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Masks Back in Burke

The Burke County School Board voted to mandate masks for students.  A meeting was held last night.  The board had previously voted 5-2 for optional mask use.  The vote last night was 6-1 for mandatory masks.  Wendi

Bond Set at $43,000

Bond was set at $43,000 for a Hudson man.  Robert Lee Netherton 35, was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s officers.  He was charged with failure to appear on stolen vehicle and other charges.  He was placed in

Business Damaged

A fire occurred at Shurtape in Hickory on Friday.  Around 2:15 pm firefighters responded to the Main Ave location.  An oven system caught fire as well as exhaust ductwork.  No injuries were reported.  The company’s response team

$100,000 Bond

Methamphetamine charges were brought against a Connelly Springs man.  Jordan Yates Hamby 31, faces felony trafficking of methamphetamine among other drug charges.  156 grams were seized.  He was placed in jail under a $100,000 secured bond.


A prisoner escaped from a minimum security area at the Foothills Correctional Facility in Morganton.  John Curtis Anderson 42, was caught a few hours later in a field approximately 3 miles from the jail.  The K-9 unit

Identity Theft

Identity theft charges were brought against a Burke County woman.  Mary Elizabeth Ervin 26, faces felony identity theft among other charges.  She was placed in jail under a $31,000 bond.  A court date is set for August

60 Years in Prison

Two defendants in a Hickory triple murder have been sentenced.  Greydon Keith Hansen 28, and Dontray Tyrell Cumberlander 28, were sentenced to more than 60 years in prison.  The guilty pleas were in connection with the deaths

Chop Shop

Chop shop activity charges were filed in Burke County.  Dustin William Farley 30, was arrested by the Morganton Department of Public Safety.  He also faces felony larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of methamphetamine among other

Mask Policy

The Hickory Public School Board voted earlier this week to require masks indoors for students pre-k through 12th grade as well as staff and visitors.  Mask requirements will be reviewed monthly.  Other area school systems are considering

Bond Set at $125,000

A Granite Falls man is facing charges.  Monte Eugene Eaker 26, faces felony counts of fleeing to elude arrest among other charges.  He was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a bond of $125,000.  A