Jul. 30, 2015 @ 04:58 PM

First Citizens moving its Granite Falls branch

First Citizens Bank will move its Granite Falls office, but customers won’t have to get used to driving a different route.

Jul. 30, 2015 @ 11:22 AM

Patterson Equestrian Center reopening as public facility

On Saturday, The Patterson Equestrian Center will officially become open to the public for horseback riding lessons and equestrian events, including horse shows and mini competitions.

Jul. 29, 2015 @ 05:01 PM

Summer trends muddy the jobs picture

Seasonal factors again pushed up local unemployment rates, but Caldwell County’s progress compared to this same point a year ago is among the best in the state.

Jul. 29, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

Rural officials gather to find common ground

A number of the problems and frustrations local officials face are common to rural counties across the state, as evidenced by discussion Wednesday morning at a forum at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center sponsored by The Rural Center, an organization that advocates for rural counties. The forum was one of six that The Rural Center is holding across the state to gather input as it prepares its agenda for 2016.

Jul. 28, 2015 @ 03:07 PM

Google's next building may be biggest in Caldwell County

Google is considering constructing a nearly 129-foot-tall building -- about as tall as a 10-story office building -- next to Google's first building in Lenoir off of Lynnhaven Drive, near the main entrance to its campus.

Jul. 28, 2015 @ 03:06 PM

Google's neighbors disgruntled

Some of Google's neighbors don't feel too neighborly toward the technology giant. A few came to complain to the Lenoir Planning Board, but not about a proposal to allow buildings up to 150 feet tall.

Jul. 22, 2015 @ 03:23 PM

Sealed Air gets more incentives for new jobs

Sealed Air Corp. will receive up to $60,000 in job-creation incentives from Lenoir after its current expansion, which is expected to lead to 20 new jobs.

Jul. 22, 2015 @ 01:06 PM

Local companies project strong growth

Exela Pharma Sciences, which makes injectable and ophthalmic pharmaceutical products, plans to add up to 35 new jobs within a year, according to information provided by the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission. The company, which is based in the former Broyhill Furniture Industries headquarters on U.S. 321, had about 40 employees at the start of 2013, 109 in August 2014 and has 159 now.

Jul. 14, 2015 @ 04:00 PM

Jobs are here, but some workers live over there

Housing is a hidden factor affecting the statistical picture of Caldwell County, economic development officials said Tuesday. Or, rather, the lack of certain kinds of housing, especially new apartments, is hiding some of the effects of the local job growth over the past couple of years.

Jul. 14, 2015 @ 08:13 AM

Restaurant owner takes second shot

A restaurant called Camelot operated until 2004 in a vaguely castle-like building near Hibriten High School and included a miniature golf course. Now former Camelot owner Robert Greer and his business partner, Tommy Craig, have decided to give the place a second chance, or what some call a mulligan.

Jul. 13, 2015 @ 06:17 PM

Former dry cleaning business torn down

The building that formerly housed a dry cleaning business that was the subject of a lawsuit over improper handling of chemicals was torn down Monday, but to make more space for parking for other stores, not because of anything related to the problems of Piedmont Cleaners.

Jul. 06, 2015 @ 12:55 PM

Dunham's Sports to open Lenoir store Friday

Lenoir will see Caldwell County’s first major retail opening in five years this Friday with a ribbon-cutting at the new Dunham’s Sports.

Jul. 05, 2015 @ 01:56 AM

Public records for July 5, 2015

Jul. 02, 2015 @ 08:29 AM

Jobs are up, but so is unemployment rate

The number of local residents with jobs went up by more than 200, but Caldwell County’s unemployment rate for May was 6.6 percent, up from April’s 5.8 percent. The unemployment rate went up in May in 97 of the state’s 100 counties, as it generally does at that time of year.

Jun. 29, 2015 @ 10:45 AM

CommunityOne completes CertusBank purchase

CommunityOne Bank announced it has completed its purchase of the Lenoir branch of CertusBank and has appointed a former CertusBank manager to run the branch.

Jun. 29, 2015 @ 10:25 AM

Merger of Greer Labs, Stallergenes approved

Shareholders of the French pharmaceutical company Stallergenes have approved a proposed merger with the company that owns Lenoir's Greer Laboratories.

Jun. 26, 2015 @ 04:48 PM

Marcie's Kountry Kitchen closes

Marcie’s Kountry Kitchen, occupying the second floor of the Lenoir Golf Club, closed Thursday after opening in December.

Jun. 26, 2015 @ 01:29 PM

Bunches taking reduced role in Lenoir

Al Bunch, a part-owner of Foothills Radio Group since December 2005, has been hired as general manager of Curtis Media of the Triad, which owns three radio stations in the Winston-Salem/Greensboro/High Point market. Because of the move, his wife, Lilly Bunch, will be stepping down as executive director of the Helping Hands Clinic on Harper Avenue in downtown Lenoir, which provides medical care for the uninsured.

Jun. 24, 2015 @ 04:10 PM

Local freight points to better economy

Signs of a strengthening economy have illuminated some things that Lenoir and Caldwell County officials may not have gotten around to doing when they created the freight-transfer operation known as the transload.

Jun. 23, 2015 @ 03:40 PM

Lenoir to try patio dining by street

Customers at 1841 Café may soon have an option of outdoor seating on Main Street after the Lenoir City Council members approved a pilot program Tuesday that would allow converting two parking spaces into a patio-seating area.

Jun. 23, 2015 @ 01:28 PM

Software company to create 191 jobs in Hickory

A computer software company that works with the trucking industry plans to invest $400,000 opening a site in Hickory that will create 191 jobs over the next three years, state and Catawba County officials announced Tuesday.

Jun. 23, 2015 @ 01:10 PM

Dinner cruise business set to open

A newly renovated marina and a new business offering dinner cruises on Lake Hickory both will have grand openings and ribbon-cutting ceremonies at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Jun. 23, 2015 @ 01:09 PM

Bakery in Granite Falls moves

Nicole Lee Confections will have a "re-grand opening" on Saturday to celebrate its move to a new location at 47 Falls Ave.

Jun. 23, 2015 @ 01:08 PM

How pretty is your horse?

Johnson’s Milling & Feed Inc. is hosting the Best-Looking Horse photography contest.

Jun. 19, 2015 @ 01:16 PM

CCC&TI gets grant for technology, engineering, manufacturing training

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute recently received a $400,000 grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation in support of training for high-demand jobs in the areas of technology, engineering, and advanced manufacturing.