News: Local News

Apr. 18, 2014 @ 11:20 AM

Area Easter services

This is a listing of all of the Easter Sunday church events that have been submitted to the News-Topic.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 03:49 PM

La-Z-Boy to cease U.S. casegoods production

La-Z-Boy Inc. will cease production of furniture at its Kincaid Furniture plant in Hudson this fall and will close two North Wilkesboro warehouses, laying off 100 people. The company didn't provide a breakdown of how many jobs will be left in Hudson.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 08:08 AM

City worker accused of stealing cemetery money

A woman who worked at Blue Ridge Cemetery is accused of embezzling more than $100,000 from cemetery funds.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 06:45 AM

Carolina Panthers 'fuel up' with Hudson Elementary

Hudson Elementary and Middle Schools students’ screams of excitement could have drowned out the city noises of downtown Charlotte if they had been at Bank of America Stadium. Instead they reverberated deafeningly inside Hudson Middle School’s gym to welcome Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano, running back Kenjon Barner and mascot Sir Purr.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 06:34 AM

CCC&TI springs into the '60s

Tie-dye was everywhere on Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute’s campus Thursday. Students wore headbands and rings of flowers in their hair. Artwork of Nixon, Bob Marley, The Beatles, and Batman and the Joker (the 1960s TV version of the characters) sat in the courtyard.


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 05:33 PM

Candidates for Caldwell County commissioner discuss big ideas

The four Republican candidates for two seats on the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners gathered in the city county chambers Wednesday afternoon to talk about some issues that have emerged in the campaign.

Incumbents Mike LaBrose and Chris Barlowe face challengers Ben Griffin and Donnie Potter in the May 6 primary. There are no Democratic candidates.


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 08:44 AM

Lenoir man indicted on multiple sex charges

A Lenoir man who was arrested in March and accused of raping a teenage girl in Lincoln County was indicted by a grand jury April 7 on two counts of felony statutory rape of a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old by a defendant six years older, and two felony counts of statutory sex offense of a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old by a defendant six years older.


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 08:18 AM

Two arrested on drug charges

Two people were arrested on drug charges in recent days in separate investigations by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office.


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 10:54 AM

Armed robberies may be linked

The description of a gunman in several armed robberies and one attempted robbery in recent weeks has local law enforcement officials considering that the same person may be behind all of them.


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 08:12 AM

Something to shout about

Cheerleaders from South Caldwell High School rallied the crowd into a frenzy Wednesday as volunteers in the Caldwell County School system were honored at a luncheon held at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 06:45 AM

Hungry for science at the Patterson Science Center

Walking through the trees, crunching dead leaves underfoot, you are overcome with the feeling of being watched. Jumping over streams and hiking up hills, you search for food, water and shelter while watching your back for any predators when suddenly, a bear, a wolf and a bobcat burst from the dense foliage. They rush forward, and as you turn and run, you hope you won’t feel their teeth and claws grabbing the tag dangling around your neck reading “Vole.”


Apr. 16, 2014 @ 02:10 PM

Lenoir takes ownership of transload business

Lenoir agreed Tuesday to the formal business agreement for operating the so-called transload freight-transfer facility on U.S. 321-A.

It is the first time the city has agreed to take part-ownership in a business, City Attorney Ed Blair said.


Apr. 16, 2014 @ 09:09 AM

Lenoir native leads testing of NASA's latest, greatest rocket

Ashley Lee never really had an interest in computers and engineering while he was a student at Hibriten High School and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, focusing more on sports and martial arts.

Today, Lee is an engineer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., where he is leading work on ARTEMIS, a simulator designed to test flight control systems for the on-board computer flight programming for the largest, most powerful rocket ever built – NASA’s Space Launch System.


Apr. 16, 2014 @ 08:50 AM

Sawmills market working past rough patch

The Sawmills Farmers Market is looking for a new market manager.

Town Administrator Seth Eckard announced that next year, the farmers market will say goodbye to its two usual volunteer managers, Olivia Wilson, who is expecting a baby, and Shelda Altman, who is retiring, and will hire someone to the newly paid position of manager. While plans are being made to hire for the 2015 farmers market, Wilson and Altman would like to bring on a new manager to train this year.


Apr. 16, 2014 @ 08:48 AM

Jessie Bowman — ‘Just older than youth’

Jessie Bowman sat on a couch surrounded by photographs of smiling family members and laminated newspaper clippings about his life and various awards. Recently, he has been in the news for receiving the National Order of the Legion of Honour medal, the highest decoration that recognizes service to France, in February and receiving a second key to the city of Granite Falls in March.


Apr. 15, 2014 @ 12:16 PM

Stone speaks out on lockdown

Although some parents were upset last week that the Caldwell County Schools did not notify them when several schools went on lockdown because of what turned out to be a false report of a gunman, the policy is in the interest of safety, Superintendent Steve Stone told the Caldwell County Board of Education at its meeting Monday night.


Apr. 15, 2014 @ 08:06 AM

Maligned interchange on U.S. 321 should be open this fall

The highway construction project many people in Caldwell County love to hate should be all but finished before the leaves turn color this fall, the N.C. Department of Transportation says.


Apr. 15, 2014 @ 06:35 AM

School board throws CCC&TI a birthday party

The Caldwell County Schools Board of Education came together with the Board of Trustees for Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute to celebrate the college’s recent 50th birthday.


Apr. 14, 2014 @ 02:01 PM

CCC&TI offers first new health science degree in 14 years

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will begin a new health science program this fall — the college’s first new health science program in 14 years.

The medical assistant program allows students to study both sides of the medical profession when working in a physician’s office, with instruction in both administrative and clinical duties.


Apr. 13, 2014 @ 08:37 AM

Local blood lab producing quick results

The amount of time that local prosecutors have to wait for test results on blood samples in drunken-driving cases has been radically cut in the five months since a hospital in Hickory began conducting the tests, officials say.


Apr. 13, 2014 @ 08:23 AM

Spring furniture market called success

Returning with new orders in hand from last week's International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, officials from local companies say the spring market was a resounding success.


Apr. 13, 2014 @ 08:21 AM

Couple thinks coyote killed pet dog

Jim and Robin Eller learned the hard way that it's not safe to let a small pet out on its own.

The night of April 3, just like every night, they let Breena, their 3-year-old Maltese/poodle mix, go outside their Little Gunpowder Creek Drive home in Hudson. After a while, they heard the dog whimpering and let it in, discovering it had been attacked by something. Despite veterinary care, by Saturday Breena died.


Apr. 13, 2014 @ 06:50 AM

Granite Falls Middle students accepted into All-State Honors Band

Two Granite Falls Middle School have won spots in the North Carolina All State Honors Band and will perform May 2-4 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with the other selected students.


Apr. 13, 2014 @ 06:35 AM

Lenoir Woman's Club hailed for service, sisterhood

Members of the Lenoir Woman’s Club say they were drawn to the group because of its community service projects, but once there they found amazing fellowship.


Apr. 12, 2014 @ 11:43 AM

3 new Heritage Home executives to be in High Point

Heritage Home Group still has not publicly addressed rumors that it will move its headquarters from St. Louis to High Point, but three newly announced executives will be based in High Point, the St. Louis Business Journal reported Friday.