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$85,000 Bond

Bond was set at $85,000 for a man arrested in Catawba County.  Peng Vang 38, of Stockton California, faces multiple methamphetamine charges including grand jury indictments of trafficking meth.  He is in the Catawba County Detention Facility

Fatal Wreck

A woman was killed and a toddler injured in a wreck on Interstate 40.  The wreck occurred early Christmas morning near mile marker 108 in Burke County.  Monica Torres-Garcia 39, of Bessemer City died.  Officers with the

Tree Pick Up

Curb-side Christmas tree pickup starts the first business day after January 1, so that means staff will start collecting trees on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Place live Christmas trees behind the curb or ditch line so they

Award Given

The North Carolina Public Library Directors Association has named Catawba County resident Sylvia King as its Library Friend of the Year 2020. King, a retired educator, is treasurer of the Catawba County Friends of the Library, a

100 Jobs Coming

100 jobs will be coming to Hickory.  American Fuji Seal plans to invest $52 million in a new facility construction in the Trivium Corporate Center.  The plant will make shrink sleeve labels for food, beverage, personal care

Gas Prices

Ahead of holiday travel, the GasBuddy website reports prices rose by 6.8 cents per gallon over the last week.  The average price in North Carolina is $2.04 per gallon.  The average price across the Hickory, Lenoir, Morganton

$61,000 Bond

A $61,000 bond was set for a Lenoir man.  Jonathan Benjamin Penley 31, faces felony possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and schedule 2 drugs among other drug charges. Court dates are set for January

Wind Advisory

A wind advisory remained in effect for parts of Burke, Caldwell and Alexander counties.  Winds of 15-25 mph were expected with gusts up to 50 mph.  The National Weather Service Advisory was set to expire at noon

Felony Shoplifting

Felony shoplifting charges were brought against a Hickory man.  Christian Lee Cunningham 26, faces 2 counts of defeating anti shoplifting devices and concealment of merchandise.  The incident and arrest took place at Belk, Valley Hills Mall location. 

Bond Set At $40,000

Bond was set at $40,000 for a Valdese man.  Joshua Daniel Sainz 22, was arrested by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office.  He faces felony breaking and entering to motor vehicles among other charges.  He was placed in