a CyberTip containing multiple files of suspected child sexual abuse material. The investigation was assigned to…

Alexander County Man Charged With Murder In Connection To Overdose Death

33-year-old Mathew Douglas Roop of Rink Dam Road in Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (June 25) by authorities in Catawba County. According to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Roop was indicted by a Catawba County Grand Jury for second-degree murder, death by distribution, and sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. In October of 2023…

Catawba County Schools Confirms Three New Appointments

Catawba County Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Stover has announced that Neil Everett will be the new Principal at Mill Creek Middle School and James Byrd will be the new Principal at River Bend Middle School. Tashanna Mays will be the Compass Principal & Assistant Director of Behavior Support. The school board confirmed the positions on…

10th Annual Vertical Mile Challenge Trail Race Attracts Runners to Rocky Face Park in Alexander County

The 10th Annual Vertical Mile Challenge Trail Race attracted runners from across North Carolina and beyond on Saturday, June 22, 2024, at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area. There were 82 runners who completed the full VMC (8 laps, 16 miles) and 63 runners who completed the half VMC (4 laps, 8 miles). Ethan Carrigan, age…

Alexander County Board Of Elections Wins National Award

The Alexander County Board of Elections was recently named one of only 32 programs nationwide to earn a Clearinghouse Award from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). Also known as the “Clearies,” the awards program celebrates the hard work of election offices across the country for programs in 2023. Winning jurisdictions range from counties with…

Illinois-Based Company to Open Innovation Center at Manufacturing Solutions in Conover

Pleneri, a cloud-based provider serving the apparel industry, has announced that it will open an Innovation Center in the Manufacturing Solutions Center in Conover. The move is intended to place the company in a prime geographic location within the U.S. textiles industry and to underscore the company’s commitment to sustainability and technological advancement. Pleneri’s new…

Hickory City Schools Appoints Director of School Nutrition

Hickory City Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of Christy Gwyn as the new Director of School Nutrition. Mrs. Gwyn brings over 20 years of school nutrition experience and has been the School Nutrition Supervisor for Hickory City Schools since 2022. In her previous role, Mrs. Gwyn has consistently exceeded expectations in her yearly…

Work Continues This Week On Bridge Project In Mountains

A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation will perform various operations this week on the N.C. 105 bridge project over the Watauga River. In previous weeks, crews have successfully performed​ blasting and rock removal operations as work continues to replace the 69-year-old bridge. This week’s schedule is as follows. Today (June 24), from 9…

Summer Impaired Driver Enforcement Campaign Underway

The Operation Firecracker “Booze It & Lose It​” campaign begins today (June 24) and will run through July 7. The statewide initiative promotes public awareness and enforcement efforts to reduce the number of crashes and fatalities caused by impaired drivers. Recognized as one of the nation’s most effective anti-drunk-driving campaigns, Booze It & Los​e It…

Man Receives Prison Sentence In Sex Offense Case

A Harmony man received a minimum prison sentence of approximately 18 years in a sex offense case. 32-year-old Timothy Clayton Campbell of Harmony pleaded guilty to first-degree statutory sex offense and two counts of indecent liberties with a child. He was given a sentence of 192-291 months along with a pair of 13 to 25…

Update: Victim Identified In Fatal Alexander County Fire (Updated 8:01 p.m., 6/23/24)

The victim has been identified in an Alexander County fire this morning (June 23). She was identified as 80-year old Elinor Martin of Taylorsville. Units from Sugar Loaf, Taylorsville and Vashti responded to the Frank Smith Mobile Home Park off N.C. 16 North in the Sugar Loaf community, just before 10 a.m. Two dogs and…

Woman Arrested After Vehicle Crashes Into Building

25-year-old Morgan Tiara Smith of Morganton was arrested today (June 23) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while impaired, careless and reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane control. At approximately 12:15 a.m., Officers from…

Morganton Man Dies In Burke County Waterway, Investigation Underway

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an individual Friday night (June 21) at Lake James State Park. According to a news release, the deceased is 76-year-old Presley Junior Jaynes of Morganton. At 8:13 p.m. Friday, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to the park in reference to a death investigation. Visitors…

Hickory Man Arrested In Connection To Fatal Hit & Run Crash

An arrest has been made in connection to a fatal hit-and-run crash Thursday (June 20) in Lincoln County. The deceased is 23-year-old Jacob Michael Bentley of Lincolnton. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol arrested 21-year-old Zachary Joseph Deal of Hickory Friday evening (June 21).  He was charged with felony hit and run, failure to report…

Armed Robbery in Hickory Under Investigation

Hickory Police are investigating an armed robbery at an apartment on Valley Arbors Drive in Hickory yesterday (June 20). The incident occurred at about 6:15 p.m. Thursday. The victim is a 36-year-old male from Statesville. A Michael Kors bag containing $15,000 cash was taken. The bag was recovered; however, the cash was not. The suspect…

Three New Pickleball Courts Installed in Alexander County

Three new pickleball courts have been installed at Alexander County’s Jaycee Park. The courts replace three tennis courts that were in disrepair. The surface has been patched and temporary nets are now in place, thanks to the efforts of crews with the county’s Public Works & Facilities Department. Paddles and balls are available. The park…

Suspect Sought in Fatal Lincoln County Hit & Run

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident in Lincoln County. The deceased is 23-year-old Jacob Michael Bentley of Lincolnton. The accident occurred at about 8:40 last night (June 20) on Business 321 near Summerow Road. A Ford Taurus was northbound on Business 321 when the driver crossed the centerline. The…

USDA Launches New SUN Bucks Program

The USDA has launched a new, permanent program to provide food assistance to children and families during the summer. The SUN Bucks program will officially launch in summer 2024! SUN Bucks will provide grocery-buying benefits to qualifying families with school-aged children during the summer months when schools are on summer break. SUN Bucks is sometimes…

NCDOT Seeking Citizen Input On Long Range Plan

The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is identifying projects for its next long-range capital plan and wants citizens to participate in the process. Public drop-in sessions are set to take place in the 14 highway divisions across the state in the coming weeks. These will be informal gatherings in which citizens can share their interests…

Hickory Metro County Among Recipients Of Grants From N.C. Emergency Management

North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) has announced the recipients of the 2024 Capacity Building Competitive Grant Program (CBCG). Details were revealed in a news release from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. There is one Hickory Metro county on the list of 19 recipients. The CBCG Program was authorized by the North Carolina General…

Lenoir City Council Hears Presentation On Comprehensive Plan Meetings

Lenoir City Council met in regular session earlier this week. At the Tuesday (June 18) meeting Council heard a presentation from Planning Director Hannah Williams regarding the city’s comprehensive plan. She outlined the upcoming schedule of meetings, all scheduled next week. The kickoff meetings will be held Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26. Whitnel…

Suspect in Gateway Pub Shooting Now in Jail in Newton [PHOTO ADDED 12 noon, 06/20/24]

25-year-old Khalil Rashawn Lawrence of Jacksonville, Florida was jailed today (June 19) in the Catawba County Detention Facility on charges of attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Lawrence is the suspect in a May 26 incident…

The Night Move Band to Perform Friday in Valdese

The Valdese Family Friday Nights Summer Concert Series continues this Friday with a performance from the Night Move Band, whose music is described as dance, beach, and variety. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and concludes at 10 p.m. All concerts in the series are free and attendees of all ages are welcome. Performances are…

Hickory City Council Meets In Regular Session, Final Vote On Budget Among Second Readings

Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday (June 18). Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were all approved. Among the items approved in second readings was the Fiscal Year 2024-2025 Recommended Budget. It was approved on its first reading on June 4. City Manager Warren Wood first delivered his Recommended Budget to Council…

WHKY Receives Lunch Bell Award

WHKY has been recognized with The Lunch Bell Award for Radio & Television. Christy Gwyn, the newly appointed Hickory City Schools Director of School Nutrition, presented the award to Hal Row during WHKY’s “First Talk” program on Tuesday, June 18. Ms. Gwyn accepted the Lunch Bell Award on behalf of WHKY at the School Nutrition…

Rotary Club of Hickory Grants Ten Non-Profits Funds for Needed Services

The Rotary Club of Hickory welcomed ten non-profit organization leaders to its regular luncheon meeting at Lake Hickory Country Club on June 5th. The purpose of the celebration was to provide funds to each of the ten agencies and to acknowledge their valuable services provided to the citizens of Catawba and surrounding counties. Each funded…

Hickory Community Appearance Commission Recognizing Area Yards & Properties

The City of Hickory’s Community Appearance Commission (CAC) is recognizing beautifully landscaped yards and properties that have made an effort to improve within the city. Hickory residents, property owners, and neighbors may nominate yards and/or properties for recognition through the new Beautification Recognition Program from April through September each year. Each month, the CAC will…

Local FedEx Office To Reportedly Cut Positions

The FedEx Ship Center location off Fairgrove Church Road in Conover will close before year’s end. An estimated 66 couriers and three managers will be laid off. Details were not released on how the closure could impact package delivery or services in the area. Employees whose positions will be eliminated will be provided options such…

Catawba County Commissioners Meet, Approve Resolution Related To International Rail Park Project

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Monday (June 17). The board held a public hearing to consider adopting a resolution to exercise the option to purchase 63.31 acres located on Conover Blvd East. In addition the resolution results in the transfer of the previously appropriated $1.3 million from the Economic Development…

Bike Rider Hit this Morning Near Taylorsville

A bicycle rider was struck south of Taylorsville on Friendship Church Road shortly after 9 a.m. today. The Highway Patrol is investigating. The victim has been taken by Alexander County E.M.S. to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No further details are available at this time.

12 Catawba County Social Services Employees Complete Training

12 Catawba County Social Services employees recently completed a nine-month training program aimed at strengthening their personal and professional leadership skills. The participants were honored with a luncheon and a short ceremony on June 14 at the Social Services offices in Hickory. The following Social Services team members completed the program: Sydney Mitchell, Income Management…

Pet Projects, Art by Karen Parker and Walt McGervey at Full Circle Arts

Full Circle Arts is displaying s group of paintings and collages by Karen Parker and Walt McGervey until June 29. They call the show “Pet Projects”. The artist couple from Statesville create art in very different styles. Parker presents charming portraits of several cats and dogs, carefully painted in loving and accurate detail. McGervey’s work…

Man Killed In Sunday Crash

A Burke County man was killed in a crash in Caldwell County. The deceased is 28-year-old Cody Allen Word of Morganton. On Sunday (June 16) at approximately 9:20 p.m., the N.C. State Highway Patrol responded to Playmore Beach Road near U.S. 64.  A 2003 BMW motorcycle was traveling north on Playmore Beach Road when the…

Morganton Public Safety Responds To Weekend Camper Fire

Firefighters in Morganton responded to a camper fire over the weekend. Shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday (June 15) the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to 715 Carbon City Road in reference to a working fire. Units arrived on scene and found a camper sitting on this property that was fully involved with fire. The…

Weekly Lunch & Library Sessions Available This Summer In Catawba County

The Catawba County Library, in partnership with the Backpack Program and the Community Kitchen of The Corner Table, will provide weekly lunch-and-library sessions at 111 Herman Sipe Road in Conover, near Oak Grove Mobile Home Park. The Library to Go will offer books and resources as you enjoy a free, hot meal on-site. Everyone is…

Morganton City Council Schedules Special Meeting To Consider Budget

Morganton City Council is scheduled to meet in special session Monday (June 17). A budget public hearing is scheduled to be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber of City Hall at 305 East Union Street in Morganton. Following the public hearing,  council will consider adoption of the City of Morganton Budget for Fiscal…

Man Charged With Break-in To Fire Department

33-year-old Nicholas Allan Payret of Mackwood Road in Mooresville was arrested Thursday (June 13) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with three felony counts of larceny after breaking & entering, two felony counts of breaking & entering to a motor vehicle, and single felony counts of first-degree burglary & breaking & entering. Payret is…

Hickory City Council Agenda Set for June 18 Meeting

Hickory City Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building, 76 North Center Street. Council will discuss $120,000 that was awarded to the city through the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency’s Urgent Repair Program. The funds are intended to assist approximately eight very low-income homeowners with…

Seniors Morning Out Held by Senior Nutrition Services of Catawba County Social Services

Any resident of Catawba County who is 60 or older is invited to join Seniors Morning Out, which is held Monday through Thursday mornings at five convenient locations. A hot, nutritious lunch is served each day. Programs are free to participants, who may pick and choose which days to attend. Bus transportation to and from…

Public Feedback Sought On Second Phase Of Deploying Electric Vehicle Charging Stations In N.C.

State transportation officials want the public’s feedback on deploying the second phase of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in North Carolina. The N.C. Department of Transportation will host a webinar from 3:00-4:30 p.m. June 26. Those interested are asked to register for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program (NEVI) Community Engagement webinar. The upcoming webinar…

Burke County Man Sentenced In Federal Fentanyl Trafficking Case

42-year-old Joseph Paul Mosteller of Morganton was sentenced Thursday (June 13) to 17 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for trafficking fentanyl. The announcement was made by Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Sheriff Banks Hinceman of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Don Brown…

Green Room Theatre Ends the 37th Season with Honky Tonk Hissy Fit

The Green Room Community Theatre announced the tenth and final production of the 37th season with Honky Tonk Hissy Fit. The show is written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, & Jamie Wooten. Sylvia Schnople is directing this southern comedy that’s sure to make you laugh until your cheeks are tired and your belly hurts. The…

Long Time Foothills Regional Airport Board Member Honored

Lenoir City Council recently honored and thanked Charles Thomas for his nearly 25 years of service on the Foothills Regional Airport Authority. Mayor Joe Gibbons read and presented a resolution to Mr. Thomas during the June 4 City Council meeting. Mayor Gibbons said “Charles has been a part of [Foothills Regional Airport Authority] from way…

Hickory Among Communities To Receive Disaster Relief Grants

North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) recently announced the first round of grant recipients for the 2023 Disaster Relief and Mitigation Fund (DRMF). Hickory has received grants for two projects. The DRMF was authorized by the 2023 Appropriations Act, providing $30 million in funding availability to support the development of more resilient communities across North Carolina.…

Road Closure Planned In Mountains Tonight

A road closure will be in place in the North Carolina mountains this week. Contract crews for the N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily close N.C. 105 between Broadstone Road and Old Shulls Mill Road​​ during an overnight operation. Beginning at 7 p.m. today (June 12), crews from Wright Brothers Construction Company Inc. will perform…

Board Of Education Accepts Bid For Construction Of New Iredell County High School

Plans are in place to add a new high school in Iredell County, however, according to reports, Iredell County Commissioners have concerns. On Monday (June 10) the Iredell-Statesville Board of Education voted to accept a $143.3 million bid for construction of Weathers Creek High School in Troutman. The board voted 6-1 for what they termed…

Newton Man Sentenced to At Least 152 Years in Child Sex Abuse Case

51-year-old Michael Anthony Myers of Newton was sentenced today (June 11) to 152-to-248 years in prison after a Catawba County jury found him guilty yesterday on 19 counts of sexual offenses with two minor female victims. The jury needed less than an hour to convict Myers. The verdict marks the conclusion of a trial that…

Catawba County Officials Urging Citizens To Recognize Signs Of Elder Abuse

In conjunction with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which takes place June 15, Catawba County Social Services encourages all residents to recognize and report signs of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The National Center on Elder Abuse compiled the Red Flags of Abuse to help people know the signs of elder abuse. The Red Flags…

Hickory Business Owner Jailed Under 500K Bond On Conspiracy, False Pretense Charges

63-year-old Marty Christopher McDaniel of Hickory was arrested Monday (June 10) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two counts of felony conspiracy and one count of obtaining property by false pretense. On Monday, investigators with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the Gold King in Hickory. A search of…

Newton Man Charged In Connection To Fatal Shooting

28-year-old Bricson Cliffton Lineberger of Newton was arrested Monday (June 10) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with murder. He’s charged in connection to the shooting death of 51-year-old Kelvin Jerome England of Hickory. Monday, at approximately 3:15 p.m., the Newton Police Department received a call from a citizen in reference to a shooting that…

Fatal Shooting Reported In Newton

Newton Police say a person was fatally shot Monday afternoon (June 10). The shooting was reported at approximately 4 p.m. A gunman is said to have fired into a vehicle near South College Avenue, located a couple of blocks from the Newton Recreation Center. A suspect is reportedly in custody. [Story courtesy of Rick Gilbert,…

Monday Afternoon Accident Temporarily Closes Highway 127 in Ridgeview

An accident on Highway 127 near 10th Avenue S.E. in Hickory has temporarily shut down traffic. As of 5 p.m. this afternoon (June 10), Hickory Police and E.M.S. personnel were on the scene. No details are available at this time.

Small Fire with No Injuries at Facility in Morganton

At about 7:15 Saturday evening (June 8), the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to a reported structure fire at a treatment facility located at 407 North College Street. Upon arrival, a resident of the facility told first responders that there was a fire in one of the bathrooms and that all residents made it…

Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Iredell County

A small airplane made an emergency landing today (June 10) in an Iredell County field. According to reports, the aircraft went down around 11:30 a.m. near Midway Road. The pilot and one passenger were onboard the plane. Both reportedly walked away from the wreckage without injury. The cause of the incident is under investigation. No…

Catawba County United Way Seeking Partners for School Supply Drive

The school year has just wrapped up, but the Catawba County United Way (CCUW) wants to get a jump on recruiting collection partners for the annual Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive in July. Already, a dozen local businesses and organizations have signed up to help collect donations of classroom supplies, but there is always…

Early Morning Traffic Stop Results In Multiple Felony Drug Charges

42-year-old Emanuel Devon Rutherford of Morganton was arrested today (June 10) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine and cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for controlled substance, possession of meth and possession of crack cocaine. He’s also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia…

WHKY Radio Marks 84 Years Today

WHKY Radio celebrates 84 years on the air today (June 10). On June 10, 1940, the station first signed on. During World War II, getting equipment was difficult, but station founder Ed Long put together the WHKY transmitter with the help of a mule and plow. The station began broadcasting from the Hotel Hickory. In…

Recent Death Of Woman Ruled As Homicide

According to the Statesville Police Department, the recent death of a Statesville woman has been ruled a homicide. 33-year-old Shelbie Smith was found deceased in her home on Hickory Avenue in Statesville at approximately 4 a.m. on Saturday, June 1. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Statesville Police Department…

Caldwell County School Board Announces New Leadership at Three Schools

At their meeting on June 4, the Caldwell County Board of Education unanimously approved three administrative recommendations by Superintendent Dr. Don Phipps. Courtney Saunders, currently the principal at Granite Falls Elementary School, will become the new principal at Gamewell Middle School. She has been principal and assistant principal at Granite Falls since 2019. Previously, she…

Local Swimming Coach Passes Away

Jon Jolley, who was a local coach and swim team director for more than 30 years, has passed away. He was the coach of the Y.M.C.A. Seahorse Swim Team. He is remembered for his contributions to the Hickory swimming community, the National Y.M.C.A. swimming community, and the many athletes, coaches, and volunteers who were a…

Concert to Honor John Coffey to be Held Sunday in Newton

A concert will be held in Newton this Sunday (June 9) in memory and in honor of John Coffey, who passed away on March 4, 2024. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Newton. The church choir, various members of the Hickory Choral Society, Puddingstone, and several of…

WHKY News to Return to T.V.

Hickory, North Carolina, June 7, 2024 WHKY Talk Radio is pleased to announce that the WHKY News is returning to television. Starting June 10, 2024, the WHKY News will be broadcast over-the-air on channel 14.2. The T.V. broadcasts had been absent from the airwaves since WHKY-TV was sold in April of 2023, though WHKY Talk…

CVCC Student Qualifies For National Graphic Design Championship Competition

A Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) Graphic Design student from Alexander County has qualified for a national championship. The winners of Certiport’s 2024 Adobe Certified Professional Spring Qualifier were announced by Certiport, the leading provider of performance-based IT certification exams that accelerate academic and career opportunities for learners. CVCC student Scott Michael Westmoreland of Hiddenite…

Police Arrest Two Suspects On Watauga County Charges Following Response To Burke County Motel

34-year-old Jordan Yates Hamby of Shady Grove Road in Connelly Springs and 35-year-old Hien Thanh Nguyen of Wilkesboro, were arrested Sunday (June 2) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. Hamby is charged in Watauga County with felony counts of larceny after breaking & entering and altering, stealing, or destroying criminal evidence. He’s also charged with misdemeanor…

Newcomer Joins Hickory Community Theatre for In The Heights

Join Hickory Community Theatre for the performance of In The Heights June 7-June 29, 2024. Winthrop University musical theatre major Danielle Banks will be playing the role of Vanessa, the shampoo girl who dreams of leaving the neighborhood and her alcoholic mother in IN THE HEIGHTS. Performances of this hit Broadway musical will run June…

(UPDATE) Overnight Shooting Reported In Alexander County

On June 6, 2024, at about 12:00 a.m., The Alexander County 911 Center received a call of a shooting on S Thomas Lane in Stony Point. When officers arrived, they found a white juvenile male injured from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim made statements to the officers at the scene and was transported to a…

Several Area Communities Earn Main Street Accreditation Status

Fifty-one North Carolina communities have received Main Street America Accreditation status for 2024, the N.C. Department of Commerce announced Wednesday (June 6). The National Main Street America Center and its state coordinating partner, the N.C. Main Street & Rural Planning Center, announced the list of Accredited programs to recognize their exceptional commitment to preservation-based economic…

Police Report The Arrest Of Fugitives From Pennsylvania Including Prisoner On Work Release

43-year-old Aaron Jay Low and 44-year-old Jamie Irene Cragg, both of Pennsylvania, were arrested Tuesday (June 4) by Troutman Police Officers. Low is charged on a felony warrant as a fugitive from another state and Cragg is charged with harboring a fugitive. The Troutman Police Department received information Monday (June 3) from the Pennsylvania State…

Portion of 7th Avenue S.W. to Close for Installation of Storm Drain

As part of construction on the Historic Ridgeview Walk, a section of 7th Avenue S.W. in front of the Ridgeview Branch Library will be closed Thursday, June 6, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Work crews will install a storm drain. 7th Avenue S.W. will be closed from the intersection of 7th Avenue S.W. and…

Budget Passed In Alexander County With Tax Rate Decrease

The Alexander County Board of Commissioners adopted the 2024-2025 budget at Monday’meeting by a 3-2 vote, with Commissioners Marty Pennell and Larry Yoder opposed. The new budget includes a two-cent property tax decrease, which will reduce the property tax rate to 65 cents per $100 valuation. Commissioners Pennell and Yoder stated that they believe the…

Hickory City Council Meets, Votes On Budget

Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday (June 4). City Manager Warren Wood presented his Fiscal Year 2024-2025 Recommended Budget. The manager first delivered his Recommended Budget to Council on May 21. It totals $144,793,945 for all City operations, capital improvements, and debt service requirements for the upcoming year. This represents a 5.8% increase…

Alleged Shooters In Recent Officer-Involved Incident Identified

An update has been issued regarding an officer-involved shooting. The names of the alleged shooters have been released. A suspect and officer were injured in the late May incident. Shortly after 2 a.m. on May 26 Hickory Police Officers responded to multiple gunshots coming from the vicinity of Gateway Pub at 534 Highway 70 Southwest.…

Newton Man Charged in Connection with Fatal Crash in Hudson

23-year-old Zechariah McGalliard of Newton has been charged in connection with a fatal crash Saturday afternoon (June 1) in Caldwell County. He was charged with failure to reduce speed and misdemeanor death by vehicle. The accident occurred just before 2:20 p.m. Saturday as McGalliard was driving a 2000 3500 Dodge Ram pickup truck pulling a…

Catawba County Schools Names Teacher, Principal of the Year, and More

On Thursday May 30, 2024, Catawba County Schools celebrated its nearly 2,200 dedicated employees during the district-wide “Finish Line Fuel Up” event at CVCC’s Tarlton Complex. The event saw enthusiastic participation from all CCS employees, who brought their best school spirit to the celebration. Students representing each of our high schools provided cheerleaders and a…

Rock Removal Operations Continuing This Week In N.C. Mountains

Contract crews for the N.C. Department of Transportation will continue rock removal operations on N.C. 105 between Broadstone Road and Old Shulls Mill Road. Blasting operations resumed late last week. Crews from Wright Brothers Construction Company Inc. were scheduled to stop traffic intermittently tonight (June 4) and Thursday evening (June 6) for up to 15…

Catawba County Farmers Market Opens For Season Thursday

Catawba County Public Health’s Farmers Market is returning for its 12th season this Thursday (June 6), offering fresh produce from local farmers and activities for people of all ages. The market’s main goal is to offer a convenient way for people to purchase and consume local farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and throughout the season, farmers…

Catawba County Commissioners Meet, Vote On Budget

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners met Monday night (June 3). County Manager Mary Furtado presented the Fiscal Year 2024-25 Budget Ordinance for adoption. Last month, Catawba County Manager Mary Furtado presented a recommended budget of nearly $324 million to the Board of Commissioners. The presentation was made during the board’s May 13 budget workshop.…

Hart Square’s Heritage Music Series Kicks Off this Week in Vale

Hart Square’s Heritage Music Series kicks off this Thursday (June 6) and continues every Thursday in June. Performances will begin at 6 p.m. on the Education Center lawn. The series focuses explicitly on original musicians and writers who are inspired by the traditions of the past. Leading off the series are Viv and Riley, with…

Ground Broken for New Cajah’s Mountain E.M.S. Base

Officials from Caldwell County and the Town of Cajah’s Mountain broke ground Friday (May 31) on a new E.M.S. base and training facility. Cajah’s Mountain Town Council and the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners have worked for 17 years to build a base in the area. The new facility is expected to result in faster…

New Outdoor Mural at Miracle of Hickory Park

A new outdoor mural now covers the basketball court at Miracle of Hickory Park. The public art project was commissioned by the City of Hickory’s Public Art Commission and supported by a grant from the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The mural was designed and painted by artist DeNeer Davis with painting assistance from…

Property Notification Service Available From Catawba County Register Of Deeds

Catawba County Register of Deeds Donna Hicks Spencer is reminding residents of the Property Notification service available through the Catawba County Register of Deeds office. Designed to help prevent fraudulent land records activity, the online service will send an email to registered users when a name they have registered appears on a document filed in…

Caldwell County Resident Killed In Sunday Crash

A Caldwell County resident was killed in a weekend crash. The deceased is 77-year-old Bonnie Coffey of Granite Falls. According to the Hudson Police Department, at approximately 1:30 p.m. Sunday (June 2) a pickup truck pulling a boat was heading south on U.S. 321 near Coy Hartley Lane in Caldwell County when it struck the…

Man On Parole After Serving Murder Sentence Jailed In Catawba County On Probation Violation Charge

56-year-old Mark Travis Waters, who is listed as homeless, was arrested Saturday (June 1) by authorities in Catawba County. He’s charged with felony probation violation. According to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina Probation & Parole held an arrest warrant for Mark Travis Waters. Waters is on parole after being convicted of second-degree murder…

Woman Found Deceased In Home, Investigation Underway

A woman was found deceased in a home early this morning (June 1) and a law enforcement agency’s violent crimes unit is investigating the death. Shortly after 4 a.m. today the Statesville Police Department responded to a call regarding a deceased person inside a residence located in the 500 block of Hickory Avenue. Upon arrival,…

Elderly Hiddenite Man Dies in Friday A.M. Crash

An accident this morning (May 31) in Alexander County has claimed the life of a Hiddenite man. The deceased is 80-year-old James D. Durmire. At about 8:50 a.m. today, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the crash scene on U.S. Highway 64 near Boston Road. A 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Mr. Durmire…

City of Hickory Announces New Public Utilities Director

Effective Saturday, June 1, Hickory City Manager Warren Wood promoted William (Will) Hamblin as the new Public Utilities Director. Former Director Shawn Pennel retired on May 31. Hamblin will assume full management and supervisory responsibility for Public Utilities Administration, Water Treatment Facility, Henry Fork Wastewater Treatment Facility, Northeast Wastewater Treatment Facility, Pretreatment and Labs, Collection…

NCDMV Announces New Driver Licenses With Intent To Combat Fraud

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced this week that it will begin issuing new driver licenses, permits and identification cards featuring the latest in card security design and construction specifically intended to combat fraud. The state’s new credential is a 100% polycarbonate card that is personalized using laser engraving technology. Because of its…

More Details Released In Connection To Officer-Involved Shooting In Newton

The Newton Police Department released an update on an officer-involved shooting that resulted in a fatality earlier this week. The incident occurred early Tuesday morning (May 28). The deceased is 33-year-old Jamar Franklin Robinson of Newton. The woman who was allegedly shot by Robinson initially, starting off the chain of events, was identified as 38-year-old…

Attempted Armed Robbery of Armored Truck Under Investigation

At about 12:30 this afternoon (May 30), Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to an attempted armed robbery of an armored truck in Denver. The incident occurred near a business at the intersection of Webb’s Road and N.C. Highway 16 business. The Major Crimes Unit took over the investigation. Witnesses described the suspect as a…

Lincoln County Woman Wins $120K in N.C.E.L.’s Cash 5 Game

Melinda Boyce of Denver won a $120,000 jackpot in the North Carolina Education Lottery’s Cash 5 game following a drawing on May 22. Ms. Boyce used family birthday numbers to match the winning digits. She was notified of her win via email. Ms. Boyce bought the $1 winning ticket using Online Play. The odds of…

Neon Night Ride Planned for Friday in Lenoir

Friday is the last day of school, so that means it’s time for the Neon Night Ride on the City of Lenoir greenway! This family-friendly event is open to everyone who can ride a bicycle. Come to the Lenoir Rotary Soccer Complex at 8:30 pm, Friday, May 31, 2024. No registration is needed. We encourage…

Unemployment Rates Decrease Across Region, State

Unemployment rates fell across the Greater Hickory Metro Area and throughout the state, according to the latest update. The report was issued Wednesday (May 29) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The update shows the April unemployment rates. Catawba County’s unemployment rate is 3.2 percent for April, down from…

New Alexander County Schools Superintendent Chosen

The Alexander County Board of Education has named a former district-level leader as the new superintendent of Alexander County Schools. Dr. Bill Griffin has been chosen for that position and it is expected that he will begin as superintendent July 1. Griffin currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in the Caldwell County…

Taylorsville Woman Wins in N.C.E.L.’s Skee-Ball Game

Samantha Crouch of Taylorsville won the first $150,000 top prize Friday in the North Carolina Education Lottery’s new Skee-Ball digital game. She played $30 to win $150,000 agains odds of one-in-one-million. Ms. Crouch claimed her prize at lottery headquarters today in Raleigh. After required tax withholdings, she took home over $107,000.

Reward Increased in 1981 Burke County Murder Case

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with other law enforcement and governmental agencies, is announcing a combined reward of up to $94,700 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the death of Rhonda Hinson. In December of 1981, 19-year-old Rhonda Hinson was returning home from a Christmas party when…

Pedestrian From Connelly Springs Killed In Early Morning Crash In Burke County

A pedestrian was killed in a crash early this morning (May 29) in Burke County. The deceased is 30-year-old Trenton Lester Kiser of Connelly Springs. Today at approximately 1:50 a.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to I-40 West near Old NC 10 at exit 118. A 2022 Volvo tractor-trailer was traveling west on…

Overcrowding On Wilson Creek Addressed At Tuesday Event, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx Attends

On Tuesday (May 28) 5th District Congresswoman Virginia Foxx joined with local, state and federal leaders as well as community members to discuss the impacts of overcrowding on Wilson Creek. She spoke to the crowd attended and said “Wilson Creek remains a prominent destination within the 5th District, and it offers countless North Carolinians the…

Update Released On Double-Murder/Suicide, Names Of Those Involved Revealed By Authorities

The names of those involved in a double-murder/suicide have been released. The Statesville Police Department issued an update Tuesday (May 28). On May 24, shortly after 7 a.m., the Statesville Police Department received a call regarding a shooting incident in the 100 block of Bunker Hill Lane. Upon arrival, officers discovered 26-year-old Simone Octavia Williams,…

Lincoln County Officers Help Save Man from Drowning

Sunday (May 26), Officers with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Lake Patrol were on Lake Norman near Lakeshore Road South when they took a call regarding a possible drowning. Officers arrived on the scene and found a female attempting to hold the head of the 39-year-old victim above the water. Deputies docked their vessel and ran…

Police Release Identities of Deceased Man & Injured Woman in Tuesday A.M. Shooting

The male subject who was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting earlier this morning (May 28) in Newton has been identified. The deceased is 33-year-old Jamar Franklin Robinson of Newton. The female who was allegedly shot by Robinson has been identified as 38-year-old Heather Renee Clanton of Taylorsville. The names of the Officers involved…

The Green Room Community Theatre is Seeking a Full-Time Marketing & Communications Manager

The Green Room Community Theatre is seeking a full-time Marketing & Communications Manager. The Green Room is a thriving organization based in the beautiful state-of-the-art Old Post Office Playhouse located in historic downtown Newton, North Carolina. The Marketing & Communications Manager will oversee the marketing and advertising activities of the theatre including an annual marketing…

Early Morning Officer-Involved Shooting In Newton Results In Fatality

A suspect who reportedly opened fire on police was killed in an incident early this morning (May 28) in Newton. According to the Newton Police Department, at approximately 12:35 a.m., the agency received a call from the Catawba County Communications Center in reference to a woman who said that she had been shot while in…

Operator Sought For Area License Plate Agency

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is seeking applicants to operate a license plate agency (LPA) in Lincolnton. According to a news release from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) In North Carolina, NCDMV oversees LPAs, but the agencies are managed by private businesses or local governments. The current agency, at 2683 East Main…

New Online Program For Educators Available At CVCC

Catawba Valley Community College announces its new online Educator Preparation Program (EPP): Cultivating Carolina Classrooms. The EPP is part of the existing Early Childhood and Teacher Preparation curriculum programs, offered through CVCC’s School of Community Development & Public Services Education. An Educator Preparation Program (EPP) is designed to help prospective educators to get the skills…

Budget Process Continuing For Catawba County Commissioners

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners is currently working through the process of adopting a budget for the 2024-2025 fiscal year. Earlier this month, Catawba County Manager Mary Furtado presented a recommended budget of nearly $324-million for Fiscal Year 2024/25 to the Board of Commissioners. The presentation was made during the board’s May 13 budget…

Officer & Suspect Injured In Shootout At Hickory Business

A shooting in Hickory that involved police and multiple suspects is under investigation. A suspect and officer were injured. Shortly after 2 a.m. today (May 26) Hickory Police Officers responded to multiple gunshots coming from the vicinity of Gateway Pub at 534 highway 70 Southwest. After responding to the scene, officers encountered an armed suspect…

Woman Killed In Burke County Crash

A Burke County woman was killed in a crash Friday (May 24). The deceased is 42-year-old Lori Jean Ward of Connelly Springs. On Friday at approximately 5:00 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Rhodhiss Road near Brown Circle.  A 2016 Toyota Tacoma was traveling west on Rhodhiss Road, crossed the centerline, and…

Three Found Deceased in Statesville Residence

At approximately 7:30 this morning (May 24), the Statesville Police Department responded to a call regarding shots fired on the 100 block of Bunker Hill Lane. The Police Department has confirmed that three individuals were found deceased at the scene. Police say there are no suspects at large and the area is secure. Statesville Police…

Grand Opening Today For New Swim Beach In Alexander County

The public is invited to the grand opening and ribbon cutting at Wittenburg Access Area today (May 24) at 2:00 p.m. to showcase the new swim beach and associated amenities. The ceremony will feature remarks from Alexander County Commissioners and Duke Energy representatives. The revamped Wittenburg Access Area, located at 175 Wildlife Access Road in…

Suspect In Road Rage Incident Identified, Charged After Being Released From Medical Care

The name of a suspect charged in connection to a road rage incident in Iredell County has been released. Following the incident on Fieldstone Circle, which was reported Wednesday (May 22), 49-year-old Clifton Lamont Wellman of Statesville, was medically cleared from Iredell Memorial Hospital Wednesday night. Wellman was taken before the Iredell County Magistrate and…

Gas Prices Slightly Down For Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

With the Memorial Day holiday weekend upon us, North Carolinians are paying a little less for gas than a month ago. Additionally, prices remain nearly a quarter below the national average. According to published reports, the statewide average as this week started, according to the American Automobile Association, was $3.35 per gallon for regular unleaded…

2nd Avenue N.W. in Downtown Hickory Temporarily Closed

2nd Avenue N.W. in downtown Hickory (behind the Wells Fargo bank) was closed Thursday (May 23) as the result of a utility pole with a low-hanging line. Brightspeed is the owner of the pole. According to a City of Hickory spokesperson, Brightspeed will need to make repairs before the street can be reopened. 2nd Avenue…

Caldwell Deputies Looking for Runaway Teen

Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers are looking for a runaway teenager. 15-year-old Daisy Adams was last seen at her residence on Sawmills School Road Tuesday (May 21) at 10:30 a.m. Daisy Adams is 5’8″ tall and weights 125 pounds. She was last seen wearing a floral skirt and a white crop top. It is believed that…

CVCC Foundation, Inc., and Art of Compassion Present Original Artwork to United Way

Last Wednesday, United Way Catawba County received a special mural from the CVCC Foundation in partnership with local community initiative “The Art of Compassion” and the CVCC Fine Arts Department. The mural was the product of an artistic display at the CVCC Foundation S.T.A.R.T. Gala, a night of entertainment and the celebration of the Fine…

Early Morning Motorcycle Crash Results In Fatality

A man was killed in a motorcycle crash this morning (May 23) in Iredell County. The deceased is 35-year-old Dustin Kyle Pope of Statesville. Today (May 23), at approximately 1:40 a.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to I-77 North near mile marker 56. A 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling north on I-77,…

Juvenile Charged In Connection To Shooting Incident Tuesday Night

A juvenile is charged in connection to a shooting. On Tuesday (May 21), at approximately 9:45 p.m. the Statesville Police Department responded to a call regarding the shooting of an individual in the 600 block of Crescent Lane. Upon arrival, officers found a 13-year-old juvenile suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Immediate medical…

Statewide Holiday Highway Enforcement Program Underway

The 2024 Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket” campaign is underway. The kickoff event for the statewide seatbelt enforcement effort was held May 17 at the Soldier Support Center Building at Fort Liberty in Cumberland County. The initiative is spearheaded by the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program, which is part of the North Carolina…

Police Investigating Road Rage Shooting Incident

A suspect was taken into custody in connection to a road rage related shooting. On Wednesday (May 22), just after 2:30 p.m. the Statesville Police Department responded to a shots fired call in the area of MLK, Jr. Park and Lakewood Drive. Upon arrival, officers learned that a female driver had been involved in a…

Road Closure in Ridgeview Postponed

A road closure in Ridgeview that had been scheduled tomorrow (Thursday, May 23) has been postponed until further notice. The work is part of Historic Ridgeview Walk construction. A section of 7th Avenue S.W. in front of the Ridgeview Branch Library will be closed to install a storm drain. The closure will stretch from the…

Kari Jerrell Promoted to Director of Alexander County DSS

Alexander County Government is pleased to announce the promotion of Keri Jerrell to serve as the Director of the Department of Social Services, effective May 27. Jerrell has worked for Alexander County DSS for 5+ years, serving as Program Manager for Adult Protective Services and Child Protective Services since April 2020. Before working for Alexander…

Budget Public Hearing Held At Alexander Commissioners Meeting

The Alexander County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing to allow input and to discuss the proposed 2024-2025 county budget at their Monday (May 20) meeting. The proposed budget was first presented to the board at a work session on April 29. Commissioners will approve the budget in June. Former County Manager Shane Fox…

Drug, Robbery Charges Lodged Against Lincolnton Man

47-year-old Tyrus Terrill Sanders of Lincolnton was arrested Tuesday (May 21) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, robbery with a dangerous weapon, injury to personal property, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sanders was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A District Court date was…

Suspect Charged With Felony Offenses After Attempting To Avoid Checking Station

36-year-old Enrique Jose Pascual of Morganton was arrested Monday (May 20) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of habitual driving while impaired and possession of schedule VI controlled substance along with counts of driving while impaired and driving while license revoked. On Monday, Officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety…

Hickory City Council Meets, Approves Economic Development Agreement

Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (May 21). Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were all approved unanimously. Council considered an economic development agreement with Steel Warehouse of North Carolina LLC and approval of the associated agreements with the NC Dept of Commerce and Western Piedmont Council of Governments. The company…

Mooresville Man Wins $2-Million in N.C.E.L.

Daniel Greenan of Mooresville has won a $2 million prize in the North Carolina Education Lottery’s Instant Millions game. Mr. Greenan bought his lucky Instant Millions ticket Friday (May 17) from the Home Run Market on Williamson Road in Mooresville. He paid $20 for the winning scratch-off ticket. His was the first $2 million top…

Veterans Town Hall Scheduled May 23 at Highland Rec

The Western North Carolina V.A. Health Care System and the Hickory V.A. Clinic will host a Veterans Town Hall for local Veterans at the Highland Rec Center on Thursday, May 23 at 5 p.m. Experts will be on hand with information regarding the Hickory V.A. Clinic and the health care system as a whole. There…

“J WEBBY CAN EAT” Visits Hickory For Ten Pound Food Challenge

On Monday, May 20 James Webb also known as “J WEBBY CAN EAT” made his Hickory debut. J Webby is Australia’s number one competitive eater and made his first Hickory appearance at Romeo & Brewliet Tap Room and Pour House in Viewmont. He traveled to take down ten pounds of Bubba & Mert’s famous food…

Plant In Hickory To Close, About 200 Workers To Be Affected

HNI is closing a manufacturing plant in Hickory, affecting approximately 200 employees at the furniture maker. According to MarketWatch, the plant, located on 12th Street Drive NW in Hickory, will close during the first half of 2025, with production consolidated into other facilities in North America. According to Yahoo!finance, HNI will maintain a commercial presence…

Inmate At Burke County Prison Found Deceased In Cell

An inmate at Foothills Correctional Institution in Morganton was found deceased. 53-year-old Jeffery Riley Hoke was found unresponsive in his cell at approximately 5 a.m. Sunday (May 19). Correctional staff began life-saving procedures, but EMS pronounced Hoke deceased at approximately 5:45 a.m. Law enforcement and the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner have been…

Suspect Wanted In Sex Offense Case Arrested, Served Warrants From Lincoln, Catawba Counties

30-year-old Maxwell Sidney Fletcher of Mount Holly was taken into custody Monday (May 20) by detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. He’s been formally charged with statutory sex offense with a child 15-years-old or younger. Fletcher was previously arrested by authorities in South Carolina, as previously reported on WHKY. He was also served with…

CVCC Enters Agreement With Mars Hill

Catawba Valley Community College and Mars Hill University recently announced an articulation agreement for students of the Criminal Justice program at CVCC. The agreement provides CVCC students a seamless transition into the online B.S. in Criminal Justice program at Mars Hill University, a private liberal arts college just outside of Asheville. Students must graduate with…

Catawba County Commissioners Meet, Approve Incentive Agreement Expected To Result In New Jobs

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Monday night (May 20). Commissioners held a public hearing to consider approval of the Economic Development Agreement between the County and Steel Warehouse of North Carolina and the related resolution. Steel Warehouse is targeting a 27 acre property in Hickory at 2441 Highland Avenue, the…

House Fire Monday Morning on Sweetwater Road [photo added 03:30 p.m.]

Hickory Firefighters responded to a fire this morning (May 20) at a residence in the area of 227 21st Street S.E. (Sweetwater Road). The call came in at about 11:40 a.m. Monday. At last report, no injuries had been reported. The scene was cleared at approximately 2:15 this afternoon. Fire Investigators are working to determine…

The Green Room Community Theatre Appoints New Executive Director

On Monday May 20, The Green Room Community Theatre announced the appointment of Haley Beech as its new Executive Director, effective July 1, 2024. Haley has been an integral part of The Green Room since 2017 serving as Marketing Director, and she brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of both the organization…

HS Coach Wanted In Lincoln County Sex Offense Case Arrested In S.C.

30-year-old Maxwell Sidney Fletcher of Mount Holly was arrested Friday (May 17) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with multiple felony offenses in a case involving an alleged sexual assault. A news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says that the suspect is an East Lincoln High School Boy’s Soccer coach. On May…

Catawba Man Charged With Indecent Liberties, Statutory Rape, Incest

53-year-old Sean Christopher Blankenship of East Bandys Cross Road in Catawba was arrested Friday (May 17) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two counts apiece of indecent liberties with a child and statutory sex offense with a child 15-years-old or younger, along with single counts of first-degree statutory sex offense, incest with a…

Assistant City Manager Named In Newton

The City of Newton announced the hiring of Brandon Holland as Assistant City Manager. Holland comes to Newton with more than a decade of experience managing municipal governments and a proven track record of driving advances in financial management, economic growth, capital improvements, and leadership development. Holland most recently held the position of senior planner…

Area Communities Chosen To Take Part In Statewide Program

Three area municipalities including Hickory are among nineteen rural communities from across the state that have been selected to participate in a North Carolina Department of Commerce program. The initiative’s goal is for the municipalities to increase their capacity to plan, implement, and manage economic development programs and opportunities. The Rural Community Capacity (RC2) program,…

Unemployment Rates Increase Or Remain Steady In Hickory Metro & State

Unemployment rates increased or remained steady in Hickory Metro Counties, according to the latest update. The report was issued earlier this month by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The update showed the March unemployment rates. Catawba County’s jobless rate was listed at 3.6 percent, unchanged from February. The unemployment…

Six Candidates Interviewed Today for Superintendent’s Position in Alexander County

The Alexander County Board of Education has scheduled interviews today (May 17) with six candidates for the position of Superintendent of Alexander County Schools. Current Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Hefner is retiring at the end of the school year. The board will interview the candidates in Statesville. On February 26, the board approved the Masonboro Group…

Hickory Public Utilities Director to Retire

The City of Hickory has announced that Public Utilities Director Shawn Pennell will officially retire on May 31 after 30 years of service to the community. Mr. Pennell started working for the City of Hickory Public Services Department in June 1994, making traffic signs and markers before transitioning to electrical and maintenance work. He then…

Burke County Driver Killed by Thrown Rock

On Wednesday, May 15, at approximately 8:40 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to a fatal accident in Burke County on Conley Road near Jeeter Carswell Road. The deceased is 23-year-old Brittany Elizabeth Ferguson of Morganton. The accident occurred as a 2006 Ford Taurus driven by Ms. Ferguson was southbound on Conley Road…

Auditions for the Historic Outdoor Drama of the Waldenses in Valdese

Old Colony Players 56th consecutive season of the historic outdoor drama From This Day Forward is right around the corner! Auditions will be held May 19 and 20 at 6:30 PM at the Fred B Cranford Amphitheatre in Valdese. Please come prepared to read from the script, sing a folk song and participate in a…

Local Girl Scout Helps to Create New Mountain Bike Trail

A new mountain bike trail has been added to the Lake Hickory Trails, thanks to the efforts of local Girl Scout Eva Cronin. For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Eva raised over $12,000 and worked on the development of a new trail called Flownado, with assistance from the Northwest North Carolina Mountain Bike Alliance.…

Two Charged with Firing Shots in Occupied Residence

22-year-old Davante Lee McCullough of Granite Falls and 29-year old Amber Breann Thorton of Wilkesboro have both been arrested and charged in connection with a drive-by shooting Wednesday afternoon, south of Taylorsville. They were both charged with felony discharging a firearm into occupied property. At 1:52 p.m. Wednesday (May 15), Alexander County 9-1-1 took a…

Rotary Club of Hickory Announces 2024 Teacher of the Year

On Wednesday, May 15, 2024 The Rotary Club of Hickory announced that Mr. Kelly Ruff is the recipient of the 2023-24 Wilmer Jenkins Teacher of the Year Award. Ruff is currently teaching science at Hickory High School. He was born in Columbus, North Carolina and began teaching science at Hickory High School in 2019. There…

Second Accident Shuts Down Hwy. 321 [UPDATED 5:05 p.m.]

The Highway Patrol reports a second accident on Highway 321 this afternoon (May 15). Troopers are on the scene of a collision that occurred at approximately 12:10 p.m. on the northbound side of U.S. 321 at N.C. 10 (mile-marker 37). Several vehicles were involved and one person was transported by medical helicopter with life-threatening injuries.…

Overturned Truck Slows Traffic on Highway 321

Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol are on the scene of a collision that occurred at approximately 11:15 this morning (May 15) on the southbound side of U.S. Highway 321 near mile marker 38. An 18-wheeler overturned onto its left side and came to rest in the median. Both left lanes on the…

City of Hickory Hires New Finance Director

Dunlap started her new role with the City of Hickory on May 6, taking over as head of the Finance department as former Finance Officer Melissa Miller transitions into a new position with the City ahead of her planned retirement later this year. As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Dunlap has an extensive background in…

Update On Officer Involved Shooting in Alexander County

On Sunday, May 12, 2024 the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received information of a wanted person at 145 Dusty Road in Taylorsville. The individual had five warrants for their arrest. As previously reported on WHKY, Officers arrived at approximately 9:58 p.m. to find the wanted individual, 39-year-old Jason Melvin Williams of Taylorsville, outside of the…

Hickory Choral Society Presents Under the Sails 2024 on May 18

Join Hickory Choral Society for their upcoming performance of “Timeless” Singing Under the Sails on Saturday May 18, 2024 in downtown Hickory. This year’s Under the Sails concert will be packed full of timeless songs that lend themselves to inspired, carefree, enthusiastic singing. From “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” and Cher’s “If I…

Morganton Man Charged with Obtaining Property by False Pretenses

The drive-thru at Morganton City Hall will be temporarily closed starting Tuesday, May 21 until Friday, May 24. The closure is necessary as repairs are made to the HVAC systems at City Hall. Repairs may be completed ahead of schedule. The city will notify customers when the drive-thru has reopened. Customers should utilize the drop-off…

Road Closure on 12th Avenue Drive Rescheduled

A road closure that had been planned this week on 12th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory has been rescheduled. 12th Avenue Drive N.E. from Springs Road N.E. to the McDonald Parkway N.E. will now be closed on May 21 & 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for public utilities repair. The closure had initially…

Christian Concert to Follow Caldwell American Legion Post 29’s Season Opener

Caldwell County’s American Legion Post 29 baseball will take on Hickory’s Post 48 in their season opener on Sunday, May 19, at 5 p.m. Admission is free. The game will be played at M.S. Deal Stadium in Granite Falls with gates opening at 4 p.m. All churches, youth groups, and area teams are invited. All…

Recommended Catawba County Budget Presented to Commissioners

Catawba County Manager Mary Furtado presented a recommended budget of nearly $324-million for Fiscal Year 2024/25 to the Board of Commissioners during the board’s May 13 budget workshop. The full recommended budget and supporting documents are available online at CatawbaCountyNC.gov. The County Manager’s recommended budget maintains a stable property tax rate of $0.3985 (39.85 cents)…

Motorcyclist Killed in Accident in Hickory Saturday

Hickory Police are investigating a fatal two-vehicle traffic crash that occurred on Saturday, May 11. The deceased is 38-year-old Sean Darrel Vardell of Taylorsville. At 4:21 p.m. Saturday, a white Lexus S.U.V. driven by 53-year-old Choeum-Mach Chang of Hickory was traveling south on North Center Street. As the driver attempted to turn left onto 18th…

Statesville Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident Friday Night

At about 11:40 Friday night (May 10), the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to a fatal collision in Catawba County on Oxford School Road near U.S. Highway 70. The deceased is 56-year-old Wesley Todd Crawford of Statesville. The accident occurred as a 2010 Yamaha motorcycle driven by Mr. Crawford was northbound on Oxford School…

Officer Involved Shooting in Alexander County

On Sunday, May 12, 2024 the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received information of a wanted person at 145 Dusty Road in Taylorsville. The individual had five warrants for their arrest. Officers arrived at approximately 9:58 p.m. to find the wanted individual outside of the residence. Officers began giving them verbal commands but the individual fled…

Art In The Park Concert in Granite Falls on May 20

The Caldwell Arts Council and the Town of Granite Falls are sponsoring the annual Art in the Park concert on Monday, May 20, 2024, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The concert is being held at the Granite Falls Recreation Center on Field #2. The featured artist for Art in the Park will be Fox and Company.…

National Salvation Army Week Scheduled for May 13-May 18

The Salvation Army of Greater Hickory and High Country is excited to celebrate National Salvation Army Week May 13th – 18th, 2024. Since its inception in 1925, the Hickory Corps has grown to serve those in most need in Alexander, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, McDowell, Watauga, and Wilkes County. Reflecting on 2023, The Salvation…

Alexander County Summer Concert Series Starts May 11

Alexander County’s 2024 Summer Concert Series begins tomorrow on the Rotary Performance Stage at Alexander County Courthouse Park in downtown Taylorsville. The concerts are free with performances scheduled on May 11, June 1, July 20, September 14, and September 28 at 7 p.m. The May 11 concert will feature “Alabama Sunset,” a tribute band that…

Section of 12th Avenue Drive N.E. to Close Next Week

The City of Hickory will close a section of 12th Avenue Drive N.E. for public utilities repairs on May 15 & 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The road will be closed from Springs Road N.E. to the McDonald Parkway N.E. Detour routes will be established and clearly marked. Motorists are encouraged to use…

City of Hickory & Burke County Officials Celebrate 12 New Aircraft Hangars

On Friday, May 10, at 10 a.m. Leaders from the City of Hickory and Burke County were joined by state legislative officials at Hickory Regional Airport to celebrate the grand opening of 12 new T-hangars on the north ramp. Hickory Mayor Hank Guess, Burke County Commissioner Randy Burns, and Burke County Commissioner Johnnie Carswell delivered…

Parking Deck In Hickory To Be Closed Next Thursday

The parking deck on Trade Alley and First Avenue NW in downtown Hickory will be closed on Thursday, May 16, for safety inspections. All vehicles need to be removed from the deck by 7 a.m. that day. Vehicles not removed from the deck by that time will be towed at the owner’s expense. The closure…

Burke Sheriff’s Office Warns Public Regarding Check Scam

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning to the public regarding a scam. On Monday, May 6, the Sheriff’s Office was given information by a concerned citizen who had received a priority mail envelope that included a check and a letter with detailed instructions on how to cash the check and have a…

Man Missing Since April 22

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in determining the whereabouts of 28-year-old Cameron Deshan Harrison in reference to an ongoing investigation. Harrison has freckles on his face and has a tattoo of a large koi fish on his left arm. He has not been seen since April 22 of this…

Early Morning Crash Claims Life Of Lenoir Resident

A woman was killed in an early morning crash in Caldwell County. The deceased is 24-year-old Estefani Socorro Mendoza Merlos of Lenoir. Today (May 9) at approximately 3:00 a.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Indian Grave Road near Indian Trail. A 2006 Ford Explorer was traveling west on Indian Grave Road, crossed…

Foothills Folk Art Festival in Newton May 11

Join the Downtown Newton Development Association and Hickory Museum of Art on Saturday, May 11, 2024 from 10 AM to 4 PM for the 7th Annual Foothills Folk Art Festival in Downtown Newton. This family friendly festival, which is expected to draw thousands of visitors from throughout the region, will showcase a variety of local…

Charlotte Water Interbasin Transfer Request Public Meeting Held in Hickory

Charlotte Water held a public meeting on Wednesday, May 8, at 5:30 p.m., at the Ridgeview Branch Library to discuss its interbasin transfer request and hear concerns from residents in the Hickory metro region. The City of Charlotte has filed a notice of its intent to request an increase from 33 million gallons per day…

Land Development Code Approved By Alexander County Commissioners

The Alexander County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing to discuss the draft Land Development Code (LDC) at their regular meeting earlier this week. Planning & Development Director Brian Burgess presented the LDC to the board at Monday’s (May 6) meeting. Articles of the LDC include general provisions, zoning district regulations, subdivision regulations, adequate…

Funeral Thursday for Officer Alden Elliott

A funeral service for Officer William “Alden” Elliott, who was killed in Charlotte on April 29, will be held Thursday, May 9, on the campus of Catawba Valley Community College. Officer Elliott, a 1995 graduate of Newton-Conover High School, was 46 at the time of his death. The Elliott family has invited the general public…

Hickory Man Wins Big in the N.C.E.L.

George Scheide of Hickory has won a $1 million prize in the North Carolina Education Lottery’s $10 Million Spectacular game. He purchased his on a $50 scratch-off ticket from the Kountry Kwik Stop store on N.C. 127 in Hickory. Mr. Scheide collected his winnings Tuesday (May 7) and chose to receive his prize as a…

Grand Opening for Wittenburg Access Area Set for May 24

The public is invited to a grand opening and ribbon cutting at the Wittenburg Access Area on Friday, May 24 at 2 p.m. The ceremony will feature remarks from Alexander County Commissioners and Duke Energy representatives. The revamped Wittenburg Access Area, located at 175 Wildlife Access Road in Bethlehem, now features a swim beach, outdoor…

Car Show To Benefit Project Lifesaver Rescheduled

A car show that was planned for this past Sunday (May 5) in Catawba County to benefit a program that assists families who have relatives with alzheimers, autism, and dementia has been rescheduled. The event was rained out and has been scheduled for June. The 7th Annual Project Lifesaver International Car Show is now scheduled…

Mystery Dinner Events Planned in Hiddenite

The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center is hosting two mystery dinner events on Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1. The events are set in the 1920s as guests will attempt to solve a murder that happened in the Lucas Mansion. Guests 21 and over are required to dress in a roaring twenties theme. Limited…

Crash In Hudson Claims Lenoir Man’s Life

The Hudson Police Department is investigating a fatal traffic crash involving a single vehicle that occurred Saturday (May 4). The deceased is 66-year-old Cloyde Alan Greene of Lenoir. At approximately 11:30 p.m. Saturday, a 1998 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck was traveling north on U.S. 321 near Whispering Pines Drive when it ran off the roadway…

Water Transfer Request To Be Discussed At Meeting In Hickory

Charlotte Water will hold a public meeting on Wednesday (May 8) at 5:30 p.m., at the Ridgeview Branch Library. The meeting is to discuss its interbasin transfer request and hear concerns from residents in the Hickory Metro region. The City of Charlotte has filed a notice of its intent to request an increase from 33…

Teenager Killed In Saturday Crash In Burke County

A Burke County teenager was killed in a Saturday (May 4) crash. The deceased is 16-year-old Savannah Marie Green of Connelly Springs.  On Saturday, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to and investigated a fatal collision in Burke County on Henry River Road near Rudisill Street. A 2003 Dodge Ram…

Judges Appointed to Serve Neighboring Counties

Today (May 3), North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced three appointments to the North Carolina District Court. Two of them are in the greater Hickory metro area. Holden Clark has been appointed to serve as District Court Judge in Judicial District 38 serving Gaston County. He will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of…

Sister Act, A Divine Musical Comedy Coming to the Green Room in Newton

The Green Room Community Theatre will present Sister Act, a Divine Musical Comedy in the McCreary Theatre on May 3 – May 19, 2024. The show is directed by Joey Moray, musically directed by Kiki Neale, and choreographed by Donna Owens. The producers for this show are Cargo Transporters, Covered Bridge Investment Group, United Arts…

Property Tax Rate Decrease Proposed In Alexander County Budget

The proposed 2024-2025 county budget was presented to the Alexander County Board of Commissioners at a work session, which was held Monday (April 29). A highlight of the proposed budget is a two-cent property tax rate decrease, which would lower the tax rate to 65 cents per $100 of valuation if approved. County Manager Shane…

Procession Planned Thursday for Fallen Officer

At about 10:30 tomorrow morning, a procession honoring fallen officer Alden Elliott will leave the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiners’ Office in Charlotte and travel to Bennett Funeral Home on N.C. Highway 16 in Newton. The route will solely take place on N.C. 16. The procession is expected to last one hour.

Federal Child Pornography Charge Lodged Against Granite Falls Pastor

A Granite Falls pastor previously accused of having child sexual abuse materials now faces a federal child porn charge. As WHKY previously reported, 51-year-old Ashley James Crouse was arrested November 3, 2023 following an investigation based on a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The tip first came in April 2023…

Viewmont Intersection Temporarily Closed

The intersection at 21st Avenue N.E. and Fifth Street N.E. in Hickory’s Viewmont area is temporarily closed. While performing work in the area, a utility contractor struck a water line near the intersection. The intersection is closed until the water line is repaired. The detour route is 23rd Avenue Drive N.E. to N.C. 127 to…

Education Foundation for Catawba County Schools Announces “Dining for Education” Restaurant Week

The Education Foundation for Catawba County Schools is thrilled to announce the “Dining for Education” Restaurant Week from April 29 to May 5. This special event will see participation from 28 local restaurants, each of which will donate 3% of their total sales for the week to the Education Foundation. The Education Foundation is dedicated…

Catawba County High School Graduate Among Officers Killed In Charlotte Incident [UPDATED 1:45 p.m.]

One of the four officers killed while attempting to serve a warrant in Charlotte Monday (April 29) is a graduate of a Catawba County High School. The incident occurred Monday afternoon at a residence on Galway Drive in Charlotte. William “Alden” Elliot, a North Carolina Department of Adult Correction Officer and 1995 graduate of Newton-Conover…

Work Begins On Sewer Line Project, Construction Underway At Area Park

As part of the Bost Road Sewer Project, contractors started installing erosion control fencing and staging construction equipment behind the large picnic shelters at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton. This work began the week of April 22. The directional bore process to put in a sewer line was scheduled to start this week. The project…

Hickory Libraries to Close Friday for Training

The Hickory Public Library will be closed for staff training on Friday, May 3. The library will re-open at its regular hours on Saturday, May 4. The closure includes both the Patrick Beaver Memorial main facility and the Ridgeview Branch.

TGIF Summer Music Series Is Back In Morganton, Artists Announced

The summer stage is set on the Historic Burke County Courthouse Amphitheater Stage for a high energy TGIF Season! Twelve bands encompassing a variety of genres, will hit the stage every Friday night May-July (except for July 5th). Audiences can expect to boogie down to sounds ranging from Appalachian Keltic, New Orleans Grass, old and…

Shots Fired into Burke County Residence; One Injured

Yesterday (April 28), the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to an address on Austin Avenue in Morganton in reference to a report that someone had discharged a firearm into a residence. Upon arrival, Deputies discovered that one of the occupants was suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported from the scene by E.M.S.…

Police Respond to Attempted Arson at Walmart Friday Morning

Hickory Police responded to an incident at the Walmart store at 2525 Highway 70 S.E. at about eight o’clock this morning (April 26). A female subject reportedly attempted to set fire to a shopping cart inside the store. An unconfirmed report indicates that the woman doused the area in kerosene in her attempt to light…

Scam Reported By State Officials

The North Carolina Turnpike Authority was alerted that a text message-based scam, also known as smishing, is fraudulently claiming to represent tolling agencies from across the country. The scammers are claiming to represent the tolling agency and requesting payment for unpaid tolls. The targeted phone numbers seem to be chosen at random and are not…

Eleven Hickory Police Officers & One Sergeant Sworn-In

Eleven Hickory Police Officers and one Police Sergeant were formally sworn-in last week in front of their fellow officers and families at the Hickory Police Department. The Hickory Police Department is proud to welcome the following officers to the HPD family: Officer Jordan Hayes is from Connelly Springs and graduated from East Burke High School…

Ribbon-Cutting Held for St. Stephens E.M.S. Base

Catawba County Commissioners Randy Isenhower, Barbara Beatty, and Austin Allran celebrated the completion of the County’s newly-constructed St. Stephens E.M.S. base with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The ceremony was attended by Catawba County E.M.S. staff, construction partner Moss Marlow, and county staff. The new facility is at 4447 Section House Road. The 4,248-square-foot building nearly…

Hickory Ballet & Performing Arts Presents Peter Pan

Audiences are invited to visit Neverland when over 50 children and youth from the Hickory Ballet & Performing Arts studio present Peter Pan, Broadway’s timeless musical. Performances will take place at the JE Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, and at 3 p.m. on Saturday,…

Second Primary Being Held For Two N.C. Races, Early Voting Begins Today

Early Voting for the Second Primary begins today (April 25) and will be held through May 11. Under state law, a Second Primary may be requested by the second-place finisher if no candidate receives more than 30% of the votes cast in that contest. In the Republican race for lieutenant governor, Hal Weatherman earned 19.59%…

Bridge Closure Coming Up Soon in Burke County

A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation may close a bridge over Interstate 40 as soon as May 6 to safely rehabilitate the span on Malcolm Boulevard & Rutherford College Road. Drivers will be directed to utilize U.S. 70 as the primary detour with access to it from Old N.C. 10 east of the…

Lenoir-Rhyne Names New Director of Bands

Lenoir-Rhyne University has named Tyler Stark to serve as the new director of bands and assistant professor of music following the retirement of current director Neil Underwood in summer 2024. Mr. Stark currently serves as a graduate teaching associate and instructional assistant for the University of Oklahoma marching band. In addition to leading the Spirit…

Catawba County Schools Appoints New Principal

Catawba County Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Stover announced a new principal appointment for the upcoming school year. Amy Plonk was named principal at C. H. Tuttle Elementary School. The school board confirmed the position at Monday night’s regular Board of Education meeting. Mrs. Plonk will officially assume her new position on June 1, 2024. A…

Woman Injured In Friday Crash Passes Away

A woman died from injuries sustained in a crash in Caldwell County. The deceased is 30-year-old Jesse Marie Bruce of Lenoir. Last Friday, (April 19) at approximately 10:50 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to U.S. 321 near Mission Road. A 2014 Mazda 6 traveling south on U.S. 321 drove off the right…

Child Passes Away Following Friday Night Shooting

A child who was shot Friday evening (April 19) in Catawba County has passed away. The 11-year-old male died Friday at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. According to a spokesperson with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, the death is believed to be self-inflicted and accidental. Autopsy results are pending. The incident occurred along Finger Bridge Road,…

Runaway Lincoln County Teen Found, Safe [UPDATED 3:30 p.m.]

UPDATE: According to brief press release issued this afternoon (April 22) by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Detectives have located 14-year-old Cadence Lail, who ran away from her home on Catawba-Burris Road in Denver on April 20. The Sheriff’s Office says she has been found and is safe. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for…

U.S. 321 Reopens In Caldwell County

A stretch of U.S. 321 has reopened in Caldwell County. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Blackberry Road to Green Hill Road reopened Sunday (April 21) after contract crews for the N.C. Department of Transportation removed unstable material from the hillside, stabilized slopes, and inspected the road for safety following an overnight…

Man Shoots At Officers, Takes His Own Life

A suspect who reportedly shot at police multiple times was later found with a fatal self inflicted gunshot wound. A call was received by Iredell County Emergency Communications at 7:40 a.m. Saturday (April 20) from an address on Northampton Drive. The call came from a family member of the suspect saying he was acting crazy.…

Man Killed In Early Morning Shooting

A man was killed in a shooting earlier today (April 21). The victim is 52-year-old Richard Pledger of Statesville. At approximately 12:25 a.m. the Statesville Police Department responded to a 911 call regarding a gunshot victim at a residence in the 600 block of Stewart Court. Upon arrival, officers discovered Richard Pledger inside the residence…

Child Reportedly Injured In Shooting

A child has reportedly been hospitalized as a result of a shooting in Catawba County. The victim was in the hospital after being shot Friday evening (April 19) south of Hickory. The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. According to reports, the boy is 11-years-old. He was injured in an incident along Finger…

Exodus Ministries Everything FREE Community Outreach – Fun for the Whole Family!

United Way agency Exodus Homes and Exodus Missionary Outreach United Church of Christ will host a Everything Free Community Outreach on April 20, 2024 from 11:00am – 1:00pm at the Ridgeview Recreation Center, 115 7th Ave SW in Hickory 28602. This will be a lively family friendly event with great music and powerful testimonies of…

Caldwell Public Information Office Wins Excellence In Communication Award

The Caldwell County Public Information Office was recently recognized by the North Carolina City and County Communicators (NC3C) for excellence in graphic design. The team won first place for design at the NC3C’s annual Excellence in Communications awards. The winning design, created by Social Media Specialist Kierston Matheson, was an alert template used on social…

Juvenile Injured in Thursday Afternoon Shooting in Hickory

Hickory Police Officers responded to reports of a shooting in the area of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory just after 2:45 p.m. today (April 18). Officers remained on scene into the late afternoon. One male juvenile sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Anyone with information regarding the incident should call H.P.D. at 828-328-5551.

Pedestrian Killed in Iredell County Accident

At about 6:30 this morning (April 18), the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to a fatal collision in Iredell County on U.S. Highway 70 near Cedar Hill Trail. The deceased is 47-year-old Tyson Matthew Painton of Statesville. The accident occurred as a 2024 Kenworth tractor-trailer was traveling west on US 70 when the truck…

Savannah College of Art and Design Artist’s MFA Exhibition Opens in Hickory Gallery

Artist Alison Miller Willard’s exhibition Unicorns Are Real: The Materiality, Magic, and Mayhem of Motherhood is now on public display. The body of artwork is the culmination of 5 years of intense study and artistry culminating in candidacy for a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design. Original Artwork,…

U.S. 321 Closure Extended Into Weekend

A stretch of U.S. 321 in Caldwell County will remain closed until Sunday evening as crews work to stabilize slopes from an overnight slide​ last week. According to a news release from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), U.S. 321 remains closed from Blackberry Road to Green Hill Road with an anticipated reopening of…

Missing Burke County Man Found Safe With His Dog (Updated 9:05 p.m., 4/17/24)

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office reports that a missing person has been found. 42-year-old Justin Alan Scott and his dog have been found safe. On April 16, the Sheriff’s Office took a report stating that Mr. Scott had left his home near Gold Mine Road in the Dysartsville area of western Burke County and not…

Body Found In Wilson Creek Identified As Missing Man

The body of a man reported missing was found in a Caldwell County waterway. Today (April 16), the body of 44-year-old Michael Hallford, Jr., of Lenoir, was found submerged in Wilson Creek downstream from where his vehicle was found. The Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy at a later date, but investigators found no…

City Of Hickory Provides Update On Ridgeview Walk Construction

Construction of the Historic Ridgeview Walk segment of the Hickory Trail is underway. The Ridgeview Branch Library, Ridgeview Recreation Center, Brown Penn Recreation Center, and Taft Broome Park are still open to the public while construction crews are working hard on this project. According to a news release issued by the City of Hickory, contractors…

Bob Timberlake to Attend Grand Opening of New Gallery in Hickory

The Hickory Furniture Mart has announced that the new Bob Timberlake American Home gallery will hold an official grand opening on Friday, April 26, from 1-to-5 p.m. Bob Timberlake, an acclaimed North Carolina artist, will attend the event in person. The gallery is on Level 1 at the South entrance (off Catawba Valley Boulevard) inside…

Bethlehem Teacher Wins Furniture Worth $40K for Classroom

Fifth-grade science and social studies teacher Danielle Ortiz of Bethlehem Elementary School in Taylorsville is one of four winners of a national classroom furniture giveaway from furniture maker KI. Ms. Ortiz was selected from hundreds of teachers who submitted designs for their dream classroom. She emerged from a group of 12 finalists, with more than…

Statewide Litter Sweep Underway

​The 2024 Spring Litter Sweep is underway. The initiative runs from April 13-27​. ​​​Traditionally scheduled for the last two weeks of April and September, Litter Sweep is the N.C. Department of Transportation’s biannual statewide roadside litter removal initiative. Residents throughout the state participate in local efforts to help clean up North Carolina’s roadways. In addition…

Scam Warning Issued

The Statesville Police Department has issued a warning regarding a scam. The department has been made aware of fraudulent calls claiming to be from Chief David Onley soliciting funds for the Statesville Police Department. The Department reminds citizens that nobody from SPD or any City of Statesville department will ever call you requesting money.

One Road Re-opens, Another Remains Closed

The N.C. Department of Transportation has reopened a stretch of N.C. 105. N.C. 105 from Broadstone Road to Old Shulls Mill Road is now open after crews successfully cleared debris from the roadway after an overnight blasting operation earlier in the week. Also, a detour is still in place for U.S. 321 near Blowing Rock…

Road Closures To Remain In Place In Caldwell/Watauga Counties

The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has extended the closures of U.S. 321 and N.C. 105  in Caldwell and Watauga Counties until at least Sunday evening (April 14). Crews have closed U.S. 321 near Blowing Rock from Blackberry Road to Green Hill Road to assess impacts from a rock slide. Also, N.C. 105 will remain…

Maiden Woman Wins $100K Prize in N.C.E.L.

Laura Bolch of Maiden won a $100,000 lottery prize in the North Carolina Education Lottery Saturday (April 6). Bolch, a restaurant manager, bought her Black Titanium $30 scratch-off ticket from the Hop-In store on Island Ford Road in Maiden. Ms. Bolch arrived at lottery headquarters on April 11 to claim her prize. After required federal…

The Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center of Catawba County Pinwheels for Prevention

The Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center of Catawba County held an event in observation of National Child Abuse Prevention Month on April 10th, 2024 starting at Noon. This year’s event was held at Zahra Baker All Children Playground at Kiwanis Park, 805 6th St SE in Hickory. Pinwheels were sold for $2 each and over…

Stabbing At Appalachian State Under Investigation

A stabbing occurred Thursday Appalachian State University in Boone. On Thursday (April 11), at 12:07 p.m., Appalachian State Police responded to a report of a stabbing in the area of Peacock Hall. One individual was injured, and after being treated on the scene, was transported to Watauga Medical Center for treatment. A suspect vehicle was…

U.S. 321 Blocked Between Caldwell & Watauga Counties

The N.C. Department of Transportation has temporarily closed U.S. 321 from Blackberry Road to Green Hill Road due to emergency repairs. The stretch of roadway will be closed today until at least mid-morning with updates to follow. Motorists are encouraged to utilize the following detours: For U.S. 321 North traffic, take N.C. 18 East, turn…

Whole Blood Now Available For Alexander County EMS Patients

Alexander County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director Jeffery Sigmon has announced that local paramedics with the department can now administer whole blood to traumatically injured patients. Trauma is the leading cause of death for individuals up to the age of 45 years in the United States. Uncontrolled hemorrhage remains the number one cause of preventable…

Wednesday Night Crash Claims Man’s Life

A man was killed in a Wednesday night (April 10) crash in Lincoln County. The deceased is 59-year-old Timothy Mark Eaker of Cherryville. At approximately 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to N.C. 182 near Sorrells Baxter Road. A 2016 Jeep Cherokee was traveling east on N.C. 182 and struck a…

Comprehensive Plan Approved By Alexander County Commissioners

The Alexander County Board of Commissioners approved the 2045 Alexander County Comprehensive Plan as presented by Planning & Development Director Brian Burgess. The plan was approved at their Monday (April 8) meeting. Burgess also presented a draft copy of the Land Development Code. Burgess said that a county must have a comprehensive plan in order…

Suspect Released From Prison Last Year Jailed This Week On Multiple Charges

44-year-old James Ashley Sweet of Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (April 11) by authorities in Alexander County. He’s charged with felony counts of probation violation and habitual larceny. Sweet was placed in custody on February 16 on a warrant for parole violation. As WHKY previously reported, he had been released from prison in August of 2023…

Man Charged With String Of Sexual Exploitation Counts

39-year-old Joshua Adam Lane was arrested Tuesday (April 9) by Statesville Police Officers. He’s charged with ten felony counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. The Statesville Police Department, in collaboration with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, executed a search warrant Tuesday at an address on Clegg Street in Statesville. The search…

Taylorsville Man Charged With Felony Drug Counts

44-year-old Jeffrey Lynn Mays, Jr. of Taylorsville was arrested Monday (April 8) by Taylorsville Police Officers. He was served a warrant for felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Mays was also charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked. He was…

Alexander County Woman Arrested On Drug Charges

32-year-old Kelly Denise Cook of Taylorsville was arrested Monday (April 8) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of schedule VI controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Cook was released on $5,000 bond. A first appearance in court is scheduled next Monday (April 15). [Story…

Vale Man Arrested on Multiple Felony Meth Charges

45-year-old Keith Dwayne Dellinger of Maw Huffman Road in Vale was arrested by Lincoln County Narcotics investigators on April 9 on five counts each for the sale & delivery of methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell or deliver meth, along with three counts of maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and one count…

Crime Stories

Local Jail Sentence Imposed

A Taylorsville man was given an active jail sentence following a Monday (July 15) court appearance. 40-year-old Kyle Rayvon Shepherd was found to be in contempt of court and sentenced to serve 42 days in the Alexander County Detention Center. He appeared in court on a probation violation charge. [WACB’s Rick Gilbert contributed to this…

Taylorsville Man Charged With Assault, False Imprisonment

51-year-old Marlan Chad Watts of Taylorsville, was arrested Monday (July 15) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with assault on a female, assault by communicating threats and false imprisonment. Watts was jailed in the Alexander County Detention Center without bond. A court date is set for August 20. [Story and photo of Watts courtesy…

Drug Charges Filed By Alexander County Authorities

22-year-old Shyann Nicole Crouse was arrested Tuesday (July 16) by authorities in Alexander County. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Crouse was detained in the Alexander County Detention Center without bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for July 22.

Hickory Woman Charged With Insurance Fraud

43-year-old Melanie Amanda Greene of Hickory was arrested Sunday (July 14) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. Greene was served Catawba County warrants for felony counts of insurance fraud and larceny. She was released from custody under a secured bond of $15,000. A Catawba County Superior Court date was scheduled Monday (July 15) in Newton. [Story…

Man Recently Released from Prison Accused of Assault by Pointing Gun

54-year-old Terry Lee Peeler of Morganton was arrested in Burke County today (July 16) and charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun. At about 12:20 this afternoon, Officers responded to an address on Old N.C. 18 in reference to reports of a man making threats…

Search Warrants Executed at Seven Statesville Smoke & Vape Shops

On July 10, a month-long investigation into suspected marijuana distribution and the sale of counterfeit items led to the execution of search warrants at seven local smoke and vape shops in Statesville. Iredell County Narcotics Investigators uncovered evidence that the shops were selling products labeled as “HEMP” and C.B.D. that contained more than the legal…

Two Charged in Connection with Multiple Thefts near Denver

23-year-old William Alexander Munoz-Pineda and 24-year-old Laura Bell Redden, both from Charlotte, have been charged in connection with a theft ring in which businesses and individuals were targeted in Denver and the surrounding area. They were arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives on July 11 after they were identified as suspects in several cases involving…

Gastonia Man Charged with Breaking and Entering into Two Homes

A Gastonia man was arrested on Monday (July 15) after a North Ingleside Farm Road resident found the man inside his home. According to Lincoln County deputies, the homeowner arrived to find the man standing in his kitchen wearing the homeowner’s clothes and shoes. The homeowner called 911 and deputies responded and quickly took the…

Hickory Woman Charged With Drug Offenses, Probation Violation

23-year-old Celestine Mae Bryant of Hickory was arrested last Thursday (July 11) by Probation & Parole Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver meth, felony probation violation, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bryant was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. A Superior Court…

Hickory Man Charged With Meth Possession, Assaulting An Officer

26-year-old Jamir Davario Danner of 9th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Friday (July 12) by Conover Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, assault on a government official, and two counts of resisting a public officer. He was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. A District Court date was…

Woman Placed In Jail In Catawba County On Larceny Charge

34-year-old Kayla Louise Jennings, whose address was not listed, was arrested Monday (July 15) by authorities in Catawba County. She’s charged with felony larceny. Jennings was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A Superior Court date was scheduled Monday.

Vale Woman Jailed On Catawba County Trafficking Charge

27-year-old Bridget Ann Bessette of Willis Road in Vale was arrested last Thursday (July 11) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged in Catawba County with trafficking, opium or heroin. Bridget Ann Bessette faces charges in Burke County including felony counts of larceny, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and probation violation. The probation was…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Possession of Schedule Two Controlled Substance

22-year-old Madison Brook Mull of Warren Place in Lenoir was arrested on Sunday (July 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with one felony count possession of schedule two controlled substance. Mull was jailed under $10,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court date was scheduled for July 24.

Granite Falls Man Charged with Probation Violation

34-year-old Michael Dillion Roberson of Duncan Drive in Granite Falls was arrested on Friday (July 12) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with felony probation violation out of county. Roberson was jailed under $20,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on August 7.

Lenoir Man Charged with Firearm Possession & Methamphetamine

55-year-old Bandon Southanou of Hickory Street in Lenoir was arrested on Friday (July 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with five felonies: two counts possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance, and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.…

Multiple Suspects Arrested In Burke County Operation, Morganton Woman Charged With Felony Offenses

Earlier this month, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office conducted an operation to serve outstanding warrants against multiple suspects. At the conclusion of the operation, nine people were served with warrants. According to a news release issued last week by the Sheriff’s Office, the warrants served included three felonies, five misdemeanors, three child support charges, two…

Drexel Man Charged In Connection To Reported Sex Offense

57-year-old Michael Curtis Barnette of Park Avenue in Drexel was arrested Friday (July 12) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of indecent liberties with a minor and statutory sex offense by an adult. On July 6, 2024, detectives with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a possible sexual assault…

Catawba County Man Arrested Following Reported Standoff With Police

30-year-old Ian Maurice McMahon of Conover was arrested Friday (July 12) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts of felony probation violation along with single counts of trafficking, opium or heroin, traffic in methamphetamine,  possession of meth and two counts of possession…

Vale Man Faces Charges from Cleveland & Gaston Counties

44-year-old Barry Lee Cline of Lanes Road in Vale has been arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of breaking & entering and misdemeanor counts of larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. The B&E and paraphernalia charges are from Cleveland County and the larceny…

Death of 9-Month-Old Child Under Investigation

Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers are investigating the death of an infant on Tanglewood Drive. Just before five o’clock this morning (July 12), Officers responded to a report of a suspicious person near Section House Road, between Conover and Hickory. Deputies encountered an adult female who seemed disoriented. Deputies followed the woman to her residence on…

Man Dead of Apparent Suicide after Police Chase in Iredell & Surry Counties

A man was killed Thursday (July 11) following a Police pursuit in Iredell and Surry counties. The deceased is 20-year-old Dashawn Samuels of Charlotte. Just after two o’clock Thursday afternoon, a Trooper with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol attempted to stop a vehicle on Interstate 77 in northern Iredell County. The vehicle had been…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

51-year-old Wesley Powell Hedrick of Holly Court in Lenoir was arrested on Thursday (July 11) by Lenoir Police Officers. he was charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Hedrick was jailed under $50,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County…

Man Charged with Methamphetamine Possession & Failure to Appear

41-year-old Michael Dwight Parlier of Circle Road in Lenoir was arrested on Thursday (July 11) by Husdon Police Officers. He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of failing to appear and assault. Parlier was jailed under $17,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. No court date was listed.

Granite Falls Woman Charged with Breaking and Entering

56-year-old Angelia Keever of River Trail Lane in Granite Falls was arrested on Thursday (July 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with felony breaking and entering and misdemeanor counts of larceny and defacing a house, building, or fence. Keever was jailed under $10,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center.

Suspects Arrested On Drug Charges In Alexander County

36-year old Hannah Loraine Tedder and 64-year-old Lynn Eugene Warren, both of Taylorsville, were arrested Wednesday (July 10) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. Tedder is charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver schedule IV controlled substance and misdemeanor practicing pharmacy without a license. Warren is charged with felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for…

Morganton Man Charged With Indecent Liberties

44-year-old Nicholas Lee Walentowski of Hartland Trail in Morganton was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony indecent liberties with a minor. On June 28, 2024, Detectives with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a possible sexual assault on a child. The investigation led to felony warrants being issued on…

Maiden Man Charged with Larceny of Firearm

29-year-old Kaylob Lee Drum of Sugar Farm Road in Maiden has been arrested by Newton Police on charges of larceny of a firearm and breaking & entering a motor vehicle. Drum was jailed today (July 11) in the Catawba County Detention Facility with bond set at $1,000. He’ll appear in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

Wilkes County Man Faces Charges in Three Counties

40-year-old Terry Allen Hamm of Moravian Falls, North Carolina has been arrested on felony and misdemeanor counts of failure to appear in connection with multiple vehicular violations in Wilkes County. As previously reported by WHKY, he was arrested on July 7 by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers for felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Hamm…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Obstructing an Officer

28-year-old Kristen Nichole Mosley of Abington Road in Lenoir was arrested on Wednesday (July 10) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with felony counts of resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer and larceny. Mosley was jailed under no bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court date was scheduled for August…

Man Charged with Assault Inflicting Serious Injury

44-year-old Anthony Allen Andrews of Smokey Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested on Wednesday (July 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and speeding to elude arrest. Andrews was also charged with misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment, reckless driving to endanger, driving while…

Dobson Man Charged with Larceny, Possession of Methamphetamine

24-year-old Trent Lee Blevins of Happy Lane in Dobson was arrested on Wednesday (July 10) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with four felonies: breaking and entering, possession of methamphetamine, larceny, and possession of stolen property. Blevins was jailed under $7,500 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He is scheduled to appear…

Lenoir Man Charged With Restraint & Robbery In Catawba County

32-year-old Steven Wayne Patton of Bee Mountain Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (July 10) by Probation & Parole Officers. He’s charged with felonious restraint and felony robbery with a dangerous weapon. Patton was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 29.

Lawndale Woman Jailed In Catawba County On Felony Charge

29-year old Bridget Abagail Heafner of Lawndale was arrested Wednesday (July 10) by Probation & Parole Officers. She’s charged with felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Heafner was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A Superior Court date is set for August 22.

Burke County Man Charged With Vehicle Theft Counts In Catawba County

34-year-old Andrew David Hughes of Raintree Street in Connelly Springs was arrested Tuesday (July 9) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Hughes was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled…

Hickory Man Charged With Drug Offenses

42-year-old Jerrid Dwayne Lindsay of 27th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (July 10) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lindsay was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court date was scheduled Wednesday.

Hickory Man Charged with Possession of Firearm by Felon

37-year-old Larry Jermaine Linebarger, Jr. of 7th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early last Wednesday morning (July 3) for felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half-an-ounce. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, Linebarger was in possession of a handgun at the time of…

Man Injured in Officer-Involved Shooting Monday Faces Eight Felony Assault Charges

Newton Police have obtained eight felony warrants for 24-year-old Keon Jemez Leach of Newton. He is charged with four felony counts each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm. Leach is the individual who fired at Police and was shot when Officers…

Morganton Woman Arrested in Hickory for I.D. Theft

29-year-old Mary Elizabeth Ervin of Waltney Drive in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police Monday (July 8) on one felony count of identity theft and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer. Ervin was taken into custody without incident at 12:25 Monday afternoon at a big-box store on Highway 70 S.E.…

Two Stony Point Residents Arrested on Drug Charges

28-year-old Joshua Allen Williamson and 34-year-old Kadi Woodman Laws, both from the same address on Payne Road in Stony Point, were arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers Sunday (July 7) on drug charges. They were both charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana, and possession with…

Woman Charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine

45-year-old Dreama Knight Philyaw of Ferguson was arrested on Monday (July 8) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with four felonies; two counts trafficking in methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule two controlled substance. Philyaw was jailed under $150,000 secured bond in…

Wilkesboro Man Charged with Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle

40-year-old Terry Alan Hamm of East Brocktown Road in Wilkesboro was arrested on Sunday (July 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Hamm was given a custody release and was not listed in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court date was…

Hudson Man Charged with Uttering a Forged Instrument

53-year-old Terry David Shew of Edsel Circle in Hudson was arrested on Friday (July 5) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with three felony counts of uttering a forged instrument. Shew was jailed under $20,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court date was scheduled for July 29 and August…

Catawba County Man Arrested On Drug Charges Following Alexander County Traffic Stop

51-year-old Rickey Lee Bowman of Claremont was arrested Monday (July 8) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of fentanyl and methamphetamine. He’s also charged with possession of schedule III controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked, and littering. On Monday evening, Bowman was…

Surry County Woman Charged With Burke County Drug Offenses

49-year-old Brandy Michelle Bowman of the Surry County community of Ararat was arrested Sunday (July 7) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Bowman was arrested shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 40 Eastbound in Connelly Springs. She was incarcerated…

Valdese Man Charged With Drug, Larceny Offenses

47-year-old Christian Michael Hall of Savage Street in Valdese was arrested Monday (July 8) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods, and possession of stolen goods. Shortly before 5 p.m. Monday a Public Safety…

Nebo Man Arrested On Drug Charges Following Burke County Traffic Stop

32-year-old Anthony Thomas Moran of N.C. 226 South in Nebo was arrested Tuesday (July 9) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday, a Public Safety Officer conducted a traffic stop on Interstate…

Stony Point Man Arrested in Mooresville for I.D. Theft; More

32-year-old Justus Paul McCracken of Stony Point was arrested by Mooresville Police on June 26 on charges of felony identity theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and resisting arrest. He is no longer listed as an inmate in Iredell County. McCracken will appear in Iredell County District Court on September 13.

Public’s Help Sought in Solving Hit & Run in Boone

High Country Crime Stoppers and the Boone Police Department are asking for the public’s help in solving a hit & run in which two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle. The incident occurred at about 12 a.m. on June 21 on Rivers Street near Bodenheimer Drive. The suspect vehicle was described as a dark-colored sport-utility…

Officer Involved Shooting Reported By Newton Police Department

An officer involved shooting occurred late Monday night (July 8) in Newton. Shortly after 11:30 p.m. Monday, the Newton Police Department received a call from Catawba County Communications Center in reference to a 911 hang-up at the Catawba Pines Apartments on East 1st Street. Upon arrival on the scene, officers were confronted by numerous noncomplying…

Newton Man Faces Theft, Firearm Offenses

23-year-old Jose Luis Ramirez-Baretto of Cody Court in Newton was arrested Monday (July 8) by authorities in Catawba County. He’s charged with felony attempted larceny, felony possession of schedule I controlled substance, larceny of a firearm, breaking & entering to a motor vehicle, misdemeanor breaking & entering, misdemeanor larceny, and attempted breaking & entering to…

Hickory Woman Arrested On Drug Charges

32-year-old Mikisha Geneva Robinson of 3rd Street Place SW in Hickory was arrested Monday (July 8) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Robinson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (July…

Burke County Man Charged With Vehicle Theft In Catawba County

30-year-old Jeremy Aaron Huffman of Connelly Springs was arrested Monday (July 8) by authorities in Cleveland County on charges from Catawba County. He’s charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Huffman was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A District Court date is set for July 11.

Wilkes County Man Charged With Strangulation In Catawba County

30-year-old Matthew Ryan Billings of North Wilkesboro was arrested Saturday (July 6) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with assault by strangulation. Following the arrest, Billings was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond, a District Court date is July 29.

Lenoir Woman Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

42-year-old Jessica Lynn West of Smokey Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested on Thursday (July 4) by State Highway Patrol Officers. She was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of driving while subject to impairing substance, driving left of center, and driving while license revoked due to an impaired driving revocation. West…

Granite Falls Man Charged with Interfering An Electronic Device

38-year-old Brandon Lee Abshire of Poovey Drive in Granite Falls was arrested on Thursday (July 4) by Caldwell County Officers. He was charged with felony counts of interfering with a monitoring device and failure to appear on a felony count. Abshire was jailed under $6,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He is…

Lenoir Man Charged with Felony Possession of Methamphetamine

49-year-old Robert Wesley Setzer Jr. of Jimmy K Lane in Lenoir was arrested on Thursday (July 4) by Hudson Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession of methamphetamine. Setzer was jailed under $25,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court appearance was scheduled for July 24.

Burke County Man Charged With Drug, Firearm Offenses

36-year-old Johny Lee of Morganton was arrested Saturday (July 6) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with possession with intent to sell & deliver methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon, second-degree trespassing and two counts of resisting, obstruct, and delay a…

Suspect Charged In Connection To Sex Offense Investigation From 2019

60-year-old Steven Joseph Borek of Concord has been charged in connection to a Statesville sex offense case. He faces six counts apiece of first-degree statutory sex offense and indecent liberties with a minor. In December of 2019, Investigators with the Statesville Police Department were alerted to a possible sex abuse case involving a young victim.…

Alexander County Authorities Make More Arrests in Connection with Shooting [UPDATED 3 p.m.]

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office has charged several individuals in connection with the shooting of a juvenile on June 6 in the Stony Point community. 28-year-old Chadrick Ty-Quan McGee of Statesville was arrested Friday (July 5) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony accessory after the fact. Also arrested was 37-year-old Tammy Amanda…

Shooting Under Investigation

Today (July 5) at approximately 3:00 a.m. officers from the Statesville Police Department responded to a call reporting shots fired in the 1900 block of Gay Street. Upon arrival, officers were informed that a subject had been shot multiple times at the address but had already been transported to the hospital via private vehicle. The…

Lenoir Woman Arrested in Hickory for Habitual Larceny

53-year-old Tracia Nicole Simmons of High West Drive in Lenoir has been arrested by Hickory Police on charges of habitual larceny and second-degree trespassing. She was jailed today (July 5) in the Catawba County Detention Facility. At last report, no bond amount was listed. An appearance in District Court is coming up on Monday in…

Two People Injured in 4th of July Shooting in Hickory

Hickory Police are investigating a shooting that occurred yesterday (July 4) on the 400 block of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory just after 9:30 p.m. Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries. No one had been arrested as of this morning. No further details are available. The investigation is ongoing.

Hudson Man Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

55-year-old Benny Dale Laney Sr. of Windsong Circle in Hudson was arrested on Wednesday (July 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession of methamphetamine. Laney was jailed under $75,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court date was scheduled for July 8.

Man Arrested by Lenoir Police for Possession of Methamphetamine

42-year-old Kelvin Anthony Dula of Lenoir was arrested on Wednesday (July 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor parole violation and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dula was jailed under $20,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He was scheduled to appear on July…

Man Charged in Caldwell County for Maintaining a Place for Controlled Substance

34-year-old John Luke McDaris of Gilliland Lane in Hudson was arrested on Wednesday (July 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, deliver schedule two controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. McDaris was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention…

Hickory Man Charged With Firearm Offense

35-year-old Darvis James Stacy of Hickory was arrested Wednesday (July 3) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Stacy is a felon as a result of multiple convictions in Alexander and Catawba Counties dating back to 2014. He was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility without…

Buncombe County Woman Jailed On Catawba County Meth Charge

36-year-old Chanda Marie Rumfelt of the Buncombe County community of Arden was arrested Thursday (July 4) by Conover Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine. Rumfelt was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond pending a Friday (July 5) District Court appearance.

Catawba Man Charged With Vehicle Break-in, Theft

21-year-old William Scott Willis of Helen’s Way in Catawba was arrested Wednesday (July 3) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with breaking & entering to a motor vehicle, felony larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor breaking & entering, injury to real property and traffic counts. Willis was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility…

Hickory Police Arrest Man On Break-in Charges

26-year-old Michael Gold Austin, whose address was not listed, was arrested Thursday (July 4) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of breaking & entering. In addition, Austin is charged with larceny after breaking & entering, larceny from a merchant, misdemeanor larceny, and second-degree trespass. Austin was confined in the Catawba County…

Wanted Suspects Sought In Iredell County

Wanted suspects are being sought in Iredell County. A new most wanted list was posted this week and it contains several suspects. 36-year-old Joshua Arquette is wanted on an outstanding warrant for felony larceny of a motor vehicle. His last known address was 303 Weant Street in East Spencer, N.C. 43-year-old Travis Davidson is wanted…

Scam Warning Issued By Federal Offices In N.C.

The FBI Charlotte Field Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina are warning the public about a new, more sophisticated jury scam involving fake federal arrest warrants. The scammers call victims or send emails claiming the victims failed to report for jury duty and there is…

Statesville Woman Charged with Child Abuse after Son Overdoses

31-year-old Brittany Dawn Riley of Sandra Drive in Statesville was arrested Monday (July 1) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on one count of felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury. Events leading to Riley’s arrest began when the Sheriff’s Office took an urgent call from Iredell Memorial Hospital Monday. A child had been brought…

Hudson Woman Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

29-year-old Lea Michelle Hamby of Green Street in Hudson was arrested on Tuesday (July 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and failing to appear on a nonsupport case. Hamby was jailed under $400 cash appearance and $10,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. She is…

Hudson Man Charged with Obtaining Property by False Pretense

34-year-old Duane Francis Delehanty of Hudson was arrested on Tuesday (July 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property and felony obtaining property by false pretense. Delehanty was given a custody release and was not listed in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A Superior Court date…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Probation Violation

37-year-old Laura Ann Stone of Holly Court in Lenoir was arrested on Monday (July 1) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with felony counts of probation violation and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule two controlled substance. Stone was jailed under no bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A Superior…

Statesville Man Charged with Vandalism

27-year-old Joshua William Griffin of Statesville was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (July 2) on two counts of vandalism with damage to personal property. At last report, Griffin remained in the Alexander County Detention Center under a $5,000 bond. No court dates are currently listed. [story courtesy of WACB’s Rick Gilbert]

Olin, N.C. Teen Arrested in Iredell for Stolen Firearm

18-year-old Braydon Taylor Tench of Olin Loop in Olin, North Carolina has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm and misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun, possession of marijuana, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Two other 18-year-old male subjects from Mooresville and Union Grove…

Sisters from Statesville Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

61-year-old Sherry Kiser Jenkins of Loray Lane and 62-year-old Teresa Kiser Forrest of Pratt Lane, both from Statesville, were arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on June 21 on drug charges. The suspects are sisters. Jenkins was charged with two counts of trafficking in opium or heroin and single counts of felony possession with intent…

Marion Man Charged with Aiding and Abetting

25-year-old Nathan Rojas Pavon of Kathy Street in Marion was arrested on Monday (July 1) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count aid and abet. Pavon was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in District Court on September 20.

Lenoir Woman Charged with Probation Violation

51-year-old Jennifer Nicole West of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested on Monday (July 1) by Probation and Parole Officers. She was charged with two felony probation violations. West was jailed under $20,000 secured bond in the Caldwell Detention Center. She was on probation as a result of convictions from January 2024 for felony…

Lenoir Man Charged with Breaking and Entering

43-year-old Christopher Henry Watson of Montclair Circle in Lenoir was arrested on Monday (July 1) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count breaking and entering. Watson was jailed under $3,000 secured bond and brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court date was scheduled for July 26.

Pursuit Results In Fatal Crash, Man Charged In Connection To Death Of Passenger

A man has been charged in connection to a fatal crash Tuesday (July 2) in Iredell County. The deceased has been identified as 28-year-old Keonte Shakir Forney. 27-year-old Ridge Rashaun Gray is charged with felony counts of death by vehicle and flee to elude arrest. He’s also charged with reckless driving, driving while license revoked,…

Fugitive Arrest Reported By Authorities In Burke County

56-year-old Myra Scott Moore of Roper Street in Morganton was arrested Sunday (June 30) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged on a felony warrant as a fugitive from another state. Shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday, a Public Safety Officer made a traffic stop on a 2017 Jeep Renegade on South Sterling Street in Morganton.…

Burke County Man Charged With Drug Offenses Following Shoplifting Call

36-year-old Curtis West Moore, Jr. of Oakhill Drive in Morganton was arrested last Saturday (June 29) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen goods and concealment of merchandise in a mercantile establishment. Shortly after 2:30 p.m.…

Morganton Man Jailed on Meth & Firearms Charges

42-year-old Charles Howard Ray III of Morganton has been arrested by Officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety and charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, trafficking meth, maintaining a vehicle for drugs, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon (two counts), driving while license revoked,…

Taylorsville Man Charged with Assault by Strangulation

36-year-old Anthony Steven Wine of Taylorsville was arrested on Sunday (June 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor counts of assault inflicting serious injury and assault on a female. Wine was jailed under no bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. As of this report, no…

Man Charged with Felony Probation Violation

32-year-old Jonathan Robert Triplett of Playmore Beach Road in Lenoir was arrested on Sunday (June 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony failure to appear on a felony charge. Triplett was jailed under $20,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He was on probation as a result of convictions…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Schedule Two Controlled Substance

30-year-old Jordan Lance Killian of Enlos Place in Lenoir was arrested on Sunday (June 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession of schedule two controlled substance. Killian was jailed under $5,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court appear on July 22.

Catawba County Residents Face Charges Following Alexander County Traffic Stop

25-year-old Melanie Nicole Hunt of Newton and 37-year-old Daniel Nakee Letterman of Maiden were arrested Saturday (June 29) by Taylorsville Police Officers. Hunt is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for controlled substance, possession of controlled substance on…

Claremont Man Charged With Drug Offenses

46-year-old Bryan Keith Harris of East N.C. 10 Highway in Claremont was arrested Sunday (June 30) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting a public officer, and failure to stop for a steady red light. Harris was confined in the Catawba County…

Hickory Man Charged With Assault Resulting In Injury

64-year-old Steven Craig Yanez of 20th Street Court NE in Hickory was arrested Monday (July 1) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury. Yanez was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond as he awaited a Tuesday (July 2) District Court date.

Woman Arrested By Hickory PD On Assault Charge

29-year-old Vanessa Razo Ramirez, whose address was not listed, was arrested Monday (July 1) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and resisting a public officer. Ramirez was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond pending a Monday District Court…

Hickory Man Charged With Stolen Vehicle Possession

34-year-old Xavier Marquis Lee Winston of 20th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Monday (July 1) by Conover Police Officers. He’s charged with two counts apiece of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while license revoked. He’s also charged with single counts of possession of methamphetamine and unauthorized use…

Alexander County Authorities Arrest Fugitive From Massachusetts

55-year-old Donald Albert Thomas of Statesville was arrested last Friday (June 28) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged on a felony warrant as a fugitive from another state. Thomas has an active fugitive warrant issued by authorities in Marshfield, Massachusetts for felony stalking. An assault charge against Thomas is also pending in Iredell County.…

Woman Charged with Larceny After Breaking and Entering

46-year-old Heather Anne Flannery of Enlos Place in Lenoir was arrested on Friday (June 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with breaking and entering and larceny after breaking or entering. Flannery was jailed under $15,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court date was scheduled for July 1.

Wake County Woman Charged with Felony Probation Violation

52-year-old Wanda Rena Sheppard of Daphine Street in Garner was arrested on Friday (June 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with one felony count probation violation. Sheppard was jailed under $10,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. She was on probation as a result of convictions from October 2023 for…

Lenoir Man Charged with Breaking and Entering

26-year-old Brent Travial Fox Jr of Cedar Run Street in Lenoir was arrested on Friday (June 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny. Travial was jailed under $50,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court date was scheduled for July 18.

Parents Charged with Murder in Death of 16-Month-Old Child

34-year-old Lucas Shayne Scronce and 41-year-old Jennifer Denise Clay, both from the same address on Short Road in Newton, have been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of their 16-month old child, Ivy Clay. Scronce and Clay are the child’s biological parents. On February 7, Catawba County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to…

Man Sentenced To Federal Prison Term For Firearm Offense

On Thursday (June 27) U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell sentenced 35-year-old Charod Terron Terry of Mooresville, N.C., to 110 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for possession of a firearm by a felon. The announcement was made by Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.…

Several Suspects Charged In Burke County Arrest Roundup

17 suspects have been charged in a Burke County law enforcement operation. The individuals implicated in the effort face charges including various drug counts and probation violation. The suspects listed addresses in Morganton, Connelly Springs, Valdese, and Hickory. On June 19 and June 20 the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, NC Department of Adult Corrections Community…

Suspect Charged With Felony Offenses For Tenth Time Since January, 2023

50-year-old Jon Bradley Williams of Knobs Landing in Connelly Springs was arrested Thursday (June 27) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of fentanyl and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of probation violation and possession of drug paraphernalia. On Thursday, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office…

Arrest Made In Connection To Fatal Shooting In April

An arrest has been made in a murder case.  The victim is 52-year-old Richard Pledger of Statesville. 30-year-old Devin Emmanuel Rankin of Statesville was arrested Thursday (June 27) by Statesville Police Officers. He’s charged with first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, and discharging a firearm within city limits. As WHKY previously reported,…

Taylorsville Man Arrested on Drug & Firearms Charges

46-year-old Jason Lee Barnes of Taylorsville was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers Wednesday on felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, along with…

Police Find Suspect in Armed Robbery & Assault Case, Deceased

The Hickory Police Department is conducting a death investigation after a wanted suspect was found deceased Thursday afternoon (June 27). The deceased is 34-year-old Dallas Loyd Gragg. At approximately 3:20 p.m. Thursday, Officers responded to an address on 9th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory in an attempt to locate Mr. Gragg, He was wanted on…

Lenoir Man Charged with Speeding to Elude Arrest & Reckless Driving

21-year-old Andrew Scott Villagomez of Sleepy Hollow in Wilksboro was arrested on Thursday (June 27) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony speeding to elude arrest and misdemeanor counts of reckless driving to endanger and failing to stop for blue lights and sirens. Villagomez was jailed under $20,000 secured bond in the Caldwell…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Schedule One Controlled Substance

46-year-old Tabetha Dawn West of Hospital Avenue in Lenoir was arrested on Thursday (June 27) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with felony counts of possession of schedule one controlled substance and a probation violation. West was jailed under $20,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court date was scheduled…

Man Charged with Assault on Emergency Medical Personnel

30-year-old Terrik Lavon Patterson of Shadowbrook Road in Lenoir was arrested on Thursday (June 27) by authorities in Caldwell County. He was charged with one felony count assault on a medical emergency person causing physical injury. Patterson was jailed under no bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. No court appearance was listed.

Morganton Man Charged With Drug Offenses Following Search At Residence

40-year-old James Drew Ballard of Smoke Rise Drive in Morganton was arrested by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession of schedule II controlled substance. Ballard is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and…

Man Fatally Shot In Catawba County Incident, Suspect Charged With Murder

30-year-old Trevor Kiernan O’Mara of Vale was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with murder. On Thursday (June 27), at 5:01 p.m. deputies with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a person shot at a residence in the 5000 block of Hope Road. When deputies arrived, they found 31-year-old…

Ten Year Prison Sentence Imposed Against Hickory Man In Federal Firearms Case

30-year-old Kadeem Jamal Albright of Hickory was sentenced to 120 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for firearms offenses. The announcement was made Thursday (June 27) by Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Chief Reed Baer of the Hickory Police Department was among those joining…

No Injuries Reported in Shooting at Long View Food Lion

The Long View Police Department responded to a “shots fired” call Wednesday evening (June 26) near the Food Lion store on 2nd Avenue N.W. The call came in at about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday. No injuries were reported. Officers arrived and found that the suspect or suspects and the victims had left the scene. Witnesses told…

Hickory Man Sentenced to More than 10 Years in Child Porn Case

U.S. Attorney Dena J. King announced Wednesday that 39-year-old Chad Joseph Caesar of Hickory has been sentenced to 132 months in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for receipt of child pornography. Hickory Police Chief Reed Baer joined Ms. King in making the announcement. According to court documents and the sentencing hearing, in…

Lenoir Man Charged with Auto Larceny

32-year-old Andrew Tyler Grogan of Ranquil Park Place in Lenoir was arrested on Wednesday (June 26) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with three felonies: auto larceny, obtaining property by false pretense, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Grogan was jailed under $7,500 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He was…

Woman Charged with Falsely Obtaining Property & Larceny

24-year-old Shelby Rose Gragg of Joshs Way in Lenoir was arrested on Wednesday (June 26) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with three felonies: obtaining property by false pretense, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and larceny of a motor vehicle. Gragg was jailed under $7,500 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center.…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Larceny of More Than One Thousand Dollars

29-year-old Taylor Laine Severt of Broyhill Lake Road in Lenoir was arrested on Tuesday (June 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with one felony count larceny of more than $1,000. Severt was jailed under $3,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court date was scheduled for June 26.

Residents Of Hickory Metro Charged In Drug Suspect Roundup

Residents of Caldwell and Alexander County are part of a group of suspects recently arrested in a drug enforcement operation. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office recently conducted a comprehensive drug round-up. This operation, part of the agency’s continuous investigations into drug trafficking, specifically targeted those described as career and repeat offenders. The round-up led to…

Names of Victims in Double Murder Case Released [edited to correct spelling]

The names of the victims in a Lincoln County double-murder case have been released. The deceased have been identified as Tabatha Eades Michelle Funderburk and Austin Bradley Tallent. As WHKY previously reported, 32-year-old Conway Storm Cook of Lincolnton was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one…

Arrest Made in Lincoln County Double Homicide

32-year-old Conway Storm Cook of Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder. Cook was charged in connection with a double homicide and a serious injury to a third person. The incident occurred overnight (June 25/26) at an address…

Man Sentenced to at Least 16 Years in Shooting Death of Child

26-year-old Douglas Mason Wilson will spend at least 16 years in prison following his guilty plea to a murder charge. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle in Catawba County Superior Court Tuesday. He was sentenced to 16-to-20 years. He has been in jail in Catawba County for…

Double Homicide Under Investigation In Lincoln County

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a double homicide and the serious injury to a third person. The incident occurred overnight at an address on Springs East Road. Two people were found deceased inside the residence. A third person is on life support at Caromont-Gaston. Officers have taken a person of interest into custody. Police…

Man Charged In Connection To Theft Of Items From Residence

21-year-old Jasper Raheim Henderson of Pondview Road in Mooresville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking & entering to a motor vehicle and larceny of a firearm. In addition, Henderson is charged with misdemeanor larceny. On Saturday, June 16, 2024, Patrol Deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office…

Troutman Man Charged With String Of Sexual Exploitation Counts

70-year-old Paul Howard Beha of Sierra Woods Drive in Troutman was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with ten counts of felony second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. In February, 2024, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a CyberTip containing multiple files of suspected child sexual abuse material. The investigation was assigned to…

McDowell County Man Charged Following Reported Theft From Morganton Business

35-year-old Nathan Todd Vallini of Marion was arrested by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense along with misdemeanor counts of financial card fraud and larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods. The charges are from Burke and McDowell Counties. Last Saturday (June 22) a Public Safety Officer…

Alexander County Man Charged With Murder In Connection To Overdose Death

33-year-old Mathew Douglas Roop of Rink Dam Road in Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (June 25) by authorities in Catawba County. According to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Roop was indicted by a Catawba County Grand Jury for second-degree murder, death by distribution, and sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. In October of 2023…

Hendersonville Woman Faces Taylorsville Larceny Charges

Maria Elaine Olguin Short of Hendersonville was arrested by Taylorsville Police on June 21 on felony and misdemeanor counts of larceny. She is not currently listed as an inmate in Alexander County. A District Court was set for July 15. Short has pending charges in Henderson County for injury to personal property, communicating threats, and…

Man Charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine

45-year-old Jason Leon Tolbert of Highway 268 in Ferguson was arrested on Monday (June 24) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with three felonies: trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of schedule two controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Tolbert was jailed under $150,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Felony Possession of Methamphetamine

37-year-old Laura Ann Stone of Holly Court in Lenoir was arrested on Monday (June 24) by authorities in Caldwell County. She was charged with one felony possession of methamphetamine. Stone was jailed under $1,500 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. She is scheduled to appear in District Court on Wednesday (June 26).

Conover Man Arrested on A Fugitive Extradition To Georgia

46-year-old Sean Miguel Mettler of Mulligan Drive in Conover was arrested on Monday (June 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with a felony fugitive extradition to another state. He is a fugitive out of Georgia and is charged there with possession of methamphetamine without bond. As of this report he remained in…

Claremont Man Charged With Fleeing From Police, Drug Counts

51-year-old Brian Blake Blackburn of Shady Valley Lane in Claremont was arrested Monday (June 24) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, attempted trafficking in meth by possession, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place…

Hickory Woman Charged With Multiple Charges Including Firearm Count

33-year-old Samantha Marie Vono of Valley Arbors Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, aid and abet armed robbery, and alter, steal, or destroy criminal evidence. Vono is a felon as a result of multiple convictions dating back to 2015 in Alexander and…

Conover Man Charged With Assault, Firearm, Robbery Offenses

24-year-old Tony Ray Kirkland of Emmanuel Church Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon, and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Kirkland is a felon as a result of a conviction in…

Woman Sentenced To Minimum Of Close To Six Years In MDMA Trafficking Case

35-year-old Deannea Rochell Savoy of Mooresville pleaded guilty in a drug trafficking case during the recent session of Iredell County Superior Court. She was sentenced to 70 to 93 months, or five years, ten months to seven years nine months in prison. Savoy was arrested in December, 2021 following a nearly four month long investigation…

Man Charged Following Reported Standoff In Alexander County

54-year-old Henry Arthur Prado of Caldwell Pond Road in the Ellendale Community of Alexander County was arrested Monday (June 24) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats. Deputies responded to a residence off Caldwell Pond Road in the Ellendale Community at approximately 8 p.m. Sunday. A…

Denver Man Charged in Connection with Vehicle Break-Ins

45-year-old Benjamin Michael Yates of Lucky Creek Lane in Denver has been arrested on multiple felony counts of breaking & entering to a motor vehicle and larceny of a firearm, along with single counts of possession of a stolen firearm and carrying a concealed weapon. On the evening of June 21, multiple vehicles were broken…

Hudson Woman Charged with Probation Violation

36-year-old Heather Nichole Russell of Maynors Mobile Home Park Drive in Hudson was arrested on Friday (June 21) by Probation and Parole Officers. She was charged with two felony probation violations. Russell was jailed under $180,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. She was on probation as a result of convictions from February…

Man Receives Prison Sentence In Sex Offense Case

A Harmony man received a minimum prison sentence of approximately 18 years in a sex offense case. 32-year-old Timothy Clayton Campbell of Harmony pleaded guilty to first-degree statutory sex offense and two counts of indecent liberties with a child. He was given a sentence of 192-291 months along with a pair of 13 to 25…

Statesville Man Receives Minimum Prison Sentence Of Just Under Five Years In Robbery Case

36-year-old Joseph Ioerger of Statesville pleaded guilty to robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was sentenced to 59 to 83 months in prison. He was charged in connection to an armed robbery that occurred on June 20, 2023. On that date Statesville Police Officers responded to the…

Woman Arrested After Vehicle Crashes Into Building

25-year-old Morgan Tiara Smith of Morganton was arrested today (June 23) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while impaired, careless and reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane control. At approximately 12:15 a.m., Officers from…

Hickory Man Arrested In Connection To Fatal Hit & Run Crash

An arrest has been made in connection to a fatal hit-and-run crash Thursday (June 20) in Lincoln County. The deceased is 23-year-old Jacob Michael Bentley of Lincolnton. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol arrested 21-year-old Zachary Joseph Deal of Hickory Friday evening (June 21).  He was charged with felony hit and run, failure to report…

Armed Robbery in Hickory Under Investigation

Hickory Police are investigating an armed robbery at an apartment on Valley Arbors Drive in Hickory yesterday (June 20). The incident occurred at about 6:15 p.m. Thursday. The victim is a 36-year-old male from Statesville. A Michael Kors bag containing $15,000 cash was taken. The bag was recovered; however, the cash was not. The suspect…