Apr. 09, 2015 @ 06:09 AM

Caldwell County's unemployment rate dips

The unemployment rate for February was 6.4 percent, down from 6.6 percent in January but still higher than the 5.7 percent reported for December, which was the lowest since early 2001, the N.C. Labor and Economic Analysis Division reported.

Apr. 03, 2015 @ 08:23 AM

Lenoir's Ford Lincoln dealership sold

King Suzuki of Hickory has purchased Lenoir’s First Place Ford Lincoln in a deal that closed Monday.

Apr. 03, 2015 @ 07:21 AM

Tax software glitch applied for food stamps

A glitch in some tax preparation software hit social services agencies, including in Caldwell County, with a rush of food stamp applications last month.

Apr. 02, 2015 @ 05:20 PM

Dinner cruises coming to Lake Hickory

Beginning in May, Lake Hickory Adventures will start providing cruises and private charters on a 55-foot Bluewater Coastal Cruiser.

Apr. 02, 2015 @ 08:11 AM

Distilleries eye opening tasting rooms

Keith Nordan will sell no brandy before its time. And he can’t sell it from his place, Carolina Distillery in downtown Lenoir. But he’s hopeful that soon state law will allow selling directly from the distillery to participants in tours and tastings there.

Apr. 02, 2015 @ 07:13 AM

CertusBank selling branches

The fate of the CertusBank branch in Granite Falls is uncertain even as CertusBank is selling its North Carolina branches and leaving the state.

Apr. 01, 2015 @ 04:09 PM

Granite Falls church can get bigger sign

The Granite Falls Town Council slightly increased the size of freestanding signs "at churches, schools, clubs and other recreational facilities in residential zoning districts” to 32 square feet, the equivalent of a sign 8 feet wide and 4 feet tall.

Apr. 01, 2015 @ 01:27 AM

Business briefs for April 1, 2015

Mar. 26, 2015 @ 05:41 AM

Foothills Regional Airport to ask Lenoir, Morganton, Caldwell, Burke for money

The Foothills Regional Airport plans to ask Lenoir, Morganton, Caldwell County and Burke County to begin financial planning for some big improvements to take place well into the next decade.

Mar. 25, 2015 @ 07:48 PM

Lenoir company Verdante to present to potential investors

Verdanté Bioenergy Services of Lenoir has been chosen from 112 applicants to be a finalist in the 2015 Charlotte Venture Challenge, a start-up competition for early-stage high-growth companies.

Mar. 26, 2015 @ 09:21 AM

News-Topic's new reporter has varied background

David Tell is the News-Topic’s newest staff member but its most experienced.

He also is the only staff member with a claim to royalty.

Mar. 22, 2015 @ 07:55 AM

Surgery team finds success below the knee

Since 2010, when the "limb salvage team" of the Caldwell Memorial Center for Wound Care came together, the number of below-the-knee amputations for patients suffering complication of diabetes has been reduced by 70 percent in this area.

Mar. 21, 2015 @ 02:02 PM

Unemployment up in January after holiday jobs end

Following a decades-old seasonal pattern, the unemployment rate jumped in January in not only Caldwell County but all but two other counties in North Carolina, according to statistics released by the state.

Mar. 21, 2015 @ 02:00 PM

McCreary Modern wins award for innovation in manufacturing

McCreary Modern Inc. won The Charlotte Business Journal’s Advanced Manufacturing Award for corporate leadership in a ceremony held Feb. 25 in Concord. The awards recognize innovation in manufacturing in the Charlotte region.

Mar. 20, 2015 @ 11:49 AM

New service at Caldwell County's Goodwill helps unemployed

In July, the Lenoir Goodwill began the Career Connections Center, which helps people with career coaching, writing résumés and finding employment.

Mar. 10, 2015 @ 10:25 PM

Search for new retail businesses continues

The company seeking new retail businesses to open along the U.S. 321 corridor has identified prospects and made initial contacts, the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission’s executive director said.

Mar. 10, 2015 @ 07:38 PM

Developers' plan for The Coves roads shot down

The developers of The Coves at Round Mountain ran into a buzzsaw when they asked county officials to let them increase the proposed housing density in part of the development without bringing the roads there up to the usual county standards.

Mar. 06, 2015 @ 04:11 PM

Caldwell Arts Council's Lee Carol Giduz resigns

Lee Carol Giduz, who has been executive director of the Caldwell Arts Council for 21 years, is leaving to become the executive director of the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum.

Mar. 05, 2015 @ 08:11 AM

Greer Labs may merge with French company

The company that owns Greer Laboratories has proposed merging it with a French pharmaceutical company, the Reuters news service reported. No details were available Wednesday on whether a merger would affect Greer’s operations in Lenoir, including the company’s search for a new headquarters site.

Feb. 22, 2015 @ 05:09 AM

Lakefront houses on horizon

A developer who bought a 270-acre tract along Lake Rhodhiss plans to build an upscale, gated community between the Castle Bridge boat landing and Water Works Road.

Feb. 17, 2015 @ 11:47 AM

Weather delays some openings

All Caldwell Physicians offices and PLUS Urgent Care locations will operate on a 5-hour delay. Caldwell County government offices will not open until 11 a.m. City of Lenoir garbabe routes that usually are picked up on Tuesday will be picked up on Wednesday.

Feb. 17, 2015 @ 08:40 AM

Caldwell County approves incentives for 20 new jobs

Incentives are on the way for two longtime local companies that are expanding and planning to bring 10 jobs each to Caldwell County over the next year and a half.

Feb. 13, 2015 @ 09:06 AM

Fast-paced courses teach furniture skills

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute officials say two courses focused on preparing students for the furniture industry have seen significant success because of their quick pace of imparting critical skills needed to get jobs.

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 03:59 PM

Caldwell jobless rate still dropping

Caldwell County's unemployment rate in December was 5.9 percent. The unemployment rate has not been lower since May 2001, when it was 5.8 percent.

Feb. 03, 2015 @ 07:46 AM

Class-action suit in Furniture Brands bankruptcy dismissed

Shareholders who filed a class-action lawsuit against the former Furniture Brands International and two of its top executives have no proof to back up their allegations that the executives misrepresented the company’s financial performance and manipulated the books so they would qualify for bonuses, a federal judge ruled last week in dismissing the lawsuit.