Aug. 25, 2015 @ 06:24 PM

Lenoir wants state to drop crossroads plan

Lenoir officials want the N.C. Department of Transportation to drop its long-term plans to radically remake Smith Crossroads into a broad interchange that would wipe out about 20 existing businesses.

Aug. 23, 2015 @ 09:55 AM

New law wipes away local standards

A painstaking, yearlong process of public meetings and gathering input from property owners and neighborhood residents resulted in the adoption six months ago of the North Main Street Area Plan, intended as a guide for redeveloping and beautifying the northern gateway into downtown Lenoir. The N.C. General Assembly has virtually wiped out an important portion of that work.

Aug. 18, 2015 @ 04:34 PM

New law firm opens in Lenoir

The law firm of Fleischer & Hall PLLC has opened at 309 Main St. NW.

Aug. 18, 2015 @ 04:30 PM

Grants target farmers expanding business

WNC Agricultural Options is accepting grant applications from farmers diversifying or expanding their businesses.

Aug. 18, 2015 @ 04:29 PM

Granite Falls OKs development swap

Granite Falls will allow the developer of a property along U.S. 321 to build a commercial development more densely than would otherwise be allowed if the company buys additional watershed acreage that would be left undeveloped.

Aug. 13, 2015 @ 10:31 AM

Caldwell County's 'brand' evokes nature, technology

A man wearing jeans and a ballcap sits on a large, bare rock high on a mountain and looks out at the Blue Ridge Mountains layered one upon another, fading from blue to gray to white into the distance, and beside the man his laptop computer sits open on the rock, its screen lit, ready to go. That image will be the centerpiece of a “branding of place” campaign for Caldwell County.

Aug. 11, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

New bargain store opens

Terry's Bargains has opened at 1817 Harper Ave. in Lenoir.

Aug. 10, 2015 @ 09:56 AM

Gamewell Chiropractic remains open

Gamewell Chiropractic Center’s interim chiropractor has agreed to stay on and manage the practice after the death of the practice’s founder.

Aug. 04, 2015 @ 06:15 PM

Caldwell County skills reach new niche market

Connecting Charlotte-area interior designers with Caldwell County furniture expertise has been a winning formula for In & Out Moving and Delivery, which is converting its contract labor to full-time employees and over the next two years plans to create 35 new jobs and move to a larger facility.

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.