News: Local News

Nov. 26, 2014 @ 08:18 AM

Scams can be big business

About 40 Caldwell County residents a year lose money to scammers. Law enforcement officials urge citizens to beware.

Nov. 25, 2014 @ 04:11 PM

Lights blaze at Granite Falls festival, tree-lighting

Children around Granite Falls must have heard sleigh bells and the patter of reindeer hooves late Monday because a large crowd greeted Santa and Mrs. Claus for the ninth annual Festival on the Square and Tree Lighting Ceremony in Granite Falls.

Nov. 25, 2014 @ 08:34 AM

Man in critical condition from 40-foot fall

A man who fell to the ground from about 40 feet in the air Friday while cutting limbs from a tree was listed in critical condition Monday at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed.

Nov. 25, 2014 @ 08:08 AM

Man caught in camper fire

A man was badly burned Sunday when a fire gutted the camper he had been living in for the past six months.

Nov. 24, 2014 @ 04:48 PM

To our readers

Because of printing difficulties at the News-Topic's press room, your newspaper probably was late arriving today. The Wednesday paper also may be late, though we are still trying to work out a schedule that would allow it to be delivered close to the usual time. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

Nov. 24, 2014 @ 03:15 PM

Caldwell schools mull plan for pay raises

Teachers who take on extra duties may have an opportunity to get a pay raise next year under a plan that Caldwell County Schools officials are considering submitting for state approval. But local administrators are concerned that the state’s funding mechanism may not generate much money to go around.

Nov. 24, 2014 @ 03:13 PM

Lenoir rings in holiday season

The air was brisk Saturday morning as vendors unpacked their wares in preparation for the second annual Lenoir Downtown Christmas Festival. But the sun warmed the streets as the day went on, and even the morning cold did not deter early arrivals wanting to get a glimpse of Santa Claus and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season.

Nov. 23, 2014 @ 08:18 AM

Turkey drive aims to feed, bring together

The turkey is a symbol of Thanksgiving, the integral part of a classic meal that commemorates communities coming together to count their blessings.

This year, the Lenoir/Caldwell County Interdenominational Black Ministerial Alliance is starting what officials hope becomes a new Thanksgiving tradition bringing communities together.

Nov. 23, 2014 @ 06:24 AM

Giant puppets teach students to learn, study

Students from eight Caldwell County elementary schools and home school students gasped with delight as 9-foot-tall body puppets took the stage Friday at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.

Nov. 22, 2014 @ 09:24 PM

Public records for Nov. 23, 2014

Nov. 22, 2014 @ 09:19 PM

Community calendar for week of Nov. 23

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 03:40 PM

Man injured after falling from bucket truck

A man was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after he fell about 40 feet from a bucket truck while cutting a limb from a tree behind a home at 1935 Locust Place in Lenoir about 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

Cajah’s Mountain man dies under mower

A Cajah’s Mountain woman came home Thursday afternoon to find her husband dead underneath a riding lawn mower, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said.

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

Lenoir shines with Christmas lights

Through the streets of downtown Lenoir, children raced Thursday afternoon to decorate Christmas trees lining the street as part of Light Up Lenoir. In the nippy wind, kids waited for adults to string the lights, then rushed in with gingerbread men, presents, glittery stars and Popsicle-stick reindeer ornaments.

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 08:05 AM

DA's office: Can't prove who drove in hit-and-run

Prosecutors dropped a felony hit-and-run charge Thursday because the district attorney believes there is not enough evidence to prove who was driving the car at the time it nearly killed a Hudson man.

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 06:08 AM

CCC&TI tightening its belt

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute is preparing for a cut in its state funding by April.

Dr. Ken Boham, president of CCC&TI, told the college's board of trustees Thursday that the North Carolina Community College System has hinted that colleges may be told to return 2 percent of their funding to the state after April 15.

Nov. 20, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

'Catching stories' catches historians' attention

Griffith, who has written four books, spent 30 years teaching in Caldwell County Schools but is now retired. This year, two of Griffith’s books earned her three awards from the North Carolina Society of Historians.

Nov. 20, 2014 @ 06:12 AM

Student for a Day

I never thought I’d do jumping jacks in math class.

At Granite Falls Middle School, I jumped with my arms flailing, crouched down in squats or bounced like a bunny, depending on the answers to algebra problems.

Nov. 19, 2014 @ 10:16 AM

Hit-and-run charge to be dropped

The lawyer for a man who nearly died after a hit-and-run driver plowed through the motorcycle he was riding over a year ago has been told that the charges against the woman suspected of being the driver will be dropped.

Nov. 19, 2014 @ 09:39 AM

Fire causes $40K in damage to home

A fire that started at an unattended stove destroyed the kitchen and dining room of a house at 1210 Lenoir Ave. shortly after noon Tuesday.

Nov. 19, 2014 @ 09:32 AM

Mexican consul helps with passports, IDs in Lenoir

For the next week, a room at the Mulberry Recreation Center in Lenoir is serving as an outpost for the Mexican consulate, helping Mexican nationals in the area keep their passports and IDs up to date.

Nov. 19, 2014 @ 09:07 AM

CIS kicks off fundraiser for renovations

The nonprofit Communities in Schools kicked off a campaign Tuesday to renovate the historic Rankin House in Lenoir, where its offices are, and then to buy the property for $1.

Nov. 18, 2014 @ 08:16 AM

Crime Stoppers recognizes businesses

The Lenoir Caldwell County Crime Stoppers presented six businesses with plaques Monday recognizing contribuions to the organization.

Nov. 18, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

Man pleads guilty in fatal car wreck

A Caldwell County man may or may not have been driving a pickup that wrecked in 2010 and killed another person who was in the truck, but he accepted a plea deal Monday that calls for him to serve only 10 days in jail.

Nov. 18, 2014 @ 08:12 AM

Nelson says he didn't understand plea agreement

Alex Nelson says the appeal of his three-year sentence in federal prison should not be dismissed, because he was not clear on what issues he could and could not appeal after signing his plea agreement when he was sentenced.