News: Local News

Sep. 18, 2014 @ 06:27 AM

Caldwell's graduation success stands out

The Caldwell County Schools' high school graduation rate climbed into the top 10 in the state this year, and it's noticeable that Caldwell doesn't have a lot in common with the other top school districts.

Caldwell's 2013-14 graduation rate of 90.9 percent, the highest the school system has ever achieved, ranked as the seventh best in North Carolina.


Sep. 18, 2014 @ 08:17 AM

Caldwell's only temp agency expanding

Kelly Pritchard was one of the first people in Caldwell County working at a business that helps companies find temporary workers. Now she runs the only such company left in the county, and it's expanding.


Sep. 18, 2014 @ 06:29 AM

Rhodhiss seeks first Miss, Lil Miss

Debbie Phillips was talking to a friend about a local beauty pageant when a light bulb went off in her head. What if Rhodhiss had a pageant but focused it on celebrating the town?

The Miss Rhodhiss and Lil Miss Rhodhiss Contest grew out of that idea.


Sep. 17, 2014 @ 08:34 AM

Sawmills will go without mayor for now

Sawmills will do without a mayor for the next 15 months, town council members decided Tuesday night.


Sep. 17, 2014 @ 08:32 AM

Terese Almquist named Woman of the Year

Terese Almquist, publisher of the Lenoir News-Topic, accepted the title of Distinguished Woman of the Year on Tuesday night at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, saying she was humbled and honored to receive the award, presented by the Caldwell County Council for Women.


Sep. 17, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Project leader: Study could bring new business within a year

A new study of the potential for new retail and restaurant options in Caldwell County should result within a year in at least one new company breaking ground somewhere on U.S. 321, the project leader for the study told local government officials, business people and property owners Tuesday.


Sep. 17, 2014 @ 08:27 AM

Superior Court convictions for week of Sept. 8

The following Caldwell County residents were convicted of felony offenses and sentenced during Superior Court the week of Sept. 8, 2014 in Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties.


Sep. 17, 2014 @ 08:26 AM

Man accused of stabbing another in chest

Bobby Lee Melvin Holsclaw of Lenoir is accused of trying to kill Roger Ronald Evens late Monday afternoon and later trying to escape police.


Sep. 17, 2014 @ 08:25 AM

Wreck snarls Smith's Crossroads

Smith’s Crossroads became a traffic disaster, with a man trapped in a crumpled car until rescuers sawed its roof off, after two cars collided in the intersection late Tuesday morning.


Sep. 16, 2014 @ 07:40 PM

Beal, Beall join CCC&TI foundation’s board of directors

The Foundation of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute has announced that Judge Beverly Beal and Stewart Beall have joined its board of directors.


Sep. 16, 2014 @ 09:39 AM

Granite Falls losing millions to surrounding area, study finds

In its initial research, Retail Strategies Group found that Granite Falls is missing out on more than $87.1 million in sales across all categories, including nearly $20 million in general merchandise sales and just over $16 million in supermarket and grocery sales, Laura Hudson of Retail Strategies said. That is money that local residents now are going elsewhere to spend.


Sep. 16, 2014 @ 09:37 AM

Medical company Adhezion celebrates new, bigger building

Adhezion Biomedical, winner of Hudson’s 2014 Best Business of the Year Award, is more than doubling its footprint on Pine Mountain Road with a new facility that’s nearing completion.


Sep. 16, 2014 @ 08:26 AM

Triplets split for first time

Throughout the 18 years of their young lives, the Bartlett triplets have rarely been apart long -- only once for more than a week.


Sep. 16, 2014 @ 08:21 AM

Catawba County man jailed for felonies

A man previously convicted of two felonies in Burke County was convicted of three felonies last Wednesday in Caldwell County, which will more than double the time he spends in prison.


Sep. 16, 2014 @ 07:59 AM

Study's goal is luring new retailers

Over the next few months, Caldwell County's potential for new retail businesses will get a thorough evaluation by a market-research firm.

But the company also will actively court businesses that its research says could be successful here.


Sep. 16, 2014 @ 06:39 AM

Granite Falls festival tries something new

The sixth annual Granite Falls Merchant’s Association Festival will offer activities of all types this year, including its first beer garden.

As of last week, 41 vendors had signed up to have booths, food and games for residents and visitors of the festival.


Sep. 16, 2014 @ 06:37 AM

Education Foundation will throw 25th birthday party

The Education Foundation Inc. of Caldwell County will blow out the candles for its 25th birthday at a celebration event on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. The party will feature entertainments, speakers and a three-course menu.


Sep. 14, 2014 @ 07:46 AM

Lovelady rescue workers dive into their work

Equipment loaded, the divers jumped into the Tahoe deck boat outfitted with a powerful outboard motor and sped out of the Lakeside Park boat ramp in Granite Falls.


Sep. 13, 2014 @ 08:45 PM

Senate candidate Thom Tillis stops in Lenoir

The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate made a quick stop Saturday to rally the faithful in reliably Republican Caldwell County at a fundraising dinner.


Sep. 12, 2014 @ 08:18 AM

Community leader Venoy Pearson dies

For seven decades Dr. Venoy Pearson moved congregations and changed lives from the pulpits of the First Church of God on Broadway Street and the Hartland Church of God in Morganton.


Sep. 12, 2014 @ 08:17 AM

Murder suspect now also faces drug charges

A woman accused of fatally shooting her boyfriend in July 2013 has been indicted on a charge of trafficking in opium or heroin.


Sep. 12, 2014 @ 08:08 AM

Graduate, 18, charged with having sex with girl, 14

A former South Caldwell High School student is accused of having sex last November with a 14-year-old girl who was a student at the school, where was still helping out with the boys varsity basketball team though he had graduated in May 2013.


Sep. 12, 2014 @ 08:04 AM

Sturgill suffered multiple knife wounds, prosecutor says

Bobby Dean Sparks will contend at trial that he killed Sammy William Sturgill in self-defense, his lawyer said in court Thursday, but prosecutors say Sturgill's wounds were extensive while Sparks' were nearly non-existent.


Sep. 12, 2014 @ 06:39 AM

Annual Adopt-a-Thon this weekend

It makes sense that a pet supply store would have a nationwide pet-adoption event.

But Susan Bailey, the manager of Lenoir's Petsense, said there will be a lot more than pets there.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 07:45 PM

'Losing Patients' is a nuthouse of fun

A thunderstorm starting fires and flooding bridges. A mental patient on the loose. Several characters pretending to be someone else.

The Foothills Performing Arts kicks off its 2013-14 season with the comedy “Losing Patients.” Director Marshall Goff said the play was chosen as a tribute to its writer, V. Cate, who died last December.