News: Local News

Apr. 01, 2015 @ 04:54 PM

Sawmills woman charged with prostitution

Teresa Lynn Annas, aka Teresa Compton, 45, of George Harris Drive placed an ad at, and when an officer posing as a customer called the phone number in the ad, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said.

Apr. 01, 2015 @ 04:09 PM

Granite Falls church can get bigger sign

The Granite Falls Town Council slightly increased the size of freestanding signs "at churches, schools, clubs and other recreational facilities in residential zoning districts” to 32 square feet, the equivalent of a sign 8 feet wide and 4 feet tall.

Apr. 01, 2015 @ 08:47 AM

Sexual betrayal, rage led to Marcus Devlin's murder, documents say

Sheriff’s deputies arrived at Marcus Devlin’s apartment Saturday night to find the signs of a rampage.

Devlin, 34, was face-down on the floor at the foot of his bed, lying in a pool of blood. His body was cold to the touch, and rigor mortis had set in, but evidence quickly mounted that pointed to two suspects, according to search warrant documents that the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office turned in Tuesday at the Caldwell County Courthouse.

Apr. 01, 2015 @ 06:41 AM

Uses for middle school building not settled

The new name of the building now known as William Lenoir Middle School appears to be set, but school officials aren't settled on what to put in the building.

Members of the Caldwell County Board of Education said that they do not want to immediately fill all of the building’s space so they can leave room for adding events, programs or departments in the future.

Apr. 01, 2015 @ 06:31 AM

Fitness rooms will offer monthly membership

The public can now buy memberships to use the new fitness rooms at the Granite Falls Recreation Center.

Originally, fitness room users paid a $1 a day, Mayor Barry Hayes said.

Apr. 01, 2015 @ 02:48 PM

Granite Falls wants wine bar

Granite Falls officials hope to bring a wine bar or wine shop to the downtown area.

Mar. 31, 2015 @ 08:36 AM

2 accused of killing man at his apartment

Nathan Alexander Vasquez, 20, of Orlandos Way and Shea Elise Fullard, 23, of 44th Avenue Drive NE in Hickory are accused of killing Marcus Alexander Devlin, 34, in Devlin’s apartment on Free Mason Road near Sawmills. Both came before Caldwell District Court on Monday.

Mar. 31, 2015 @ 08:17 AM

Searching memories, one frame at a time

Flipping the pages through Willie Houck’s photo album, Houck, 96, can tell a story about every photo. In fact opening the photo album helps his memory get going. And on one recent day in the living room of his house on Hartland Road as he flipped the pages, the story of how Pearl Harbor transformed him from a member of a Morganton-based National Guard unit to an engineer building bridges in the battlefield in pursuit of retreating German units began to unfold.

Mar. 31, 2015 @ 06:28 AM

Great Dane steals the show at dinner theater

Henry Starnes, 7, took to the stage for the first time in the Town of Hudson’s dinner theater production of “No Time for Sergeants” at the Hudson Uptown Building, which ended its run Saturday. He played a small role in a single scene that required him to lie on the stage and watch the actors around him, kind of like an extra in the background. But, Henry was anything but unnoticeable.

Mar. 31, 2015 @ 01:20 AM

Crime report for March 31, 2015

Mar. 30, 2015 @ 08:40 AM

2 charged with murder

Nathan Vasquez, 20, and Shea Elise Fullard, 23, are accused of killing Marcus Devlin, 34, whose body was found in his apartment Saturday night.

Mar. 30, 2015 @ 05:20 PM

If all of Caldwell County is a stage, play on

Marcus Hughes, a senior at Hibriten High School, dramatically flailed his hands and laughed with gusto in front of a small audience at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center on Saturday. He was one of 19 high school students who performed the words of the Bard in the third annual High School Shakespeare Monologue Contest.

Mar. 29, 2015 @ 06:28 AM

Kids 'hop down the bunny trail' at Sawmills

Children lined up with brightly colored baskets ready to take off in order to grab as many eggs as possible on the soccer field at Sawmills Veterans Park.

The third annual Sawmills Easter Egg Hunt took place on Saturday in the blustery, chilly weather, but families still brought their children to scoop up hollow plastic eggs filled with candy, and rubber ducks in the grass.

Mar. 29, 2015 @ 06:23 AM

Mobile home quickly succumbs to flames

Maleah Story lost her home at 2560 Indian Grave Road in Valmead on Saturday, possibly including her cats.

The beige double-wide mobile home went up quickly about noon, with flames and smoke pouring through the roof. The flames stretched from one end of the home to the other as firefighters battled the flames. Before long, the mobile home was gutted, and by the end there was nothing but the exterior walls and the porch.

Mar. 27, 2015 @ 04:51 PM

Heart attack claims Dr. Jane Carswell Roberts

Dr. Jane Carswell Roberts, a longtime light of tolerance, diversity, health care access and women’s issues, died Wednesday evening at Frye Regional Medical Center, where she had been since Monday after having a heart attack. She was 83.

Mar. 27, 2015 @ 06:16 AM

Easter comes early to Lenoir library

Deckland O’Neal, 3, pulled out two long pieces of white and pink foam while sitting at a table in the library. He stared at them with a curious expression.

“This looks like a surfboard,” Deckland said.

Mar. 27, 2015 @ 06:13 AM

Children start their own library with Dolly Parton, Smart Start

Grawyn Miller bounced her 14-month-old daughter, Zia, on her knees as she flipped through a book about farm animals. Zia stared at the colorful pages and made animal noises -- a moo for the cow and a gobble, gobble for the turkey. The book was a free gift to Zia, one of seven she has received since September. And until she turns 5, Zia will receive a free book every month.

Mar. 26, 2015 @ 06:57 AM

No more left turns from CCC&TI

Beginning Tuesday, no one leaving the main entrance of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will be allowed to turn left to reach the northbound lanes of U.S. 321.

Cones will partially block the median crossover there, and signs will be placed to tell drivers that left turns out of the college are not allowed, said Dr. Ken Boham, the community college's president.

Mar. 26, 2015 @ 04:26 PM

Event breaks fundraising record for Helping Hands

This year’s Pot of Gold celebration will net a record $60,000 to support the Helping Hands Clinic’s medical services for uninsured adults, thanks to a boost by the person who won the raffle.

Mar. 26, 2015 @ 05:41 AM

Foothills Regional Airport to ask Lenoir, Morganton, Caldwell, Burke for money

The Foothills Regional Airport plans to ask Lenoir, Morganton, Caldwell County and Burke County to begin financial planning for some big improvements to take place well into the next decade.

Mar. 25, 2015 @ 07:48 PM

Lenoir company Verdante to present to potential investors

Verdanté Bioenergy Services of Lenoir has been chosen from 112 applicants to be a finalist in the 2015 Charlotte Venture Challenge, a start-up competition for early-stage high-growth companies.

Mar. 26, 2015 @ 09:21 AM

News-Topic's new reporter has varied background

David Tell is the News-Topic’s newest staff member but its most experienced.

He also is the only staff member with a claim to royalty.

Mar. 25, 2015 @ 08:51 AM

Lenoir police probed 10 deaths since Jan. 1

Lenoir police have investigated 10 deaths so far since the start of 2015. Though only one was a homicide, the number bothers Chief Scott Brown.

Mar. 25, 2015 @ 06:55 AM

Student for a Day: Feeling the impact of Oak Hill School

Eighth-grade students stood against opposite walls at Oak Hill School, tense with anticipation. At the center of the gym sat their targets, a neat row of squishy, colorful balls. The two sides would be competing to get as many as we could for a game of dodgeball.

Mar. 25, 2015 @ 06:49 AM

Parents like Gamewell traffic plan, officials say

Only a handful of people came to a public meeting Monday evening at Gamewell Elementary School on a proposed new traffic pattern intended to ease school-related traffic in on Morganton Boulevard and Gamewell School Road.