News: Local News

Apr. 19, 2015 @ 08:23 AM

Booze, poor judgment seen in shooting

One of the earliest details to emerge in the April 10 shooting death of 15-year-old Kent Austin Taylor was the most chilling.

It portrayed Kent as having warned his older cousin that playing recklessly with a 9mm handgun would end in tragedy.


Apr. 17, 2015 @ 07:21 AM

Eric Church lends name to furniture line

Country music singer Eric Church, who grew up in Granite Falls, will sponsor a line of furniture, Pulaski Furniture announced this week.


Apr. 16, 2015 @ 05:19 PM

Hickory man accused of having cocaine in car

A Hickory man was arrested Wednesday and accused of having nearly an ounce of cocaine in his car, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office reported.


Apr. 16, 2015 @ 02:45 PM

Hudson Elementary School goes hog wild

Tiny, fuzzy mechanical pigs filled the Hudson Elementary School gym on Wednesday, along with their student owners ready to race the pigs against each other.

All decked out in fancy costumes, the pigs were lined up behind wooden boards in a line with the students behind them. On the count of three, the boards were lifted and the pigs took off! Well, not quite.


Apr. 16, 2015 @ 02:43 PM

GED ceremony smaller

The GED graduation ceremony for Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in May will be a lot smaller than last year’s, but that’s just a return to its usual size, college officials said Wednesday.


Apr. 16, 2015 @ 02:54 PM

'Sound of Music' actor to make return appearance

A man who had a prominent role in "The Sound of Music" 50 years ago will come to Caldwell County for the second time this weekend.

Dan Truhitte, who played Rolf Gruber, the love interest of the eldest Von Trapp child in the film, will perform as a soloist in a concert Saturday evening by the Caldwell Men’s Chorus and the Youth Ensemble Singers. In August 2013, Truhitte performed in the Hudson dinner theater production of “The Sound of Music,” which sold out.


Apr. 16, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

Developer wants break on road rules

County Planning Board nixes The Coves' request for exemption from roads standards for their midsized lots. Board grants reduction in open space requirement under overlay terms from 34 percent to 28 percent. County Commissioners will get last the word.


Apr. 16, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

Child porn came from Lenoir computer, officials say

Federal child exploitation charges are brought in Charlotte against an Indiana man, because the child porn websites are on servers in Lenoir. The unnamed websites are left running to aid in catching other operators, users and porn producers.


Apr. 15, 2015 @ 04:39 PM

Students learn about the Holocaust through play

Middle school students learning about the Holocaust in their classrooms were treated Tuesday to a live performance of what it was like for a young girl named Anne witnessing the changes of Germany on the brink of World War II.


Apr. 15, 2015 @ 11:42 AM

Most blasting finished on U.S. 321, DOT says

The work to blast rock to clear the path for widening U.S. 321 in the Blowing Rock area are mostly done, and any further blasting won't require closing the road and detouring traffic, the N.C. Department of Transportation said Wednesday.


Apr. 15, 2015 @ 10:23 AM

Caldwell County Hall of Honor inductees announced

John Coffey, Patrick Crouch, John Oliver Hawkins, Dr. Janet Land, and Dr. William Nye Corpening will be inducted May 1.


Apr. 15, 2015 @ 10:15 AM

Time to register children for kindergarten

Children who will turn 5 on or before Aug. 31 are eligible to register for kindergarten this spring. Parents may attend any of 15 kindergarten screenings scheduled at elementary schools through May 1.


Apr. 15, 2015 @ 08:28 AM

Accused killer changes his mind

Per April 14 hearing, new assessment is ordered of capacity of man accused of 1996 killing to stand trial. After originally being deemed not competent, Carpenter in 2013 thought he'd be better off in prison, and was found competent at tht time. Now, he'd rather go back to the hospital.


Apr. 15, 2015 @ 08:21 AM

Celebration marks 'milestones' of economic recovery

Economic development is about trying to shape the future, and while Tuesday’s Caldwell Economic Development Celebration marked several milestones on the path to a hoped future economic diversity, the event also honored some names firmly anchored in the county’s history.


Apr. 14, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

Death breaks circle of friends

Kent Austin Taylor, 15, was part of a close circle of friends who hung out together, often at friend Aaron Winebarger’s apartment on Atwood Drive in Lenoir, where they would play video games or watch Netflix. The gathering of friends erupted into chaos about 11 p.m. Friday when a handgun went off and shot Kent in the abdomen. In a matter of minutes he lay dead on the living room floor.


Apr. 14, 2015 @ 07:47 AM

Lenoir man says he fakes photo of Confederate ship

For three decades, the stained and blurry photograph presented a great mystery to Civil War historians, purportedly showing the Confederate ironclad the CSS Georgia. Though it was never authenticated, the photo became an unofficial part of the ship's history. Now, the man who brought it to light all those years ago, and who now lives in Lenoir, says he wants to clear the record: It is a fake.


Apr. 13, 2015 @ 05:13 PM

Student for a Day: Warriors working with STEM

Tyler Bentley, 16, and I sat on wooden stools in a classroom at West Caldwell High School leaning over a Dell laptop using a program to draw electrical engineering projects. Tyler jerked the mouse pointer left and right to drag lines and boxes into the center of the screen.


Apr. 13, 2015 @ 11:33 AM

Name of slain Lenoir teenager released

The 15-year-old boy who was killed by a gunshot inside an apartment Friday night was identified Monday as Kent Austin Taylor, a freshman at Hibriten High School.


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 04:30 PM

Atheists come to religious area for convention

Red flag to a bull? Cats parading near chained-up Dobermans? It’s something like that, as a bunch of raving atheists are convening in Hickory, chosen as the convention site specifically because of this area’s religiosity -- a Gallup poll in 2013 identified the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton as being among the top 10 most religious metropolitan statistical areas in the United States.


Apr. 13, 2015 @ 01:31 PM

Rain delays work to replace pipe

A pipe repair that had been scheduled close a portion of U.S. 321 Monday night has been postponed by one week because of rain.


Apr. 10, 2015 @ 06:28 AM

Caldwell is still hiring

The first of this year’s two planned Caldwell Is Hiring events is set for Thursday, April 30, and employers will be there in force seeking to fill a wide range of openings.

This is the 10th such event: a local hiring jamboree sponsored by the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission in cooperation with NCWorks and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. It will be held from 9 to noon at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.


Apr. 10, 2015 @ 06:26 AM

April is tick and skeeter month

This is tick- and mosquito-borne disease awareness month in North Carolina — the second year of the observance proclaimed by Gov. Pat McCrory in April 2014.


Apr. 10, 2015 @ 06:16 AM

School system looking to change grading scale for lower grades

The Caldwell County Schools may switch to the 10-point grading scale, which has become popular across the state for school systems as well as community colleges and universities, for grades three to eight.

Caldwell County principals unanimously favor the change, said Dr. Caryl Burns, associate superintendent of curriculum. The State Board of Education recommended the change.


Apr. 09, 2015 @ 11:48 AM

Caldwell students help lead national organization

Two Caldwell County students were elected by other students as high-ranking officers in a national group that promotes career and technical education.

Dalton Crump, 18, of West Caldwell High School was elected national vice president for SkillsUSA, and Rachael Robinson, 18, of the Caldwell Career Center Middle College was elected a state officer for North Carolina.


Apr. 09, 2015 @ 08:07 AM

Silence alerts Lenoir couple to fire in attic

Glen Price is used to sleeping to the sound of an oxygen machine churning away, so when the machine suddenly stopped about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, the silence woke him.