Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute students, faculty and staff brought out their party hats and noisemakers at the annual Fall Festival, which had the theme of a birthday party.
Bobby and Linda Taylor weren't home Friday afternoon when a fire spread through the house they've lived in for 17 years on Bee Mountain Rd.
The fire started just before 4 p.m., said Gamewell Fire Department Lieutenant Sam Smith, and as of Friday afternoon, the cause of the fire was unknown.
As James Roberts and Melinda Nicole "Nicky" Curtis sped through the Granite Falls area Tuesday afternoon to try to escape Curtis' husband, Roberts kept telling Curtis to keep her head down.
Crouching at the grave of her 4-year-old daughter, Misty Barker Vess frowned at the plastic flower vase blown over by the wind. Determined, Vess scooped out a few handfuls of dirt from under it and firmly placed the vase back upright. She rearranged the silk flowers so that they once again stood tall.
During a day of presentations on their two-year school improvement plans, Caldwell County principals talked to school board members Wednesday mostly about improving math and reading scores as well as attendance.
Due to a production error, the contest form for football picks in Friday's News-Topic is last week's column. Here is the correct one. You also can pick up a copy at the News-Topic offices, 123 Pennton Ave. NW in Lenoir, and it will be printed in Sunday's paper.
The West Caldwell Warriors came up just short of their second straight victory, falling 28-24 to West Lincoln on Friday in Gamewell.
The Hibriten Panthers dropped their second consecutive game after a 49-21 loss to Watauga on Friday night in Lenoir.
South Caldwell fell short of victory at home Friday night, losing to the Freedom Patriots 27-10 in a game defined by two distinct, opposite halves.