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Oct. 19, 2014 @ 08:37 AM

Howl-O-Palooza creeps up Lenoir

The closer the calendar creeps to Oct. 31, the more tombstones start popping up in front yards, spider webs cloak boxwood bushes, and the more the streets of Lenoir will convert to the creepy, festive and scary.

Next weekend, the last before Halloween, Howl-O-Palooza will help complete that transformation, celebrating the dark and spooky with art, and especially film.


Oct. 20, 2014 @ 11:37 AM

A rough bump could break boy, 5

Last year his family learned that Matthew suffers from type 4 Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a disorder that makes the tissues in his small body thin, meaning even a small scrape requires two or more adhesive bandages. A fall or bump could rupture anything in Matthew’s body, such as his arteries or any of his organs, said his mother, Stachia Hagaman.


Oct. 19, 2014 @ 01:54 AM

News-Topic subscribers can get online access to Washington Post

This past week the News-Topic joined forces with the Washington Post as part of the Post's partner program, which allows subscribers to receive the Post’s digital products free.


Oct. 18, 2014 @ 11:29 PM

Crime report for Oct. 19, 2014


Oct. 18, 2014 @ 11:28 PM

Local briefs for Oct. 19, 2014


Oct. 17, 2014 @ 09:07 AM

Fundraising concert winding down

Hudson’s Hit Parade of Stars raised a total of $10,000 for Robin’s Nest Children’s Advocacy Center in its first two years, and its organizer hopes for an even bigger year this year — because this is planned to be the last year for the show.


Oct. 17, 2014 @ 09:05 AM

Cajah’s Mountain hires new town manager

Like relatives celebrating the birth of a new family member, the town council members of Cajah’s Mountain laughed and grinned with excitement after hiring their new town manager Thursday night.


Oct. 17, 2014 @ 08:10 AM

Guilty plea in theft of jewelry

Amy Sebastian didn’t even know she had been robbed until she was shown her high school class ring and wedding band at a Lenoir pawn shop by Det. Doug Dupell of the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office


Oct. 17, 2014 @ 06:54 AM

'Fiddler' musical plays to Hudson's tune

The Town of Hudson’s dinner theater strikes again with a large musical, “The Fiddler on the Roof,” with a cast nearly overflowing the stage and a message that, even though the play is set many decades ago, carries meaning in Caldwell County today.


Oct. 17, 2014 @ 06:49 AM

Team scores touchdown for reading

Josh Brackett, a wide receiver for the South Caldwell High School football team, slowly turned the book in his hand to show each of the children at his feet the colorful pictures in “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell!”

He read each word clearly and carefully about an old lady who gobbled up a shell, a gull and a wave.


Oct. 16, 2014 @ 06:20 AM

CCC&TI recognizes former trustee members

Two former Board of Trustees members at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute were recognized at Wednesday’s meeting for their years of service.

Jimmy Hemphill was presented with a plaque by Dr. Ken Boham, president of CCC&TI, that recognized his four years of service on the board.


Oct. 15, 2014 @ 09:34 AM

Ebola unlikely here, but precautions in place

Officials with Caldwell Memorial Hospital and the Caldwell County Health Department say they are making sure the county is ready in the unlikely event of an Ebola case showing up here.

“(We) haven’t seen any indication that there is an outbreak in the state let alone in the county,” said Kim Edmisten, public relations director at the hospital, but added, “We want to be ready no matter what kind of illness” shows up in the county.


Oct. 15, 2014 @ 08:10 AM

Woman opts for her own lawyer

Wade Alan Pittman, 60, and his wife, Anita Wade Pittman, 55, came to court Tuesday prepared to begin their trial on charges that they pocketed more than $35,000 that someone gave them for land and a mobile home.

But Anita Pittman had a last-minute change of heart about using the same lawyer as her husband.


Oct. 15, 2014 @ 07:14 AM

Chamber showcases everything 'Made in Caldwell'

Socks, large metal trash bins, violins, shopping carts and custom fly-fishing rods all have one thing in common: They’re made in Caldwell County.

Those items are among the wide array of products that are on display today through Nov. 15 at the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce for its “Made in Caldwell" exhibit.


Oct. 15, 2014 @ 06:11 AM

Gamewell woman creates cakes that speak for themselves

Pamela Tayner sprinkled cornstarch across the massive dining room table in her kitchen in Gamewell, preparing to roll out the cake fondant.

“This is where it can get dirty,” Tayner said.


Oct. 15, 2014 @ 06:04 AM

School board candidates say we need TAs

The News-Topic sent each of the candidates for the Caldwell County Board of Education a set of questions on education issues. We have been publishing highlights of their answers, and this is the final set. Candidates are listed by last name in alphabetical order.

Question: Should funding for teacher assistants be restored? How so?


Oct. 15, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

Cajah's Mountain to discuss hiring town manager

Cajah’s Mountain is still no closer to hiring a permanent town manager, but town council members hope to correct that on Thursday.


Oct. 14, 2014 @ 02:13 PM

School board candidates want steps to retain teachers

The News-Topic sent each of the candidates for the Caldwell County Board of Education a set of questions on education issues. We are publishing highlights of their answers. Candidates are listed by last name in alphabetical order.

Question: What is your stance on teacher pay? What should the state and local roles be concerning teacher pay?


Oct. 14, 2014 @ 02:10 PM

Caldwell County school board candidates rely on experience

The News-Topic presented each of the candidates for the Caldwell County Board of Education with a set of questions about education issues. Highlights of their answers will be published over the coming days. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order of their last name.

What is the major issue you wish to address if you are elected to the school board?


Oct. 14, 2014 @ 08:22 AM

Lenoir officer charged in wreck

A Lenoir police officer has been charged with failure to reduce speed in a wreck that happened Friday afternoon while he was on his way to another wreck.


Oct. 14, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

Caldwell's first same-sex marriage license issued

Wendy Goins and her partner have been together for 13 years but have had no legal rights as a couple. On Monday, they became the first same-sex partners to apply for a marriage license in Caldwell County.


Oct. 13, 2014 @ 10:40 AM

UPS delivers pot to Dudley Shoals man

A Dudley Shoals man is in jail after authorities say he received 10 pounds of marijuana from United Parcel Service last month.


Oct. 13, 2014 @ 04:18 PM

Gamewell wants 1958 team recognized

The Gamewell Town Council has backed a resident's efforts to get a 1958 Gamewell High School football team recognized by state high school athletics officials for its achievement.


Oct. 12, 2014 @ 08:29 AM

Disbelief greets embezzlement tale

Some of those who know Hazel Hayes say they could scarcely believe the name was correct when they learned that she has been accused of embezzling well over $800,000 from the company where she had worked for 45 years.


Oct. 12, 2014 @ 07:52 AM

Rain can't dampen spirits at Wilson Creek Festival of Colors

Heavy rains Friday night and more rain Saturday morning may have reduced attendance at the fourth annual Wilson Creek Festival of Colors, but they couldn’t dampen the spirits of those who made it.

The rain also did nothing to dim the pungent shades of yellows, reds and greens that lined the creek and dotted the hills around the Wilson Creek Visitors Center.