Hickory

Local News
6:52 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Hickory Residents Will Vote On $40M Bond To Improve Roads And Economy

Hickory City Council members visited Charlotte's Little Sugar Creek Greenway this year to study how it was developed. The Hickory Bond referendum includes a river walk that develops existing areas along the city’s Lake Hickory waterfront to LP Frans Stadium.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

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

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Crime
4:05 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Fired Hickory Officer Indicted On Assault Charge

Former Hickory Police Department Sergeant Robert George was fired from his position after an SBI investigation concluded on January 3. He was indicted by a grand jury on March 17.
Credit Catawba County Government

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

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


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Local News
10:11 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Hickory City Council Dines And Talks Taxes In Charlotte

Hickory City Council members discuss whether to seek voter approval for a 20-year $40 million bond referendum to renovate public spaces in Hickory.
Tasnim Shamma

The Hickory City Council conducted business last week ... in Charlotte.

They were in town for a retreat that focused on whether to seek a tax hike for a project to renovate and redesign the city’s public spaces by improving existing parks and building greenways in Hickory.


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Local News
9:12 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Two Local School Districts To Raise Dropout Age To 18

In North Carolina and 21 other states kids only have to go to school till they’re sixteen years old.  But next year Hickory and Newton-Conover Schools will raise the dropout age to eighteen. 

That sixteen year old dropout age harkens back to another time when you could easily get a good-paying job in a furniture factory or textile mill without a high school diploma.  

“That’s drastically changed.  A kid drops out of school at 16 today, with rare exception, there aren’t any satisfactory jobs available,” says Jerry Phillips, a retired businessman in Hickory. 

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Education
4:10 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Mountain State Closes Hickory, Mooresville Campuses

Mountain State University will be closing its doors at the end of the year, including its Hickory and Mooresville campuses in North Carolina.
Credit Courtesy of Mountain State University

A university based in West Virginia with branches in Hickory and Mooresville is closing. Mountain State University will have its final graduation ceremony of its almost-80-year history on Wednesday evening at the school's main campus in Beckley, West Virginia. The school has been fighting to keep its accreditation since June. That’s when the Higher Learning Commission found the school was focused on increasing enrollment rather than providing students with academic support. Andrew Wessels is the public relations manager for the school.

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HRA Update
12:00 pm
Fri January 13, 2006

Hickory Regional Airport Update

(1/13/06) On January 22nd, Delta Airlines is scheduled to make its final flight out of the Hickory Regional Airport. The airline set-up shop in the Uni-Four last spring to much fanfare from city leaders. But the ventrue soon fizzled and now those same city leaders are looking for a carrier to replace Delta. To find out how that search is going, WFAE's Scott Graf spoke with Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright.