News: Local News

May. 29, 2015 @ 11:23 AM

Gamewell man wanted to kill ex-girlfriend, sheriff's office says

Ronnie Lee Bentley Sr., 53, of Townhouse Way in Gamewell was arrested Thursday on a charge of attempted murder, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office reported.


May. 29, 2015 @ 09:37 AM

Thursday storm kept Lenoir officials busy

A severe storm that hit the Lenoir area about 6:30 p.m. Thursday brought a few trees down and caused some flooding, but it didn't result in any injuries or serious damage, officials said Friday morning.


May. 29, 2015 @ 06:31 AM

Collettsville student wins poetry contest

Collettsville School student Alex Enloe took a stand against bullying when his teacher asked her class to write poetry for a national contest.

Seventh-grade teacher Jenny White ran across the website for 7GP, which stands for seventh-grade poetry, and saw that the organization hosts an annual poetry contest.


May. 29, 2015 @ 09:20 AM

Nothing goes right for carjacker

Steven Len Baird, 34, of Banjo Hollar, Boone, is accused by Lenoir police of a botched carjacking-turned-car theft that resulted in his arrest less than a minute later.


May. 28, 2015 @ 11:14 AM

Happy Valley student wins state essay contest

To Happy Valley School student Mallory McGee, wetlands are not only wonderful but worth saving. Because of her convictions, her essay on wetland conservation won first place in a statewide contest.


May. 28, 2015 @ 11:08 AM

Granite Falls man convicted of drug charges

Larry William Abrams, 39, of Granite Falls man has been convicted of selling marijuana from the basement of his father's house in 2012.


May. 28, 2015 @ 08:34 AM

Heroin makes comeback in Caldwell County

Since the first of the year Caldwell County has seen a resurgence in the use of heroin, resulting in a surge of arrests in recent weeks, including five by the Lenoir Police Department on May 13 alone.


May. 27, 2015 @ 06:32 PM

Police beat for May 28, 2015


May. 27, 2015 @ 04:36 PM

Caldwell County hires planner

Shelley Stevens of Sawmills, who has experience helping running the planning offices for three municipalities in the region, has been hired by Caldwell County to be its new planning director.


May. 27, 2015 @ 04:32 PM

Ron Beane reels in memories of fly fishermen

Caldwell County fly fishermen may know the name Ron Beane well, but they’re about to learn many, many more anglers names thanks to his new book about notable local fly fishermen.


May. 27, 2015 @ 05:06 PM

Lightning disables News-Topic

The News-Topic offices were without power or phone service since from early Wednesday morning to mid-afternoon because of a lightning strike that hit a utility pole in front of our building on Pennton Avenue. The problems are not expected to affect the delivery of Thursday's paper.


May. 26, 2015 @ 05:20 PM

Driver injured, pickup totaled in wreck

A man who may have fallen asleep while driving on N.C. 268 lost control of his pickup Tuesday afternoon, demolishing a fence before the truck rolled over.


May. 26, 2015 @ 03:42 PM

Car totaled, but driver not hurt

Ariel Breann Cobb of Lenoir doesn't remember details about how her car wound up on its roof in the road because it happened so fast. "All I remember is I was in the ditch and (then) I was upside down," she said.


May. 26, 2015 @ 03:21 PM

Lenoir city workers may get raise

Lenoir city employees may see a little more cash in their wallets if the Lenoir City Council members agree that a 3 percent pay raise is best way to appropriate funds in the new budget.


May. 26, 2015 @ 03:19 PM

Lenoir joins program targeting retirees

Efforts to diversify the Lenoir area’s economy gained another tool recently when Lenoir was accepted into the North Carolina Certified Retirement Community Program.


May. 26, 2015 @ 03:18 PM

Honoring the memories of fallen veterans

Standing before a crowd Monday at the Hudson Uptown Building, retired Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Barry J. Mitchell shared a memory of a Marine comrade who was killed in Vietnam after Mitchell directed him through what he thought was a safe opening. And, in recalling that moment, he remembered his friend’s face, the catastrophic explosion and blasting of powder from a grenade.


May. 26, 2015 @ 11:54 AM

Sawmills Elementary celebrates art in style

Under a cloudless sky, people gathered in the front lawn of Sawmills Elementary School for the second annual Arts Extravaganza on Friday evening.

Adam Hartley, 6, slowly squeezed a bottle of green paint onto a plate, which spun as he squeezed. The green paint oozed and moved around the plate as it continued to spin on a wheel.


May. 26, 2015 @ 03:23 PM

Police beat for May 26, 2015


May. 24, 2015 @ 04:31 PM

Grants available for local arts projects and events

The Caldwell Arts Council is accepting Grassroots Grant applications for arts projects taking place in fiscal year 2015-16.


May. 24, 2015 @ 07:49 AM

Remembering veterans in words and deeds

The Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard is a group of 19 veterans who have served this country and continue to provide service in the community.


May. 26, 2015 @ 03:28 PM

Old friend welcomed back to Buffalo Cove

People lined up outside Buffalo Mercantile Co. and Cafe ahead of the store’s noon grand opening Saturday. Buffalo Mercantile Company was in operation from 1897 until 2006, and nine years later, local customers said they are pleased to see the store re-opening under the ownership of Tom Kassab. Kassab said he looks forward to carrying on traditions with the store while introducing new things, such as Italian cuisine and coffee blends.


May. 24, 2015 @ 05:26 AM

Old country store gets new life

There's both old and new in Buffalo Mercantile Co. and Café, formerly Todd's Country Store, which held a "grand re-opening" Saturday.


May. 23, 2015 @ 03:47 PM

Middle College graduates celebrate

The Caldwell Career Center Middle College’s graduation ceremony is one full of stories. The graduates gets one minute each to tell peers, family members, school officials and anyone else in the audience how much education has changed their lives and who gave them the support to stand on the stage with diploma in hand.


May. 23, 2015 @ 03:46 PM

Freedman School remembered

Freedman School alumni and former teachers, along with city officials, gathered Friday for a groundbreaking ceremony at Harrington Place Apartments, the former site of the school, where three stone columns are to be built.


May. 23, 2015 @ 03:44 PM

Sawmills Elementary celebrates art in style

Under a cloudless sky, people gathered in the front lawn of Sawmills Elementary School for the second annual Arts Extravaganza on Friday evening.