Business

Oct. 30, 2014 @ 08:11 AM

County's unemployment rate hits six-year low

The local unemployment rate for September was 6.8 percent, down nearly a full percentage point from August’s 7.7 percent. The last time Caldwell’s monthly unemployment rate was below 7 percent was in April 2008.


Oct. 29, 2014 @ 11:27 AM

Jobs dominate Lenoir meeting

Recruiting new jobs, businesses and development and keeping young people from moving away were the driving topics of discussion at a community meeting sponsored by the City of Lenoir Tuesday night at Smith Memorial United Methodist Church.


Oct. 29, 2014 @ 11:25 AM

Googlefest intrigues educators, tech users

It wasn’t difficult to tell which company had taken up residence at the J. E. Broyhill Civic Center on Tuesday. The place was filled with bright blue, green, yellow and red accents, statues of little green “Androids,” free food and massages, and the latest in technology products.


Oct. 26, 2014 @ 08:17 AM

Lenoir gets downtown yoga studio

Dr. Torre Hinnant is a family physician, but once she has left the doctor’s office, she doesn’t head home to unwind, she heads to her yoga studio in downtown Lenoir, In Light Yoga and Wellness.

In Light opened early this month on Main Street in the former home of Carolina Mist Winery. Hinnant has transformed the space from a cluttered retail shop to a wide open room with high ceilings and plenty of room to stretch out on a yoga mat.


Oct. 23, 2014 @ 09:35 PM

Local companies relay good news from High Point Market

Furniture officials from Lenoir say they saw good things during the past week at the fall High Point Market. The largest furniture trade show in the world, the High Point Market runs twice a year for a week at a time. Thursday was the last day of the fall market.


Oct. 23, 2014 @ 01:40 PM

Event showcases bioenergy in Caldwell

Each day, Randy Dellinger’s plant on Virgina Street in Lenoir churns out about 7,000 gallons of diesel fuel, ready to be pumped into any diesel engine.

But Dellinger’s diesel isn’t made from fossilized carbon. It’s made from soybean and canola oil, and poultry and pork fat. It’s biodiesel, and Dellinger’s company is Foothills Bio-Energies.


Oct. 22, 2014 @ 09:28 AM

Perseverance, service define top ’14 Small Business

The criteria for the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year Award include attributes like staying power, growth, commitment to community and responding to adversity.

 


Oct. 21, 2014 @ 08:02 AM

Workforce push gives Caldwell industry close look

During the coming weeks, a group of workforce development leaders will be surveying Caldwell County businesses to see where and how the state's workforce development system can be improved.


Oct. 19, 2014 @ 01:54 AM

News-Topic subscribers can get online access to Washington Post

This past week the News-Topic joined forces with the Washington Post as part of the Post's partner program, which allows subscribers to receive the Post’s digital products free.


Oct. 15, 2014 @ 07:14 AM

Chamber showcases everything 'Made in Caldwell'

Socks, large metal trash bins, violins, shopping carts and custom fly-fishing rods all have one thing in common: They’re made in Caldwell County.

Those items are among the wide array of products that are on display today through Nov. 15 at the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce for its “Made in Caldwell" exhibit.


Oct. 07, 2014 @ 07:48 AM

Hudson group mounts pro-alcohol campaign

Drivers on U.S. 321 soon will see a billboard urging Hudson residents to vote in favor of alcohol sales, and yard signs urging a yes vote also will appear, all sponsored by Citizens for a Progressive Hudson, which has begun working to getting the word out on how alcohol sales could help the town.


Oct. 06, 2014 @ 10:20 PM

Woman wants Granite Falls house turned commercial

Kathy Hefner needs to sell her Granite Falls house, and she has a buyer, but she and the buyer both want the property rezoned for commercial use, possibly a fast food restaurant.


Oct. 03, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

Lenoir meat plant may add 100 jobs

JBS USA, a subsidiary of the world’s largest meat company, is taking over management of a Lenoir meat-processing plant and plans to ramp up production, officials said Thursday.


Oct. 02, 2014 @ 07:07 AM

A mixed picture on the jobs front

Job-seekers will line up for the ninth “Caldwell is Hiring” today amid a muddled economic picture – a report released Wednesday shows a higher local unemployment rate and more people leaving the workforce, yet today’s event will feature a record number of employers with jobs to fill.


Oct. 01, 2014 @ 07:36 AM

American & Efird plant on its way down

The former American & Efird plant at 619 Connelly Springs Road in Lenoir is slowly being dismantled, making way for new development that the owner of the property and local economic development officials hope will bring more jobs and more work to the area.


Sep. 30, 2014 @ 08:47 AM

Longtime discount grocer closes

Back in the day, folks drove in from as far away as Jefferson to stock up on cheap groceries. As fast as Odum's Salvage owner Carl Odum could stock the shelves, it would be time to reorder.


Sep. 30, 2014 @ 07:51 AM

Blue Ridge Parkway bouncing back from dismal 2013

In 2013, fewer than 12.9 million people visited the park, the lowest number in nearly 35 years and more than 2.3 million fewer than in 2012, according to National Parks Service data. So far, 2014 visitation is at a faster pace, with almost 760,000, or 8.4 percent, more visitors than there had been at this time last year.


Sep. 23, 2014 @ 04:57 PM

County adds jobs to fight ‘perfect storm’

The Caldwell County Department of Social Services has to hire four full-time workers because of a “perfect storm” that has greatly increased workloads, a DSS official told the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners Monday night.


Sep. 21, 2014 @ 02:49 PM

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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.