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Gun retrieved on scene of reported drive-by shooting
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CEDAR ROCK — New details have emerged regarding a drive-by shooting that was reported Tuesday, Sept. 27 on the 2500 block of Wilkesboro Boulevard

According to audio clips from radio communication during the incident, the woman turned over a gun to the first responder, who heard the gunshot and arrived at the scene to offer immediate assistance.

Capt. Aaron Barlowe with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the sheriff’s office has a gun that was turned over at the scene, belonging to the injured woman.

The woman reported to investigators that she heard a gun go off, felt pain in her arm, and ran toward a house for help.

The woman said she believed the gunshot came from a passing car, yet was unable to provide a description of the suspect, or the vehicle, to investigators.

The investigation is still on-going.

Reporter Candice Simmons can be reached at (828)610-8721

App State coach Kermit Smith talks to the boys who attended a baseball clinic last week.

Baseball clinic delivers a hit

mental health clinic provides overdue solutions
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LENOIR — UNC Caldwell Health Care is aiming to fill the gap between the community’s rurality and accessible mental health care by opening a new outpatient mental health clinic in Lenoir.

Located beside Caldwell Memorial Hospital on Mulberry Street, the Jonas Hill Hospital and Clinic has been operating as a 27 bed inpatient psychiatric hospital for a little over a year, but on Sept. 7, opened the doors on its outpatient clinic.

“All of us struggle with life issues at any time,” said Christyne Grant, licensed clinical social worker with Jonas Hill.

“It doesn’t matter if someone is just struggling for a moment or has been for a while,” she said. “Anyone is welcome here. We treat depression, multiple anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and even some psychotic disorders...come in and talk to us.”

Grant says reaching out for help is something everyone will eventually need to do and, “it should not be something you’re embarrassed to do. There is a stigma against getting mental health treatment and we need to end that.”

An added benefit of the clinic could be a decline in individuals arrested during a mental health crisis.

Capt. Aaron Barlowe with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said, “prior to this we did not have anywhere local to refer to someone having a mental health crisis.”

“If someone commits a crime, we will press charges, but having a place in the county will make it easier to get help before it leads to a crime,” he said.

Employees at the clinic, who have seen firsthand what the effects of a lacking mental health system can do, are also excited about the clinic.

Alicia Stanislaw, service line director of psychiatry at the clinic, said her background has included working with thousands of adolescents in the school system as a nurse.

“During that time I worked with young people in our community, as well as their families, trying to navigate and access mental health services...almost impossible,” she said.

Stanislaw said Laura Easton, chief executive officer, of Caldwell UNC Health Care, aims at paving the way to local and accessible psychiatric care.

“Over the last eight years, our administrative team has been working very hard with the state to ensure that happens,” Stanislaw said.

The consensus among all employees is a shared vision of growth and excitement for what the Jonas Hill Clinic can add to the community.

Brittany R Cochran, registered medical assistant and office coordinator said, “I am thoroughly excited to be working here at Jonas Hill. It is wonderful to know that our patients no longer have to travel to other counties to get the care they need.

“With the opening of this clinic we have been able to help close a large gap of care that is greatly needed within our community for both pediatric and adult patients,” she continued. “Jonas Hill is a much needed asset and I look forward to watching the clinic grow.’

Reporter Candice Simmons can be reached at (828)610-8721

Caldwell County Schools announces hall of fame inductees
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LENOIR — After a year-long COVID-19 induced hiatus, Caldwell County Schools will present the 18th annual Hall of Honor induction ceremony on Monday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. at the JE Broyhill Civic Center to celebrate graduates who have made significant contributions to their profession and community.

Due to the cancellation of the induction ceremony in 2020, inductees selected for both the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 will be recognized at the event, according to Libby Brown, the Caldwell County Schools public information officer.

Brown says safety protocols will be observed in an effort to maintain a healthy celebratory environment.

The following will be inducted into the Caldwell County Schools Hall of Honor:

Class of 2020

• Dr. Carmen Wendelle Icard Teague

• Thomas Evan Capshaw (posthumous)

• George W. Petrie, Jr. (posthumous)

Class of 2021

• Neil T. Annas

• James W. (Bill) Oxford

• Dr. Mark J. Poarch

• George T. Crowell, Jr. (posthumous)

Tickets are on sale for $10 each through October 13, 2021, at the Education Center, located at 1914 Hickory Blvd., SW in Lenoir. The recognition program began in 2003 and since then, 84 Caldwell County graduates have been inducted into the Caldwell County Schools Hall of Honor.

Reporter Candice Simmons can be reached at (828)610-8721