Rudy Wright

The late Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright and his dog Reina helped at a ribbon cutting for a new animal hospital in April. He took his life May 11.
Catawba County Chamber of Commerce

Thursday would have been the 70th birthday of the late Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright. The beloved longtime city leader committed suicide in May, and his family is celebrating his memory this week by raising money for a favorite cause and raising awareness of mental illness.

Jeff Cline
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For 16 years, the city of Hickory had one mayor.

"This city loved Rudy Wright," Cline says.  "He had a lot of friends.  Just a fine man and also a fine mayor."

Jeff Cline was one of Wright’s friends. 

A rapper and two others are due in court Wednesday on charges related to a February shootout in uptown Charlotte during CIAA basketball tournament week.

Mayor Rudy Wright
www.HickoryNC.gov

A day after Hickory's mayor of 16 years, Rudy Wright, was found dead at his home, Wright's family has released a statement indicating that his death may have been the result of suicide.