News: Local News

Jun. 30, 2015 @ 05:17 PM

Climate-controlled tent kept contest cool

There was something different about the weekend's national annual amateur radio field day for those who took part in Lenoir: air conditioning.  The Caldwell County Community Emergency Response Team recently used grant money to get two emergency shelters, and one was set up Saturday and Sunday for the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club to take part in the nationwide, 24-hour event that allows more than 50,000 amateur radio operators to practice what they would do to help official emergency agencies in the event of an emergency that knocked out official lines of communication.


Jun. 30, 2015 @ 05:11 PM

Arrests reported June 29


Jun. 30, 2015 @ 04:39 PM

Accident victim remembered for love of woodwork, music

Steven George Dolgas was always busy. He would drive a forklift all day at Jordan-Holman Lumber Co. in Granite Falls, then come home to work in the yard or on woodworking projects, neighbor Mary Carpenter said. “I’d hear him in the building just sawing away.” A silence now hangs over the Premier Road neighborhood in the Baton area where Dolgas and his wife, Penny, moved about five years ago.


Jun. 30, 2015 @ 03:58 PM

School board pays to please poet

The Caldwell County Schools will pay a poet $1,625 to drop a copyright infringement lawsuit.


Jun. 30, 2015 @ 03:57 PM

Museum job entails sleuthing through history

As he prepared to show a guest at the Caldwell Heritage Museum what a day in the life of a museum director is like, Colin Foust walked into the small library in the back of the museum carrying a yellow legal pad in his hand and wearing a big smile on his face. “I love solving puzzles,” Foust said.


Jun. 30, 2015 @ 03:53 PM

Lenoir annexation wins approval

Lenoir will be able to annex 568 acres northwest of the city along Zacks Fork Road under a bill that won final approval Tuesday from the General Assembly, once the bill is signed by Gov. Pat McCrory.


Jun. 29, 2015 @ 05:43 PM

Arrests reported June 26-28


Jun. 30, 2015 @ 09:24 AM

Man killed by forklift identified

Steven George Dolgas, a forklift driver at a Granite Falls lumber company, was killed Monday when his forklift ran over him.


Jun. 29, 2015 @ 04:21 PM

One injured in wreck on Morganton Blvd

Patricia Lingerfelt of Lenoir was injured on Monday morning after another driver lost control and sideswiped her vehicle on Morganton Boulevard in front of the QP gas station in Gamewell.


Jun. 30, 2015 @ 08:29 AM

Dudley Shoals woman dies after wrecking into tree

Frances Coffey, 56, of Dudley Shoals Road died Monday not long after rescuers spent more than an hour freeing her from the wreckage of her Hyundai Santa Fe after she drove off the left side of the road and hit a tree.


Jun. 29, 2015 @ 10:45 AM

CommunityOne completes CertusBank purchase

CommunityOne Bank announced it has completed its purchase of the Lenoir branch of CertusBank and has appointed a former CertusBank manager to run the branch.


Jun. 29, 2015 @ 10:25 AM

Merger of Greer Labs, Stallergenes approved

Shareholders of the French pharmaceutical company Stallergenes have approved a proposed merger with the company that owns Lenoir's Greer Laboratories.


Jun. 29, 2015 @ 09:52 AM

Caldwell hospice warns about group seeking donations

Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care is warning the community about an organization named Hospice Support Fund, formerly Hospice Fund of America, that has been soliciting donations by phone and mail.


Jun. 28, 2015 @ 07:05 PM

Family shares heritage with pottery

A group of shoppers waited behind a roped section with a table full of pottery of all sizes Saturday morning at Bolick and Traditions Pottery until they were given the signal to pick the pieces they wanted, first-come first-served.


Jun. 28, 2015 @ 07:03 PM

Sara Bostain follows in firefighter father's footsteps

Sara Bostain is currently the only female firefighter at the Lenoir Fire Department, but she said she doesn’t let anyone treat her differently from the rest of the firefighters.


Jun. 28, 2015 @ 06:57 AM

Camp leavens kids' summer

DJ Dimichele, 10, packed up a mountain of cupcakes into a large white box. Then, he put several yeast dinner rolls in a different box. All of these goodies he was able to take home after just baking them himself.

“I learned a lot of things,” DJ said.


Jun. 26, 2015 @ 04:48 PM

Marcie's Kountry Kitchen closes

Marcie’s Kountry Kitchen, occupying the second floor of the Lenoir Golf Club, closed Thursday after opening in December.


Jun. 26, 2015 @ 01:29 PM

Bunches taking reduced role in Lenoir

Al Bunch, a part-owner of Foothills Radio Group since December 2005, has been hired as general manager of Curtis Media of the Triad, which owns three radio stations in the Winston-Salem/Greensboro/High Point market. Because of the move, his wife, Lilly Bunch, will be stepping down as executive director of the Helping Hands Clinic on Harper Avenue in downtown Lenoir, which provides medical care for the uninsured.


Jun. 26, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

2 charged with trying to hire prostitute

Two men from outside Caldwell County are accused of coming to Lenoir to hire a prostitute.


Jun. 26, 2015 @ 08:41 AM

Catawba Valley Community College employee diverted college money

Mary S. Sherill of Hickory, the former purchasing coordinator for Catawba Valley Community College, is accused of using college funds to buy about $179,000 worth of merchandise she then sold over the Internet for her own profit, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte announced.


Jun. 26, 2015 @ 06:57 AM

Burger King joins renovation trend

The Burger King in Lenoir is undergoing renovations, but even the people who work there aren't sure what it will look like when they are completed.

Renovations started Tuesday. Angelica Gilbert, a manager, said she has not seen the completed drawings.


Jun. 26, 2015 @ 06:40 AM

STEAM camp heats up with cool science

Outside in the suffocating heat Thursday, a handful of middle school students conducted some science.

The students gathered around a soda bottle rocket launcher in the parking lot.


Jun. 26, 2015 @ 06:39 AM

Kountry Kitchen closes its doors

Marcie Brown whipped about the kitchen of her restaurant as usual Thursday morning, scrambling eggs on the griddle and moving the sizzling bacon with a large pair of tongs. Dark hair piled high on her head, Brown turned around and pulled out two pieces of bread. She arranged the eggs and bacon on the bread and called, “Order up!” to her waitress.


Jun. 26, 2015 @ 06:36 AM

Motorcyclist was going 100 mph when crashed

Witnesses of the motorcycle accident in Hickory on Friday that killed a Granite Falls man reported that the motorcyclist was going between 80 to 100 mph when he crashed.


Jun. 25, 2015 @ 04:29 PM

Arrests reported June 24