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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…

Stanley Man Faces Additional Child Sexual Assault Charges

66-year-old Carl David Holt of Stanley now faces additional child sexual assault charges. He was initially arrested in February of this year. Holt was charged following an investigation that began in October of 2023 after the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report regarding possible child abuse. The investigation uncovered allegations of sexual assault. Detectives…

Man Charged with Altering Criminal Evidence

48-year-old Charles Ray Lindsay Jr. of Hopedale Drive in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony counts of possession of schedule two controlled substance, altering or destroying criminal evidence, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lindsay was jailed under $25,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention…

Granite Falls Man Charged with Discharging a Firearm in an Enclosure

55-year-old Toby Alan Horne of Duke Street in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (April 8) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count discharging a firearm in an enclosure. Horne was given a custody release and was not listed in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He is scheduled to appear in…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Cocaine

52-year-old Lester Cadell Little of Willow Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 8) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver cocaine and conspiring to sell or deliver cocaine. Little was jailed under $25,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A…

Morganton Man Jailed On Felony Drug Charge Following Early Morning Traffic Stop

24-year-old Joshua Caleb Ceragioli of Manley Clark Road in Morganton was arrested today (April 10) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and probation violation. Shortly after midnight this morning, a Public Safety Officer conducted a traffic stop on Burkemont Avenue in Morganton on a…

Hickory Woman Jailed On Meth Charges

35-year-old Lindsay Brooks Watson of Hickory was arrested Tuesday (April 9) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with two counts apiece of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia along with a single count of felony possession of schedule I controlled substance. Watson was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. District…

Lincoln County Man Jailed In Catawba County On Larceny, Stolen Goods Charges

38-year-old Gary Cole Leatherman of Potts Creek Road in Lincolnton was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of larceny, felony possession of stolen goods or property, and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree trespass. Leatherman was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning…

Conover Police Arrest Suspect On Drug, Indecent Exposure Charges

32-year-old Tyler William Coker of South College Avenue in Newton was arrested Monday (April 8) by Conover Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and indecent exposure. Coker was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled Tuesday (April 9).

Newton Man Charged With Drug Offenses By Hickory PD

51-year-old Kelvin McGarrett White of West 13th Street in Newton was arrested Monday (April 8) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. White was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 29.

Statesville Man Faces Multiple Felony Drug Charges in Two Counties

45-year-old Boris Dewan Cunningham of West Front Street in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on April 7 on a long list of felony drug charges. He was charged with 18 counts of trafficking in opium or heroin, four counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, four counts for the sale…

CVCC Recognizes Graduates of Fire Academy

On Monday, April 8th, the CVCC Fire Academy (Class 24-1) celebrated its Spring 2024 Graduation at the CVCC Auditorium. Graduates included Nicholas Arteaga (Hickory Fire Department); Kayce Bailey (Claremont Fire Department); Casey Caywood (Hickory Fire Department); Brandan Daniels (Hickory Fire Department); Corbin Hefner (Maiden Rescue Squad); Landon Reed (Lovelady Fire & Rescue); Jenna Robinson (Hickory…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

38-year-old Melinda Gail South of Hickory Street in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (April 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with two felony counts possession of methamphetamine and jailed under no bond. South remained in jail at the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court date was scheduled for April 22.

Lenoir Man Charged with Assault By Strangulation

25-year-old Darius Isaiah Pope of Kingview Place in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (April 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor counts of communicating threats and domestic violence protection order violation. Pope remained in jail under no bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He was scheduled…

Woman Charged with Methamphetamine Possession

39-year-old Amanda Cherelle Kaylor of Queens Street in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (April 6) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor failure to comply with a nonsupport case. Kaylor remained in jail under $23 cash and $5,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court…

Man Charged in Caldwell County for Drug Offense

53-year-old Jerry Shayne Elrod of Spencer Lane in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (April 6) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor driving while license revoked. Elrod remained in jail as of Tuesday (April 9) under $3,500 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court date…

School Bus Overturns in Burke County, Multiple Injuries Reported [UPDATED 11:15 a.m.]

On Tuesday, April 9, at approximately 7:25 a.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to a collision involving a Burke County school bus. The accident occurred in Burke County on Johnson Bridge Road near Old N.C. 10. The driver was traveling west on Johnson Bridge Road, lost control, ran off the right side of…

Housing Rehabilitation Programs Offered By City Of Hickory

April is Fair Housing Month, and, according to a news release, the City of Hickory is committed to affirmatively furthering Fair Housing in the community. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale or rental of housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap. The City of Hickory offers…

Nebo Woman Charged With Burke County Drug Offenses

32-year-old Haley Alyssa Honeycutt of Nebo was arrested Saturday (April 6) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of controlled substance in prison or jail and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. According to police records Burke County Jail staff found drugs and paraphernalia in Honeycutt’s possession during a search. Bond was set…

Woman Charged With Having Drugs At Jail

58-year-old Robin Beam Surratt of LR Walker Road in Morganton was arrested Saturday (April 6) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of controlled substance in prison or jail. Surratt was arrested shortly before midnight Saturday night and was placed in the Burke County Jail under $7,000 secured bond. A District Court…

Morganton Resident Indicted On Kidnapping Charges

19-year-old Joshua Adam King, Jr. of Nuckolls Drive in Morganton was arrested Monday (April 8) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged on a true bill of indictment with three felony counts of second-degree kidnapping along with single felony counts of first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and larceny. King was arrested…

Federal Firearms Charges Lodged, Suspect Arrested Monday

U.S. Attorney Dena J. King announced federal charges against two individuals charged via criminal indictments with possession of machinegun conversion devices, commonly known as “Glock switches.” One of the suspects is an Iredell County resident. A Glock switch, or “auto sear,” is an illegal conversion device that enables a conventional semi-automatic pistol to function as…

Morganton Man Arrested for Assault on Pregnant Woman

30-year-old Johnnithyn Thomas James Bristol of Jamestown Road in Morganton has been arrested by authorities in Caldwell County on charges out of Catawba County for assault on a pregnant woman and injury to personal property. Bristol was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility on April 8 under a $10,000 bond. An appearance in District…

Taylorsville Man Found with Two Explosive Devices

31-year-old Robert Alan Goins of Taylorsville has been arrested and charged with two counts of possession of a weapon of mass destruction and single counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. He was arrested in connection with…

Following Saturday Outage, Power Restored in Caldwell County

Blue Ridge Energy line technicians worked this weekend to restore power to 6,323 members in northern Caldwell County after a fallen tree tore down a portion of the cooperative’s high voltage, major transmission lines. Outages began at 10:25 a.m. Saturday (April 6). Power was fully restored by 3:31 a.m. Sunday. Caldwell County communities affected include…

Catawba Science Center Celebrates Solar Eclipse with Special Hours & Activities

Quick! The sun and the moon are having a meeting at CSC from 1:00 PM– 4:30 PM on April 8th! It’s going to be a spectacular Eclipse Event with FREE fun-filled activities to enjoy and you don’t want to miss out! Activities on the lawn are FREE and guests can explore the planetarium/aquarium building for…

Lenoir Man Charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine

48-year-old Donald Shawn Bridges of Rusty Lane in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (April 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with three felonies: two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Bridges was jailed under no bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He was scheduled…

Claremont Woman Charged with Trafficking & Maintaining a Place for Controlled Substance

27-year-old Ciara Malana Pierce of Floral Creek Road in Claremont was arrested Saturday (April 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with three felonies: two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Pierce was jailed under $500,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. She…

Hickory Resident Charged with Obtaining Property By False Pretense

40-year-old Evan Andrew Budofsky of Third Avenue Place in Hickory was arrested Friday (April 5) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with two felony counts obtaining property by false pretense and jailed under $2,500 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He remained in jail as of Monday morning with a Superior…

Claremont Man Charged With Fleeing From Police, Break-in Offenses

55-year-old Steven George Bowman of Crystal Street in Claremont was arrested Sunday (April 7) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking & entering, flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, and probation violation out-of-county. Bowman is also charged with larceny after breaking & entering, resisting a public officer, and…

Gastonia Woman Jailed On Catawba County Drug Charges

34-year-old Ashlee Dawn Phillips of Gastonia was arrested Saturday (April 6) by authorities in Catawba County. She’s charged with trafficking, opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, and driving while license revoked. Phillips was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled today…

Maiden Woman Charged With Heroin, Meth Possession

29-year-old Candice Renee Swanson of Sierra Drive in Maiden was arrested last Thursday (April 4) on charges filed by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers and Probation & Parole Officers. She’s charged with two counts apiece of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and felony probation violation along with single counts of possession of heroin, felony…

Morganton Woman Arrested Following Traffic Stop, Meth Seized By Police

32-year-old Melissa Danielle Aldridge of Pea Ridge Road in Morganton was arrested Saturday (April 6) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of failure to return rental property, carrying a concealed weapon and school attendance law violation. Shortly after 8:30 a.m. Saturday a…

Man Killed In Early Morning Crash

A man was killed in a Caldwell County crash. The deceased is 25-year-old David Patterson, Jr. of Lenoir. Today (April 7) at approximately 3:10 a.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to Calico Road near Townsend Place.  A 2006 Ford F-250 was traveling south on Calico Road, crossed the centerline, drove off the left side…

Three Arrested on Drug Charges in Alexander County

44-year-old April Dawn Atwood and 41-year-old Matthew Byron Wood, both of Taylorsville, along with 47-year-old Aaron Lee Horrocks of Granite Falls, have all been arrested in Alexander County on drug charges. Atwood and Wood were charged with maintaining a dwelling to sell a controlled substance, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of meth, simple possession of a…

Conover Man Arrested in Hickory for Felony Probation Violation

44-year-old William Fred Samelwich of 8th Avenue N.W. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early on the morning of April 5 on an outstanding warrant for a felony out-of-county probation violation. The warrant for his arrest was issued in November of last year. Samelwich is on probation as he serves an 18-month suspended sentence…

Lenoir Man Charged with Felony Kidnapping

33-year-old Lonnie Dale Hendrix II of Oakwood Church Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (April 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He is charged with one felony count first-degree kidnapping and jailed under no bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. No other details were released.

Granite Falls Woman Charged with Trafficking Heroin, Maintaining a Place for Controlled Substance

34-year-old Ashley Stinnett Howe of Fowler Road in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (April 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with four felonies: possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver scheduled two controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance, possession of cocaine, and trafficking in heroin or…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of A Stolen Vehicle

38-year-old Samuel David Cook Jr of Forest Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (April 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession of a stolen motor vehicle and jailed under $15,000 secured bond. Cook remained in jail as of Friday morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He is…

Local Playwright Directs Butterfly in Overalls Opening at The Green Room

Local playwright and director, Molly Bass, is at the helm of The Green Room’s upcoming production Butterfly in Overalls. Molly wrote this play 30 years ago, and she is very excited to adapt and update the script. Be ready for a unique and magical experience! The show is produced by Azalea Glen and Narrow Gauge…

NCDMV Fees To Increase In July

A number of N.C. Division of Motor Vehicle fees will increase, effective July 1. As directed by state law, the DMV is required to adjust fees and rates every four years, based on the percentage change in the annual Consumer Price Index during the past four years. The increase will be 19.18 percent for about…

Valdese Man Charged With Felony Drug Offense

44-year-old Reggie Allen Day of Hoyle Street SW in Valdese was arrested Wednesday (April 3) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Day was arrested shortly after 10:30 Wednesday night at an address on Henry River Road in Hickory. He was taken to the Burke County Jail…

Cocaine Seized, Suspect Charged In Burke County Case

53-year-old Charles Edward O’Neil of Bouchelle Street in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (April 3) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and probation violation. Shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday, a Public Safety Officer responded to assist with a traffic stop on Bethel Park Lane in Morganton. the…

Meth Trafficker Receives Lengthy Federal Prison Sentence

A Burke County man received a federal prison sentence of more than 15 years in a meth trafficking case. On Thursday (April 4) 34-year-old Jeffrey Scott Ohmer of Morganton was sentenced to 192 months, or 16 years in prison for methamphetamine trafficking. The announcement was made by Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western…

Newton Man Arrested in Hickory on Felony & Misdemeanor Drug Charge

38-year-old Christopher Shea Houser of Boundary Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police on March 29 on felony counts of trafficking in heroin or opium and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and resisting a public officer. According to H.P.D.’s arrest…

City of Hickory Celebrates OLLE Art Walk & Riverwalk Ribbon Cutting

On Thursday, April 4, 2024 The City of Hickory held two events to celebrate milestones associated with the Hickory Trail. A groundbreaking ceremony for the OLLE Art Walk was held at 1079 Third Avenue Drive NW along Old Lenoir Road. That event marked the start of construction for this project. Following that, a ribbon cutting…

Hickory Woman Jailed on Felony Probation Violation

33-year-old Whitney Danielle Snapp of South Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police on March 31 for a federal probation violation. Snapp is on probation following a January 2024 conviction in Catawba County on felony counts of possession of stolen goods and possession of a schedule II controlled substance. She was given a…

Hickory Man Jailed for Felony Failure to Appear

34-year-old Camren Javon Green of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police on March 28 for failure to appear on a felony. He reportedly failed to appear in court on charges of attempting to obtain property by false pretenses and forgery of an instrument. Green was taken into custody without incident at…

Lenoir Man Charged with Felony Possession of Methamphetamine

23-year-old Bryson Lee Smith of Watson Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (April 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of breaking and entering, possession of marijuana up to a half ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia, and second-degree trespass. Smith was jailed in the Caldwell County…

Unemployment Rates Released, Hickory Metro Counties Saw Increases Or Remained Unchanged

Unemployment rates increased or remained steady in Hickory Metro Counties according to the latest update. The report was released Wednesday (April 3) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. It shows the unemployment rates for February. Catawba County’s unemployment rate is 3.6 percent, up from 3.4 percent in January. Alexander…

Suspect Recently Released From Prison Arrested On Felony Drug Charges

31-year-old Zachery George Stephenson of Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 1) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, & deliver schedule III controlled substance, and possession of schedule II controlled substance. Stephenson was arrested shortly after 2:00 a.m. at…

Man Charged With Vehicle Theft

22-year-old Nickey Jon Dula of Tammy Lane in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (April 2) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods. He’s also charged with misdemeanor damage to property. Shortly before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday an officer responded to a report of…

Man Sentenced For Murder Of His Mother

An Alexander County man has pleaded guilty to the murder of his mother. 36-year-old Christopher Lee Brown of Taylorsville entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 180-228 months (15 to 19 years) in prison. Brown entered the plea during a session of Alexander County Superior Court last week. On October 14,…

Three Charged in Connection with Prostitution at Statesville Spa

54-year-old Mei Qun Hu, 46-year-old Juhua Wan, and 60-year-old Hong Du have all been arrested by Statesville Police for their involvement in the solicitation of prostitution at Breeze Spa on Signal Hill Drive in Statesville. Mei Qun Hu, who was identified as the manager of the spa, was charged with felony promotion of prostitution and…

More Details in Fatal Shooting in Mountain View

Hickory Police are investigating a homicide that occurred at the Mountain View Car Wash yesterday. The deceased has been identified as 23-year-old Dalton James Flynn of Vale. At 7:03 p.m. Tuesday, Hickory Police responded to reports of a shooting at 2994 Highway 127 South. There, they found Mr. Flynn suffering from a gunshot wound. Mr.…

Cherryville Woman Jailed In Catawba County On Stolen Vehicle Charge

44-year-old Stacy Nicole Cadenhead of Cherryville was arrested last Saturday (March 30) by Conover Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and resisting a public officer. Cadenhead was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 22.

Lenoir Woman Charged With Conspiracy, Aid & Abet In Catawba County

29-year-old Amber Dawn Goforth of Turtle Dove Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 1) by authorities in Catawba County. She’s charged with felony counts of conspiracy and aid and abet. Goforth is also charged with misdemeanor larceny, driving while license revoked, and no liability insurance. Goforth was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility…

Hickory Man Charged With Kidnapping, Assault

44-year-old James Harlen Radford of Hickory was arrested Monday (April 1) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with second-degree kidnapping, assault on a female, simple assault, interfere with emergency communication, and two counts of communicating threats. Radford was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A Superior Court date was scheduled Monday.

Conover Man Charged With Meth, Heroin Possession

39-year-old Quinton Javar Davis of Rifle Range Road in Conover was arrested Tuesday (April 2) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture sell and deliver methamphetamine and heroin. Davis was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. His next District Court date is set…

Morganton Woman Charged With Cocaine Possession

32-year-old Jessica Hope Chambers of Morris Loop in Morganton was arrested Monday (April 1) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (cocaine). Chambers was arrested shortly after midnight Monday morning after a Public Safety Officer responded to an address on Old Hush Puppy Avenue in Morganton. Police…

Fatal Shooting Reported In Mountain View

One person was killed and another sustained injuries following a Tuesday night (April 2) shooting at a Catawba County car wash. According to published reports, the incident occurred at the Mountainview Carwash and Laundry, which is located off N.C. 127. Hickory Police responded to the scene. According to reports, police said two shots were fired…

M.P.S. Hires Full-Time, Female Firefighter

Morganton Public Safety has hired 19-year-old Heaven Henning as the department’s first full-time, female Firefighter since 2017. Ms. Henning is originally from Maryland, but moved to North Carolina during high school. She attended Patton High School and was involved in the school’s Fire Academy. Prior to joining Morganton Public Safety, she served as a volunteer…

Hiddenite Woman Faces Felony Meth Charge

46-year old Carma Cheryl Anne Jurney of Hiddenite was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers on March 30 and charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine. She was also charged with second-degree trespassing. At last report, Jurney remained in the Alexander County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. She’ll…

Local Youth Councils Host Teen Job Fair

Teens looking for part-time work, summer jobs, internships, or new career opportunities are invited to participate in a job fair. The Catawba County and Hickory Youth Councils are partnering to present a Teen Job Fair on Tuesday, April 9, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., at the Workforce Solutions Complex on the campus of Catawba Valley Community College…

Lenoir Man Charged with Felony Larceny

36-year-old Dustin Brian Winebarger of Mystery Trail Lane in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony larceny of more than $1,000 and misdemeanor counts of driving while license revoked and displaying fictitious inspection sticker. Winebarger was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond.…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Trafficking in Heroin or Opium

23-year-old Heaven Lee Storm Eller of Warren Place in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (March 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with three felonies: trafficking in heroin or opium, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, and conspiracy. Eller was jailed under $150,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center.…

Morganton Resident Charged with Felony Probation Violation

52-year-old Regina Messer Reid of Playmore Beach Road in Morganton was arrested Thursday (March 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with one felony count probation violation and jailed under $40,000 secured bond. No court dates were listed on the North Carolina Judicial Branch website. Reid was on probation as a result of convictions…

Alexander County Commissioners, Board Of Education Meet To Discuss Budget

The Alexander County Board of Commissioners participated in a joint meeting with the Alexander County Board of Education to discuss the 2024-2025 school system budget which includes budget cuts to address a shortfall of approximately $1.5 million. The meeting agenda included the 2024-2025 state allotment projections, the impact of mandated salary increases for classified staff,…

False Shooting Report Under Investigation By Newton PD

The Newton Police Department is investigating a false shooting report. On Sunday (March 31), at approximately 8:30 P.M., an unknown man contacted the Newton Police Department Communications Center on a non-emergency line and reported that he had just shot an individual and was going to shoot others inside a residence on North Thomas Avenue. As…

15 Year Prison Sentence Imposed In Child Porn Case

50-year-old Jessie Leroy Glass, Jr. of Statesville, was sentenced to 180 months in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for possession and receipt of child pornography. The announcement was made last week by Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell also ordered…

Sex Offender Arrested After Being Found At Easter Egg Hunt

64-year-old James Dennis Pearson of Bristol Creek Avenue in Morganton was arrested Saturday (March 30) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony sex offender illegally on premises. Shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday, police responded to Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton. They were informed that a registered sex offender, James Pearson, was at an…

Drug & Weapon Charges Filed Against Morganton Man

64-year-old Ronnie Allen Coleman of Faith Olive Church Road in Morganton was arrested Sunday (March 31) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession of stolen goods. He’s also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon. Coleman was arrested…

Stony Point Man Arrested on Felony Firearms Charge

34-year-old Michael James Morgan. Jr. of Stony Point was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Deputies early on the morning of April 1. He was charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convcited felon. Morgan is listed a felon as the result of a 2020 conviction for drug possession. Morgan was placed in the…

H.P.D. Investigating False Active Shooter Report at Hickory High

Hickory Police are investigating a false report of an active shooter at Hickory High School that occurred at about 12:30 on the afternoon of April 1. Officers responded to Hickory High on 3rd Street N.E. after receiving reports of shots fired inside the school. Officers were aware that all students are currently out of school…

False Active Shooter Report Under Investigation in Lincoln County

On April 1, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of an active shooter at East Lincoln High School. Deputies responded to the scene and the Lincoln County active shooter response plan was activated. Upon arrival, Deputies observed no signs of an active shooter. A search of the campus was conducted. The Sheriff’s Office…

Lenoir Man Charged with Felony Possession of Methamphetamine

24-year-old Warren Neal Harryman of Arrowood Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property and larceny. Harryman was jailed under $7,000 secured bond in Caldwell County. A District Court date was scheduled for Monday (March…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Trafficking Heroin or Opium

36-year-old Megan Elizabeth Patton of Bee Mountain Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with four felonies: possession of methamphetamine, trafficking in heroin or opium, and two counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Patton remained jailed as of Monday (April 1) under $75,000…

Man Charged with Trafficking Heroin or Opium & Possession of Methamphetamine

32-year-old Jordan O’Neal Shade of Way Cross Drive in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony counts possession of methamphetamine and trafficking in heroin or opium. Shade was jailed under $50,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court date was scheduled for April…

N.C. DMV Now Requiring Appointment Confirmation

Due to the fact that a lot of people are not showing up for their scheduled appointments at driver license offices, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is now requiring new appointments to be confirmed. In the month of February, 33.5% of appointments were no-shows. Now, when appointments are reserved online at www.SkipTheLine.ncdot.gov, customers will…

Sawmills Woman Charged With Drug Possession, Assault

30-year-old Jessika Alexander Ampie of Benfield Drive in Sawmills was arrested Sunday (March 31) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ampie was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,500 bond. District and Superior Court…

Intersection To Be Closed In Hickory Next Week

City of Hickory crews will close the intersection of Seventh Avenue NE and Fifth Avenue Place NE on April 8 and 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., for tree removal. Detour routes will be established and clearly marked. The city urges citizens to use extreme caution when traveling through or near this intersection to…

Vehicles Broken Into, Investigation Underway

Vehicle break-ins are under investigation in Burke County. Morganton Public Safety Officers responded to a report of multiple cars broken into near Freedom High School on Thursday evening (March 28).  Officers arrived to discover five vehicles had been entered through broken windows and various items such as purses and electronics were reported stolen.  The incident…

Man Charged In Weekend Stabbing

48-year-old David Earl Jones, Jr. of the Wake County Town of Wendell was arrested by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. On Saturday (March 30) at approximately 1:20 a.m., Officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to an address on Park Street for…

Newton Man Charged With Strangulation

35-year-old Michael James Larrieu of Loblolly Lane in Newton was arrested Friday (March 29) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor simple assault. Larrieu was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A District Court date was scheduled Monday (April 1).

Meth Trafficking Charges Lodged Against Newton Woman

44-year-old Christina Len Hendrick of S. N.C. 16 Business in Newton was arrested today (March 31) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine along with single counts of felony possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked. Following the arrest Hendrick was jailed in the…

Firearm Charges Filed Following A Traffic Stop

36-year-old Cordara Desmin Moore of Mooresville was arrested by Troutman Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a concealed weapon, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana. On Monday (March 25), Troutman Police conducted a traffic stop of a Nissan Altima near…

Firearm, Drug Trafficking Charges Filed

32-year-old Joshua Aaron Crisp of Ed Bowman Street in Morganton was arrested today (March 29) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with discharging a firearm to incite fear, possession of a firearm by a felon, and trafficking methamphetamine. Hickory Police reportedly arrested Crisp following a report of shots being fired. He was placed in the…

Man Reportedly Leads Officers On Chase, Suffers Critical Injuries In Crash

Today (March 29) approximately 9:20 a.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol attempted to stop a 2011 Toyota Corolla traveling south on US 321 in Lincoln County for speeding.  The driver of the vehicle, a male resident of Lancaster, South Carolina, did not stop, and a vehicle chase was initiated. The Corolla traveled south on US 321…

Conover Man Arrested for Trafficking & Probation Violations

29-year-old Ian Maurice McMahon of Conover has been arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers for two felony probation violations. He was also charged with trafficking in opium or heroin, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of drug paraphernalia. McMahon is on probation following convictions in Catawba County in June of 2022 for…

Remains Found in Catawba County Identified as Those of Missing Winston-Salem Woman

Catawba County Sheriff’s Investigators have identified human remains that were found on March 26. The deceased is 23-year-old Eileen Michelle Lavery. Ms. Lavery’s remains were found on property on the 8,000 block of N.C. Highway 150 East. During the crime scene investigation, Investigators located items connected with Ms. Lavery. The deceased had been listed as…

Lenoir Man Charged with Failure to Appear

37-year-old Brandon Ray Hicks of Jason Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (March 27) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with four felony counts of failing to appear on counts of conspiracy, larceny after breaking and entering, and breaking and entering, and nonsupport. Hicks is also charged with misdemeanor larceny and injury to personal…

Hickory Resident Arrested in Caldwell County for Failing to Appear

50-year-old Mitchell Todd Bowman of Fourth Street in Court in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with three felony counts of failing to appear on counts of breaking or entering, larceny, and possession of stolen goods. Bowman was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000…

Woman Charged with Felony Probation Violation

42-year-old Erin Althea-Ernesta Scott of Corpening Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (March 27) by Probation and Parole Officers. She was charged with one felony count probation violation and jailed under $50,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A Superior Court date was scheduled for April 1. Scott is on probation as a…

Redhawk Publications Unveils “Cantos 2024”: A Dynamic Showcase of Emerging Talent from Lenoir-Rhyne University

Redhawk Publications announced on Monday, March 25 the collaborative 2024 edition of “Cantos,” the latest in the literary journal series spotlighting the creative ingenuity of Lenoir-Rhyne University students. Comprising a diverse tapestry of literary and visual artistry, “Cantos” stands as a testament to the vibrant creativity thriving within the university’s halls. Spearheaded by the student…

Two Juveniles Charged in Dollar General Robberies; Third Suspect Sought

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives will pursue charges against two juvenile suspects for robbery with a dangerous weapon and kidnapping. The Sheriff’s Office is working with the Department of Juvenile Justice. The charges are in connection with a March 25 armed robbery at the Dollar General store on N.C. Highway 10 North in Vale. On that…

Florida-Based Playwright Speaks On “Eating Blackberries” Premiering at HCT April 5

A California family struggles to navigate the perils of wildfire season, and the emotional upheaval of divorce, in the new play Eating Blackberries. Written by Florida-based playwright Pam Harbaugh, and produced as part of the American Association of Community Theatre’s (AACT) 10th Annual NewPlayFest, Eating Blackberries will have its world premiere at Hickory Community Theatre…

Lenoir Resident Charged with Felony Hit & Run

33-year-old John Alexander Barnhill of Village Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (March 27) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony hit and run with injury and was jailed under $10,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. No court dates were listed.

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Controlled Substance

30-year-old Varian Deizel Harshwa of Ridgeway Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (March 26) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession of schedule two controlled substance and jailed under $1,000 bond. Harshwa remained in jail in the Caldwell County Detention Center with no court dates listed.

Hudson Man Charged with Breaking & Entering

21-year-old Hunter Lee Kersey of Wagon Wheel Drive in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (March 26) by authorities in Burke County. He was charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking or entering. Kersey remained in jail under $10,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He was scheduled to appear…

Public Input Sought By Local Transportation Agency

Greenway Public Transportation is seeking public input. According to a news release issued by Caldwell County Government, Greenway is collecting feedback via a survey for the Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA), an in-depth review of the transportation system. The COA’s purpose is to identify and prioritize projects and needed improvements. This will help recommend proposed solutions…

Scam Warning Issued By Authorities

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office says that they have received a number of recent reports about Captain Penley calling individuals demanding money. The Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that Captain would not call and ask you to deposit money into a bitcoin machine to keep from being arrested. They emphasize that this is…

Hickory Metro County Among Three Eligible For Broadband Expansion Program

Efforts are continuing to bring high-speed internet access to communities across North Carolina. The N.C. Department of Information Technology’s (NCDIT) Division of Broadband and Digital Equity posted Completing Access to Broadband (CAB) program scopes of work to expand high-speed internet access to unserved and underserved homes and businesses in the following counties: Caldwell County (approximately…

Wanted Suspects Sought In Area County

Authorities in Iredell County are seeking multiple suspects wanted on various charges. The Iredell County most wanted list includes 42-year-old Joseph Ray Christian. He’s wanted on an outstanding warrant charging him with four counts of felony statutory sex offense with a child and one count of felony statutory rape of a child by an adult.…

Newton Man Charged With Violating Probation

34-year-old Brandon Seth Greer of Sigmon Dairy Road in Newton was arrested Wednesday (March 27) by Probation and Parole Officers. He’s charged with felony probation violation. Greer is on probation as a result of a conviction in Catawba County on July 26, 2023. He was convicted of felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense…

Claremont Man Charged With Drug Offenses

23-year-old Keavon Deshaun Summers, who is listed as a homeless person from Claremont, was arrested Wednesday (March 27) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Summers was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,800 bond. A District Court date is set for April 16.

Conover Woman Charged With Meth Possession

56-year-old Kimberly Beatty Ramsey of Emmanuel Church Road in Conover was arrested Wednesday (March 27) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ramsey was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. A District Court date is scheduled for April 16.

Shooting Under Investigation In Lincoln County

Lincoln County Sheriff’s officers are investigating a shooting incident that left one man injured. Deputies were dispatched to the incident on Rolling Hills Lane in Denver at approximately 6:20 p.m. Wednesday (March 27). The victim was transported to Atrium Health-Main with a gunshot wound. Sheriff’s Office negotiators convinced the possible suspect to surrender to officers…

Additional Suspect Arrested In Connection To Murder Of Newton Man

A third person has been charged in connection to an Alexander County murder. The victim in the case is 33-year-old Pang Vueyee of Newton. He died at an area hospital Monday morning (March 25) after suffering a gunshot wound to the chest. The most recent individual arrested is 35-year-old Brandon Allan Blevins of Taylorsville. He’s…

Two Top School Admins to Leave Alexander County School System

Dr. Elizabeth Curry, Associate Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction in Alexander County, is moving to Charlotte. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Crystal Hill announced Tuesday (March 26) that Dr. Curry will be Associate Superintendent for Learning & Teaching with the district. Dr. Curry’s exit date from Alexander County Schools is set for July 1. Dr. Curry has…

Two Accused of Having Suboxone Shipped to Iredell Co. Detention Center

37-year-old Wade Wallace Doering of Mooresville and 40-year-old Michael Lamar Gaines of Akron, Ohio have both been charged by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers with felony conspiracy to introduce a controlled substance into a detention center. On March 18, Deputies at the Iredell County Detention Center intercepted a United States Postal Service package that was marked…

Man Charged with Impersonating Firefighter

37-year-old Christopher Victor Miglino of Morganton was arrested today (March 27) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with impersonating a firefighter or medical personnel and resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer, along with a city ordinance violation. At approximately 12:10 a.m. Wednesday, Morganton Public Safety personnel responded to a structure fire at 224…

Man Charged with Failing to Appear In Caldwell County

34-year-old Richard Hunt Wheeler is listed as a homeless person of Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (March 26) by authorities in Caldwell County. He was charged with felony failing to appear on a felony count and misdemeanor larceny. Wheeler was jailed under $40,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A Superior Court date was…

Lenoir Man Charged with Violation of A Protection Order

45-year-old Chad Henry Kaylor of Jason Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (March 26) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with two felony counts domestic order violence protection order violation and jailed under no bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. Kaylor is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on Monday (April 1).

Morganton Man Charged with Possession of Drugs At A Jail

38-year-old Shannon Lee Hodge of Playmore Beach Road in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (March 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony possession of controlled substance on a penal institution and a misdemeanor count of failing to appear on a previous larceny charge in Caldwell County. Hodge was jailed in the Caldwell…

Caldwell County Hires New Veterans Services Director

A New Veterans Services Director has been hired in Caldwell County. The county welcomed Joseph Calloway at a swearing-in ceremony earlier this month. He replaces Regina Goforth, who retired in February, as previously reported on WHKY. A First Sergeant in the Army Reserve Unit in Hickory NC, Calloway began his military career with the Marine…

Catawba County Man Dies From Injuries Sustained In Crash

A man was killed as a result of injuries sustained in a Catawba County crash. The deceased is 37-year-old Darryl Marvin Craven of Catawba. On Monday (March 25) shortly after 8:00 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to N.C. 10 near Little Road. A 2020 Alfa Romeo passenger car was traveling east on…

Drug Charges Filed Against Stony Point Man

49-year-old Scottie Wayne Pharr of Stony Point was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers and charged with felony counts of possession of schedule I controlled substance and possession of schedule II controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest was made March 20. According to the North Carolina Department…

Additional Charge Filed Against Suspect Arrested In Alexander County

47-year-old Adam Stephen Warren was arrested by authorities in Alexander County. On Tuesday (March 26) he was charged with felony parole violation. Warren was previously arrested on March 20, as reported by WHKY, and charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He was granted parole after serving…

Taylorsville Man Jailed on Felony Drug Charge

36-year old Matthew Lawton Headden of Taylorsville was arrested by Taylorsville Police on March 25 for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Headden was taken to the Alexander County Detention Center with bond set at $5,000. A first appearance in District…

Second Suspect in Hiddenite Murder Arrested

18-year-old Karla Breanna Freeland of Statesville has been arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers on one count of felony murder. She was taken into custody on March 26 at about 2:15 p.m. Freeland was wanted in connection with the death of Pang Vueyee, who was shot and killed at an address on Old Mountain Village…

WHKY Announces New Programming

WHKY Talk Radio announced today that it will air a 30-minute news program, “First News,” beginning Monday, April 1 at 6 a.m. “First News,” which will air every Monday through Friday, will focus almost exclusively on local content, plus the FOX News Radio update at the top of the hour. FOX News will be followed…

Shelby Woman Sentenced to 20-to-25 Years for 2021 Murder in Hickory

25-year-old Bryana Salymar Martines of Shelby has been sentenced to an active prison term of 20-to-25 years after she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, handed down the sentence on March 25 in Catawba County Superior Court. Martines murdered 72-year-old Robert Bruce Godfrey on December…

Deputy Canine Rex Retires After 10 Years of Service

On Tuesday, March 26, 2024 Iredell County Sheriff’s Office announced Deputy Canine Rex has officially retired after 10 years of service. Canine Rex sustained an eye injury in the performance of his duties, which resulted in removal surgery. He is healing quickly with his partner of 6 years, Sergeant Caskaddon, by his side. Although Canine…

Lincoln County Man Charged with Child Sex Offenses

43-year-old Ricardo Leal Tapia of Reepsville Road in Lincoln County has been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives on charges of indecent liberties with a child, statutory sex offense with a child by an adult, and sexual activity by a substitute parent or guardian. He was arrested on March 23 after Detectives responded to reports…

Young Child Dies While Playing in Woods in Burke County

An eight-year-old boy in Burke County has died while playing in the woods with his brother. On March 25, Burke County Deputies were dispatched to an address on Sugar Loaf Road in reference to a cardiac arrest. Upon arrival, Deputies were directed to the location of the incident by a male child who was later…

Caldwell County Schools and NC Welcome New Electric Activity Bus

On Monday, March 26, 2024 Caldwell County Schools proudly unveiled North Carolina’s inaugural electric activity school bus adding to the school district’s white bus fleet. This cutting-edge, 72-passenger electric bus was made possible through grant funding awarded by the Department of Environmental Quality. “In pursuit of grant funds, we were grateful to acquire both an…

Lenoir Man Arrested for Maintaining A Place for Controlled Substance

21-year-old Manuel Alvaroz Martiez of Vine Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (March 22) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of borrowing a license plate, no operators license, no liability insurance, and driving with an altered…

Taylorsville Resident Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

52-year-old Larry Garland Williams of NC Highway 16 South in Taylorsville was arrested Monday (March 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of domestic criminal trespass and harassing phone calls. Williams was jailed under $10,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He is…

Armed Robbery At Dollar General Under Investigation

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an armed robbery at a Dollar General store in western Lincoln County. At 11:40 a.m. Monday (March 25) deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office responded to reports of an armed robbery at Dollar General at 8681 NC Highway 10. Upon arrival deputies learned that two masked suspects entered…

Highway Safety Initiative Launched In N.C. Monday

The N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program has launched a campaign to reduce speeding on the state’s highways. They’re attempting to reinforce that message with its “Speed A Little, Lose A Lot” initiative which got underway Monday (March 25). The campaign will run through the end of March. Law enforcement agencies across the state will increase…

Man Taken Into Custody On Interstate, Charged With Felony Drug Offense

37-year-old Kyle Blackburn Brown of Scott Road in Morganton was arrested Friday (March 22) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony trafficking, opium or heroin along with a count of driving while license revoked. Blackburn was arrested at approximately 10 a.m. Friday after Burke County Sheriff’s Officers responded to Interstate-40, exit 100 in…

Hickory Man Charged With Violating Probation Imposed In 2023

53-year-old Jeffrey Riley Hoke of 19th Avenue Court NE in Hickory was arrested Monday (March 25) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged in Catawba County with single felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle along with two counts of felony probation violation. Hoke is…

Conover Man Charged With Felony, Misdemeanor Drug Offenses

35-year-old Armando Jimenez of 1st Street West in Conover was arrested Saturday (March 23) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Jimenez was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled Monday (March 25).

Claremont Man Charged With Drug Offenses In Two Counties

35-year-old Christopher Roy Mitchell of Kemp Street in Claremont was arrested Monday (March 25) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged in Catawba County with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of possession of…

One Arrested & One At-Large Following Homicide in Hiddenite

46-year-old Jason Henry Fidler of Hiddenite has been arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers on a felony murder charge. Also wanted for felony murder is 18-year-old Karla Breanna Freeland of Iredell County. They were charged in connection with an incident at about 1:30 a.m. on March 25. At that time, Alexander County 9-1-1 took a…

Lenoir Man Charged with Failing to Appear

31-year-old Harley Dillion Green of Carlton Mobile Home Park in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (March 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with two counts of felony failing to appear in court on felony counts and jailed under $10,000 secured bond. Green was previously charged in Caldwell County for felony breaking and entering.…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Failing to Appear in Court

41-year-old Crystal Lea Perkins of Summerway Lane in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (March 24) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with one felony count failing to appear in court on a felony charge. Perkins remained in jail at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date was scheduled for…

Convicted Felon Charged with Possession of A Firearm

35-year-old Lanardo Drayton Jones of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (March 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Jones was jailed under $60,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. No court dates were listed.

Hickory Residence Destroyed In Weekend Fire

Fire destroyed a Hickory mobile home over the weekend. Sunday (March 24) at approximately 12:30 p.m., the Hickory Fire Department responded to a fire at Butler Mobile Home Park. On arrival, firefighters observed smoke and fire coming from the residence. All occupants were able to safely evacuate the home. The structure suffered significant damage and…

Newton Man Jailed On Felony & Misdemeanor Charges

44-year-old Jonathan Wilson of Conley Street in Newton was arrested Sunday (March 24) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense along with misdemeanor counts of assault on a female and false report to a police station. Wilson was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A…

Conover Woman Charged With Aid & Abet Larceny

45-year-old Jessica Alvena Stewart of Lee Cline Road in Conover was arrested Friday (March 22) by authorities in Catawba County. She’s charged with felony aid & abet larceny. Stewart was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 25) in Newton.

Woman Charged By Hickory PD With Cocaine, Break-in Offenses

56-year-old Mary Ann White, who is listed as a homeless person, was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of cocaine and break or enter a motor vehicle. White was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (March 25) under $5,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.

Interim County Manager Appointed In Alexander County

The Alexander County Board of Commissioners appointed Ben Faulkenberry to serve as Interim County Manager. The appointment was made at a special called meeting last Thursday. The board met in closed session to discuss possible candidates for the interim manager position following the recent news about County Manager Shane Fox’s resignation. Faulkenberry will be working…

Meth, Trespassing Charges Filed Against Suspect Arrested In Burke County

38-year-old Jeffery Daniel Rudisill, who is listed as a homeless person from Morganton, was arrested Thursday (March 21) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and misdemeanor second-degree trespassing. At 12:40 a.m. Thursday a Public Safety Officer responded to McDonalds on West Union Street in reference…

Morganton Residents Charged After Reportedly Being Found With Meth In Their Possession

36-year-old Terry Leon Holland, Jr. of Morganton Heights Boulevard and 34-year-old Kellia Rebecca Jamison, who is listed as a homeless person, both from Morganton, were arrested last Thursday (March 21) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. Holland is charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) along with misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule…

Burke County Man Faces Drug Trafficking, Possession Charges

31-year-old Michael Edward Monn of Foresthaven Road in Morganton was arrested Thursday (March 21) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with four felony counts of larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods along with single felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine and possession of schedule II controlled substance. Monn is also charged with resist,…

Granite Falls Woman Arrested in Hickory on Drug & Firearms Charges

26-year-old Bethany Shea Rutherford of Drum Lane in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 11 p.m. on March 14 on a felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed gun. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, Rutherford was armed with a handgun at…

Hickory Woman Indicted on Felony Fentanyl Charge

29-year-old Ashley Nicole Miller of 1st Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police on March 16 at about 3:40 p.m. on a felony warrant issued on February 5. She currently faces one felony count of possession of fentanyl and a misdemeanor count of failure to appear for possession of drug paraphernalia. Miller was…

Conover Man Charged with Felony Failure to Appear

30-year-old Stephenson Eugene Clark of Springs Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police on March 19 at about 7:15 p.m. He was arrested on a warrant issued March 6 for felony failure to appear. Clark turned himself in at the Hickory Police Department where he was processed and released under a $7,500 secured bond.…

Search Warrant at Harmony Residence Leads to Three Drug Arrests

61-year-old Darlene Sherrill Campbell of Gaither Park Drive in Harmony, 65-year-old Lenzell Boddie, Jr. of West McNeely Avenue in Mooresville, and 56-year-old John Fitzgerald Smyre of Eagle Mills Road in Hamptonville have all been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. All three suspects were charged with felony counts of possession of cocaine and maintaining a…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Controlled Substance at Jail

37-year-old Matthew James Leonard of Abington Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 21) by Hudson Police Officers. He was charged with felony possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises. Leonard was given a custody release and was not listed in jail at the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court appearance was…

Man Charged with Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

47-year-old Maple Christopher James of Spears Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony failure to register as a sex offender and failure to appear on a nonsupport case. James was jailed under $1,000 cash and $50,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center.…

Lenoir Man Jailed Under No Bond for Attempted Breaking & Entering

20-year-old Zachary David Lee Foster of Starcross Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 21) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count attempted breaking or entering and jailed under no bond. Foster was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with a District Court date scheduled for Monday (March 25).

Man Charged with Attempted Breaking and Entering

18-year-old Christian Nathaniel Roland of Beach Tree Drive in Hudson was arrested Thursday (March 21) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count attempted breaking or entering and jailed under no bond. Roland was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with a District Court date scheduled for Monday (March 25).

Burke County Sheriff Graduates From Sheriffs’ Leadership Institute

The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association hosted sheriffs newly elected in November, 2022 for the fourth and final week of the Sheriffs’ Leadership Institute in Chapel Hill. Sheriffs from across the state including Burke County Sheriff Banks Hinceman attended. The Sheriffs’ Leadership Institute is held at the Rizzo Center of the University of North Carolina at…

Conover Woman Charged With Identity Theft, Conspiracy

43-year-old April Dawn Butler of Hall Street in Conover was arrested Thursday (March 21) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of identity theft and obtain property by false pretense along with a count of conspiracy to commit identity theft. Butler was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A…

Hickory Man Charged With Multiple Sexual Exploitation Counts

62-year-old Luke Andrew Hemond of 13th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 20) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with four felony counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Hemond was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $251,500 bond. His next District Court date is scheduled for April 11.

Taylorsville Man Charged With Catawba County Break-in, Theft Offenses

30-year-old Justin Allen Franklin of Hollar Lane in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny. Franklin was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (March 22) under $1,500 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.

Hickory Receives Grant For Park Improvements

The City of Hickory has been selected to receive a $50,000 Hometown Grant from T-Mobile to make improvements at Taft Broome Park. In honor of this grant award, the Hickory community is invited to a celebration at Samuel William Davis, Sr. Multipurpose Field on Wednesday, March 27, at 6 p.m. The event will feature music,…

More Details Released In Church Break-in Case

28-year-old Eric Harlan Queen of Icard Rhodhiss Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking & entering to a place of worship, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen property. Queen is also charged with misdemeanor unlawful use of game land access. WHKY…

More Details Released In Case Involving Arrest Of Hickory Man Charged In Break-in Case

41-year-old Michael Joseph Ford of Cape Hickory Road in Hickory was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen property. WHKY previously reported on this arrest, more details have been released. On March 6, 2024, the Burke County Sheriff’s…

Lion of Judah Homeless Shelter to Hold Silent Auction

The Lion of Judah Homeless Shelter will hold a silent auction on Saturday, May 4 next to the Butterfly Festival in Hudson at the Fairway Shopping Center. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be a dog show at 10 a.m. There is no entry fee for the dog…

Search Leads to Arrest of Lincolnton Man on Drug & Firearms Charges

57-year-old Blake Douglas Hopkins of Old Lake Road in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincoln County Narcotics Officers on March 19 on felony counts of possession of a stolen firearm, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, possession with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance, and the sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled…

The Green Room Community Theatre Offers Two Scholarship Opportunities

On Wednesday March 20, 2024 The Green Room Community Theatre, Inc. announced the opening of their annual Mary Catherine Shivers Scholarship and the Bob & Michele McCreary Scholarship. Applications are currently open with all requirements listed on thegreenroomtheatre.org. Please note, all applicants must be a graduating high school senior from any high school or home…

Hickory Resident Charged with Drug Possession

59-year-old Charles Michael Smith of West View Street in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 20) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession of methamphetamine. Smith was jailed under $10,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. No court dates were listed.

Lenoir Man Charged with Probation Violation

44-year-old Brian Edward Drew of Vance Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (March 20) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony probation violation and jailed under $10,000 secured bond. Drew remained in jail with a Superior Court date scheduled for March 29. He was on probation as a result of convictions in Caldwell…

False Pretense Charge Filed Against Suspect Jailed Wednesday

50-year-old Kermit Shane Hammonds was arrested Wednesday (March 20) by authorities in Alexander County. He’s charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Hammonds was confined in the Alexander County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for next Monday (March 25) in Taylorsville.

Suspect Jailed On Felony, Misdemeanor Drug Charges

47-year-old Adam Stephen Warren was arrested Wednesday (March 20) by authorities in Alexander County. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Warren was incarcerated in the Alexander County Detention Center without bond. A District Court date is scheduled next Monday (March 25).

Alexander County Man Killed In Wednesday Night Crash (Updated 3/21/24 at 5:53 a.m.)

A Wednesday night (March 20) crash in Alexander County resulted in a fatality. The deceased is 27-year-old Devante Milik Clark of Hiddenite. Wednesday at approximately 8:00 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Kirby Lackey Road near Shew Road. A 2007 Honda motorcycle was traveling northeast on Kirby Lackey Road when the driver…

Spring Litter Sweep Coming Up In North Carolina

As spring starts, the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is gearing up for its annual Spring Litter Sweep which will run from April 13-27. The Spring Litter Sweep, one of NCDOT’s roadside litter removal initiatives, utilizes the power of community engagement to tackle the issue of roadside litter. During the two-week period, residents are encouraged…

Man Who Recently Served Jail Time Arrested On Charge Of Violating Probation

45-year-old Joseph Elwood Jones of Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (March 19) by authorities in Alexander County. He’s charged with felony probation violation. Jones was recently released from jail after being sentenced to 90 days in August, 2023 for felony counts of probation violation and receiving a stolen vehicle. The offense date is listed as September…

Connelly Springs Woman Charged With Violating Probation

43-year-old Marcia Caponi Bean of Lowman Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Tuesday (March 19) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony probation violation out of county. Bean is on probation as a result of a conviction in Caldwell County in December, 2021. She was convicted of felony possession of schedule II controlled…

Morganton Man Charged With Fleeing From Police

31-year-old John Juan Jose of Valdese Avenue in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (March 20) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle along with misdemeanor counts of driving while impaired resist, delay and obstruct an officer, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of…

Suspect Charged In Connection To Break-in To Alexander County Hardware Store

40-year-old Dustin Mark Bryson was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, possession of burglary tools, and possession of methamphetamine along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. On Monday (March 18), Ace Hardware in Bethlehem reported a break-in with…

Three-Vehicle Crash in Catawba County Involves Activity Bus from Stokes County

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating an accident Wednesday afternoon (March 20) that involved two passenger vehicles and an activity bus. At about 3:20 p.m. on March 20, the Highway Patrol responded to the collision in Catawba County on Interstate-40 East near mile marker 129. Two eastbound passenger vehicles struck each other. The…

Yadkin County Man Sentenced in Case Involving Sexual Assault of Elderly Woman

38-year-old Julius Santez Williams of Boonville in Yadkin County has been sentenced to 240-to-360 months (20-30 years) in state prison. Williams entered a guilty plea in Alexander County Superior Court on March 18. Williams was convicted in connection with a July 2020 rape and home invasion in Alexander County. In that incident, an elderly female…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

35-year-old Sonny Leanne Greene of Martin Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (March 19) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor failing to appear. She has previous charges in Caldwell County for misdemeanor cyberstalking and injury to personal property. Greene was jailed under no bond in the Caldwell…

Granite Falls Resident Charged with Drug Possession & Violation of Probation

55-year-old Regina Diane Cannon of Cannon Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (March 19) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with one felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor probation violation. Cannon was jailed under $10,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. She has Superior Court dates scheduled for March 1 and…

Morganton Man Charged with Credit Card Fraud

31-year-old Wesley Watson Cole of Playmore Beach Road in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (March 19) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and felony credit card fraud of more than $5,000. Cole was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $12,500 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled…

Conover Man Charged With Being No-Show In Court To Answer To Felony, Misdemeanor Charges

35-year-old Richard Matthew Shew of Eastway Lane SW in Conover was arrested Tuesday (March 19) by Conover Police Officers. He’s charged with failure to appear on counts of possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor probation violation, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Shew is on probation as a result of a conviction in Catawba County in October, 2022…

Hickory Man Charged With Fleeing From Police

33-year-old Kyle Damian Wilson of Kool Park Road NE in Hickory was arrested Monday (March 18) by authorities in Catawba County. He’s charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, hit & run fail to stop with property damage, and reckless driving to endanger. Wilson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention…

Davie County Man Charged With Attempted Break-in, Drug Possession In Catawba County

47-year-old Aaron Joseph Aragon of the Davie County community of Advance, N.C. was arrested Tuesday (March 19) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of attempted larceny and possession of schedule I controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of larceny. Aragon was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond.…

Hickory Woman Sentenced In Embezzlement Case

A Hickory woman received a minimum prison sentence of more than four years after pleading no contest in an embezzlement case. 56-year-old Lisa Ann McCool entered that plea in connection to the embezzlement of $600,000 from a Hickory church. A no contest plea is defined as the defendant neither admitting nor disputing a charge. McCool…

Connelly Springs Man Charged With Break-in To Place Of Worship

28-year-old Eric Harlan Queen of Edwards Circle in Connelly Springs was arrested Tuesday (March 19) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony breaking & entering to a place of worship and misdemeanor unlawful use of a boat access area. Queen was arrested just before 1 a.m. Tuesdayand placed in the Burke County Jail…

McDowell County Resident Charged With Burke County Drug Offense

22-year-old Sarah Kirstin Greene of the McDowell County town of Old Fort, N.C. was arrested Monday (March 18) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of controlled substance in prison or jail and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Greene was arrested just after 9 p.m. Monday and placed in the Burke County…

Work Planned For Roads In Catawba, Iredell Counties

The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $4.8 million contract to improve nearly 19 miles of Catawba County roads. Contractor Maymead Inc. out of Tennessee can start the project as soon as April 1 to mill, resurface and rebuild shoulders on 2.5 miles of U.S. 70 West from U.S. 321 to the Burke County…

Vehicle Strikes Hickory Pharmacy

A vehicle struck a business in Hickory. Today (March 19) shortly before 9:30 a.m., the Hickory Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle that had struck a business at 126 N. Center Street, Medical Center Pharmacy. Upon arrival, firefighters found a passenger vehicle had struck the building, causing significant structural damage. As a…

Vale Woman Arrested on Meth Trafficking Charges

42-year-old Lisa Clinton Gaither of Macedonia Church Road in Vale has been arrested by Lincoln County Narcotics Investigators and charged with three counts each of trafficking in methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. She was also served a warrant for failure to appear. Gaither was arrested…

Sisters Share the Limelight in Town of Hudson 34th Dinner Theatre Production

The 34th dinner theatre production of the Town of Hudson opens this Thursday, March 21st with dinner at 6:30, and the show to follow at 7:30 PM.  The play is “The Miracle Worker,” the story of Helen Keller and her teacher, mentor and friend, Annie Sullivan.  Helen is deaf and blind, and Miss Sullivan herself is legally blind;…

Morganton Man Charged with Breaking & Entering

41-year-old Michael Joseph Ford of Cape Hickory Road in Morganton was arrested Monday (March 18) by Authorities in Burke County. He was charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Ford was jailed under $5,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He has District…

Lenoir Resident Charged with Larceny By Employee

48-year-old Sandra Leigh Hudson of Walt Arney Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (March 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with one felony count larceny by employee and jailed under $5,000 secured bond. Hudson was not listed in jail in the Caldwell County Detention Center with a District Court date scheduled for…

Hudson Man Charged with Maintaining a Place for Controlled Substance

34-year-old John Luke McDaris of Gilland Lane in Hudson was arrested Friday (March 15) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with three felonies: possession of schedule two controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance, and probation violation. McDaris was jailed under $30,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center.…

Public Comment Period Underway For Energy Assistance Program

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment on the proposed Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program waiver. According to a news release from Caldwell County Government, this will allow an increase in allotted funds available for the Weatherization Assistance Program and Heating and Air Repair and Replacement Program from…

Valdese Man Charged With Multiple Sexual Exploitation Counts

27-year-old Zebulon Robert Lingafelt of Ramblewoods Drive in Valdese was arrested Monday (March 18) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with five felony counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and three felony counts of first degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Lingafelt was arrested just before noon Monday and placed in the…

Connelly Springs Man Charged With Felony Drug Offense

39-year-old Josten Key Mobley of Knobs Landing in Connelly Springs was arrested Saturday (March 16) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Mobley was arrested shortly after 3:30 a.m. Saturday at an address on Icard School Road in Connelly Springs. He was brought to the Burke County…

Morganton Woman Charged In Theft Case

38-year-old Sharica Euniece Carson of Ross Street in Morganton was arrested last Thursday (March 14) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. The charge is in connection to an incident last Thursday in which $80 in cash was stolen from the victim. Carson was taken into custody shortly…

Charlotte Man Charged With Attempted Burglary In Burke County

25-year-old Ramiro Marcelo Cruz of Charlotte was arrested Monday (March 18) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony attempted first-degree burglary and misdemeanor second-degree trespassing. On Monday, Morganton Department of Public Safety officers received a 911 call in regards to a break-in in progress. The caller reported her ex-boyfriend was attempting to gain…

Alexander County Woman Charged With Meth Possession In Catawba County

57-year-old Christine Carol Blackburn of Vance Lane in the Alexander County community of Ellendale was arrested Monday (March 18) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine along with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia. Blackburn also faces charges in Alexander County…

Fire Causes Major Damage To Hickory Home

A home was heavily damaged in a weekend fire. According to a news release from the Hickory Fire Department, at approximately 10:25 p.m. on Saturday (March 16) Hickory firefighters responded to a possible mobile home fire at 940 27th St NE, Paradise Valley Mobile Home Park. Hickory firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one…

Maiden Man Arrested on Fugitive Warrant for Assault on Pregnant Person

39-year-old Jeremie Jaque Holloway of Ramseur Road in Maiden was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers on March 15 on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He is wanted by the Irving Police Department in Dallas County, Texas for assault on a pregnant person, which is classified as a third-degree…

Nine Catawba County Students Selected to Attend NC Governor’s School

Nine students from Catawba County Schools have been selected to attend the 2024 session of the prestigious North Carolina Governor’s School. Held annually at two sites, Governor’s School East is at Meredith College in Raleigh, and Governor’s School West is at Greensboro College. The program runs June 23 – July 20, 2024. Governor’s School is…

Hickory Woman Jailed on Fugitive Warrant from Florida

39-year-old Jennifer Michelle Ikard of 17th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers on March 17 on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. She is wanted by the Duval County Sheriff’s Office in Jacksonville, Florida for a probation violation. Ikard is on probation following a conviction…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Probation Violations

42-year-old Stacy Lynn Erickson of Forest Hill Park Place in Lenoir was arrested Friday (March 15) by Probation and Parole Officers. She was charged with three felony probation violations and one misdemeanor probation violation. Erickson was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $80,000 secured bond. A superior Court appearance was scheduled for April…

Lenoir Man Charged with Trafficking in Heroin

33-year-old Phillip Mark Holsclaw of Warren Place in Lenoir was arrested Friday (March 15) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with four felonies: trafficking in heroin or opium, conspiracy, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Holsclaw was jailed under $260,000 secured bond…

Hudson Man Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

27-year-old Tyler Dean Turnmire of Central Street in Hudson was arrested Saturday (March 16) by Alcohol Law Enforcement Officers. He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Turnmire was jailed under no bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A…

Mulch Sales Underway In Hickory

The City of Hickory has started selling mulch for the spring season. Single ground mulch became available starting last Friday (March 15). The City of Hickory’s Yard Waste Facility hours are 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Fridays only. The facility is located on Cloninger Mill Road, which is off N.C. 127, near the bridge…

Man Charged In Connection To Fatal Shooting

43-year-old James Adrian Griffin, Jr. of Statesville was arrested Friday (March 15) by U.S. Marshals. He’s charged with felony counts of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. The charges were filed following an incident in Statesville last Wednesday. Statesville Police say 47-year-old Tasheka Reid Aleryani was pronounced deceased approximately 12 hours…

Suspect Charged With Financial Card Theft

41-year-old Gary Wayne Hurt of Spainhour Road in Morganton was arrested Thursday (March 14) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony financial card theft along with misdemeanor counts of larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods, concealment of merchandise, and financial card fraud. Hurt was arrested shortly before 2:30 p.m. Thursday at…

Kidnapping Charge Filed In Burke County Case

36-year-old Vincent Martell Surrat Ervin of St. Mary’s Church Road in Morganton was arrested Friday (March 15) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of second-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary along with a misdemeanor count of assault by pointing a gun. Ervin was arrested shortly before 2 p.m. Friday and brought to…

Morganton Woman Charged With Drug, Theft Offenses

28-year-old Michelle Renate Beck of Jessie Street in Morganton was arrested Thursday (March 14) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods. At 11:20 a.m. Thursday, an officer responded to an address on Carbon City Road in reference…

Man Charged With Malicious Conduct By Prisoner Following Reported Scuffle With Police

28-year-old Michael Henry Robinson of Falls Avenue in Valdese was arrested Saturday (March 16) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony malicious conduct by a prisoner along with single misdemeanor counts of assault on a governmental officer and intoxicated or disruptive behavior, plus three misdemeanor counts of resist, delay or obstruct a public…

Burke County Woman Killed In Early Morning Crash

A woman was killed in an early morning crash in Burke County. The deceased is Jessie Johnson Wilkerson of Morganton. Today (March 17) at approximately 3:50 a.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to N.C. 114 near Cook Road. A 2000 Buick Century was traveling north on N.C. 114, the driver lost control, drove…

Pedestrian Struck & Killed Thursday Evening in Lenoir

A motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on March 14 in Lenoir has claimed the life of a Lenoir man. The deceased is 35-year-old Deshon Alfred Oneil Chester. The accident happened just before 8:15 Thursday evening on the 500 block of Wilkesboro Boulevard, just east of Hibriten. The initial investigation into the crash indicates that…

“Murder on the Orient Express” on Stage at The Green Room

An adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express will be brought to life on The Green Room Community Theatre’s stage. The show is directed by Christian Underwood and is produced by Cargo Transporters, Ken Wilkinson, and Allen Wood. Murder on the Orient Express is widely regarded as one of Agatha Christie’s greatest literary achievements. This theatrical…

Lenoir Man Charged with Felony Failing to Appear

50-year-old James Wayne Mcrary of Kenny Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (March 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony failing to appear on a felony count. McRary remained in jail as of this morning under $150,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He has previous convictions from…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Failing to Appear

38-year-old Chasity Gardner Travis of Huffman Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 14) by Probation and Parole Officers. She was charged with felony failure to appear on a felony count and three misdemeanor counts of failing to appear. Travis remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000…

Woman Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

51-year-old Crystal Searle Silvernale of East Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with one felony count possession of methamphetamine and jailed under $10,000 secured bond. Silvernale remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court date was scheduled for…

Catawba Man Arrested on 18 Counts of Sexual Offenses Against Minors

On March 14, 57-year-old Jeffery Dean Griffin of Catawba was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers on 18 counts of sexual offenses against minors. He was charged with one count of 1st-degree forcible sex offense, three counts of 1st-degree statutory sex offense, one count of statutory sex offense with a person who is 15 years…

Public Meeting Scheduled To Discuss NC 127 Widening Project

The North Carolina Department of Transportation invites the public to learn more about a project in development to improve traffic flow on N.C. 127 between Huffman Farm Road and Zion Church Road in Catawba County. The project team has been developing preliminary designs to reduce congestion along 3.1 miles of the corridor, including widening the…

Arkansas Man Arrested In Hickory Sentenced In Child Pornography Case

A man who was arrested by authorities in Hickory has received a federal prison sentence in a child porn case. 50-year-old Cannon Earl Kress of Fort Smith, Arkansas, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday (March 14) for distribution of child pornography. The announcement was made by Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the…

Burke County Man Charged With Felony Drug Offense

41-year-old Todd Andrew Williams of Williams Loop in Morganton was arrested Thursday (March 14) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance along with a count of driving during revocation. Williams was arrested shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday and placed in the Burke County Jail under a 48-hour…

Valdese Woman Jailed On Multiple Charges

29-year-old Harley Nichole Smith of Ivory Pass in Valdese was arrested Thursday (March 14) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with two felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of failure to pay monies. One of the drug charges is on a warrant from 2023, the other…

Drug, Break-in Charges Filed In Burke County Case

43-year-old Yasmin Velasquez Hernandez, who is listed as a homeless person from Morganton was arrested Tuesday (March 12) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and misdemeanor breaking and entering to a building.  At 1 p.m. Tuesday, a Public Safety Officer responded to an address on…

Woman Arrested On Felony Drug Charge

35-year-old Kayla Marie Whisnant of Carbon City Road in Morganton was arrested Monday (March 11) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Whisnant was placed in the Burke County Jail without bond. She was not listed as an inmate as of earlier today (March…

Newton Man Sentenced for Assaulting Man in Hospital

23-year-old Joseph Lee Rosales of Newton will serve an active prison term of six-to-eight years following his conviction for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Rosales pleaded guilty during Catawba County Superior Court on March 13 with the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, presiding.…

Stony Point Man Jailed in Newton for Attempted B&E

40-year-old Dana Dewayne Mitchem of County Line Road in Stony Point has been charged in Catawba County with felony attempted breaking & entering. He was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility Monday (March 11) with no bond amount listed. He remained in jail as of this afternoon (March 14). A first appearance in District…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Possession of Stolen Property

36-year-old Kayla Leann Miller of Fairview Drive in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (March 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with one felony possession of stolen property and jailed under $3,000 secured bond. Miller remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court date was scheduled for…

Lenoir Man Charged with Breaking & Entering, Larceny

35-year-old Timothy Juan Bush of Warren Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (March 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with three felonies: breaking and entering, auto larceny, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Bush remained in jail at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. No court dates were…

Granite Falls Woman Charged with Failing to Appear

51-year-old Cristal Michelle Jackson of Buick Branch Circle in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (March 12) by Granite Falls Police Officers. She was charged with one felony count failing to appear and jailed under $25,000 secured bond. Jackson remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center with a Superior Court…