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October 12, 2017

Oktoberfest Celebrates 32 Years Of Fun And Entertainment

Hickory - Get ready for three days of jam-packed music, food and fun, as Hickory celebrates the 32nd Annual Oktoberfest, held in Downtown Hickory on October 13, 14 and 15, 2017.

The festival will bring carnival rides, amusement games, music, demonstrations, vendors and of course, FOOD to the area in and around the Square. Canned foods for the Castle of Cans can be dropped off at the Focus booth or at Tasteful Beans Coffee House. Last year, more than 17,000 pounds of food was collected... let's beat our record this year.

Friday night on the Pavilion Stage, the Foothills Oompah Band kicks off the festival with German Polka in celebration of Hickory's German heritage.

Blues man John Nemeth fearlessly crushes all barriers of style and genre with original songs that defy all the usual pigeonholes on Friday night at the Pavilion Stage.

Saturday night's headliner on the Pavilion Stage is McKinney Gap from Charlotte NC, a progressive bluegrass band with deep roots in tradition.

Nantucket takes the Main Stage on Friday night. Still retaining the reputation as one of the most entertaining bands of all time, the band members today consist of Tommy Redd, Larry Uzzell, Mike Uzzell, Eddie Blair, Jason Patterson and Ronnie Waters.

Saturday night, On the Border - The Ultimate Eagles Tribute takes the stage! These musicians are one of the most exciting and authentic Tribute bands in the country! Their family-friendly show guarantees EVERYONE has a GREAT time!

Sunday will bring devotional music to the Main Stage, featuring Reggie Rocc, then Devotion and Friends.

The Singer/Songwriter Stage will host a wealth of both upcoming talent and established artists, bringing their original music to the stage. Friday night's headliners are Carly Rogers and Allie Colleen. David Childers headlines on Saturday.

The Hickory Music Factory Stage hosts young, local musicians, giving them a place to spotlight their talent. Many of the artists that have played here in the past have gone on to musical careers of their own, so make sure to check them out!

Be on the lookout for Festival Favorite Accordion Player Bob Wilusz as he roves through the festival playing traditional German music.

Everyone will enjoy the Kidsfest area with performances by local talent, amusement rides and carnival games. Look for the Susan L. Coleman Castle of Cans, sponsored by Food Lion Feeds. Food Lion Feeds is donating 5,000 pounds of canned goods to build a foundation for the castle through its Food Lion Feeds hunger relief initiative. Help fight hunger in Catawba County by donating food to build the Susan L. Coleman Castle of Cans-the Castle of Caring. Area churches, civic organizations, businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate.

Take a stroll through the vendor's area, where you will find Fine Arts and Crafts artisans, who will have items such as pottery, jewelry, glass, fabrics, paintings and wood crafting, just to name a few. Start thinking of Christmas gifts!

Commercial vendors will fill Second Street with a wide variety of merchandise ranging from apples to handmade soaps to clothing. Many of these merchants are local vendors, so look for them!

Visit the Non Profit area of the Festival and talk with candidates running in the upcoming elections.

Take a break from all the excitement and visit the many food vendors located in the Pepsi Food Court. Here you will find everything from authentic German food to funnel cake.

Hickory Downtown Development Association hosts Oktoberfest sponsored by the City of Hickory, Food Lion, Sheetz, Pepsi, United Beverages, Food Lion Feeds, Charter Spectrum, Focus Newspaper, WHKY , WMNC Big Dawg,WSGE, Hickory Jaycees, Hickory Music Factory and Touring Logistics.

For more information about Oktoberfest 2017, guidelines or sponsorship information please visit the website or email

Relay For Life Benefit Concert On November 4

Features Mighty TAMS, With 14 Karat Gold Band

Hudson, NC - Coming to the Hudson Uptown Building on November 4th for a Relay for Life Benefit Concert is the Mighty TAMS from Atlanta Ga. Opening for the TAMS is 14 Karat Gold Band with CJay Bell. Relay for Life Burke is hosting the concert and will be splitting the proceeds with Relay for Life Caldwell. Burke Relay for Life chose the HUB in Hudson NC for its vicinity to several towns such as Granite Falls, Sawmills, Hudson, and Lenoir closeness to Hwy 321. Also with towns like Hildebran, Connelly Springs and Valdese that has access by way of Cajahs Mtn Rd to the town of Hudson. The event is a community and a regional event.

The TAMS have been touring over 50 years and have gold and platinum hits. They have been named the Beach Band of the Decade and are in the Georgia Hall of Fame. Lil Redd leads the group, son of co-founder Charles Pope, has been nominated CBMA male vocalist 2017. Lil Redd starting touring with the band when he was 6 years old and has been touring for 42 years. The TAMS also have toured with Jimmy Buffett. One of the TAMS hits was featured in the movie "Shag". Their popularity has grown and the band is booked throughout the southeast.

The benefit concert at the HUB will be General Admission with doors opening at 6pm and showtime at 7pm. There will be a 50/50 raffle with also a chance to meet n greet for a few with the TAMS. There will be VIP prizes from some NC notables. One is a signed baseball from Madison Bumgarner a native from Hudson NC and MVP World Series Champ (3x). Other prizes from Joe Lasher Jr, Benton Blount, Eric Church, Charlie Daniels, Jon Reep, and Balsam Range. Concessions will be available during the concert.

Tickets are available at several go-to locations. Myras in Valdese, Hott Mess Salon in Hickory, The Gold Mine Fine Jewelry in Hudson, Sherrills Jewelry in Granite Falls, Texs Fish Camp in Connelly Spgs, Salon on 10 and Frye Daddys Diner in Hildebran. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and for all ages. Online tickets can be ordered:

HUB is located at 145 Cedar Valley Rd, Hudson, NC, 28638.

Relay for Life co-chair Julie Pearson stated "we wanted to do a different approach to Relay and its going to be awesome!" Burke Relay for Life feels honored that the TAMS who tour all over are coming to help kick Cancer to the Curb! Everyone should get their tickets soon as seating is limited. Come and Celebrate. Remember. And FightBack.

Asheville’s Craft Fair Of The Southern Highlands

Is Next Weekend, October 20-22

Asheville, NC - As Asheville awaits its most popular season, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands continues to offer the public opportunities to cultivate craft in their daily life. Presented by Asheville Color and Imaging and Asheville Citizen-Times, this fine craft event will return to the U.S. Cellular Center. Doors open at the downtown Asheville venue on Friday, October 20 at 10:00am and will last until Sunday, October 22 at 5:00pm.

U.S. Cellular Center is located at 87 Haywood Street, Downtown Asheville, NC.

The Fair is October 20–22, Friday – Saturday, 10 – 6pm and Sunday, 10 – 5pm.

Tickets are: General admission $8, Weekend Pass $12, Children under 12 free.

For more information, go to or call 828-298-7928.

The Fair will feature nearly 180 makers with both contemporary and traditional work in clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry. The members will fill both the arena and concourse of the U.S. Cellular Center. Each maker has undergone a two-step jury process as a part of the Guild's legacy to uphold a set of standards established by their creative peers.

Additionally, there will be a range of craft demonstrations with interactive activities for visitors, such as Brandy Clements of Silver River Chair Caning Center with rush and lace cane on handmade frames, mixed media artist Cindi Lemkau showcasing embroidery and appliqué, and fiber extraordinaire Cassie Dixon will be demonstrating flax making among other techniques.

Each day provides various experiences in addition to shopping. At 1pm, Quilt appraiser Connie Brown will be presenting a fifteen-minute bed turning that will feature a range of southern and vintage quilts.

Michael Hatch Glass

In addition, mountain musicians, from old time to bluegrass, perform live on the arena stage daily. Since the first fair, the music of the area has been woven into the fabric of the Craft Fair experience.

The Southern Highland Craft Guild is also partnering with local service, Slidr, to assist customers and visitors with their transportation to the Fair. With Fall being the most visited time of year for Asheville, the Guild looks to provide ease of access through the electronic shuttle. Slidr will be offering visitors free shuttle rides to and from the North Asheville area near Chestnut Street and the Asheville Chamber straight to the door of the U.S. Cellular Center. Slidr's free mobile app allows users to request a shuttle anytime throughout the event.

The U.S. Cellular Center was a shift in landscape for this event from its inception under canvas tents in 1948 on the grassy lawns of Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Downtown Asheville provides a robust experience for visitors, as the time honored gathering is representative of the creativity that flows in Western North Carolina. As a venue to provide a regional marketplace for mountain craftspeople, the Guild Fairs have evolved into a popular celebration of craft in the country.

The Southern Highland Craft Guild, chartered in 1930, is today one of the strongest craft organizations in the country. The Guild currently represents nearly 900 craftspeople in 293 counties of 9 southeastern states. During the Depression the Guild cultivated commerce for craftspeople in the Appalachian region. This legacy continues today as the Guild plays a large role in the Southern Highlands craft economy through the operation of four craft shops and two annual craft expositions. Educational programming is another fundamental element of the organization, fulfilled through integrated educational craft demonstrations at retail outlets and expos, free educational community events, and an extensive public library located at its headquarters at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Ridgeview Library Plans Kids’ Activities Throughout October

Hickory - Ridgeview Library is celebrating reading with a series of programs all about books and reading, but with a twist. Children in grades 2-5 are invited to join book artist Sigrid Hice on Tuesday, October 17, from 4:30 – 5:30 pm as we learn how to make a spiral book. Registration is required for this free event as supplies are limited. Children in grades 6-12 can learn how to make an origami book with Ms. Hice on Tuesday, October 24, beginning at 4:00 pm. Registration is also required for this event as supplies are limited. Anyone interested in participating should call the Ridgeview Library at (828) 345-6037 to register.

Finally, all readers are encouraged to stop by the Ridgeview Library on Saturday, October 21, beginning at 11:00 am to write their favorite living author a card or letter of appreciation.

Origami books on Oct. 24

Have you ever wanted to tell an author “thanks” for the hours of great reading, or to let them know how much a book meant to you? Take a moment to write your thoughts down and Ridgeview Library will make sure that all the letters get to the author or author’s agent. Take a moment to say thanks!

Ridgeview Library is located at 706 1st Street SW, at the corner of 1st Street SW and 7th Avenue SW, beside the Ridgeview Recreation Center. All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Carole Dennis at the Ridgeview Library, 828-345-6037 or or visit the library’s website at

Maiden Sportsmen Club BBQ Cookoff Is October 21

Maiden, NC - On Oct 21st, the Maiden Sportsmen Club will hold their annual Amateur BBQ Cookoff fundraiser at the Maiden Recreation Center.

The Maiden Sportsmen Club is a non profit organization dedicated to serving the community including Hospice of Catawba County, Robbie Gives Back, Maiden area schools, Christian Ministries and Corner Table Soup Kitchen. All proceeds from this event will go right back into the community.

There will be BBQ and side items on sale beginning at 11:30am on Oct 21st. Plates are $8. Last year we ran out, so come early!

For entry forms and more information, call 828-394-1819. Maiden Recreation Center is located at 207 E Klutz St, Maiden, North Carolina, NC, 28650.

Boger City UMC Women’s Cake Bake Off Nov. 4, Enter By October 14

Boger City, NC - Calling all cake bakers..... BCUMC UMW are holding a Cake Bake Off to raise fund for their humanitarian projects with cake delivery on Saturday, November 4th between 9:30am to 10am in the Fellowship Hall located at 2320 East Main Street in Lincolnton.

The recipe books and the cakes will be sold and prizes awarded from 1 to 3 p.m. The recipe books are $3 and the cakes will be sold by the slice for a $1 or by the portion.

All bakers, adult and youth, should submit their recipes with their name, address, telephone number and e-mail by Saturday, October 14th to Boger City United Methodist Church by mail (2320 East Main Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092) or by email at A $5 entry fee will be collected for each cake delivered for the bake off.

The prizes for youth and adults are: 1st Place, Ribbon & $50; 2nd Place, Ribbon & $25; 3rd Place, Ribbon & $15 For questions, please contact BCUMC at 704-735-7513.

Catawba Vol. Fire Dept. Ribeye Steak Dinner Fundraiser Is October 21

Catawba, NC - Catawba Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., located on Main St. in Catawba will be having a Ribeye Steak dinner, Saturday, October 21, 2017 4pm – 7pm. The meal includes baked potato or fries, salad, dessert and tea or coffee. All steaks grilled to order.

Take out will be available and you can call the Fire Department at 828-241-4955 to place an order to pick up. All take out orders must be adult orders only please. Limited delivery for orders over (5) five.

Adults, $15, Child’s Steak $6 (under age 10 only). All take out steak orders, $15.

The money raised will go for needed equipment for the department. Please come out and support your Fire Department

For additional information contact Catawba Vol. Fire Department, Inc. at 828-241-4955

The Rocky Horror Picture Show At HCT On October 28

Hickory - Reserved seating tickets are now on sale for the Hickory Community Theatre’s annual screening of the cult classic move, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which takes place at Midnight on Saturday, October 28th. The film screening is an audience participation event and “props” are provided by the Theatre.

Tickets are $15, including props, and are available at the Theatre box office, in person or by phone at 828-328-2283, Wed-Sat from 12-5. Or go to and purchase online.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center Sets Vigil For

Tuesday, Oct. 24, Downtown Hickory

Hickory - On Tuesday, October 24th, the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center (CAPC) will hold a Vigil in downtown Hickory. It will be under the Sails at noon on that day.

We will be remembering the children in North Carolina who lost their lives at the hands of abuse and neglect during 2016. Teresa Bentley’s art students at Hickory High School are currently painting a t-shirt for each of the 27 children who died. These shirts will be hung up as each name is read. A bell will ring for each child.

The ceremony will include: Karen Harrington – Social Services Director (remarks), Rev. Greg Brown – St. Stephens Lutheran ELCA (prayer), and Peter Corneliussen and Carolina Collins – Original song “Rescue Me” (composed by Peter C). Donald Hicks (2017 Hancock Settlemyre Award winner) will read out each of the names.

CVCC’s Fall Read Discussions Are On Just Mercy,

A Story Of Justice & Redemption, Oct. 18-Dec. 6

Hickory - Catawba Valley Community College’s Interdisciplinary Read Committee has scheduled three public discussions this fall on its selected annual interdisciplinary read “Just Mercy, A Story of Justice and Redemption,” a nonfiction work by Bryan Stevenson.

Wednesday, October 18, guest speaker District Court Judge Clifton Smith will lead a discussion on capital punishment in North Carolina at noon in the East Wing Auditorium.

Wednesday, November 15, CVCC will host a presentation by Lindsey Guice Smith, executive director of the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, at noon in the East Wing Auditorium.

Wednesday, December 6, a panel discussion featuring criminal justice college instructors, attorneys, a judge and a law enforcement officer will be held at noon in the East Wing Auditorium.

During the college’s year-long examination of “Just Mercy,” students from various core disciplines are challenged to consider themselves as part of a larger community and society. The annual book read also highlights diversity through critical thinking, study and research. There is no charge to attend any of the presentations, and the public is invited to attend.

Individuals with a disability needing accommodations should contact CVCC’s Counselor for Students with Disabilities at least 72 hours in advance to allow time to arrange the services at 828-327-7000, ext. 4222, or

Bethany Evangelical Lutheran’s Holiday Church Bazaar Is Nov. 4

Hickory – Usher in the holiday season by attending this festive holiday bazaar on Saturday, November 4 in the Parish Center from 9am to 2pm! Shoppers will enjoy delicious homemade breakfast and lunch foods while visiting vendors, many of whom are returning from previous years of showing and selling their wares. Handmade crafts, jewelry, floral decorations, baked goods, and wooden art will be available for purchase. Specialty vendors from various companies will also be on site to offer goods.

Admission is free, and no yard sale items will be included. Sponsor of this Holiday Extravaganza is Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (WELCA). This Bethany group is a community of women created in the image of God and called to discipleship in Jesus Christ. WELCA conducts projects, such as this Bazaar, to support the Lord’s work and to conduct activities that benefit the community at large. Participants can purchase raffle tickets for $2 each in order to be in a drawing for a quilt made by the members of the Church’s quilting group, a flat screen television, or a very special garnet ring that has been donated. The members of WELCA will be selling an array of professional knives, which would make excellent holiday presents. A limited number of chicken pies will be available for takeout purchase with an advance reservation.

Pastor Dr. C. Pierson Shaw will be on hand to welcome all guests, as well as members of the Church’s Evangelism/Social Ministry Committee.

For more information, contact Carol Alley, Church Secretary, at 828-322-5002 or email her at Also, find us on Facebook. The Church is located one block west of McDonalds and Ham’s Restaurant at 1644 Main Avenue NW in Hickory. We look forward to seeing you at Bethany as you assist us in living out our Purpose Statement: “Gathered to worship, sent out to serve, and continually enlightened by the Word.”

Explore Jane Austen With Dr. Julie Voss, Beaver Library, Oct. 19

Hickory - Jane Austen’s novels have been adored since they first appeared, two hundred years ago. The six complete novels have been reprinted—in cheap, portable editions and expensive, beautiful editions. They are read on the beach and taught in college classrooms. They have been adapted for stage and screen. They have inspired prequels, sequels, and companion stories. Speculations about the author’s life and responses to her words have given birth to a veritable industry of organizations, websites, conferences, and vacation experiences.

What makes her life so fascinating and her works so enduring? What brings us back, again and again, to the stories she created? Join Dr. Julie Voss for an exploration of Jane Austen’s life, her texts, and the lasting appeal of both at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library on Thursday, October 19th at 6:00 pm.

Jane Austen

Dr. Julie Voss is Associate Professor of English at Lenior-Rhyne University, where she has taught since 2008. Dr. Voss has published works on women writers and is Lenoir-Rhyne’s Director of General Education.

Exploring the Work of Jane Austen is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, please call 828-304-0500 ext. 7235.

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

Downtown Hickory Candy Crawl & Costume Contest On Oct. 27!

Hickory - On Friday, October 27, Union Square will be teeming with super heroes, princesses, fairy tale folks, monsters and creatures from other worlds as HDDA presents the annual Candy Crawl. Costumed children aged 12 and younger are invited to come Downtown for a safe trick or treating experience. The Candy Crawl is from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Downtown businesses will give away treats. The Hickory Museum of Art will have pumpkins for children to decorate.

The Candy Crawl Costume Contest begins at 5:15 under the Sails. Parents can register their children at the HDDA booth located near the Sails between 3:45 and 4:45 pm. Three categories of costumes will be judged by the Hickory Community Theatre Guild: Ages 0-6, Ages 7-12, and Families. Winners in each category will receive tickets for a family of four to see the Hickory Community Theatre's production of Elf, Jr. WHKY's Hal Row will emcee the contest.

The Hickory Downtown Development Association sponsors the Downtown Hickory Candy Crawl to promote safe trick-or-treating in downtown Hickory.

For more information on The Hickory Downtown Development Association, membership, businesses, events and downtown Hickory, please call 828 322 1121 or email, please visit the website,

HCT’s The Foreigner Will Return Next Week, Thursday Oct. 19

Hickory - The Hickory Community Theatre’s hit production of Larry Shue’s hilarious comedy The Foreigner is taking this weekend off to accommodate the Hickory Downtown Development Association’s (HDDA) annual Oktoberfest fundraiser. The popular show will return for its second week of performances on Thursday, October 19th.

“As a longstanding member organization of the HDDA we don’t want to do anything to hamper the success of their biggest annual fundraiser,” said John Rambo, the Theatre’s Managing Director. “It’s also better for our patrons because Oktoberfest usually means there’s no parking within walking distance.”

Continued performances of The Foreigner are October 19th through 29th, Thursdays (Oct 19 & 26) at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays (Oct 20, 21, 27 & 28) at 8pm, and Sundays (Oct 22 & 29) at 2:30pm.

Tickets are $18. There is a $2 senior discount for Fri/Sat/Sun performances. Tickets for students and youth 18 & under are $10. On Thursday night all adults are $14 and youth/students 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.

The Hickory Community Theatre 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 Foreigner is produced by Alex Lee, Inc.

Photo (L-R): Mark Rose as Charlie and Justin Thomas as Ellard inThe Foreigner, returning to the stage on October 19th at the Hickory Community Theatre. For tickets and information call 828-328-2283 or click Photo by Ken Burns

Banquet For Rev. Reggie Longcrier Is This Sunday, Oct. 15

Hickory - Twenty years ago Rev. Reggie Longcrier stepped away from the AME Zion denomination to found Exodus Missionary Outreach Church which would reach out to the least of these in our community. They started in a funeral home chapel with a vision to create a housing program that would serve homeless recovering people returning to the community from treatment centers and prison.

Today, they have been in their own church home on Highland Ave NE in Hickory since 2003, and Exodus Homes is an award winning United Way agency that has earned a national reputation for excellence.

Rev. Reggie Longcrier

In addition to being the founder of the church and the non profit arm at Exodus Homes, he has also been the chaplain of Catawba Correctional Center in Newton for the past 30 years. His award winning work in restorative justice and racial reconciliation has changed our community and saved thousands of lives.

The church celebrated their 20th anniversary in July, and they are hosting a community appreciation banquet in honor of Longcrier and his many accomplishments in ministry on October 15, 2017 at 4:00pm at First Presbyterian Church in Hickory. The banquet is free and those whose lives have been touched by his work are invited to attend.

First Presbyterian Church is located at 237 2nd St NW, Hickory, NC, 28601.

For more information please contact Rev. Susan Walker at 828-962-8196 or

Hometown Debate Oct. 24 On NC Education, OPOP In Newton

Newton, NC - The North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership and the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce will co-host a “Hometown Debate” on the topic of the state’s education policy at the Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton on October 24th.

Doors open at 6:00pm for a brief reception and the debate will begin at 7:00 with a welcome from Loretta Boniti, Senior Political Reporter for Time Warner Cable News.

“The goal of these events is to encourage and enhance education dialogue at a local level - equipping voters with information they can use to make more informed business, policy, and electoral decisions,” said NCIOPL Board Chair Nelle Hotchkiss.

The debate in Newton will focus on the question “Should performance pay play more of a role in North Carolina teacher compensation?” NCIOPL’s mission is centered around fair political discourse on issues, and these debates will provide the opportunity to do just that.

The debate will be broadcast and live streamed online by Spectrum News and the North Carolina Radio News Network.

The debate will be moderated by Spectrum’s Loretta Boniti, and the panelists are Matt Ellinwood from the North Carolina Justice Center, Terry Stoops from the John Locke Foundation, Representative Craig Horn and Representative Susan Fisher. The event is free, and reservations can be made at Additionally, questions for the panelists may be submitted in advance by submitting them via email to Lindsay Keisler,

Hickory Police Department Hosts Career

Open House On Tuesday, October 24

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 October 24, 2017 from 7:00 pm to 9:00pm 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. Justin Levey at the Hickory Police Department, 828-261-2618.

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.

Trade Alley Art’s Grand Opening Is Next Friday, October 20

Hickory - Trade Alley Art, a new artist co-op gallery in Hickory is now open. The LLC for profit co-op is already at maximum capacity with 25 members and a space for one guest artist per month. Though the co-op sprang from a gathering of Uni4artists who met to discuss better ways to sell their work, it is an independent entity from Uni4artists.

One of the challenges local artists have faced is having a permanent location to display their artwork. The idea for the co-op was introduced at the meeting and a core group went quickly to work to put the plans in place for the gallery.

The new gallery, located at 25 2nd Street NW (next to Taste Full Beans), is presently open. The official grand opening will be on Friday, October 20th with a ribbon cutting planned for 4 pm. Work on display includes a range of two-dimensional artwork in a variety of mediums, along with jewelry, glass, pottery, furniture and more. Website coming soon.

Carolina BalloonFest Is Next Week In Statesville,

October 20-22, Friday-Sunday!

Statsville, NC - Carolina BalloonFest will celebrate its 44th year on October 20-22. A favorite festival among many families, this three-day event held in Statesville, NC, is filled with live entertainment, attractions, and family-friendly activities. Located at 260 Hanger Dr. Statesville NC 28677, at the Statesville Airport. Tune into WSIC radio at 100.7 FM or 1400 AM for Balloon Fest info during the event.

Celebrating with the festival this year is Carolina BalloonFest's new Executive Director, Bud Welch.

Welch has been an active volunteer of the festival for more than 10 years. With his hands on experience, Welch has led by example, serving as an active committee and board member while performing various tasks to ready the field for the festival each year.

This year, the festival will host 58 balloons, the largest number of hot air balloons seen by the Carolina BalloonFest in many years. There will also be over two dozen food vendors, nearly 50 marketplace and artisan vendors, and an extensive line-up of live entertainment.

Don't forget about the festival's kids' zone, filled with inflatables, a walk-in balloon and interactive shows. An NC Wine & Craft Beer Garden will also be on site, featuring nine vendors and over 50 samples.

The festival is also a place for many unique and eclectic stories; where pilots of all walks of life join together to celebrate the history of ballooning in Iredell County.

Meet our pilots at the festival's Pilot Meet & Greet, held in the flight field from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday of the festival.

So bring your cameras, lawn chairs and blankets to experience the Carolina Balloonfest, with the beauty of over 50 balloons ascending in unison, the entertainment of live bands, and the other attractions that provide family fun for all ages.

In an effort to be as open as possible, the Carolina BalloonFest feels compelled to point out that while the general weather report for the weekend is very good, the wind forecast may present challenges for us in terms of balloon launches, especially on Friday and Saturday. Of course, wind and weather conditions can change rapidly. Carolina BalloonFest will do everything within our means to have as many scheduled launches as possible. However, our patrons must understand that we have no control over the weather and that the safety of our pilots, their passengers and our patrons is our primary concern.

Children 12 and under get free admission. Pricing varies from $5 per person on Friday only, to a $35 per person weekend pass, and also up to $300 for a Patron Package. Visit to buy tickets. October 20, Friday, Gates Open 3pm ~ Close 8:30pm. October 21, Saturday, Gates Open 7am ~ Close 8:30pm. October 22, Sunday, Gates Open 7am - Close 6pm.

Free parking will be provided. Parking will be located at the festival site, located at 531 Airport Road. This is a first-come, first-serve parking lot and it is encouraged that vehicles should arrive before 1 p.m. to receive a spot. Parking is also available at the Troutman Park & Ride located at the Iredell County Fair Grounds, 630 N. Main St., Troutman. Free shuttle rides will transport guests to and from festival. ?Last shuttle will run at 4 p.m. (on Saturday and Sunday).

Bring Cash: Most vendors and beer tickets are cash purchases only. Limited ATM locations; wait times for guest access to cash may occur.

Hot Air Balloon Flights / Activities Are Weather Dependent: All ballooning activities including static displays, tethered rides and balloon flights are weather dependent. The decision to inflate hot air balloons is made just prior to a scheduled ballooning activity.

Hot Air Balloons Only Launch Twice Daily ~ Early Morning & Late Afternoon. Many attractions and family-friendly activities are scheduled throughout the day for your enjoyment between early morning and late afternoon launch times!
Permitted Items: Blankets, Chairs, Cameras.

Items Not Allowed: Pets, coolers, weapons, drones, pop-up canopies. Search activities will be in progress.

Refund Policy: Carolina Balloonfest Is A Rain Or Shine Event. Carolina BalloonFest Tickets are NON-Refundable. A portion of proceeds raised through our annual hot air balloon festival is distributed to local nonprofit organizations. National Balloon Rally Charities, Inc. is an incorporated 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all contributions are tax deductible. Our mission is to continue the heritage of hot air ballooning in Iredell County, spotlight the community of Statesville and donate a percentage of Carolina BalloonFest proceeds to local nonprofit organizations.

For much more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 704-818-3307.

HCT Announces Sylvia Cast, The Comedy Opens November 2

HIckory - Benjamin Thomas, guest director at the Hickory Community Theatre has just announced the casting for the Theatre’s upcoming production of Sylvia, a comedy by A.R. Gurney. It’s the story of an adorable stray dog that causes trouble between the man who adopts her and his wife, who is reluctant to have Sylvia in the house. In the play, the role of Sylvia is played by a beautiful woman.

Elisabeth Bokhoven plays the troublesome but engaging canine, Bob Smith plays Greg, Sylvia’s rescuer and Jane Lucas plays his reluctant wife Kate. Joshua Yoder, last season’s Hamlet, plays a trio of other characters including Kate’s female best friend.

Sylvia is on stage in the Theatre’s cabaret space, the Firemen’s Kitchen November 2-19. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays (Nov 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18) at 8:00pm, Thursdays (Nov 9 & 16) at 7:30pm and Sundays (Nov 12 & 19) at 2:30pm.

Tickets are $16 and 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 Wed-Fri.

The Hickory Community Theatre 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. Sylvia is produced by Robert Abbey, Inc. and Dr. George Clay, III, DDS.

Photo (L-R): Bob Smith, Jane Lucas, Joshua Yoder, Elisabeth Bokhoven are the cast and Benjamin Thomas is the director of Syliva, coming to the Hickory Community Theatre’ Firemen’s Kitchen November 3-19.

For tickets and information call 828-328-2283 or go to

Western Piedmont Symphony Opens 53rd Season With Rhapsody In Blue

October 7, 2017
By W. Gerald Cochran
Hickory, NC

The Western Piedmont Symphony opened its 53rd season with a concert featuring Rhapsody in Blue at the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University. This concert also marked the beginning of the 27th and final year of Maestro John Gordon Ross as Music Director and Conductor. He is planning a well-earned retirement at the end of this season. The theme for the entire season is “Celebrating John.”

The concert opened with Huapango by Jose Pablo Moncayo (1912-1958), who was a composer from Mexico, and one of the last Mexican composers to achieve prominence. The Huapango is a form of Mexican mariachi music, and has become a national symbol of Mexican culture. Using the full forces of the orchestra, this piece made for a very rousing opener.

Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869) was considered to be America’s first significant concert pianist. He had created several versions of the Grande Tarantelle, including the one heard here for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 67. A tarantella is a fast dance that originated in Italy and was supposed to be a cure for the fatal bite of the tarantula. It is a lively and frenzied work, with intricate rhythms and beats.

The piano soloist was Michael Lewin, who has appeared with the Western Piedmont Symphony on several previous occasions. Mr. Lewin is a gifted concert pianist with an international career. He has won numerous prizes in competitions, played with many of the great orchestras of the world, and has made a large collection of recordings. He is Professor of Piano at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Following a short work by William Grant Still (1895-1978) called Summerland, a dreamy, impressionistic work with jazz elements, Mr. Lewin returned to the stage to perform George Gershwin’s (1898-1937) Rhapsody in Blue, probably one of the most popular works of American music composed during the 20th century. It is a combination of classical and jazz elements, with demanding parts for both the pianist and orchestra. The Grand Tarantelle and the Rhapsody are both crowd pleasers, and Mr. Lewin and the Western Piedmont Symphony provided splendid performances. It is too bad that the piano was not in better shape.

Closing the program was the World Premier of Symphony No, 2, America, by Dan Locklair (born 1949). Dr. Locklair is a North Carolina native, and is currently Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. His second symphony celebrates America. In three movements, it uses themes from various patriotic works. Independence Day, the first movement, uses themes from American the Beautiful. The second, Memorial Day, uses the bugle call Taps as its theme. The final movement, Thanksgiving Day, is based on the hymn We Gather Together, and also brings back the themes from the first two movements. This is a wonderful, very listenable, symphony, performed with passion and feeling and the orchestra. Hopefully, it will get many more performances in the years to come.

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