News: Local News

Mar. 29, 2015 @ 06:32 AM

If all of Caldwell County is a stage, play on

Marcus Hughes, a senior at Hibriten High School, dramatically flailed his hands and laughed with gusto in front of a small audience at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center on Saturday. He was one of 19 high school students who performed the words of the Bard in the third annual High School Shakespeare Monologue Contest.


Mar. 29, 2015 @ 06:28 AM

Kids 'hop down the bunny trail' at Sawmills

Children lined up with brightly colored baskets ready to take off in order to grab as many eggs as possible on the soccer field at Sawmills Veterans Park.

The third annual Sawmills Easter Egg Hunt took place on Saturday in the blustery, chilly weather, but families still brought their children to scoop up hollow plastic eggs filled with candy, and rubber ducks in the grass.


Mar. 29, 2015 @ 06:23 AM

Mobile home quickly succumbs to flames

Maleah Story lost her home at 2560 Indian Grave Road in Valmead on Saturday, possibly including her cats.

The beige double-wide mobile home went up quickly about noon, with flames and smoke pouring through the roof. The flames stretched from one end of the home to the other as firefighters battled the flames. Before long, the mobile home was gutted, and by the end there was nothing but the exterior walls and the porch.


Mar. 27, 2015 @ 04:51 PM

Heart attack claims Dr. Jane Carswell Roberts

Dr. Jane Carswell Roberts, a longtime light of tolerance, diversity, health care access and women’s issues, died Wednesday evening at Frye Regional Medical Center, where she had been since Monday after having a heart attack. She was 83.


Mar. 27, 2015 @ 06:16 AM

Easter comes early to Lenoir library

Deckland O’Neal, 3, pulled out two long pieces of white and pink foam while sitting at a table in the library. He stared at them with a curious expression.

“This looks like a surfboard,” Deckland said.


Mar. 26, 2015 @ 06:57 AM

No more left turns from CCC&TI

Beginning Tuesday, no one leaving the main entrance of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will be allowed to turn left to reach the northbound lanes of U.S. 321.

Cones will partially block the median crossover there, and signs will be placed to tell drivers that left turns out of the college are not allowed, said Dr. Ken Boham, the community college's president.


Mar. 26, 2015 @ 04:26 PM

Event breaks fundraising record for Helping Hands

This year’s Pot of Gold celebration will net a record $60,000 to support the Helping Hands Clinic’s medical services for uninsured adults, thanks to a boost by the person who won the raffle.


Mar. 26, 2015 @ 05:41 AM

Foothills Regional Airport to ask Lenoir, Morganton, Caldwell, Burke for money

The Foothills Regional Airport plans to ask Lenoir, Morganton, Caldwell County and Burke County to begin financial planning for some big improvements to take place well into the next decade.


Mar. 25, 2015 @ 07:48 PM

Lenoir company Verdante to present to potential investors

Verdanté Bioenergy Services of Lenoir has been chosen from 112 applicants to be a finalist in the 2015 Charlotte Venture Challenge, a start-up competition for early-stage high-growth companies.


Mar. 26, 2015 @ 09:21 AM

News-Topic's new reporter has varied background

David Tell is the News-Topic’s newest staff member but its most experienced.

He also is the only staff member with a claim to royalty.


Mar. 25, 2015 @ 08:51 AM

Lenoir police probed 10 deaths since Jan. 1

Lenoir police have investigated 10 deaths so far since the start of 2015. Though only one was a homicide, the number bothers Chief Scott Brown.


Mar. 25, 2015 @ 06:55 AM

Student for a Day: Feeling the impact of Oak Hill School

Eighth-grade students stood against opposite walls at Oak Hill School, tense with anticipation. At the center of the gym sat their targets, a neat row of squishy, colorful balls. The two sides would be competing to get as many as we could for a game of dodgeball.


Mar. 25, 2015 @ 06:49 AM

Parents like Gamewell traffic plan, officials say

Only a handful of people came to a public meeting Monday evening at Gamewell Elementary School on a proposed new traffic pattern intended to ease school-related traffic in on Morganton Boulevard and Gamewell School Road.


Mar. 25, 2015 @ 05:50 AM

Lenoir officials discuss what it takes to run city

The perfect candidate for Lenoir's new city manager would be someone with good interpersonal skills, both with individuals and with public groups, who demonstrates a passion for the work and who can pick up where Lane Bailey left off and keep the projects Bailey started going, judging by the things members of the Lenoir City Council said Tuesday.


Mar. 24, 2015 @ 06:17 AM

Schools hatch a lesson on life

For the next few days the cheeping of newly hatched chicks will mingle with the sounds of students in top floor hallway of West Lenoir Elementary School.

Cherisse Christian, a third-grade teacher at West Lenoir, orders a set of ready-to-hatch chicken eggs for her students to care for every year.


Mar. 24, 2015 @ 05:54 PM

College service is health on wheels

Since last fall, a medical clinic rolls onto the Hudson campus of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute each Monday.

For now it's only providing health care for students, college employees or their families, but it may one day give some students hands-on experience providing care as well.


Mar. 22, 2015 @ 07:55 AM

Surgery team finds success below the knee

Since 2010, when the "limb salvage team" of the Caldwell Memorial Center for Wound Care came together, the number of below-the-knee amputations for patients suffering complication of diabetes has been reduced by 70 percent in this area.


Mar. 21, 2015 @ 02:02 PM

Unemployment up in January after holiday jobs end

Following a decades-old seasonal pattern, the unemployment rate jumped in January in not only Caldwell County but all but two other counties in North Carolina, according to statistics released by the state.


Mar. 21, 2015 @ 02:00 PM

McCreary Modern wins award for innovation in manufacturing

McCreary Modern Inc. won The Charlotte Business Journal’s Advanced Manufacturing Award for corporate leadership in a ceremony held Feb. 25 in Concord. The awards recognize innovation in manufacturing in the Charlotte region.


Mar. 20, 2015 @ 11:49 AM

New service at Caldwell County's Goodwill helps unemployed

In July, the Lenoir Goodwill began the Career Connections Center, which helps people with career coaching, writing résumés and finding employment.


Mar. 20, 2015 @ 08:11 AM

Hahn pours his heart out

Nation Hahn's rage seethed just under the surface. This time you could see it.

During his three days of testimony early in the murder trial of Jonathan Broyhill in Wake Superior Court, Hahn remained calm, cool and modulated, his guard dropping only a few times while talking about his wife, Jamie, who Broyhill stabbed repeatedly in the Hahns' North Raleigh home on April 22, 2013.


Mar. 20, 2015 @ 06:35 AM

'Sergeants' marches to the sound of laughter

The Town of Hudson’s 19th dinner theater production brings home the familiar accents, ways of life and mannerisms of the South.

Playing at the Hudson Uptown Building, “No Time for Sergeants” tells the story of Army Pvt. Will Stockdale, played by Randall Norman, who narrates how he won a medal from the United States Air Force. From the moment he is drafted to the minute he receives his medal, Will Stockdale’s story is filled with a never-ending parade of accidents and miscommunications.


Mar. 19, 2015 @ 08:09 AM

Broyhill convicted of first-degree murder

A Wake County jury convicted Jonathan Broyhill on all charges Wednesday, reaching its verdict in only about an hour after nearly two weeks of testimony.


Mar. 19, 2015 @ 06:59 AM

Hudson backs closing highway crossing

The crossover in the median of U.S. 321 from the main entrance of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute to the highway's northbound lanes should be closed, the Hudson Town Board of Commissioners says.


Mar. 19, 2015 @ 06:29 AM

CCC&TI tuition may go up

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute may increase tuition next year.

College President Ken Boham told the college board of trustees Tuesday that Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposed budget for fiscal 2015-16 calls for an increase of $4 per credit hour.