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January 18, 2018

LRU Welcomes Poet Laureate

Horne Tonight, Jan. 18, At 7pm

Hickory - Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series (VWS) will present Poet Laureate of Alabama, Jennifer Horne, on Thursday, Jan. 18 from 7 to 8 pm in Belk Centrum. All Visiting Writer events are free and open to the public.

Horne is a writer, editor, and teacher, and was named the twelfth Poet Laureate of Alabama in July of 2017. She is serving as the University’s writer in residence, and is teaching a poetry workshop on campus during the spring 2018 semester. Horne is the author of two collections of poetry, Little Wanderer (2016) and Bottle Tree (2010), two poetry chapbooks, Miss Betty’s School of Dance and Tineretului, as well as a collection of short stories, Tell the World You’re a Wildflower. Her short story, “The Other Shoe” was published in The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul and her article, “Sara Mayfield: A Woman of Her Times” was published by the Alabama Heritage Magazine in the spring of 2016. She co-edited All Out of Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality, Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality, and Belles’ Letters II (2017). She also edited Working the Dirt: An Anthology of Southern Poets.

“As the new Poet Laureate of Alabama, I’m looking forward to exploring the literary culture of North Carolina, and I hope to make some connections between writers in both states,” Horne said. “I’m also excited about the opportunity to work with creative writing students at Lenoir-Rhyne while serving as the visiting writer in residence. The reputation of Lenoir-Rhyne as a whole, and the strength of the Visiting Writers Series in particular were a strong draw for me.”

While Horne will spend time teaching at LRU during the spring semester, she will also be working on a project to revise the draft of a biography she wrote on Sara Mayfield, an Alabama woman who wrote a book about Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, her childhood friend in Montgomery.

“Mayfield was at different times in her life a journalist, inventor, song-catcher, mental patient, and, perhaps, employed in military intelligence,” Horne said. “I think her life story will resonate with many readers, as she strove to live a full life within the bounds of cultural expectations for southern women of her time and place.”

The series will continue with the following authors:
March 21, 2018
Marie Heaney & Catherine Heaney
Belk Centrum, 7 – 8 p.m.
March 22, 2018
Zadie Smith and Nick Laird
Belk Centrum, 7 – 8 p.m.
April 14, 2018
Robert Beatty
P.E. Monroe Auditorium, 12 – 1 p.m.
April 19, 2018
Terry Gifford
Belk Centrum, 7 – 8 p.m.
Alabama Poet Laureate at LRU tonight

Survivor Of ‘Miracle On The Hudson’ At Library Jan. 22, 6pm

Hickory - Join us on Monday, January 22nd at 6:00 pm at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library to hear Beth McHugh share her experience as one of the survivors of the Hudson River crash of US Airways Flight 1549.

On January 15th, 2009, Flight 1549 departed New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Moments later, both engines disabled by a flock of geese, the aircraft made a water landing in the Hudson River. All 155 passengers and crew members survived the crash, which became known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.” Several books have been published on the incident, including biographies of the pilot, Captain “Sully” Sullenberger.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of Hickory Public Library. The program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, please call 304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

Catawba County Democrats Set Dates For Precinct Meetings

Hickory - Beginning February 6th, the Catawba County Democrats will be holding a series of precinct organizational meetings.

Meetings are free and open to any registered Democrat residing in Catawba County. Precinct officers will be selected if there are openings, as well as Delegates who will represent them at the Catawba County Convention on March 17th. Any resolutions to the state level convention begins at the local precinct level.

Tuesday, 2/6/2018 Headquarters - 1612 Tate Blvd. SE Hickory. Social time 6:30pm, Meeting 7:00pm. Precincts: #11 College Park, #12 Kenworth, #13 Greenmont, #14 Oakwood, #16 Highland, #26 Oakland Heights.

Thursday, 2/8/2018
Headquarters -1612 Tate Blvd. SE Hickory. Social time 6:30pm, Meeting 7:00pm. Precincts: #28 St Stephens 1, #29 St Stephens 2, #30 Sandy Ridge, #33 Springs, #38 Falling Creek, #39 Northwest.

Saturday, 2/10/2018
Headquarters - 1612 Tate Blvd. SE ,Hickory. Coffee/Social time 10:00am, Meeting 10:30am. Precincts: #4 Brookford, #6 Claremont, #22 Mt. Olive, #23 Mt. View 1, #24 Mt.View 2, #35 Sweetwater.

Monday, 2/12/2018
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Library, 9154 Sherrils Ford Rd, Terrell, 28682. Social Time 6:30, Meeting 7:00pm. Precincts: #1 Balls Creek, #5 Catawba, #9 East Maiden, #21 Monogram, #31 Sherrills Ford, #41 Lake Norman.

Tuesday, 2/13/2018
Headquarters - 1612 Tate Blvd. SE, Hickory. Social time 6:30pm Meeting 7:00pm. Precincts: #15 Ridgeview, #17 Longview North, #19 Longview South, #36 Viewmont 1, #37 Viewmont 2.

Saturday, 2/17/2018
Conover Station Community Room, 409 4th St SE, Conover, 28613. Coffee/Social time 10am, Meeting 10:30am. Precincts: #2 Banoak, #3 Blackburn, #7 West Conover, #8 East Conover, #10 East Newton, #20 Maiden, #25 North Newton, #27 Oxford, #32 South Newton, #34Startown, #40 West Newton.

For more information, contact Delene Huggins at 828-851-0569.

WP Symphony Features Heavy Metal On Saturday, Feb. 3

Hickory - Under the direction of Maestro John Gordon Ross, the award winning Western Piedmont Symphony will perform classical versions of “Heavy Metal” compositions on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Masterworks III will begin at 7:30 pm at P.E. Monroe Auditorium at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Tickets are $22-$42 each. All tickets are available through the WPS website at, or email at, or call the Symphony box office at 828.324.8603 from 10am-2pm M-F.

Sponsored by Alex Lee, Inc., Masterworks III will feature works by Higdon, Beethoven, Mosolov, Rouse and Honneger. The ever popular pianist, Gregory Knight, will once again grace the stage. Knight’s appearance is sponsored by “Friends of Gregory Knight.” Additional information can be found at

The Western Piedmont Symphony is a grant recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council and a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Business offices are located on the SALT Block at 243 Third Avenue NE, Hickory. Business hours are 9:00 am until 4:00 pm Monday-Friday.

Fan Club Thursdays Start This Week At HCT With

Comedy Lend Me A Tenor

Hickory - The Hickory Community Theatre has announced that its Thursday night performances will now be “Fan Club Thursdays” with a special offer for designated groups. The celebration kicks off at this Thursday’s performance of Lend Me a Tenor with a “goodie” giveaway for first timers at the Theatre. Doors will open at 6:30pm and the play starts at 7:30.

“We’re doing this to make things here even more fun,” said Pamela Livingstone, the Theatre’s Artistic Director. “For every Thursday night we’re thinking of things people might have in common and then giving that group something fun from the Theatre. The common trait could be anything. This week it’s first timers but next time it might be millennials or people born on a Tuesday. It’s just another way for us to show that Hickory Community Theatre is a place for everybody to come together and have a good time.”

Opening weekend audiences were amused and enthralled with the outrageous comedy of Lend Me a Tenor. The entire play takes place in two adjoining hotel rooms and the action is frantic as the Cleveland Opera Company struggles to replace a guest singer who may or may not be dead on arrival. It’s a case of misunderstanding, misinformation and mistaken identity that leaves the audiences in stitches.

Performances of Lend Me a Tenor are Thursdays at 7:30pm (Jan 18 & 25); Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm (Jan 19, 20, 26 & 27); and Sundays at 2:30pm (Jan 21 & 28.)

On Thursday nights all adults and seniors are $14 and youth/students are $10. For all other performances adult tickets are $18, seniors are $16 and students or youth 18 & under are $10. Tickets are now on sale online at or through the Theatre box office, in person or by phone at 828-328-2283. Box office hours are 12-5 Wednesday through Friday.

HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The 2017-2018 Season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World. Lend Me a Tenor is produced by Commscope.

Photo: Gregg Colson (left) and Benjamin Thomas-Reid in Lend Me a Tenor at the Hickory Community Theatre. The madcap comedy continues its run this weekend, beginning Thursday, January 18th at 7:30. Go to: or call (828) 328-2283 for tickets and information.
Photo by Ken Burns.

Volume Five Performs Sat., January 27 At

Old Rock School’s Bluegrass At The Rock

Valdese, NC- The Old Rock School Welcomes Volume Five to perform for the Bluegrass at the Rock Season on January 27, 2018 at 7:30pm.

Volume Five includes the talents of Glen Harrell on fiddle and vocals; Chris Williamson on bass and vocals; Patton Wages on banjo and vocals; Colby Laney on guitar and vocals, and Jacob Burleson on mandolin and vocals. These five musicians together truly blend into a band with staying power.

Volume Five is certainly blazing a red-hot trail on the bluegrass scene with their live stage performances and chart-topping albums. Their newest release, Drifter, on Mountain Fever Records, certainly demonstrates their various styles of bluegrass that has earned them critical acclaim from media, radio and their peers. The album made its debut on the Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart and has achieved significant radio success this year with four tracks charting and two singles reaching #1 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Chart.

One thing fans can count on with Volume Five is that they will never be let down with their live performances and that those live performances will transcend the live show and be just as impactful on their recorded music. Their level of quality musicianship is constant and is making an impact at radio. Don't be surprised if these guys are familiar to the festival attendees, as each member of Volume Five has held tenure with a national touring band. Playing with such well known acts as Marty Raybon and Full Circle, The Roys, Bradley Walker, Mountain Heart, and many others has helped each member of Volume Five hone his craft to perfection, while at the same time given each member the stage experience needed to entertain just about any crowd.

Tickets for the Volume Five are now on sale and can be purchased at The Old Rock School, Lenoir Music Center, Goldmine in Hudson and Larry’s Musical Madness in Hickory. Tickets can also be purchased on-line or by calling 828-879-2129.

For further information go to or call 828-879-2129.
Volume Five at Old Rock School on Jan. 27

Lenoir-Rhyne Announces Speakers For 2018

Alex Lee Leadership Lecture Series • Starts Jan. 31

Hickory – The Charles M. Snipes School of Business and Economics of Lenoir-Rhyne University in partnership with the Alex Lee Foundation has announced its speakers for the 2018 Alex Lee Leadership Lecture Series.

Speakers will share their individual experiences and insights as successful leaders. All presentations are scheduled for Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. in the Fintel Room of the McCrorie Center.

The series will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 31 with Fred Whitt, Ph.D., president of LRU. Whitt joined the University in February 2017. A native of Mt. Holly, N.C., Whitt has more than 30 years of successful leadership experience in higher education. He previously served as founding dean of the Beaver College of Health Sciences at his alma mater, Appalachian State University (ASU). He served in that capacity beginning in 2010, when he was appointed to lead the development of the first new college at ASU in over 40 years.

Fred Whitt, Ph.D, speaks Jan. 31

Whitt earned his doctorate from the University of Tennessee, and his Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from ASU. Prior to joining ASU, he served as dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Georgia Southern University from 1992 to 2010.

The 2018 Alex Lee Leadership Lecture Series will continue with the following speakers:

Feb. 7, Randy Isenhower, chair of the Catawba County Board of Commissioners;
Feb. 28, John Gordon Ross, music director and conductor of Western Piedmont Symphony;
March 21, David Moore, president of Hickory Mechanical, Inc.;
March 28, Sheree B. Watson, chief executive officer of Graystone Eye; and
April 11, Alan Barnhardt, executive director of the Catawba Science Center.

The Alex Lee Leadership Lecture Series offers a unique opportunity to attend MBA level lectures and to learn from influential professionals both locally and nationally. The series is designed to help participants understand the dynamics of leadership and identify their own administrative traits and capabilities.

All events are free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required. For more information, contact Clem Geitner, Professor of Business at LRU, at or 828.328.7346.

About Lenoir-Rhyne University: Lenoir-Rhyne University was founded in 1891 and is a private, Lutheran, coeducational university with its primary campus in Hickory, NC. Academic programs include more than 50 undergraduate majors and nearly 30 graduate programs. Lenoir-Rhyne is affiliated with the NC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and welcomes students from all religious backgrounds. The website is

Free Workshop Aims To Make

Us ‘Scam Smart’ On Sat., Jan. 27

Hickory - A representative from the NCDOJ Attorney General’s Office will lead a workshop at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library on Saturday, January 27 at 11am to help us become scam smart. Recommendations based on recent security breaches will be provided from the NCDOJ on how to protect yourself and family from identity theft. North Carolinians lose millions of dollars each year to consumer scams including scams associated with sweepstakes, charities, identity theft and more. Learn the facts on scams and easy tips to avoid becoming a victim!

Additionally, from 10am - 12pm on January 27th, Enviro-Shred, a Hickory based shredding company, will provide individuals with the opportunity to shred at no charge up to two boxes or bags of personal documents in Patrick Beaver Memorial Library’s parking lot. The two boxes or bags must not be larger than the size of banker boxes (10"H x 15"W x 24"D). Any type and color of home office paper may be brought for shredding. Paper clips, staples, manila envelopes and credit cards are allowed for shredding. Items not permitted for shredding are heavy metals, newspapers, magazines, and plastic.

Enviro-Shred offers a variety of services for businesses and a Drop and Shred location at 1045 2nd Ave NW for individuals to use throughout the year. To learn more about their services and fees, call Enviro-Shred at 866-907-4733 or visit their website at Both the NCDOJ workshop and the shredding are free and open to the public. For more information, please call the library at 304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 Street NE on the SALT Block

Beaver Library Hosts Bestselling Authors On Thurs., Jan 25

Hickory - Bestselling authors Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse will be at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 10:00 am as part of their tour in promotion of their latest release, Out of the Ashes. The book is the second in the popular Heart of Alaska series, which centers on the Curry Hotel, located at the foot of Mt. Denali, in 1920s Alaska.

Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of more than 100 novels, while Kimberly Woodhouse is the author of over a dozen books and a speaker with a national following. Both authors use their writing as part of their ministry, portraying real people dealing with issues that many individuals face. Problems are solved in a positive manner, using faith, Christian principles and scripture as a guide.

Kimberly Woodhouse & Tracie Peterson speak Jan. 25

The program features a talk by the authors with time for questions and a book signing. Books will be available for purchase with cash or check. The library will provide attendees with a chance to win one of several copies of Out of the Ashes.

The program with authors Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 304-0500 ext. 7235.

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

WAXmd Sponsors Blood Drive On Thursday, Jan. 25, 11am

Hickory - January is National Blood Donor Awareness month! Did you know one pint of blood can help up to 3 people! Someone in the U.S. is in need of blood every two seconds. This totals to approximately 36,000 pints of blood per day. Help us save as many lives as possible!

WAXmd will be holding an American Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, January 25th, from 11am until 3:30pm. You may call 828-383-1441 to schedule a time. Anyone who donates blood on this day will be able to book an appointment for 50% off one service (not including microblading and lash extensions).

WAXmd is located at 2923 N Center Street, Suite C Hickory NC 28601.

Ridgeview Library Hosts Let Freedom Ring: Music & Poetry

Of Black History Thurs., Jan. 22

Hickory - Bright Star Theatre, a national professional touring theater company, is bringing Let Freedom Ring: Music and Poetry of Black History to Ridgeview Library on Monday, January 22, 2017 at 5:00pm. This performance is free and open to everyone.

Bright Star Theatre will take audience members on a journey through African American History and Culture. Follow the journey from Africa through slavery to the Civil Rights Movement and the powerful voices of today’s leaders. Hear the powerful voices of Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Maya Angelou and more. Each audience member will walk away with a better understanding of historical events by hearing the speeches, songs and poetry of these powerful Americans.

Ridgeview Library is located at 706 1st Street SW, at the corner of 7th Avenue SW and 1st Street SW. For more information about events at Ridgeview Library, please contact Nicole Morse at 828-345-6037.

Doing Diplomacy: What’s It Like To Work For The World

On Thurs., Feb. 8, At Drendel Auditorium

Hickory - Our planet is powered by global human relationships. Hickory International Council, a municipal commission of the City of Hickory, is pleased to present a public dialogue that will showcase the importance of relationships across countries through various perspectives: political, historical, and economic. The event will take place on February 8, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the SALT Block’s Drendel Auditorium.

Organized by the municipal commission and community organizer Aaron Kohrs, ‘Doing Diplomacy: What It’s Like to Work for the World’ is a seminar that invites the Hickory community to take a closer look at the fundamentals of how our modern world functions - through the same basic human relationships that power a productive society. Speakers at the seminar will include:

Dr. Claudio Carpano, Honorary Consul of Italy to North Carolina and Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Belk College of Business.

Mr. Antoine Ripoll, Director of U.S. Congress and European Parliament Liaison Office.

Dr. Renee Scherlen, Professor of Political Science at Appalachian State University.

Mr. Sven Gerzer, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce’s Vice President of Economic Development for Indian and European Sectors.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Questions are encouraged following the speakers’ presentations. Mr. Ripoll will be available via live videoconference.

Please join us at this free seminar to learn more about how our world works. To register for the event, please visit:”

Free Essential Oils Class At Newton Depot On Sat., Feb. 3

Newton NC - There will be a free Essential Oils Class at the Newton Depot, Live Naturally, A Young Living Wellness Event, on Saturday, February 3, from 10 AM - 12 PM.

Join us as we share how we minimize toxins in our everyday life! You'll get to ask questions and experience all the various ways you can live naturally and be well by checking out tables dedicated to different areas of your life. The event will be held at the Newton Depot located at 1123 N Main Ave., Newton, North Carolina 28658

*Essential Oils 101
*Thieves Household Cleaning
*Savvy Minerals Make Up
*Cooking with Essential Oils
*Ningxia Red
*iTovi Scans for $5
*Diffuser Jewelry for sale
*Bath Bombs

The Essential Oils 101 Class is FREE! Start 2018 off with a bang! Learn how to eliminate toxins and live above the wellness line!

It's time you took your health and wellness seriously. It's time to live life with wellness, purpose, and abundance!

For more info, please contact Julie Long, (828)217-9488, Can’t wait to see you there!

Cast Set Of Comedy Kitchen

Witches, Opening Feb. 9 At HCT

Hickory - The Hickory Community Theatre has announced the cast of its upcoming production of The Kitchen Witches, a comedy by Caroline Smith. Performances begin February 9th in, appropriately enough, the Firemen’s Kitchen.

The play centers around a cooking show hosted by two rivals, Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle, who have hated each other for 30 years. Both used to have their own shows but circumstances have put them together on a new show called The Kitchen Witches. It doesn’t take long before the insults are flung harder than the food!

Connie Bools is Isobel, Chrissy Schramm is Dolly, Justin Thomas is Dolly’s son and show producer Stephen and Kelsey Faye Perry is Roberta, the show’s camerawoman.

Performances of The Kitchen Witches are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm (Feb 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24); Thursdays at 7:30pm (Feb 15 & 22); and Sundays at 2:30pm (Feb 18 & 25.)

All seats are $16, seniors are $14. Tickets are now on sale online at or through the Theatre box office, in person or by phone at 828-328-2283. Box office hours are 12-5 Wednesday through Friday.

HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The 2017-2018 Season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World. The Kitchen Witches is produced by Dr. George Clay, III, DDS and Robert Abbey, Inc.

Photo: (back) Kelsey Faye Perry, Justin Thomas, (front) Connie Bools and Chrissy Schramm are the cast of The Kitchen Witches at the Hickory Community Theatre. Performances begin on February 9th. Go to or call (828) 328-2283 for tickets and information.
Photo by John Koval.

Tai Chi Classes At Beaver Library

Each Monday Starting Jan. 25

Hickory - Tai Chi classes will be offered at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library on Monday evenings at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. from January 29th – March 5th. This low-impact exercise takes you through a series of martial arts motions that combines Qi Gong or breathing exercises and focused attention.

Classes will be led by Diane Christensen, a Hickory, NC resident and a certified Easy Tai Chi Instructor. All levels of experience are welcome. Tai Chi can be easily adapted for any age or physical ability. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing for movement.

Participating in the Tai Chi classes is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 304-0500 ext. 7235.

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

Catawba County United Way Is Accepting Funding Requests

Until Thursday, February 8

Hickory - The Catawba County United Way is accepting Pre-Requests for Funding Proposals for 2019 (Pre-RFPs) that are targeted to address the identified Impact Areas of Health, Education and Income. Health defined as safe and secure environments, healthy beginnings, healthy lifestyles and access to health care and prevention. Education defined as school readiness, academic achievement, parental/guardian engagement and productive young adults. Income defined as family-sustaining education and employment, income supports, affordable housing and savings and manageable expenses. Pre-RFP proposals will be accepted for programs identifiable under these impact areas that address the needs of the residents of Catawba County.

Pre-RFPs will be considered from organizations who are either incorporated as a not-for-profit, tax exempt entity or who have a 501-C3 legal status, within Catawba County, who comply with applicable legal, federal state and local operating and reporting requirements (e.g. government approved accounting practices, annual audit, 990, nondiscrimination). Pre-RFPs for consideration must be operated by an active, responsible and voluntary governing body and adhere to a locally developed and adopted code of ethics for volunteers and staff, which include provisions for ethical management, publicity, fundraising practices and full and fair disclosure. Those organizations selected to complete final Requests for Funding will be notified. All grant amounts are contingent on funding.

It is important to note, all programs seeking funding by CCUW, who wish to submit a Pre-RFP, must complete a Notice of Intent in order to be assigned access information to the electronic applications. This Notice of Intent is due by 5:00 p.m. February 1, 2018.

Pre-RFP applications will only be received electronically, via our website, and will require pre-assigned access information. Deadline for completion of the Pre-RFP is 5:00 p.m. February 8, 2018 in order to be considered for 2019 funding. Late applications will not be accepted.

For additional information, please contact Sylvia Long at 828/327-6851 or by email to


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