Hickory

Mecklenburg County wasn't the only place with important races on the ballot on Tuesday. Voters in Gastonia sent two new faces to City Council, while in South Carolina, York will have a new mayor for the first time since 2002. 

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In the race for Matthews mayor, incumbent Paul Bailey and town Commissioner John Higdon will move on to next month’s general election. They were the top two vote-getters in Tuesday's primary.

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Heavy rains plagued several North Carolina counties resulting in a fatal crash in Lincoln County, school cancellations in Catawba County and evacuations in Hickory.

A teenager was killed and a 3-year-old injured following a shooting at a Hickory apartment complex Thursday night. The Hickory Police Department said the shooting happened around 8:30pm at the Blue Ridge Heights apartments on 1st St. just south of downtown.  

A North Carolina police officer who was fired after being accused of yanking a woman out of her car and slamming her face-first to the ground has been found guilty of using unreasonable force against her.

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In January, big changes will start to take place in Hickory. Construction on a long-awaited "City Walk" will begin four years after citizens approved a $40 million bond referendum to improve city infrastructure with the hope of attracting jobs.

Hickory-based CommScope is about to more than double in size. The telecommunications equipment company says it's buying cable set-top box maker Arris for $7.4 billion in cash. The deal includes repaying Arris's debt and is being financed in part with $1 billion from investment firm The Carlyle Group. 

Robert Bush
Arts & Science Council

The head of Charlotte's Arts & Science Council has announced plans to retire. Robert Bush said Wednesday he will step down at the end of council's fiscal year, June 30, 2019. 

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.

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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.

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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.

Tasnim Shamma

A $40 million bond proposal on Hickory’s November ballot is the subject of a public forum Thursday evening. The Hickory bond referendum came out of a project called the Inspiring Spaces' initiative. It calls for economic development projects like building a new business park, road and streetscape improvements of the city’s major roads and a river walk that develops existing areas along the city’s Lake Hickory waterfront. 

Fired Hickory Officer Indicted On Assault Charge

Mar 20, 2014
Catawba County Government

A former Hickory police officer is charged with felony assault. He's accused of using aggressive force in November when he pushed a 24-year-old woman to the ground during a license and registration check.  

Sergeant Robert George was fired from his job in January and a grand jury indicted him this week.


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