News: Local News

Apr. 24, 2014 @ 09:29 AM

Candidates for county commissioner set their priorities

The News-Topic sent each of the candidates for Caldwell County Board of Commissioners the same set of questions. Over the coming days we will run their answers. Individual responses have been edited because of space limitations, but full answers are posted at

Today's question: What are your main priorities or areas you plan to focus on while in office?

Apr. 24, 2014 @ 09:28 AM

Candidates for sheriff say jail crowding a problem

The News-Topic sent each of the candidates for sheriff the same set of questions. Over the coming days we will run their answers. Individual responses have been edited because of space limitations.

Today's question: The Caldwell County Detention Center has been over capacity for a while, and inmates are being shipped, at the county’s expense, to other jails in the state. What concerns does this raise for you, and what if anything can the sheriff’s office do in response?

Apr. 24, 2014 @ 09:27 AM

Candidates for district attorney discuss experience

The News-Topic sent each of the candidates for district attorney the same set of questions. Over the coming days we will run their answers. Individual responses have been edited because of space limitations.

Today's question: How important is courtroom experience as district attorney?

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 09:04 AM

Downtown developers may get boost from special building code

In a recent trip to New Bern for an economic development conference, Lenoir city officials learned of a building code that could dramatically lower the cost of renovating historic buildings downtown.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 11:18 AM

Size, cost of transload deal changes again

The price and size of the deal for Caldwell County and Lenoir to buy the freight-transfer site known as the transload facility keeps shrinking.

The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners voted in favor of a deal Monday night that includes less than two-thirds of the land that the commissioners approved buying Feb. 3 and the Lenoir City Council approved April 15. The cost is expected to decline too, but by how much is not certain yet because a new assessment is needed, County Attorney David Lackey said.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 08:36 AM

Candidates for County Board of Commissioners see differing challenges

The News-Topic sent each of the candidates for Caldwell County Board of Commissioners the same set of questions. Over the coming days we will run their answers.

Question 1: What do you see as the county’s main challenge right now and how would address it?

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 08:18 AM

Donna Harris of Hudson accused of killing husband

Donna Harris, 54, of Hudson is accused of stabbing her husband, Danny Harris, 58, during an argument.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 08:35 AM

Loaded shotgun found at boat access

A teenager found a loaded 20-gauge shotgun Sunday at a boat access in Granite Falls known as the "Tater Hole."

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 08:09 AM

Lenoir attorney accused of sex with client

A longtime lawyer in Lenoir is accused of having sex with a client and falsely saying under oath that that he previously had sex with only one previous client.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 06:14 AM

Caldwell Cuisine offers community India-themed night out

Chopping peppers, squeezing lemons, dicing onions, about a dozen Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute Culinary Arts students hustled around the different stations in the kitchen during a practice run of their big night cooking Thursday for the India-themed Caldwell Cuisine dinner. Some students read the recipes while others weighed cup after cup of slippery black-eyed peas. Still others bustled from table to table with freshly washed vegetables ready to be sliced.

Apr. 20, 2014 @ 09:53 AM

New brew pub coming to Lenoir

Stephen Loe, a chef and brewer, bought the former Greyhound bus station at 1048 Harper Ave., across the street from Robin's Nest, last week and plans to convert the 2,400-square-feet building into a micro pub with indoor dining space for about 50 and patio space for another 25-30, said Loe's father, Bob Loe, who will serve as assistant brewer and financial officer.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 10:22 AM

Closing of Kincaid plant will ripple through Hudson

For years, employees at the Kincaid Furniture plant in Hudson filed into the Food Fare convenience store on Main Street, right across the plant's sprawling parking lot.

"It was great here," store manager Johnny Moretz said. "On Thursdays, when they would get paid, there would be three lines at the counter."

Now, they trickle in.

In a few months, they will stop coming in altogether.

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 @ 08:15 AM

House destroyed, pets saved

Fire gutted a house on Locust Avenue in Hudson, but emergency workers saved a cat and dog that were in the house.

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.