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.

Jan. 21, 2015 @ 07:17 AM

Water quality violations prompt state investigation

One or more area companies could be fined as much as $25,000 by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources related to at least two apparently illegal discharges of chemicals into a creek from a Virginia Street facility in Lenoir, according to state documents.

Jan. 17, 2015 @ 11:46 PM

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Jan. 14, 2015 @ 11:15 AM

Good omens seen for business recruitment

The new year appears to be starting on a positive note for business recruitment, the executive director of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission said Tuesday.

Jan. 12, 2015 @ 05:37 PM

Lenoir company chosen for business-acceleration program

Verdanté Bioenergy Services of Lenoir is among four companies selected to participate in a Charlotte-based program for to encourage and aid energy company startups. Verdanté is the first company from outside of the Charlotte metro area to be selected for the program.

Jan. 12, 2015 @ 05:35 PM

Blue Ridge Electric CEO wins leadership award

Doug Johnson, the chief executive officer of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp., was honored Monday during CEO Close-Up, a leadership conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., for chief executives in the electric cooperative industry held by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Dec. 31, 2014 @ 02:23 PM

Caldwell County unemployment rate hits 13-year low

The unemployment rate for November dropped just slightly to 6.1 percent, the N.C. Division of Labor and Economic Analysis reported Tuesday. That’s lower than the rate reported in any month since May 2001, when it was 5.8 percent. Three times since 2001, the rate has gone as low as 6.2 percent but never lower until now.

Dec. 26, 2014 @ 02:06 PM

Azteca Burrito will move to Hickory

At the end of the year, Azteca Burrito’s staff will turn off the lights and lock the doors on their downtown Lenoir restaurant for the last time on Dec. 31. 

But shortly thereafter a restaurant in a building nearly four times as large will open on 16th Street in Hickory, the new Salsa Azteca.

Dec. 19, 2014 @ 06:18 PM

Sleek remodel of Wendy's aims for younger audience

The Lenoir restaurant was gutted and outfitted with more booths, free wi-fi, two flat-screen televisions, large display menu boards and high-tech soda machines – so-called “freestyle” Coke machines – that offer customers potentially more than 125 flavoring options for soft drinks. There also is a new outdoor patio out front and all-new kitchen equipment behind the scenes.

Dec. 19, 2014 @ 08:16 AM

2014 was rough, dry patch for some Caldwell County farmers

A sluggish grain and housing market joined with a dry spell in part of the county to give some Caldwell County farmers a few problems this year.