News: Local News

Oct. 30, 2014 @ 08:11 AM

County's unemployment rate hits six-year low

The local unemployment rate for September was 6.8 percent, down nearly a full percentage point from August’s 7.7 percent. The last time Caldwell’s monthly unemployment rate was below 7 percent was in April 2008.


Oct. 30, 2014 @ 01:01 AM

German feast on next Caldwell Cuisine menu

Last Thursday the students made a dry run through what they plan to do tonight at the latest Caldwell Cuisine event, which has the theme “Oktoberfest.” The menu will feature five traditional German dishes such as Kartoffelsuppe, or potato-leek soup, and Schweinebraten, a braised pork roast with caraway-cabbage and an apple sauce. Each course will be paired with a beer provided by Howard Brewing Co. in Lenoir.


Oct. 29, 2014 @ 02:47 PM

Man found injured beside mower

A Dudley Shoals man was being treated Wednesday at Carolinas Medical Center after he was found late Tuesday afternoon lying on the ground unconscious with head and shoulder injuries next to a riding lawnmower.


Oct. 29, 2014 @ 11:34 AM

Lenoir resident gets two years for tax evasion

The former owner of a Lenoir tax preparation and bookkeeping business who pleaded guilty last year to taking more than $800,000 from clients was sentenced in U.S. District Court Monday to two years in federal prison plus three years on probation.


Oct. 29, 2014 @ 11:27 AM

Jobs dominate Lenoir meeting

Recruiting new jobs, businesses and development and keeping young people from moving away were the driving topics of discussion at a community meeting sponsored by the City of Lenoir Tuesday night at Smith Memorial United Methodist Church.


Oct. 29, 2014 @ 11:25 AM

Googlefest intrigues educators, tech users

It wasn’t difficult to tell which company had taken up residence at the J. E. Broyhill Civic Center on Tuesday. The place was filled with bright blue, green, yellow and red accents, statues of little green “Androids,” free food and massages, and the latest in technology products.


Oct. 29, 2014 @ 08:15 AM

Fire guts Sawmills house

What sounded like gunfire coming from a house in the 4600 block of Horseshoe Bend Road woke the neighbors early Tuesday.

Bobby Philyaw was already awake and looked out to see if he could tell what was going on at the house that Alison Simmons had been moving into across the street.


Oct. 29, 2014 @ 06:44 AM

Schools to get devices to fight food allergies

Each of the Caldwell County Schools should have school devices in mid-December to help students suffering a severe allergic reaction to food or a bee sting.

The devices, epinephrine auto-injectors, or EpiPens, are required by a new state law that takes effect Nov. 15.


Oct. 28, 2014 @ 10:48 AM

Foreign teachers soak up America

Issa Tolo, a science teacher from the Ivory Coast, had his first-ever taste of a Big Mac at the Lenoir McDonald’s. When the manager found out Tolo had never eaten at a McDonald’s before, he was given a tour, a hat to wear as “king of McDonald’s” and his meal was free of charge, Tolo said.


Oct. 28, 2014 @ 08:33 AM

Fleeing police, man in stolen truck wrecks

Mary Davis looked out her front door Monday morning in Lenoir's Lower Creek neighborhood, saw a pickup truck that had just wrecked in her yard and wondered why the man driving it was jumping out and running away. When several police cars came roaring down the road seconds later, she locked her front and back doors.

"It was very unnerving, especially in this neighborhood," Davis said.


Oct. 28, 2014 @ 08:24 AM

Boy heals with half a brain

Easton Webber rarely cries, and with his short shocks of blond hair and his crystal-blue eyes he seems at first glance like the calm, quiet baby parents long for.

But behind his quiet lies a medical history to give any young parent nightmares.


Oct. 28, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

DA's office will see shakeup

The man running unopposed to be the new district attorney has a game plan in place for when he takes office Jan. 1, and it includes replacing at least five current prosecutors.


Oct. 27, 2014 @ 08:35 AM

Meth becoming a big business

The arrest last month of a Hickory woman accused of selling crystal meth near the Wal-Mart in Lenoir is symbolic of drug trends in Caldwell County and the region -- the production of meth, once dominated small-scale production in makeshift local labs, increasingly has become a volume business, with drug cartels shipping it through their distribution networks.


Oct. 26, 2014 @ 08:17 AM

Lenoir gets downtown yoga studio

Dr. Torre Hinnant is a family physician, but once she has left the doctor’s office, she doesn’t head home to unwind, she heads to her yoga studio in downtown Lenoir, In Light Yoga and Wellness.

In Light opened early this month on Main Street in the former home of Carolina Mist Winery. Hinnant has transformed the space from a cluttered retail shop to a wide open room with high ceilings and plenty of room to stretch out on a yoga mat.


Oct. 24, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

House fire claims Gamewell home

Bobby and Linda Taylor weren't home Friday afternoon when a fire spread through the house they've lived in for 17 years on Bee Mountain Rd.

The fire started just before 4 p.m., said Gamewell Fire Department Lieutenant Sam Smith, and as of Friday afternoon, the cause of the fire was unknown.


Oct. 24, 2014 @ 08:18 AM

'If he gets out of jail he's going to kill us'

As James Roberts and Melinda Nicole "Nicky" Curtis sped through the Granite Falls area Tuesday afternoon to try to escape Curtis' husband, Roberts kept telling Curtis to keep her head down.


Oct. 24, 2014 @ 08:03 AM

Memories, but no memorial

Crouching at the grave of her 4-year-old daughter, Misty Barker Vess frowned at the plastic flower vase blown over by the wind. Determined, Vess scooped out a few handfuls of dirt from under it and firmly placed the vase back upright. She rearranged the silk flowers so that they once again stood tall.


Oct. 24, 2014 @ 06:14 AM

Principals focus on improving scores, attendance

During a day of presentations on their two-year school improvement plans, Caldwell County principals talked to school board members Wednesday mostly about improving math and reading scores as well as attendance.


Oct. 24, 2014 @ 06:05 AM

Town gets surprise on veterans memorial

A piece of the Granite Falls Veterans Memorial showed up early like an unexpected Christmas present, so the memorial should be functionally -- and perhaps totally -- complete when it is dedicated on Nov. 11, members of the town's memorial committee announced Thursday.


Oct. 24, 2014 @ 05:21 AM

CCC&TI festival focuses on birthday

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute students, faculty and staff brought out their party hats and noisemakers at the annual Fall Festival, which had the theme of a birthday party.


Oct. 23, 2014 @ 09:35 PM

Local companies relay good news from High Point Market

Furniture officials from Lenoir say they saw good things during the past week at the fall High Point Market. The largest furniture trade show in the world, the High Point Market runs twice a year for a week at a time. Thursday was the last day of the fall market.


Oct. 23, 2014 @ 02:04 PM

Oak Hill participates in nationwide art project

Across the nation, students created artwork in the theme of “My Favorite Story” as part of a project that celebrates the need for students to learn about arts in their schools.


Oct. 23, 2014 @ 01:43 PM

Foreign visitors learn from city of Lenoir

Dressed in colorful, ornate robes and wearing decorative metal figures on his forehead and chest, Josh Trindade clearly was not from Lenoir as he addressed the city council Tuesday night.

Trindade and countryman Marco Lapaz crossed half the globe to be here.


Oct. 23, 2014 @ 01:40 PM

Event showcases bioenergy in Caldwell

Each day, Randy Dellinger’s plant on Virgina Street in Lenoir churns out about 7,000 gallons of diesel fuel, ready to be pumped into any diesel engine.

But Dellinger’s diesel isn’t made from fossilized carbon. It’s made from soybean and canola oil, and poultry and pork fat. It’s biodiesel, and Dellinger’s company is Foothills Bio-Energies.


Oct. 22, 2014 @ 09:28 AM

Perseverance, service define top ’14 Small Business

The criteria for the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year Award include attributes like staying power, growth, commitment to community and responding to adversity.