News: Local News

Apr. 25, 2015 @ 05:51 PM

Avery Dennison to close Lenoir plant

Avery Dennison Corp. plans to close its plant in Lenoir, cutting 143 jobs, by the end of August, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filed Thursday with the N.C. Department of Commerce.


Apr. 25, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

Rainy Gravity Games tests students' skills

This year’s N.C. Gravity Games started out as a slip-and-slide of a time as students raced down a hill in downtown Lenoir in the cold, wet rain on Saturday.


Apr. 25, 2015 @ 11:49 AM

Search finds ounce of cocaine

Domingo Cristobal Colon, 35, of Huffman Road, off of Abington Road, was charged with trafficking in cocaine and maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance, both felonies, and more charges are expected.


Apr. 25, 2015 @ 11:48 AM

High Point Market saw record number of buyer registrations

Buyer registrations for the spring High Point Market exceeded 45,000 for the first time ever, with more than 14,000 buying companies sending representatives to High Point.


Apr. 25, 2015 @ 11:33 AM

Crime report for April 26, 2015


Apr. 24, 2015 @ 08:08 AM

Couple wanted in car theft caught

A Morganton man who was being sought in connection with the theft and stripping of a 1966 Mustang was caught Wednesday night driving a stolen roll-back wrecker, and the Lenoir woman who was wanted with him was found nearby in a stolen pickup, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said.


Apr. 24, 2015 @ 06:47 AM

Longtime Granite Falls fire chief stepping down

Chief Thomas Laws sat behind his desk in an office cluttered with boxes one day recently and reflected on his 33 years as a firefighter for the Granite Falls Fire Department, nearly 30 as chief. At the end of the month, Laws is retiring for a relaxed life with his family.


Apr. 23, 2015 @ 06:31 PM

6 charged with supplying Caldwell, Catawba counties with cocaine

An investigation of a money-laundering and drug-trafficking organization that brought cocaine from Mexico into Caldwell and Catawba counties resulted in six arrests Wednesday and the seizure of large amounts of cash and cocaine in Lenoir, according to the Lenoir Police Department.


Apr. 23, 2015 @ 05:58 PM

DOT worker's condition improves

A man who was badly injured early Wednesday when a trench collapsed on him and another man had improved to fair condition by Thursday afternoon.


Apr. 23, 2015 @ 05:55 PM

Kent Taylor's family speaks

The family of Kent Austin Taylor, the 15-year-old who died after being accidentally shot in the apartment of a friend April 10, issued a public statement Thursday afternoon, the first any member of the family has made since the shooting.


Apr. 23, 2015 @ 08:29 AM

Hibriten High students remember Kent Austin Taylor

As students filled the bleachers in Hibriten High School’s gymnasium Wednesday afternoon, it looked like any school rally, except for the brigade of teachers bearing boxes of tissue. And unlike a rally, the students sat rapt and quiet throughout.


Apr. 23, 2015 @ 06:16 AM

Sawmills hopes for more sidewalks, parks, street lights

Sawmills is looking to create a more suburban atmosphere with street lights, sidewalks and more parks.

The Sawmills Town Council on Tuesday night approved having parks in residential zones, a street light installation policy and a five-part sidewalk plan that will ultimately connect Sawmills Veterans Park to Baird Park.


Apr. 23, 2015 @ 06:14 AM

2 workers hurt in ditch collapse

Two N.C. Department of Transportation workers were injured, one of them severely, after the ground under them collapsed early Wednesday and they fell 18 feet.


Apr. 22, 2015 @ 11:04 PM

Crime report for April 23, 2015


Apr. 22, 2015 @ 05:04 PM

Lenoir getting more apartments

The same company that built a just-completed affordable-housing apartment complex on Wilkesboro Boulevard at Linkside Court now has permission to build a second complex farther west on Wilkesboro Boulevard.


Apr. 22, 2015 @ 05:02 PM

Summit fuels planning for schools

Community leaders and educators gathered for the Caldwell County Schools Education Summit at the Broyhill Civic Center to discuss the next steps for improving education in the district.


Apr. 22, 2015 @ 08:22 AM

Sealed Air gets incentives for expansion

Sealed Air Corp. is beginning a two-phased expansion in Caldwell County that is expected within a year to create 20 new jobs.

County officials also hope Caldwell can land a new industry that would create 75 jobs, but the county is in competition with several other sites in North Carolina and South Carolina.


Apr. 22, 2015 @ 06:59 AM

Blasting off at Valmead

Kindergarten, first- and second-grade students gathered in the Valmead Elementary School gym on Tuesday to listen to someone who had traveled farther than anyone else the children had ever seen.

Duane Carey's presentation took students to beyond Caldwell County, beyond the United States. He took them all the way to space.


Apr. 22, 2015 @ 06:25 AM

Granite Falls approves wine bar

An unusually large crowd showed up for Monday's Granite Falls Town Council meeting and cheered after the council approved a permit allowing a wine shop and wine bar to open downtown.

Local business owners Patricia Hendrix and Theresa Kiziah applied for the conditional use permit. They plan to open a wine shop/wine bar called Flowers in the Vine Wine Shop.


Apr. 22, 2015 @ 01:20 AM

CentriLogic data center grows again

CentriLogic has completed its second expansion in 12 months, totalling $4 million in investment, and may outgrow its building next year, CEO Robert Offley said.


Apr. 22, 2015 @ 01:00 AM

Business briefs for April 22, 2015


Apr. 21, 2015 @ 04:24 PM

Crime report for April 22, 2015


Apr. 21, 2015 @ 04:23 PM

The Coves at Round Mountain developer's road plan hits wall

Officials with The Coves at Round Mountain hoped to get a final answer from the county commissioners on whether they would be allowed to build any roads that do not meet the usual standards for new development. But the members of the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners were divided Monday night.


Apr. 21, 2015 @ 04:16 PM

2 wanted in theft, stripping of '66 Mustang

Crystal Lea Perkins, 32, of Ollis Place in Lenoir and Jason Alan Laws, 35, of Iron Lane in Morganton are being sought in connection with the theft of a 1966 Ford Mustang that was found stripped in the woods in Caldwell County.


Apr. 21, 2015 @ 08:32 AM

Goof may set violent criminal free

A lapse in paperwork more than 20 years ago may result in a violent criminal walking free from prison soon, and then possibly suing Caldwell County and the state for damages.