Clerks busted for under-age tobacco sales

Clerks at two Catawba County convenience stores were among 243 statewide cited for selling tobacco products to minors.

During fiscal year 2011-2012, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agents conducted 1,870 unannounced tobacco compliance checks in 90 counties across the state and cited 243 store clerks for selling tobacco or tobacco products to a minor.

Among those checks, two in Catawba County resulted in citations. In March a citation was issued to a clerk at the Sonoco at 821 U.S. 321 NW in Hickory. Another citation was issued in April for a clerk who sold tobacco to a minor at the Lowes Foods Fuel on Second Street NE in Hickory, according to information provided by ALE.

To read more of this story, pick up the weekend print edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.