At each of eight tables, students hovered over a black, metal box, unpacking rainbow-colored wires and shining metal parts, diving in to assemble the pieces, looking more like surgeons on the operating table than students putting together computers.
Thursday was the third annual computer-building workshop with Google, and this year the focus was on teaching kids just what it takes to work in the technology and computer-based fields, including more than just the working parts of a computer.
Inside a small, brick building in Hudson, over the sound of scissors slicing into hair, the conversation flows without stalling, as it has for 45 years.
Opened as Hall’s Barbershop in 1969, under owner Stanley Hall, the building serves an identical purpose today. It’s now Andy’s Barbershop, operated by Andy Johnson, a barber who got his haircuts at Hall’s as a kid.
But calling Johnson a childhood customer of Hall’s is probably underselling the relationship.
Both incumbents and all three challengers who filed to run for the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners are Republicans, so the race will be decided in the May primary. The incumbents whose terms are expiring are Mike LaBrose and Chris Barlowe. They are being challenged by Donnie Potter, Ben Griffin and Randall “Cotton” Winkler.
The same is true of the race for district attorney for the 25th Judicial District -- where incumbent James Gaither faces attorneys David Learner and Scott Reilly, and there are no Democrats in the race.
After hearing of Blue Ridge Tissue Company for the first time, one would think that the product would be narrowly focused -- maybe a few varieties of tissue paper.
But from the company’s 78,000-square-foot facility on Yadkin River Road in Patterson, 25 distinct grades of tissue and nearly 2,000 other products are produced and shipped internationally.
Kevin Hartso and his mother, Katherine Hartso, stepped gingerly among some of the approximately 7,500 graves dotting the landscape at Blue Ridge Memorial Park. Fearing the bronze vases perched atop their relatives' markers might be among the 138 stolen last weekend, they were relieved Wednesday to find them still in place. But they passed several markers where instead of a vase to hold freshly cut flowers stood is now a neat, 6-inch-wide hole.
"It's got to be drug addicts," Marvin Hartso said. "It takes a low-life person to do something like this. It's robbing the dead."
The 2014 Hall of Honor inductees are Dr. Leonard Homer Bolick, Dr. Lyndon C. Kirby and James Miller Whisnant. Posthumous awards will be presented to the families of John Christian Bernhardt and Magruder Hill Tuttle.
Lenoir police arrested two people on drug charges Friday after a search of their apartment.
Hospital and affiliates opening later than normal today.
“It’s not fair what they’ve done to us and the way they’ve done it,” said the former employee, who asked not to be named, adding that the 20 or so laid-off employees were mostly upholsterers hired in the past six months.
Authorities were looking for a man who led deputies on a brief but high-speed chase on what investigators think was a stolen motorcycle Thursday morning.
A Lenoir man was arrested in Morganton after officers said his car was weaving down the road while he was drinking beer at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday.
Caldwell County roads are likely to be icy Friday morning, according to weather forecasters.
The National Weather Service even said it was possible that the Lenoir area could see 2 to 4 inches of combined sleet and snow overnight.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, Stephanie Livingston was hospitalized two times one summer. It is virtually impossible to be enrolled in some health-sciences programs and maintain a full-time job. There are classes two days a week and on-site training the other three. The weekends are for studying. But the hospital bills were piling up.
With four years of effort invested, Livingston was close to giving up. Then she got a call from the CCC&TI Foundation, saying she’d been awarded the V.D. Guire Scholarship. Without the scholarship, there would have been no way to continue, Livingston said.
It’s important to Travis Huffman to pursue his bachelor’s at a small university that, much like CCC&TI, can offer a low student-to-teacher ratio. But small, private universities can come with not-so-small price tags – and that’s where the Foundation of CCC&TI comes in.
Huffman has received help in paying for his CCC&TI tuition through the foundation’s Wilson Family Scholarship. In turn, that gives him the ability to save for the future he dreams of at a private, four-year institution.
Heritage Home Group told Broyhill Furniture employees of layoffs from its Lenoir operations on Monday, two employees told the News-Topic separately, but the company's management has not publicly announced it and did not return calls about it Wednesday.
Two Granite Falls men have been arrested and accused of robbing a Domino's Pizza delivery driver two months ago.
Now Livingston is nearing the finish line – she’ll graduate in May 2015. She’s as passionate about the medical field as she’s ever been, and grateful for the support that allowed her to continue her journey.
“People that have the money to be able to donate to help other people – I know they do it for a reason,” Livingston said. “But I just hope they know how much it helps.”
Drug seizures in Lenoir skyrocketed from 2012 to 2013, the police chief told the city council Tuesday night.
The amount of methamphetamine seized jumped an astounding 525 percent, from 4.2 grams in all of 2012 to 355.8 grams in 2013; the amount of crack cocaine rose 233 percent, from 67.2 grams in 2012 to 224 grams in 2013; and prescription pill seizures rose 214 percent, from 356 dosage units to 1,117 dosage units, Chief Scott Brown reported.
For nearly four years, Nick Dula has worked to bring businesses to Lenoir and revitalize a struggling downtown.
But after next week the city will have to get along without him.
Freshly cut flowers stand tall from the hundreds of bronze vases dotting the landscape at Blue Ridge Memorial Park on Wilkesboro Boulevard. But the vases from many of the graves are missing, leaving nothing but an ugly hole in the grave markers where loved ones are buried.
Some food stamp recipients have received a letter from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services advising, "The following action has been taken in your case:" -- followed by nothing.
Afraid that the letter means their benefits have been cut off, clients are flooding social services for help.
Stories of prescription drug misuse and accidental overdoses like these are what a group of community leaders in Caldwell County is working to prevent. Caldwell County Leaders for Change is strengthening and focusing its attack on accidental overdoses and the misuse of prescription drugs in the county, taking the next steps in implementing a community-based program, Project Lazarus. Representatives of a number of agencies in the community -— including law enforcement, medicine, pharmacies, faith-based organizations and schools — met Monday at The Life Center in Lenoir to plan the next step in their process and inform the community of their work and of available resources.
Tiffany Davis, a Hibriten High School graduate and a senior management major at Appalachian, came up with the idea as she watched students file in to networking events hosted by the business school. You’d see “black suit, black suit, black suit … cargo pants,” Davis said — students were making do with what they could afford, and not all could afford professional attire.
For the first time since 2002, a Republican candidate has chosen to run for the office of clerk of superior court, a post that has been held by a Democrat for at least 51 years.
After environmental contamination derailed a previous deal for Lenoir and Caldwell County to buy the freight-transfer operation known as the transload facility, a smaller, less expensive deal emerged.
But while the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners signed off on it a month ago, the new proposal awaits a decision by the Lenoir City Council — which has not publicly discussed it, scheduled it for consideration any time soon and has no timetable for doing so.
It was quite a sight on Mulberry Street around 11 a.m. Saturday.
Like a scene taken from the many classic children’s books by Dr. Seuss, about 100 people, including babies in strollers, lined up in the parking lot of Caldwell Memorial Hospital for the third annual “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” parade.