On July 4, 1943, Tech Sgt. Tom Smith was halfway through a month-long furlough that gave him his first trip home to Lenoir since World War II started. His visit home was big news. “Lenoir Sky Hero,” a headline in the Hickory Daily Record later that month called him. And yet by the time he died in 2007, his daughter and two sons didn’t know much about any of it, said Dennis Smith, one of the sons, who now lives on Kirby Mountain Road.
Russ Reid was an Air Force pilot, but he knew he could not pass up the opportunity when he was asked whether he would work as a flight attendant on Air Force One. He started that job in April 1969 at age 35 and worked for three presidents over the course of 10 years.
David Sanders, 51, of Jess Drive in Granite Falls had just turned right onto Morganton Boulevard from Realty Street about 10:30 a.m. when his Nissan Versa was hit by a white Buick going west that first had crossed into the eastbound lane of Morganton Boulevard before veering back and hitting Sanders.
The number of local residents with jobs went up by more than 200, but Caldwell County’s unemployment rate for May was 6.6 percent, up from April’s 5.8 percent. The unemployment rate went up in May in 97 of the state’s 100 counties, as it generally does at that time of year.
Unlike other school systems in the state, the Caldwell County Schools have not canceled summer classes for driver’s education even as local school officials wait with fingers crossed that the General Assembly will pay for the program.
Those staying close to home this weekend can choose from plenty of events, especially on Saturday.
In recent years, vehicles have parked in the traveling lanes of the Lenoir Mall parking lot to watch the fireworks show, but this year that will not be allowed, and officers will keep all travel lanes open.
There was something different about the weekend's national annual amateur radio field day for those who took part in Lenoir: air conditioning. The Caldwell County Community Emergency Response Team recently used grant money to get two emergency shelters, and one was set up Saturday and Sunday for the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club to take part in the nationwide, 24-hour event that allows more than 50,000 amateur radio operators to practice what they would do to help official emergency agencies in the event of an emergency that knocked out official lines of communication.
Steven George Dolgas was always busy. He would drive a forklift all day at Jordan-Holman Lumber Co. in Granite Falls, then come home to work in the yard or on woodworking projects, neighbor Mary Carpenter said. “I’d hear him in the building just sawing away.” A silence now hangs over the Premier Road neighborhood in the Baton area where Dolgas and his wife, Penny, moved about five years ago.
The Caldwell County Schools will pay a poet $1,625 to drop a copyright infringement lawsuit.
As he prepared to show a guest at the Caldwell Heritage Museum what a day in the life of a museum director is like, Colin Foust walked into the small library in the back of the museum carrying a yellow legal pad in his hand and wearing a big smile on his face. “I love solving puzzles,” Foust said.
Lenoir will be able to annex 568 acres northwest of the city along Zacks Fork Road under a bill that won final approval Tuesday from the General Assembly, once the bill is signed by Gov. Pat McCrory.
Angela Steele wrote “Superheroes” on the SmartBoard at the front of a first-grade classroom. She asked the students what superheroes do.
Steven George Dolgas, a forklift driver at a Granite Falls lumber company, was killed Monday when his forklift ran over him.
Patricia Lingerfelt of Lenoir was injured on Monday morning after another driver lost control and sideswiped her vehicle on Morganton Boulevard in front of the QP gas station in Gamewell.
Frances Coffey, 56, of Dudley Shoals Road died Monday not long after rescuers spent more than an hour freeing her from the wreckage of her Hyundai Santa Fe after she drove off the left side of the road and hit a tree.
CommunityOne Bank announced it has completed its purchase of the Lenoir branch of CertusBank and has appointed a former CertusBank manager to run the branch.
Shareholders of the French pharmaceutical company Stallergenes have approved a proposed merger with the company that owns Lenoir's Greer Laboratories.
Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care is warning the community about an organization named Hospice Support Fund, formerly Hospice Fund of America, that has been soliciting donations by phone and mail.
A group of shoppers waited behind a roped section with a table full of pottery of all sizes Saturday morning at Bolick and Traditions Pottery until they were given the signal to pick the pieces they wanted, first-come first-served.
Sara Bostain is currently the only female firefighter at the Lenoir Fire Department, but she said she doesn’t let anyone treat her differently from the rest of the firefighters.