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March 23, 2017

Audiences Cheer The Lion, The Witch & The

Wardrobe! Four Shows At HCT, This Thurs-Sunday

Hickory - Audiences were cheering after the opening performances of the Hickory Community Theatre’s stage adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The popular fantasy adventure returns this weekend for four more performances beginning Thursday, March 23 at 7:30pm. Thursday night is discount night. Adult tickets are just $14, youth and students 18 and under are $10.

With magical effects and strong performances by the multi-generational cast, this production faithfully recreates the most thrilling and heartwarming moments from the original book by C.S. Lewis.

Performances of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe are at 7:30 pm Thursdays, March 23 and 30; 8:00pm Fridays & Saturdays, March 24, 25, 31 and April 1; and 2:30 Sundays, March 26 and April 2. Tickets are $18. There is a senior discount of $2 and tickets for students and youth 18 and under are just $10. Tickets for Thursday performances are $14 for adults and $10 for students and youth. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the theatre box office. The box office is open 12-5 Wed through Sat in person or by calling 828-328-2283.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is produced by The Guild at HCT, in partnership with North by Northwest Consulting. This show is the eighth production of the Theatre’s 68th season, sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World. The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

Photo: Peter (Gavin Dagenhardt, left) and Aslan (Scott Curtis) plan strategy for the battle with the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Performances continue this weekend at the Hickory Community Theatre. For tickets and information call (828) 328-2283 or go to Photo by Ken Burns Photography.

Funding Your Business - Free Seminar, Fri., Mar. 24, CVCC

Hickory - The Small Business Center will present a no-cost seminar, “Funding Your Business,” on Friday March 24 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at CVCC’s Corporate Development Center in Hickory.

Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners. This seminar covers the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources from business loans to private equity and how to choose the right one for a business’ needs.

There is no charge to attend this seminar, but pre-registration is required. To register or for more information please contact the CVCC Small Business Center at 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 or visit to register on-line.

Hickory Museum Of Art Summer Art Camps Open Registration

Hickory – Registration is now open for summer art camps at Hickory Museum of Art, 243 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory. Camps for children ages 4 to 14 will be offered Monday-Friday, June 12 – August 18, with morning (10 AM -12 PM) and afternoon (1 PM -3 PM) options available.

Twenty different art camp themes will be offered throughout the summer, giving participants a chance to create superhero and fairy tale inspired art, learn the basics of drawing and painting animals, make 3D art and sculptures from clay, form fantastic masks and more.

Several new camps are coming to HMA this year, including “Monsters & Zombies”, which will allow children ages 7-9 the opportunity to bring creatures from children’s literature to life in a fun and imaginative way. Youngsters 4-6 are able to attend a new “Secret Garden” camp that focuses on the natural environment in their arts and crafts.

The “Museum Sleuth” camp gives participants ages 7-14 a chance to explore the museum with a set of clues in search of a specific piece of artwork that will inspire that day’s project.

The same age group can also attend the “Sculpture” camp and discover a variety of media with which to create 3D art – much like Jonathan Brilliant will be doing in the live construction of the upcoming Hickory Sticks exhibit between April 26th and May 4th. (The exhibit itself runs through September 9th.)

Camp descriptions, cost and registration forms are available for pick up at Hickory Museum of Art in the Galleria shop or at the Museum’s second floor offices. Download a Summer Art Camp brochure and registration form at

Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free. For more information about Museum exhibitions, art classes, field trips, and events, visit or call 828-327-8576.

Lowes Foods Celebrates 85 Years This Saturday,

March 25, 11am, Downtown Hickory • Win Prizes!

Hickory - Lowes Food is celebrating their 85th Anniversary in Downtown Hickory on Saturday, March 25, from 11am till 1pm. Two events in one! Lowes Foods will be at The Lowes Foods City Park with a big slide sponsored by Coca Cola, food will be sold from the Big Cheese Food Truck, and Pepsi will be providing drinks. Join us for family fun!

At the same time, on Union Square, Shop Carolina is partnering with Lowes Foods to support local vendors!

Art work at the new Lowes Foods City park

Shop Carolina is a movement to engage, rally, and activate North and South Carolinians in support of local growers, producers, makers, and businesses. Not only do purchases made from local businesses strengthen our economic base; they keep money recirculating locally.

There will be approximately 30 vendors selling locally made and grown goods, live music under the Sails will be provided by Second Hand Still, and there will be a Scavenger Hunt! Lowes Foods and Shop Carolina will have a table with sign up information for the Scavenger Hunt. All you have to do is fill out the form and visit 8 vendors to win! Vendors may be local businesses as well. The first 50 groups to return with a completed form will receive a prize!

Lowes Food City Park is located at the corner of 3rd Street NW and Main Ave. in downtown Hickory, next to Capital Bank. The vendors and entertainment will be on Union Square NW, Hickory.

Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival Is

This Saturday, March 25, 9am-5pm

Hickory - The Twentieth Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival will be held at the Hickory Metro Convention Center March 25, 2017, 9am – 5pm. The Festival is recognized as the primary destination for Southern traditional pottery enthusiasts, offering sales of old and new pottery, antiques and folk art by more than 110 vendors. Educational programming gives insight to the history of Southern pottery with demonstrations, an exhibit and a lecture. Tickets for the Saturday event are $6 for adults, $2 for children 12 and under.

The exhibit emphasizes the history of Catawba Valley stoneware pottery. Curated by Dr. Charles Zug, it will showcase 20 classic Catawba Valley pots made since the 19th Century.

Kim Ellington

The lecture is free to attendees at 11:00am. Kim Ellington will talk about his experience as a working potter. Kim was raised in Hickory and attended Haywood Community College in Clyde, NC. His lecture is titled “Entering Tradition: Becoming a Catawba Valley Potter”; he will discuss his transition from a studio potter to an authentic Catawba Valley potter recognized for his masterful skills and beautiful vessels.

An unexpected addition this year is Eddie Hamrick, well-known local wood carver and artist who will be showing for the first time his replicas of traditional face jugs turned in wood. Eddie will be demonstrating carving in a booth filled with handmade humorous faces and examples of his work.

Pottery demonstrations and videos will be available as well as book stores operated by the Catawba County Historical Museum and the North Carolina Pottery Center.

End AIDS Walk Is Set For Saturday, April 8,

9am, Starting At Ridgeview Recreation Center

Hickory - ALFA, a Western North Carolina HIV/AIDS prevention and education non-profit, will hold its 8th Annual Awareness walk, this year with a new name - End AIDS Walk - on April 8, 2017! At 9 am, we will meet up at the Ridgeview Recreation Center, take a leisurely walk and end with a Community Celebration and High Heel Dash at Taft Broome Park. The Community Celebration will include music, bounce house, face painting and games.

Registration for the walk is open now at and costs only $25 and includes an End AIDS Walk t-shirt with an option to purchase a meal ticket for $7 from local food vendor, John Boy’s Cafe. The high heel dash starts at 11 am at Taft Broome Park, and it is completely free! Bring your own heels or make use of our fabulous heel supply.

Teams are encouraged to register in a group of five or more for special pricing, and all teams are eligible to win awards for Largest Team, Most Money Raised, and Most Style. Invite friends and coworkers to join you in our community walk. Interested sponsors may find more information at

In 2016, ALFA added Hepatitis-C testing to our services, and was were able to test over 1,000 individuals for HIV and Hepatitis. Our education department and staff presented information above HIV education to over 4,000 community members, and our case management staff was able to help 200 people living with HIV/AIDS stay connected with compassionate and vital health care.

ALFA serves nine counties in Western North Carolina providing important services, and the funds and awareness raised at our annual End AIDS Walk helps us achieve our mission of improving the lives and health of those affected by HIV/AIDS while preventing transmission through education and testing.

So call up some friends or coworkers, get together a team, or head out yourself and register now to help End AIDS with ALFA. Now is the time to spread awareness, not HIV!

For More Information Contact: Jerry Yelton, Community Outreach Coordinator, 828-322-1447, ext. 222

Hudson, NC - "Farce of Nature," Hudson Dinner Theatre's Spring comedy, runs Thursday through Saturday, March 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and April 1. The show will be presented at the HUB, 145 Cedar Valley Road. Tickets are $30 for dinner and the show, $15 for the show only. Dinner is served at 6:30 with the show to follow at 7:30 nightly. Tickets may be purchased by calling 726-8871 or by going by the HUB Box Office.

Photo: Wanelle Wilburn (Angie Warren), Ty Wilburn (Nick Chamberlain), Jenna Sealy (Tera Enloe) and Carmine DeLuca (Adam Lowery) in Hudson’s “Farce of Nature” Photo by Briana Adhikusuma

CVIC Hosts Speaker William Keener At

Discussion On Humanism On Thurs., March 30

Hickory – Roughly one in four Americans are now religiously unaffiliated, and an increasing number of them identify as atheist or agnostic. But that only tells us that they don’t believe in God. What do they believe? For some of them, humanism provides the answer. But what is humanism? In a 1925 essay titled “What I Believe” the British philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell summed it up as follows: “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.”

The term humanism was coined by a German Lutheran theologian, Friedrich Immanuel Niethammer, who derived the term from the Latin humanitas - meaning human nature, civilization, kindness.

On Thursday, March 30 at 7:00 pm, the Catawba Valley Interfaith Council (CVIC) is hosting a public discussion on humanism facilitated by William Keener, President of the Hickory Humanist Alliance. The event will be held in the large downstairs conference room at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library in Hickory. In this discussion, we will explore the roots of humanism in antiquity, its evolution during the Renaissance, Reformation, and Scientific Revolution, and the ethical, philosophical, and social science perspectives of those who call themselves humanists today.

The Hickory Humanist Alliance, a group member of CVIC, was founded in 2013 as a local chapter of the American Humanist Association (AHA). CVIC is a newly formed community group dedicated to fostering a passionate community. It strives to build trust and understanding among the various faith groups of the area. Membership is open to individuals and to faith and secular groups dedicated to creating a safe environment for all and wish to advocate for a wise stewardship of the earth and its resources. CVIC states as its mission to serve as a catalyst for hope and cooperating for the purpose of dialogue, information sharing and celebration. For information about CVIC membership contact Ms. Julie Cline, membership chair,

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, 375 3rd St NE, Hickory, North Carolina 28601.

The Little Mermaid, Jr., At Old Rock School, April 1-8

Valdese, NC - Join us for an under-the-sea musical adventure in Carolina Broadway Theatre Company’s (CBTC) production of The Little Mermaid Jr. This production runs April 1-8 at Old Rock School Theater in Valdese.


Splash into this classic story of Ariel, the mermaid princess, who wishes to live in the world above rather than the ocean floor. To explore life on land, Ariel disobeys her father, King Triton, and makes a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Ransoming her singing voice, she must convince Prince Eric that she is indeed the girl who rescued him or risk losing her voice forever.

The cast of The Little Mermaid, Jr.

"The Little Mermaid is a fantastic story that will have everyone singing and dancing along to favorites like "Under the Sea" and "Kiss the Girl," says Lesia Kaye, Executive Director of CBTC.

Performance Dates and Show times: Saturdays, April 1 and 8 at 7:00 p.m., Sundays, April 2 and 9 at 3:00 p.m., and Friday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. We are also presenting a special daytime show on Tuesday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m. Preschoolers, home-school students, and groups are welcome.

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at or by calling our box office (828) 330-0182. Adults $15; Students/Seniors $10. Group discounts are available.

Oxford Firemen’s Fish Fry Is Saturday, April 1, 11am-6:30pm

Claremont, NC - The Oxford Firemen’s Fish Fry, a benefit for the Oxford Fire Department, is Saturday, April 1, from 11am till 6:30pm Carry outs are available at $10 per person. Adult meals are $10, child’s meal, $6.

The Oxford Fire Department Station 1 is located at 5688 Oxford School Road.

Civil Rights Historian Speaks On Minority Voting Rights On

Monday, March 27, 7pm, Beaver Library

Hickory, NC – Peyton McCrary, Ph.D., recently retired historian in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, will speak on “The Current Status of Minority Voting Rights” at a public forum on March 27.

The forum will be at 7 p.m. at the Patrick Beaver Library, 375 3rd St. NE, Hickory. All are welcome. There is no charge.

One of Dr. McCrary’s last assignments was working on the federal voting rights trial in Winston-Salem in 2015. His role was researching the issues, helping with expert witnesses, and helping attorneys prepare for cross-examining opposing experts.

McCrary worked for the Department of Justice for 26 years. Previously, during his career as a college professor, he testified as an expert witness in 14 voting rights cases.

In 2011, Dr. McCrary received the Maceo Hubbard Award for sustained commitment to the work of the Civil Rights Division. His Ph.D. in history is from Princeton University.

The forum is sponsored by the Catawba County Democratic Party and the Catawba County Branch of the NAACP.

Statesville Downtown Wine Walk Is Saturday, April 8, 4-7pm

Statesville, NC - The Wine Walk in Downtown Statesville has become THE premiere event for wine lovers! Spend Saturday, April 8 from 4-7 pm in Historic Downtown Statesville tasting 70+ remarkable wines and exploring our fantastic downtown shops. Last year, this event sold out well in advance, so don’t wait to secure your spot in this year’s walk! Tickets are available online now at

Tickets for the 2017 Wine Walk are $25 if purchased in advance and $35 on the day of the event (if available). This price includes a commemorative glass and tastings of more than 70 wines. All wines being sampled will be available for order through Wine Maestro - Downtown Statesville. This is a rain or shine event; all tastings and entertainment will be held inside participating businesses. No refunds will be given; all ticket sales are final.

The registration table for the Wine Walk will be at the Wine Maestro, located at 121 West Broad Street in Downtown Statesville. EVERYONE (even those who bought tickets in advance) must stop by this table on the night of the event to have their ID checked and receive their wristband, program, and wine glass before they can participate in the event. Wine Maestro is NOT one of the 16 locations for sampling, but everything being poured can be ordered by the bottle or case at Wine Maestro. There will be discounts given for wine orders (6 bottle minimum) placed the evening of the event. The event ends at 7 pm, but Wine Maestro will stay open until 8 pm so attendees can stop in and place an order. For more information, call 704-883-9463 or email us at

Events At L-RU To Focus On Issue Of Sexual Assault, April 3-7

Hickory – As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, numerous events for students and community members are planned at Lenoir-Rhyne University to bring attention to this important issue. From April 3 through the 7, a display table will be set up in Cromer Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering valuable information about protection against sexual assault, reporting incidents, and support resources. Student volunteers will be available to answer questions and distribute teal ribbons which can be worn throughout the week to promote and support Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

April 3 - Viewing of Documentary: Hunting Ground and Panel Discussion

On Monday, April 3 a showing of the acclaimed documentary Hunting Ground is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Cromer Center Cafeteria. Directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering, Hunting Ground tells the real-life stories of survivors of sexual assault on campuses across the United States.

Bonny Shade

Through first person testimonies, the film portrays the victims’ struggles to pursue their educations while fighting for justice. Audience members will be asked to share their thoughts and insights through a panel discussion following the film. Panel guests will include LR staff members Dawn Floyd, Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator; Dr. Katie Fisher, Assistant Provost and Dean of Student Life; Dr. Mindy Makant, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies; Jodi Jabs, Director of Student Activities; and Jennifer Drum, LR Counselor and Adjunct Instructor. Norris Yoder, Director of Security for LR will also join the panel along with Kim Craig of the Hickory Police Department.

April 4 - Got Consent? Social Media Campaign

On Tuesday, April 4, LR students are invited to participate in a social media campaign titled Got Consent? The purpose of the campaign is to help define and recognize consent before engaging in any type of sexual activity. Students will be invited to write their definitions of consent on white boards which will be posted on social media along with photos of participants. The campaign will be conducted at the display table in Cromer Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 5 - Be MORE than a Bystander Social Media Campaign

Be MORE than a Bystander is the theme of an additional social media campaign scheduled for Wednesday, April 5. A video providing the perspective of a bystander who witnesses a potential sexual assault will be shown at the display table. Participants will be asked to write their ideas about the responsibilities of a bystander on wooden signs displayed in the Cromer Center. Those messages, along with photos, will be posted on social media.

April 6 - Guest Speaker: Daniel Faill

The theme for Thursday, April 6 is Supporting Survivors; information and resources will be provided at the display table. In addition, the University will welcome guest speaker Daniel Faill at 7 p.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Faill will share his personal experience with sexual assault. His program, A Night To Forget, serves as testimony that sexual assault is not just a women’s issue but one that can affect everyone, even the most invincible of men. Faill is the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Elon University. He has over 12 years of higher education experience, focusing mainly on student leadership and development through student life, clubs and organizations, and fraternity and sorority life. He is the co-editor of the book Glee and New Directions for Social Change (2009) which focuses on youth, media, and social culture.

Following his presentation, Faill will participate in a “Take Back the Night” walk through campus, scheduled at 8:30 p.m. beginning at the entrance of P.E. Monroe Auditorium.

Daniel Faill

Throughout the candle-lit walk, survivors of sexual assault from the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) will share their personal experiences and encourage any participants who are also victims to do the same. Participants will stop at various locations – including Grace Chapel and the newly constructed labyrinth – to listen and share compelling stories. RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.

April 7 - Discussion: What’s Next?

The display table will be moved outside into Shaw Plaza on Friday, April 7 to encourage discussions about What’s Next? Campus and community members will be asked to share their ideas about the next steps they can take as individuals to help prevent sexual assault.

April 11 - Guest Speaker: Bonny Shade

LR will welcome a second guest speaker on Tuesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Bonny Shade, Associate Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and active member of the For College For Life organization, will share her personal experience as a victim of sexual assault. In her powerful program, Just Another Assault, Shade provides an in-depth look at issues surrounding assault, rape culture, and healing. She describes how her journey has involved an understanding acquaintance-based assaults, post-traumatic stress disorder, and the importance of sharing her experience to help others find the truth in their own. A published author in leadership and risk reduction, Shade is using her voice and story to lead and make a difference. This presentation is being sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

For more information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month and events scheduled at LRU, visit or contact Jodi Jabs:, 828.328.7998 or Dawn Floyd:, 828.328.7040.

Exploring College Options At Ridgeview, Mon., Mar. 27, 2pm

Hickory - Are you interested in pursuing an affordable college education, a GED or a certification for work? Would you like to earn an associate’s degree or learn more about a hobby? Are you wondering how to pay for college? On Monday, March 27, beginning at 2:00 pm the Ridgeview Branch of the Hickory Public Libraries will host Exploring College Options. Representatives from Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) and the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) will be available to answer questions and discuss options for adult education after high school.

Whether you are a high school senior graduating in the spring or someone wishing for a better job, you can explore your options for further education by talking with Vanessa Sharp of CVCC and Skip Watts of CFNC. Representatives will be available between the hours of 2-4 pm to answer questions and provide information. Light refreshments will be provided. This program is free and open to the public. Middle school and high school students and parents are encouraged to attend, and anyone considering college, a GED or a career change in the future is also invited.

Ridgeview Library is located at 706 1st Street SW, at the corner of 7th Avenue SW and 1st Street SW. For more information or for directions, please call us at (828) 345-6037.

Full Circle Arts Announces The Winners Of Connections

Hickory - Full Circle Arts of Hickory has been a fixture in the Hickory art scene for 16 years. We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2017 Spring Competition "Connections". This year we asked artists to expand their creativity and venture into the meaning and composition of their artwork by using their interpretative skills in summoning up the idea of "Connections" in their work. The show will run until April 22, 2017. Visitors will be able to explore the theme of our show any time in the next month during our normal business hours. Wed.-Friday 11 am - 5 pm and Saturday 10 am - 2 pm.

We have been fortunate in enlisting very generous sponsors for our prizes for this show. They are Tracy Horton, DDS, William F. Straka, DDS, and Luke Scheibner, Insurance and an anonymous donor.

The winners are:

First - Buzz Browning, for Leaving Egypt, acrylic, a large stylized painting portraying the travelers from the biblical theme.

Second - Meredith Janssen, for Intimate Recital, photo transfer & intaglio print, an exploration in printmaking and subject juxtaposition.

Third - Genie Greenlaw, for Heart of the Gallery, wool, a beautiful weaving depicting visitors to an art gallery in an abstract form.

Honorable mentions - Max J. Herbert, for Green Radio, acrylic

John Murgo, for Crashing Down, digital photo

Julian Phelps, for Escape, mixed media

Zan Thompson, for Connection between Heaven and Earth, watercolor.

We invite the public to join us in celebrating spring and perhaps making a 'connection' with one of our wonderful works of art on display now in our gallery, many of which are for sale.

The judge for our show was Liliya Zalevskaya, printmaking and photography instructor at Gaston College, Dallas, NC. She attained her BFA from UNC Charlotte and MFA from UNC Greensboro in digital media. Her work includes photography, installations, video and works on paper.

Full Circle Arts is a non-profit artists’ cooperative located in downtown Hickory, 42-B Third Street NW. More information about Full Circle Arts, classes, membership, or other upcoming events is available at 828-322-7545. You may also write to Full Circle Arts, PO Box 3905, Hickory NC 28603, or email Please visit our website at

Hickory Police Dept. Career Open House Is Wed., April 5

Hickory - Honesty, integrity, dedication, selflessness, Professionalism, Accountability, Compassion, and Teamwork. If these words describe you, we are waiting for you at Hickory Police Department. Whether you are looking to start a career, change careers or wanting to explore a new department, we invite you to attend our Career Open House on April 5, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:00pm at the Floyd W. Lucas Jr., Police Headquarters.

Any interested certified or non-certified police officers applicants wanting to learn more about joining the ranks of our department will want to be here for this opportunity. During the Open House, Command Staff, Recruitment Staff, and other key Department Staff will offer a facilities tour, overview of departmental operations, Community Policing discussion, recruitment video, equipment demonstrations, and a questions and answer opportunity at the conclusion of the evening.

Why Hickory Police Department?

Hickory Police Department is committed to providing the highest quality of police service to our customers; the citizens of and visitors to our city. Dedicated to improving the quality of life in our city, our department will work in partnership with our community to provide a high degree of effective and efficient public safety while maintaining respect for cultural diversity and individual rights and dignity. The Hickory Police Department is a full service municipal police agency comprised of 152 full-time coworkers.

We strive to serve citizens with the highest level of professional law enforcement service possible. Hickory Police Officers must have the ability to make sound decisions, to have good judgment, and to practice solid verbal and written communication skills. Each Police Officer is required to operate with an independent work ethic under minimum direct supervision.

Qualification Requirements are:

• Must be 20 years of age or older
• Good health and physical condition
• Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (Graduate of a 4 year college or university preferred)
• Be a United States citizen
• Have or be able to obtain a North Carolina Driver’s License
• Have an Honorable Military Discharge, General Discharges are evaluated on a case by case basis
• Pass an entry level physical ability test (POPAT)
• Pass an extensive background investigation including psychological examination, polygraph examination, etc.
• Pass a pre-employment Medical Examination and Drug Screening Test
• Must not have a criminal record or a record of serious motor vehicle offenses
• Live within 30 mile radius of Police Headquarters (347 Second Avenue SW, Hickory, NC)


Along with the benefit and responsibility of serving as a Community Police Officer with one of the finest municipal agencies in the country each officer is provided:

• All required equipment and uniforms
• Entry level pay Non-Certified $31,560.95
• Entry level pay Certified $35,067.72
• "One officer-one car" and "take home car" programs
• State and Local Government and Law Enforcement Officer's retirement plan
• Paid medical insurance for employee
• Paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave
• Physical fitness facilities
• Tuition reimbursement
• Work schedule that provides seven days off every 14-day cycle, including every other weekend

To obtain more information about joining the ranks of the best law enforcement has to offer, please contact Sgt. Keith Yoder at the Hickory Police Department at 828-324-2060.

Recruitment Mission Statement

The Hickory Police Department Recruitment Division is committed to recruiting, assessing, and hiring the best-suited and qualified applicants to meet the needs of the City of Hickory and the HPD.  The HPD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We believe our employees should be reflective of the community they serve.

March 30, Newton, A Premiere Of A Musical With Message Of Hope

Newton, NC - Over the years, big musicals like Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and Wicked have charmed audiences throughout the world, but how many communities get to say that I saw it here first?

Nearly three decades ago, Peter Corneliussen, Music Director of Corinth Reformed Church in Hickory, sat down and began to write The Darkest Side Of Midnight - a musical with a message of hope to a world in need of love. Eventually he met up with another local performer and writer Rebecca Catalono - and the rest of the journey began. Over the years they have honed the story, tweaked the telling, added songs and characters—some historical, some purely fictional—and what was once simply a new perspective on a beloved Bible story has become an incredible story of love, acceptance and hope. They knew from the beginning they didn't want to simply re-tell Jesus' story, they wanted to show a new perspective and make people think.

"The story that was once intended to dispel certain myths about Mary Magdalene and show the power of Jesus' love has grown into this incredible story of love and empowerment! said Miss Catalono. In the beginning it started out as a story we wanted to use to reach everyone with the indescribable love of Jesus and now it has evolved into not just a message of love, but of hope, strength, and acceptance that is desperately needed in our current time."

The musical features several well known singers, including Jordan Randall, Peter Bost, Ingrid Keller, Davey Huffman, Jeremy Whitener, Caroline Collins, Alyssa Lowe, Clam Sepulveda and many more - as well as Rebecca Catalono as Mary Magdalene.

The show runs one weekend only, March 30-April 1 at 7 PM and April 2 at 2 pm at the Newton-Conover Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors and $8 for children 5 and under and are available at

RiverRun Film Festival Has Free Family Screenings, Mar. 30-Apr. 8

Winston-Salem, NC – The RiverRun International Film Festival today announced their free family-friendly screenings and events offered during the second annual RIVERRUN FAMILY DAY at their upcoming Festival, March 30 - April 9th. RiverRun believes in making quality archival and independent films more accessible to the community.

These free family-friendly events include:


RiverRun has put together a fantastic line-up of free events for audiences of all ages for RiverRun Family Day. Beginning with their popular Saturday Morning Cartoons program and ending with a screening under the stars, families and guests of all ages are encouraged to join the fun.

Sponsored by Salem Smiles Orthodontics
April 1 / Hanesbrands Theatre
RATING: FM - For children ages 8 and up
9:00am – Kids’ art activity with SECCA
10:00am – Films Begin
Each year RiverRun presents our own version of Saturday Morning Cartoons to our young audiences. We search high and low for the best new animated shorts that we think will appeal to both children and parents alike. This year we have a wide array of films encompassing many different interesting animation techniques and stories. Our Saturday Morning Cartoons truly have a little something for all ages! Come early and join our friends from SECCA for hands-on interactive art-making activities from 9 - 9:45 AM before the show.

Peppercorn Theatre at RiverRun
Saturday, April 1st at 1:00 pm at Hanesbrands Theatre
Peppercorn Theatre will present the short stage play before the screening of the animated short “Stick Man.”

A short play for ages 4 & up
Two architects are at it again to find out who can build the sturdiest structure! Watch as they test their creations, and help them decide which building can stand up to the challenge and which building must come down. RUNTIME: 20 min.

“STICK MAN” Screening
Directors Jeroen Jaspaert and Daniel Snaddon
UK / 2015 / 27 MIN. / ENGLISH
Stick Man (voiced by Martin Freeman, a.k.a. Dr. Watson on BBC’s “Sherlock”) lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their three stick children. Join Stick Man on his incredible adventure across the seasons as he runs from a playful dog, gets thrown in a river, escapes from a swan’s nest and even ends up on top of a fire and other adventures along the way, finally encountering Santa (voiced by Hugh Bonneville aka Lord Grantham of “Downton Abbey”). Will he get back to his family in time for Christmas?

Sponsored by Mast General Store
April 1 / Bailey Park
Opens at 6: 30 p.m., film begins at 8 p.m. (or sunset)
Director: Mel Stuart
USA / 1971 / 100 MIN / ENGLISH
Enjoy a free outdoor screening of the beloved 1971 Gene Wilder film. The event will feature food trucks, Hoots Beer Company and Dewey's Ice Cream. A limited number of chocolate bars from Twin City Hive will be given out, five of which will contain a "Golden Ticket!” Golden Ticket holders will receive fun prizes!

Description: Willy Wonka, the world famous candy maker, suddenly announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the factory and one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka Chocolate. Young Charlie wants to find a Golden Ticket more than anything in the world. Charlie and his beloved Grandpa Joe, join four other children and their parents to visit Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Five go in and only one will emerge the winner. Will it be Charlie?


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April 8 / Hanesbrands Theatre
RATING: FM - For children ages 8 and up
9:00am – Peppercorn Theatre at RiverRun presents “The Prop Shop Pop Up”
10:00am – Films Begin
If you missed our April 1st screening of Saturday Morning Cartoons, see it again with a pre-show by Peppercorn Theatre. Join Peppercorn Theatre and Kaleideum for a pop-up maker activity from “The Prop Shop,” a new exhibit devoted to making and building your own stories! The Prop Shop offers a space for visitors to create puppets, props, costumes and more, all opening this month at Kaleideum's Downtown campus.

RIVERRUN TICKETS & INFO: RiverRun’s popular Ticket Samplers, which include 10 film vouchers for the price of nine, are now on sale at the Stevens Center Box Office. For more information about the many benefits of becoming a RiverRun member, visit Get tickets at the Stevens Center Box Office, via or over the phone at (336)721-1945.

SPONSORS: The sponsors of the 2017 RiverRun International Film Festival help sustain the organization's mission to foster a greater appreciation of cinema and a deeper understanding of the many people, cultures and perspectives of our world through regular interaction with great films and filmmakers. Festival sponsors include: Title Sponsors – The Arts Council, Reynolds American, and UNCSA; Presenting Sponsors – City of Winston-Salem, Millennium Fund, Wake Forest University, Wells Fargo, Winston-Salem Foundation; Marquee Sponsors – ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM, MullenLowe, PNC Bank, Salem Smiles Orthodontics and Visit Winston-Salem.

ABOUT RIVERRUN: The RiverRun International Film Festival is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the role of cinema as a conduit of powerful ideas and diverse viewpoints. Founded in 1998, RiverRun is a competitive event that annually showcases new films from both established and emerging filmmakers around the world. Each spring, RiverRun screens new narrative, documentary, short, student and animated films, offering both audience and jury prizes in competition categories.

Western Piedmont Symphony Masterworks

Concert IV • Celtic Memories

March 18, 2017 • By W. Gerald Cochran

Hickory - It is not often that one gets to hear a world premiere of a major musical work, but that is exactly what happened at the Western Piedmont Symphony’s Masterworks Concert at the P.E. Monroe Auditorium of Lenoir-Rhyne University. The program, titled “Celtic Memories,” featured the first-ever performance of In Pursuit: Concerto for Lever Harp and Orchestra by Maeve Gilchrist (b. 1985) and Luke Benton (b. 1979).

Maeve Gilchrist is a harpist, composer, and educator who was born in Edinburgh. Scotland, and is now based in Brooklyn, New York. She tours internationally as a harp soloist or as band leader and has appeared in many major musical events throughout the world. She is also on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, the first lever harpist to be employed there.

Luke Benton is a composer, educator and violinist based in Hickory, NC. He is Associate Principal Second Violin in the Western Piedmont Orchestra, and is on the faculty of Lenoir-Rhyne University, teaching music theory, composition and other music courses. He has had a number of commissions from the Western Piedmont Symphony and Lenoir-Rhyne University, among others.

In Pursuit is a concerto in four movements for lever harp (Celtic harp) and orchestra. It was inspired by a book her mother wrote about her great, great grandmother, Kate Corbett, relating the story of moving her family from Dublin across the Atlantic, stopping first in New York, and then settling in Wyoming, and finally returning to England to become a Cistercian nun in a monastery. Each of the movements, The Voyage, New York, Wyoming, and Peace, suggests the colors and landscapes of the journey. One could certainly hear the restless ocean, the hubbub of New York, the desolation of Wyoming, and consolation of the convent. The last movement was perhaps the most powerful, depicting Kate’s reunion with God and with music, which she had given up throughout this journey.

To say the Maeve Gilchrist is an exceptional harpist would be an understatement. She can bring together an exciting range of sounds that make beautiful music. The problem with world premieres is that you only get one hearing, and that makes it difficult to have any familiarity with the work. I would hope that this piece will become part of the orchestral repertoire, as it deserves many more hearings.

In addition to the concerto, the concert opened with Tam O’Shanter Overture, Op. 51, by Malcolm Arnold (1921-2000). This is based on the poem Tam O’Shanter by Robert Burns, and depicts the legend of a drunkard who ignores his wife’s warning that one day he will be caught by the witches and warlocks and punished for his misdeeds. The music very humorously depicts the raucous goings-on with the witches and warlocks and Tam’s narrow escape from them with the sacrifice of his horse’s tail.

The program closed with Symphony No. 3 in a minor, Op. 56, “Scottish,” by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847). Much of this music is dark and somber, although the last movement becomes brighter. The themes are based on a trip Mendelssohn took to Scotland some years earlier, and beautifully depicts the turmoil of the northern islands.

This was certainly an exceptional program, with exceptional performances by the soloist and by the orchestra.

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