News: Local News

May. 24, 2015 @ 04:31 PM

Grants available for local arts projects and events

The Caldwell Arts Council is accepting Grassroots Grant applications for arts projects taking place in fiscal year 2015-16.


May. 24, 2015 @ 07:49 AM

Remembering veterans in words and deeds

The Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard is a group of 19 veterans who have served this country and continue to provide service in the community.


May. 23, 2015 @ 03:47 PM

Middle College graduates celebrate

The Caldwell Career Center Middle College’s graduation ceremony is one full of stories. The graduates gets one minute each to tell peers, family members, school officials and anyone else in the audience how much education has changed their lives and who gave them the support to stand on the stage with diploma in hand.


May. 23, 2015 @ 03:46 PM

Freedman School remembered

Freedman School alumni and former teachers, along with city officials, gathered Friday for a groundbreaking ceremony at Harrington Place Apartments, the former site of the school, where three stone columns are to be built.


May. 23, 2015 @ 03:44 PM

Sawmills Elementary celebrates art in style

Under a cloudless sky, people gathered in the front lawn of Sawmills Elementary School for the second annual Arts Extravaganza on Friday evening.


May. 22, 2015 @ 06:45 AM

Rhodhiss woman stole water, police say

A Rhodhiss woman's water was cut off after her bill was left unpaid for two months, but town officials say she was bound and determined to keep getting water.

So much so that she was arrested.


May. 21, 2015 @ 03:08 PM

Local start of Head Start remembered

A photo in Thursday’s News-Topic mentioning the 50th anniversary of the Head Start program brought up some memories for Herman Anderson of Lenoir.


May. 21, 2015 @ 03:02 PM

Lenoir RadioShack closing

After filing for bankruptcy protection, RadioShack released a list in February of 1,149 corporate-owned stores that could close, and the corporate-owned Lenoir store was not on the list. However, RadioShack spokesperson Casey Larsen said Wednesday that the store is scheduled to close by the end of June because of restructuring.


May. 21, 2015 @ 02:57 PM

Lenoir may raise trash, sewage fees

Lenoir residents may pay $1 a month more for trash collection in the coming year because the General Assembly last year took away the ability of cities to levy privilege license taxes on businesses. The proposed budget for fiscal 2015-16 also calls for a 3 percent increase in the sewer rate.


May. 21, 2015 @ 02:56 PM

County tax collections point to better economy

Tax collection and compliance continues to improve, and the amount of overdue taxes is down by almost 1 percent, which could be a sign of a steadily approving economy in Caldwell County, a county official said.


May. 21, 2015 @ 06:41 AM

County students unite in ogre of musical

South Caldwell High School student Jimmy Kurts, 18, looked into the mirror while applying brown stripes to his already heavily made up face with white and black paint. Beside him, Hibriten High School student Bergsvein Toverud, 18, pulled a hard green helmet over part of his unruly brown hair. Bergsvein wore a large, shaggy shirt and vest.


May. 22, 2015 @ 04:36 PM

Substitute teacher fired over porn

A substitute teacher was fired in early May after being accused of trying to view a pornographic website while working at Gamewell Middle School.


May. 21, 2015 @ 06:36 AM

Lunch prices go up, but fewer will pay

While some students will pay 10 cents more for their school lunches, the entire student bodies at six schools will be able to eat free.


May. 21, 2015 @ 06:33 AM

Sawmills appoints interim administrator

Sawmills' finance director, Karen Clontz, will fill in as interim town administrator to handle the town’s affairs while the town council tries to find a replacement for Seth Eckard.

On Monday, Eckard announced he was resigning to become the town manager in Valdese. His last day is June 15.


May. 22, 2015 @ 04:34 PM

517 acres added to Pisgah National Forest

The U.S. Forest Service has added 517 acres in Caldwell County to Pisgah National Forest’s half-million acres of terrain.

The Trust for Public Land, a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect threatened land, had purchased the property for $1.7 million, or $3,300 an acre, from private development company Quality Land Holdings.


May. 19, 2015 @ 07:38 PM

CCC&TI foundation exceeds fundraising goal

Officials with the Foundation of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute celebrated surpassing it annual fundraising goal Tuesday but hope to have more to celebrate.


May. 19, 2015 @ 05:35 PM

County may raise stretch of Brown Mountain Beach Road

Caldwell County will apply for a federal grant to pay for elevating a 1,500-foot-long stretch of Brown Mountain Beach Road that long has been subject to flooding that makes it hard for emergency vehicles to reach the Wilson Creek area.


May. 19, 2015 @ 02:17 PM

Students take their minds to the Olympics

In five classrooms and at the school's picnic shelter, Lower Creek Elementary School fifth-graders studied Monday for their end-of-the-year science test. But instead of flipping through their textbooks and filling out a review sheet, students were diving into science experiments, playing games and getting hands-on with their review.


May. 18, 2015 @ 06:27 PM

Heritage Home Group's CEO leaves

The man handpicked in 2013 to lead the company that was formed out of the bankrupt properties of Furniture Brands International is leaving the company.


May. 16, 2015 @ 04:39 PM

Fallen officers remembered

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #83 held the 4th annual Officer Down Memorial Service Thursday evening at First Baptist Church of Lenoir, 304 Main St.


May. 16, 2015 @ 04:30 PM

Lenoir resident a finalist in business plan contest

Syblena Findley of Lenoir was a finalist in Wilkes Community College’s Student Business Plan Writing Contest.


May. 16, 2015 @ 04:25 PM

Caldwell Early College High School has 100 percent graduation rate

For the second year in the row, the Caldwell Early College High School recognized 100 percent of its class as new graduates on Friday night.


May. 16, 2015 @ 04:23 PM

Fly-in makes big impression

A large crowd hovered in the hanger and families stood at the runway safety area wearing sunglasses and staring up at the sky watching planes soar over Foothills Regional Airport on Saturday afternoon for a fly-in.


May. 16, 2015 @ 11:45 AM

House damaged during standoff

Malcolm Lynn Andrews, 46, had broken out all of the windows in the house on Upton Place in the Globe area that belongs to his uncle, James B. Andrews, before his standoff with the sheriff's office started. But what has Todd Triplett of Celia Creek Road, another of James Andrews’ nephews, upset is damage to the house caused by law enforcement officers hours before the standoff ended.


May. 16, 2015 @ 04:20 PM

Woman badly injured in wreck

Angela Webb of Dudley Shoals was badly injured Friday afternoon when she wrecked into a utility pole, snapping it in two, and then a concrete wall on U.S. 321-A in northern Granite Falls and caught on fire.