News: Local News

Aug. 03, 2015 @ 05:23 PM

Speed needed to succeed in library games

It was a 60-second rush of madness in several different games at the Caldwell County Public Library's Hudson branch on Monday. In less than a minute, children were turned into unicorns, sucking up Skittles and balancing balloons in the air in the hopes of winning a prize at the end of the challenge.


Aug. 03, 2015 @ 05:05 PM

General had lasting impact with friends, App State

Furman “Bodie” Bodenheimer became a brigadier general in the National Guard but remained grounded to the friends he made in Caldwell County and at Appalachian State University.

He made lasting friendships, said friend Jack Pennell of Lenoir.


Aug. 03, 2015 @ 03:28 PM

Arrests reported July 31-Aug. 2


Aug. 03, 2015 @ 02:48 PM

3 were stockpiling weapons to fight government, U.S. says

Three Gaston County men who believed the federal government was close to imposing martial law were arrested Saturday on charges that they violated laws governing guns and explosives.


Aug. 03, 2015 @ 01:33 PM

Man sentenced in $4.7 million Ponzi scheme

James H. Mason, 67, of Graham, the owner of a North Carolina investment firm that had offices in Hickory, was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Monday on charges that he orchestrated a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors of millions of dollars.


Aug. 02, 2015 @ 07:07 AM

Coincidence or murder?

The news about a 1968 Pontiac Catalina being pulled from Lake Rhodhiss containing what may be the remains of a man who had been missing since 1972 hit Robert Abercrombie Jr. with a chill. He was immediately reminded of a similar case in 1993 not far away – another car, another lake, and the remains of another person missing for decades.


Jul. 31, 2015 @ 10:15 AM

Arrests reported July 30


Jul. 30, 2015 @ 05:27 PM

Arrests reported July 29


Jul. 30, 2015 @ 04:58 PM

First Citizens moving its Granite Falls branch

First Citizens Bank will move its Granite Falls office, but customers won’t have to get used to driving a different route.


Jul. 30, 2015 @ 04:45 PM

Fire stopped before reaching house

A fire destroyed a shed and carport at a house Thursday afternoon on P.A. Jolly Lane in southwestern Caldwell County, and the heat badly damaged the house's vinyl siding. The fire was reported about 2 p.m. by a resident of J.M. Craig Road who saw the smoke, North Catawba Fire Rescue officials said. Firefighters arrived to find a fire blazing in the back yard and threatening to spread to the house. No one was at home at the time. The cause of the fire was still under investigation.

Jul. 30, 2015 @ 04:44 PM

Woman in hospital after 3-car wreck

A woman remained in a Charlotte hospital Thursday recovering from injuries received in head-on collision on Dudley Shoals Road. Brittany Clay, whose address was not available, had surgery at Carolinas Medical Center on her leg and stomach. No other information about her condition was available.


Jul. 30, 2015 @ 02:42 PM

Lenoir teen's letter to Detroit wins big audience

A Lenoir teenager wrote an open letter to Detroit in a blog post about her first encounter with the Motor City, and it became an online sensation. A week after that post, Cassie Mattheis' blog, "Random Musings of a Teenage Girl," received nearly 30,000 views.


Jul. 30, 2015 @ 11:22 AM

Patterson Equestrian Center reopening as public facility

On Saturday, The Patterson Equestrian Center will officially become open to the public for horseback riding lessons and equestrian events, including horse shows and mini competitions.


Jul. 29, 2015 @ 05:01 PM

Summer trends muddy the jobs picture

Seasonal factors again pushed up local unemployment rates, but Caldwell County’s progress compared to this same point a year ago is among the best in the state.


Jul. 29, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

Rural officials gather to find common ground

A number of the problems and frustrations local officials face are common to rural counties across the state, as evidenced by discussion Wednesday morning at a forum at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center sponsored by The Rural Center, an organization that advocates for rural counties. The forum was one of six that The Rural Center is holding across the state to gather input as it prepares its agenda for 2016.


Jul. 29, 2015 @ 04:23 PM

Speaker explores history of Jack Tales

Known as the “Jack Tales,” they are “the oldest folk literature” around and originated in England.


Jul. 29, 2015 @ 04:20 PM

Caldwell County's oldest festival returns Saturday

The longest and oldest festival in Caldwell County, the Harambee Arts Festival, will kick off Saturday with a few new twists, including a jazz saxophone performance and clogging and other dancing.


Jul. 29, 2015 @ 02:41 PM

Arrests reported July 28


Jul. 29, 2015 @ 06:25 AM

Actress driven to deliver uplifting messages

In high school, Jenn Gotzon’s drama teacher told her she did not have enough talent to become an actress and to give up her dreams.

Gotzon, now 36, has been the leading lady for several feature films and performed alongside film giants including Michael Sheen and Frank Langella in Ron Howard’s “Frost/Nixon.”


Jul. 29, 2015 @ 05:28 AM

Kids get sugar high at candy cooking camp

Dru Wilson, 10, of Baton dipped a measuring cup into a giant bowl full of white sugar. He poured the cup of sugar into another bowl where he was starting to make peanut brittle.

“This is the first cooking camp I’ve gone to,” Dru said.


Jul. 28, 2015 @ 03:07 PM

Google's next building may be biggest in Caldwell County

Google is considering constructing a nearly 129-foot-tall building -- about as tall as a 10-story office building -- next to Google's first building in Lenoir off of Lynnhaven Drive, near the main entrance to its campus.


Jul. 28, 2015 @ 03:06 PM

Google's neighbors disgruntled

Some of Google's neighbors don't feel too neighborly toward the technology giant. A few came to complain to the Lenoir Planning Board, but not about a proposal to allow buildings up to 150 feet tall.


Jul. 28, 2015 @ 01:41 PM

Arrests reported July 27


Jul. 28, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

Hottest job programs offered at CCC&TI

Money magazine recently released a list of “The Five Best Jobs You’ve Never Heard Of.” The list included jobs that are on the rise in demand, expecting to rise by 19 percent in staff levels, said the article. Out of the five, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute offers programs for two of those careers.


Jul. 28, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Lenoir man coaches organ donors

During the day, Rob Smitty of Lenoir paints houses for his business, Smitty’s Restoration Services. But as soon as he gets home from work, his real job begins: making sure people who need organ transplants get that transplant before it is too late.