The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Waste Management filed a complaint in Caldwell Superior Court claiming the owner of Piedmont Cleaners, Dan McGuuire, owes thousands of dollars in civil penalties for failing to properly store dangerous chemicals, namely perchloroethylene, not maintaining records of chemical purchases and storage data, and failing to seal waste containers.
The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office arrested nine people Monday in unrelated drug investigations, resulting in a total of 40 felony drug charges.
With the new year, the Caldwell County Department of Social Services will get a new leader.
Will Wakefield, currently program administrator for Adult and Family Support Services, on Jan. 1 will replace Joyce Edwards, the current director of DSS, who is retiring after more than 30 years with the department. Wakefield’s appointment was approved Tuesday by the Caldwell County Board of Social Services.
The West Caldwell High School weight room used to have equipment that was unsafe for the students to use, a gaping hole in the floor under the mats, and very little room for coaches and students to maneuver around each other. Now, the weight room boasts shiny new equipment, a new floor, painted walls and fun features to keep the students and athletes in shape and safe.
Sawmills will pay nearly 43 percent more than expected for a sewer project, so the town will have to postpone a separate water project.
Two years ago, the Sawmills Public Works Department budgeted $634,000 for construction of the Duff Drive Area Sewer Project, which will extend sewer access to 70 homes and upgrade the Mayfield pump station.