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Aug. 27, 2015 @ 06:34 AM

Lenoir man seeks help from kidney coach

In 2014, George Milton Foster of Lenoir walked up the hill in his backyard to where his beehives sit and noticed that it took more effort than usual to get up the slope.

“I climb these hills with my bees, and I noticed a little shortness of breath. I didn’t think anything of it because I’m 72,” Foster said.

Aug. 26, 2015 @ 04:02 PM

Woman disputes account of husband’s arrest

The wife of a man accused for driving drunk and trying to injure a Highway Patrol trooper says she was there and she disagrees with how officials described what happened.

Aug. 26, 2015 @ 01:11 PM

Arrests reported Aug. 24-25

Aug. 25, 2015 @ 06:22 PM

Starnes' impact on Caldwell spans decades

Whether he was sitting at home entertaining guests with “Miss Margaret” or wearing a suit and tie while visiting one of the country’s most prominent senators in the U.S. Capitol, Alden E. Starnes was ever the same product of Dudley Shoals, people who knew him said. Starnes, 86, died Tuesday.

Aug. 25, 2015 @ 06:08 PM

Man kills woman, shoots self, officials say

Residents who live near Wheeler Hollow Place north of Gamewell knew something wasn’t right when they heard three gunshots Tuesday morning.

Aug. 25, 2015 @ 06:24 PM

Lenoir wants state to drop crossroads plan

Lenoir officials want the N.C. Department of Transportation to drop its long-term plans to radically remake Smith Crossroads into a broad interchange that would wipe out about 20 existing businesses.

Aug. 25, 2015 @ 06:04 PM

Museum director resigns amid financial struggle

The Caldwell Heritage Museum faces a financial crunch, and its director has resigned less than nine months after taking the post.

Aug. 25, 2015 @ 04:51 PM

Gridlock at William Lenoir brings changes

School officials began changing the procedure Tuesday for parents to pick up students at William Lenoir Middle School in hopes of eliminating the extremely long waits that on Monday caused traffic to back up along Taylorsville Road and deep onto Wilkesboro Boulevard.

Aug. 25, 2015 @ 10:25 AM

Two shot in the head, one dead in Gamewell

A man was flown by helicopter to Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville Tuesday morning after suffering a gunshot wound to the head on Wheeler Hollow Road. A woman was declared dead on the scene.

Aug. 24, 2015 @ 05:57 PM

New school opens on time, on budget

On the first day of school, William Lenoir Middle School students gave the word “new” a workout.


Aug. 24, 2015 @ 04:24 PM

Caldwell students go back to school

Kindergarten teacher Allyson Davis pointed at a letter on a piece of paper in front of her at a table separated from the rest of the students. Across the table, Peyton Webb, 5, her head buried under her arms, shyly peeked out and softly made the sound of a lowercase A. Davis congratulated her and marked out the “A” on the sheet with a yellow highlighter.

Aug. 24, 2015 @ 04:16 PM

Schools short of bus drivers

Three Caldwell County Schools started the school year plugging holes in its lineup of bus drivers, and school officials worry there could be a lot more holes to fill if the state Senate gets its way in the long-delayed 2015-16 state budget.

Aug. 24, 2015 @ 11:27 AM

Arrests reported Aug. 21-23

Aug. 24, 2015 @ 11:20 AM

Man accused of trying to hit trooper

A Highway Patrol trooper used a Taser on a driver who had run away after being stopped early Sunday morning.

Aug. 24, 2015 @ 10:59 AM

School system dedicates new middle school

Several community members, school teachers, city officials and special guests gathered in the front parking lot of the new William Lenoir Middle School on Sunday to dedicate and officially open the new school the day before the 2015-16 school year begins.

Aug. 24, 2015 @ 10:03 AM

DA's office still trying to clear DWI backlog

When David Learner took over as district attorney in January, he inherited a backlog of about 1,400 driving while impaired cases. Clearing the backlog is one of his priorities, but the backlog is about equal to a full year’s worth of DWI cases.

Aug. 23, 2015 @ 09:55 AM

New law wipes away local standards

A painstaking, yearlong process of public meetings and gathering input from property owners and neighborhood residents resulted in the adoption six months ago of the North Main Street Area Plan, intended as a guide for redeveloping and beautifying the northern gateway into downtown Lenoir. The N.C. General Assembly has virtually wiped out an important portion of that work.

Aug. 23, 2015 @ 09:50 AM

More CCC&TI scholarship funds announced

The Foundation of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute recently announced the creation of the newly endowed Dr. Alice B. Lentz Work Scholarship, as well as the receipt of a substantial, anonymous gift to the Kay and Patrick Crouch Music Scholarship.

Aug. 23, 2015 @ 04:17 AM

Longstanding eyesore to be removed

The City of Lenoir has now scheduled 813 Corpening Place for demolition.

Aug. 21, 2015 @ 11:49 AM

Arrests reported Aug. 20

Aug. 20, 2015 @ 04:39 PM

Fire-investigating dog won't follow handler into retirement

Ember’s black tail wagged while she searched around the living room at the North Catawba Fire Department during a training exercise.

Aug. 20, 2015 @ 04:00 PM

Obituaries for Aug. 21, 2015

Edward Owen, Lenoir

Jim Clark, Lenoir

Mary Dula, Lenoir

Harvey Summers, Morganton

Aug. 20, 2015 @ 10:05 AM

Woman is stable after accident at factory

An employee at a yarn plant had part of her scalp ripped off when her hair got caught in a machine Tuesday evening.

Aug. 19, 2015 @ 04:00 PM

Woman returns to beautifying neighbors

After eight years, Diane Smith is returning to her roots of caring for people’s hair by re-opening her salon.

“I realized how much I missed it. I just kind of quit my state job and opened a salon,” Smith said.

Aug. 19, 2015 @ 03:01 PM

3 accused of seeking children for sex

Three men in the past five weeks have been arrested and accused of targeting underage girls for sex, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said.