Hickory

Rendering of Corning Inc.'s planned $60 million optical cable plant at Trivium Corporate Center in southeast Hickory.
Catawba County EDC

Corning Inc. has signed up to be the first tenant in a new business park being built in southeast Hickory. The company and local officials announced plans Tuesday for a $60 million plant to make cable for its Optical Communications division, creating up to 110 jobs.

CATAWBA COUNTY GOVERNMENT

A federal grand jury has indicted a former Hickory Police Department sergeant on charges of excessive force and obstruction of justice, according to a statement released Monday by the United States Department of Justice.

Map shows proposed expansion areas for Hickory's Oakwood Historic District.
City of Hickory

The city of Hickory is hoping to expand its Oakwood National Register Historic District north of downtown after an architectural survey identified more parts of the neighborhood as eligible for historic status.

The late Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright and his dog Reina helped at a ribbon cutting for a new animal hospital in April. He took his life May 11.
Catawba County Chamber of Commerce

Thursday would have been the 70th birthday of the late Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright. The beloved longtime city leader committed suicide in May, and his family is celebrating his memory this week by raising money for a favorite cause and raising awareness of mental illness.

A rapper and two others are due in court Wednesday on charges related to a February shootout in uptown Charlotte during CIAA basketball tournament week.

Mayor Rudy Wright
www.HickoryNC.gov

A day after Hickory's mayor of 16 years, Rudy Wright, was found dead at his home, Wright's family has released a statement indicating that his death may have been the result of suicide.

Charlotte police say a possible hate crime incident in which a threatening letter was left outside a Nepali-Indian grocery store last week signed "White America" has led to the arrest of a black man.

A Fayetteville man who pled guilty to threatening members of a North Carolina mosque has been sentenced to eight months of home confinement.

Lisa Worf / WFAE

North Carolina’s once highly-acclaimed furniture industry is all but dead, if you believe conventional wisdom. That’s understandable. A lot of manufacturing has shut down and moved to China over the last 20 years.

But not all is lost, particularly in upholstery. In fact, demand for upholstery workers is so high in the Hickory area that Catawba Valley Community College reopened a training program and that program now has a large waiting list.

Corning Optical Communications plans to move its headquarters from Hickory to a new $38.7 million office building Charlotte in 2018. A spokeswoman said the company is looking at sites off I-485 northwest of Charlotte, and hopes to announce the location by April 1.

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