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WMNC News, Wednesday, October 22nd

A garbage truck ran over the foot of a 16-year-old while he was trying to get to his stopped school bus in Caldwell County. The truck driver faces a felony charge in connection with the incident. The accident happened Tuesday morning on Connelly Springs Road south of Lenoir. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the bus driver, who was already stopped in the opposite direction, began blowing his horn trying to get the attention of the teenagers. Reports say a Blue Ridge sanitation truck heading in the opposite direction came right at them. The driver of the garbage truck, Larry Shew, is charged with passing a stopped school bus and willfully striking a student. The Highway Patrol said the bus did have all its lights on and its stop-arm extended for nearly 10 seconds before the accident. The 16-year-old was treated and released from the hospital. The accident ironically occurred during the Highway Patrol's "Operation Stop-arm Week." The school district has cameras on the outside of some of its buses trying to catch drivers who break the law. 

The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance identifying an individual captured in video surveillance footage that's been posted online. The footage is of a white male taking the surveillance camera from a closed business on the Abington Road in Lenoir. Additional footage shows that he subject appears to be driving a light colored Pontiac Grand Am. If you know the identity of the individual in the video please contact the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office at 828-759-1554 or to remain anonymous please contact the Caldwell County Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300. You can see the footage on the Facebook Page. The story was posted this morning.

At the Hickory City Council meeting on Tuesday, City Council members approved a proclamation to declare November 1st as "Extra Mile Day". Inaugurated in 2009, Extra Mile Day is a nation wide effort that acknowledges volunteers and charities for their hard work and dedication towards community enrichment and development. Also During the meeting, Hickory City Council members were presented with a set of financial reports detailing a positive outlook concerning the city's recent audit and current fiscal standing. Following the findings Mayor Wright noted that "This year's audit went very well and that "there were no huge issues to worry about". The council also heard from "the Friends of Hickory", who sought the council's approval to continue with their project of designing a new park. If the project is fully realized, the park is expected to be located in the downtown area, equipped with state-of-the art amenities and attractions.

The Burke County Board of Commissioner's were presented with Ebola precautions and October 5th-11th was declared as National 4-H week in Tuesday night's regular meeting. Four presentations were given. The first by Keith Lawson, Burke County Public Schools Finance Officer, on the end of the 2013-2014 fiscal year and the first quarter of the 2014-2015 fiscal year. According to Lawson, state funding was reduced and the budget would be more precise after the second quarter. Sandy Hoilman, Chief Financial Officer for Western Piedmont Community College, also presented on the financial data for the period of July 1st through September 30 of 2014. This year, WPCC received the Duke Energy Grant of $185,000 for equipment for mega-tronics. A Cooperative Extension presentation was given by Extension Agent, John Davis, along with youth from the county's 4-H club. The youth elaborated on the projects they have been involved in and the Commissioner's adopted a proclamation naming October 5th-11th National 4-H week in Burke County. Rebecca McLeod, Health Director of the Burke County Health Department, presented on what rural areas like Burke County are doing to prepare for Ebola focusing on Contact Tracing, for it is essential to the successful containment of the Ebola Virus. There were three items for decision. Funding for the 2014-2015 fiscal year to support Lake James Loop Trail Implementation efforts asking for $7,500 was approved 3-1, an intercampus Transport Service Agreement between Blue Ridge Healthcare and Burke County was approved 3-1, and the creation of four Child Protective Services Social Work Investigative/Assessment and Treatment Positions and one Income Maintenance Case worker position at no cost to the county was approved 4-0. Seven items on the consent agenda were approved 4-0.

WorkSource West/VR will be hosting a Career Fair from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Nov. 5 – 7 to hire workers for the new Applebee's in Morganton. Interested applicants must first apply online at and then come to the Career Fair professionally dressed and prepared to interview. WorkSource West / VR is located at 200 Enola Road, Morganton.

Multiple drug charges have been filed against a McDowell County man. Deputy Ricky Sigman of the McDowell County Sheriff's Office charged 23-year-old Franklin Casey Finley of Marion, with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance. At approximately midnight on Monday, Oct. 20, Sigman and Deputy Brian Walker noticed a suspicious vehicle on Old Greenlee Road. Finley was the passenger in the car. A subsequent search of Finley allegedly turned up a small quantity of methamphetamine and a bag containing four pills, which were identified as clonazepam.