News: Local News

Jan. 27, 2015 @ 06:45 AM

Lenoir man rockin' and rollin' gems

Harry Polly sat hunched over a machine of spinning wheels in the large basement of his house in Lenoir. He wore a heavy, green apron over his clothes and held a stick that had a small stone to the end with black wax. He pressed the stone against one of the wheels, making a noise like a monstrous dentist's drill.


Jan. 25, 2015 @ 06:25 AM

10-year-old finds relief from disorders through art

Brandi Rabon currently lives in Matthews, but she said that her upbringing in Caldwell County prepared her for the trials she has faced as a mom caring for a daughter who has two rare medical conditions.

Addison Rabon, 10, suffers from congenital sucrase-isomaltase deficiency, which means that her body cannot process sugar.


Jan. 26, 2015 @ 03:55 PM

Lenoir police testing body cameras

Chief Scott Brown began considering using the cameras about a year ago, several months before the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the chokehold death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, brought such cameras into national discussion.


Jan. 26, 2015 @ 03:53 PM

Man killed in wreck at college

Norman Norris, a security guard for Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, died Saturday when he drove into the path of another vehicle on U.S. 321 in front of the college.


Jan. 23, 2015 @ 03:38 PM

Missing Caldwell teen sought

Authorities are looking for a 16-year-old girl last seen Aug. 31 when she left a youth shelter in Gastonia.


Jan. 23, 2015 @ 08:17 AM

Lenoir man charged with molesting girl

A Lenoir man was arrested Tuesday and accused of sexually molesting an 8-year-old girl.


Jan. 23, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

Foothills Radio adds FM station

Local fans of classic rock have a new local FM station.

WKGX Classic Hits had been broadcast only on 1080 AM but since noon Thursday now also is being broadcast at 104.5 FM.


Jan. 23, 2015 @ 07:59 AM

Students introduced to odd instruments

Musician David Holt picked up old animal bones onstage at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center on Thursday, and children from several Caldwell County schools sat with rapt attention as Holt explained how he had learned from his grandfather and father how to make music with bones.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 03:14 PM

Other states approve CCC&TI for online course

The board approved a new policy that says the college won’t accept distance-learning students unless they live in states that have authorized CCC&TI to provide instruction to their residents. Previously, the college could not deny enrollment for online courses based on students’ residence, even in cases where the students’ home state would not recognize the credits.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 08:23 AM

Two dozen guns, drugs and cash seized

After making a number of undercover drug buys, investigators with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office arrested a Lenoir-area man Wednesday, a press release issued by the sheriff's office said.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 07:05 AM

Local students join global video project

Granite Falls Elementary School second-graders gathered in Andrea Evans’s music classroom, hopping and wiggling in their places. With three cameras trained on them, they seemed eager to get started. Evans started the music, and the students burst into song, dancing with hands in the air and heads rocking.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

2 accused of late-night drug deal

A person reported a drug deal taking place late Sunday in a convenience store parking lot, and Lenoir police said they later arrested the two people believed to be involved.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 07:17 AM

Water quality violations prompt state investigation

One or more area companies could be fined as much as $25,000 by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources related to at least two apparently illegal discharges of chemicals into a creek from a Virginia Street facility in Lenoir, according to state documents.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 06:56 AM

Meeting set for filling House seat; public will be allowed to attend

Caldwell County’s next representative to the state House of Representatives will be chosen Thursday, Jan. 29, at a special meeting of the Caldwell County Republican Party Executive Committee, state party officials announced Tuesday.


Jan. 20, 2015 @ 08:24 AM

Councilman Ron Stilwell dies

Ron Stilwell was known for his longtime service to Lenoir, and to Caldwell County. Friends say when he got involved, he gave it all he had.

Stilwell, 70, died Monday from cancer.


Jan. 20, 2015 @ 07:44 AM

Largest crowd in years gathers to celebrate King's legacy

Monday afternoon, a bright sun and warm January day welcomed hundreds of people to the square in downtown Lenoir for the annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Jan. 19, 2015 @ 01:55 PM

Meth made in apartment where children lived, sheriff's office says

Two people are accused of making meth in an apartment with two young children present.


Jan. 18, 2015 @ 08:08 AM

What will result from Zahra Baker's death?

Proposals to plug the gaps in child protective services that were exposed by the death of Zahra Baker in 2010 are both needed and, in most cases, feasible, say officials with local and statewide agencies that deal with abused and neglected children.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Tunes of all kinds carried at Open Mic Night

John Mann, 88, slowly made his way to the stage at The Local Bean Coffee Shop in Hudson, where his karaoke machine already was waiting. He turned and stood in front of windows with large, decorative snowflakes and faux frost around the edges, pressed a few buttons on his machine and burst into song.


Jan. 17, 2015 @ 11:46 PM

Public records for Jan. 18, 2015


Jan. 17, 2015 @ 10:59 PM

Crime report for Jan. 18, 2015


Jan. 17, 2015 @ 05:07 PM

Martin Luther King's vision not yet reality, speakers say

The struggle for equality and fairness is not over, several speakers said Saturday at Lenoir’s first Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast.


Jan. 17, 2015 @ 09:37 AM

To our readers

A number of readers have noticed that two items that had been included with the Sunday News-Topic have been missing in recent weeks. USA Weekend, a nationally syndicated magazine for newspapers, went out of business in December and will not return. The other publication, American Profile, reduced its publication frequency to twice a month, and because of a clerical error at American Profile the publication dropped the News-Topic from its distribution at the start of 2015. After repeated calls by Publisher Terese Almquist the News-Topic will resume receiving American Profile, which is scheduled to be distributed again beginning Sunday, Feb. 15.


Jan. 16, 2015 @ 09:39 AM

Hickory Hall healing to former glory thanks to fundraiser

Standing as a pillar of history, Hickory Hall is an empty, quiet building on the Patterson School’s old campus in the wilds of Caldwell County. However, within in the last few months, the building obtained a new roof, and now renovations are taking place inside.


Jan. 16, 2015 @ 09:35 AM

Nutrition program branches into headwear

With her dark hair up in a bow, Navaeh Monk, 3, walked slowly toward a board covered in knit hats, a few scarves and a multi-colored purse with a matching scarf. She seemed surprised and unsure what to do when told to pick out one she wanted to have because she was a winner.