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Sep. 21, 2014 @ 02:49 PM

Public records for Sept. 21, 2014


Sep. 21, 2014 @ 11:25 AM

Twisted Vine Winery offers space, spirits to unwind

Nestled among the houses and hills in Cajah’s Mountain sits a picturesque red barn, but it’s not housing horses, farm equipment or produce, but a jukebox, tables and chairs, and racks of wine bottles.


Sep. 19, 2014 @ 07:54 AM

Lenoir's 'other' data center celebrates expansion

In an old textile plant on the northern end of Main Street in Lenoir, the rooms are now filled with rows of computer servers with blinking lights, protected by a palm-reading security system and cooled by a huge air-conditioning system.

It’s the city's lesser-known data center, now owned by Centrilogic, which celebrated a landmark expansion Thursday with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.


Sep. 18, 2014 @ 08:17 AM

Caldwell's only temp agency expanding

Kelly Pritchard was one of the first people in Caldwell County working at a business that helps companies find temporary workers. Now she runs the only such company left in the county, and it's expanding.


Sep. 18, 2014 @ 07:28 AM

Lenoir tries to encourage more recycling

The small, blue bins that Lenoir once used to pick up recycling door-to-door can now be found around the city, stuffed in basements full of old sports equipment or under the kitchen sink holding cleaning supplies.

But waning use of the center has city officials gearing up for a new campaign to get residents back in the habit of recycling, said Kaye Reynolds, Lenoir's communications and resource director.


Sep. 17, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Project leader: Study could bring new business within a year

A new study of the potential for new retail and restaurant options in Caldwell County should result within a year in at least one new company breaking ground somewhere on U.S. 321, the project leader for the study told local government officials, business people and property owners Tuesday.


Sep. 16, 2014 @ 09:39 AM

Granite Falls losing millions to surrounding area, study finds

In its initial research, Retail Strategies Group found that Granite Falls is missing out on more than $87.1 million in sales across all categories, including nearly $20 million in general merchandise sales and just over $16 million in supermarket and grocery sales, Laura Hudson of Retail Strategies said. That is money that local residents now are going elsewhere to spend.


Sep. 16, 2014 @ 09:37 AM

Medical company Adhezion celebrates new, bigger building

Adhezion Biomedical, winner of Hudson’s 2014 Best Business of the Year Award, is more than doubling its footprint on Pine Mountain Road with a new facility that’s nearing completion.


Sep. 16, 2014 @ 07:59 AM

Study's goal is luring new retailers

Over the next few months, Caldwell County's potential for new retail businesses will get a thorough evaluation by a market-research firm.

But the company also will actively court businesses that its research says could be successful here.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 02:16 PM

Ninth ‘Caldwell is Hiring’ 3 weeks away

For the ninth time, hundreds of jobseekers are expected to pack the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir for the semiannual job fair Caldwell is Hiring.


Sep. 09, 2014 @ 05:02 PM

EDC members talk about contradiction in economic recovery

A little more than 13 hours after hearing a report on the increasing demand on local food banks from this area’s poor, two Caldwell County commissioners listened Tuesday morning to the Economic Development Commission’s monthly report of positive economic indicators. How could both be true?


Sep. 09, 2014 @ 09:41 AM

County gives more time for hiring goals

Three Caldwell County manufacturers were given more time Monday to qualify for incentives that are tied to how many people they hire.


Sep. 07, 2014 @ 08:25 AM

Laurel Park celebrates grand opening

Lenoir and Caldwell County’s first one-stop facility for women’s and children’s health care has officially opened.

The Laurel Park Medical Pavilion on College Avenue in Lenoir celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting and open house Saturday morning.


Sep. 07, 2014 @ 06:23 AM

Governor helps Bernhardt commemorate 125 years

Gov. Pat McCrory came to Lenoir on Saturday to congratulate Bernhardt Furniture on its 125 years of manufacturing quality furniture in Lenoir.


Sep. 02, 2014 @ 02:03 AM

CCC&TI says new program likely to result in job

After being asked repeatedly whether he knew any students who are skilled as a maintenance technician, and tired of saying no, Jeff Holman decided to start a program that would let him say yes.


Sep. 01, 2014 @ 12:01 PM

CCC&TI health program offers faster path

Health care workers now can get three kinds of certifications in a single course at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute that costs less than a third of what it used to cost to get all three.


Aug. 31, 2014 @ 08:09 AM

Lenoir's 'biocluster' catches agency's eye

In recent years, the cluster of biotechnology companies that has taken root and grown in the Lenoir area has been turning some heads among statewide economic development officials, who now are using the cluster as a potential lure for more biotech jobs.


Aug. 28, 2014 @ 03:53 PM

Number of local jobs goes up

The total number of Caldwell County residents who have jobs increased in July even as a seasonal swing in the job market statewide caused the local unemployment rate to inch slightly higher, the N.C. Labor and Economic Analysis Division reported.


Aug. 28, 2014 @ 08:59 AM

Company gets belated formal welcome to Lenoir

Bakers Waste opened its Lenoir plant last year, but on Wednesday morning, city and county officials, economic development representatives and the company's top staff gathered for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to celebrate the company’s success and formally welcome the company to the area.


Aug. 27, 2014 @ 08:58 AM

Lenoir wants better option for Smith's Crossroads

Lenoir officials hope to come up with better ideas than the state has proposed for replacing the interchange at Smith’s Crossroads, they said at the city’s Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday. The plan for a wide interchange and overpass would displace more than 20 businesses.


Aug. 25, 2014 @ 09:41 AM

Expiration of tax credits could slow local development

Historic properties in Lenoir like the Center Theater and the old Blue Bell factory on College Avenue may be facing tougher paths to rehabilitation, as special tax credits that help property owners are set to expire at the end of the year.

If the state’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits are allowed to expire at the end of this year as planned, it could put a damper on the development of historic buildings all over North Carolina, including Lenoir and Caldwell County.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 07:44 PM

6 from Caldwell get college scholarships from electric company

Six Caldwell County students received scholarships from Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 09:56 AM

Google brings state’s first Googlefest to Lenoir

Google will be taking over the J. E. Broyhill Civic Center in a few weeks to host a free conference, teaching area educators, emergency responders, seniors, nonprofits and small business owners the ins and outs of several Google products.

Experts will be on hand to teach the newest and best Google has to offer, from the wearable computer Google Glass, to Google apps, Gmail, Google Drive and more.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 12:23 PM

County OKs retail study, recruitment

Caldwell County officials hope retail development will get a shot in the arm from hiring a firm to both study the local market and recruit potential retailers to the area.

Local officials have been working for years to make this study a reality, allocating funds in the two prior county budgets, but never finding an arrangement that worked until now, said Deborah Murray, executive director of the county’s Economic Development Commission.


Aug. 18, 2014 @ 04:20 PM

Smoky Mountain Center cuts costs with more personal care

In the last two years, Smoky Mountain LME/MCO, a mental health service provider in Western North Carolina, has reduced its cost of services by more than $20 million while increasing its number of providers and the number of patients it treats, agency officials said Friday.

For the past two years, Smoky Mountain has been able to operate under a waiver that allows the organization to bypass certain federal Medicaid requirements.