News: Local News

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

Woman pleads guilty for role in DWI death

A woman who drove a drunken man away from a bad car wreck he caused will be on probation for a year and a half but will not spend any time in jail.

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 08:05 AM

Greer Labs drops Hazel Hayes lawsuit

Following an out-of-court settlement reached last month, Greer Laboratories' lawsuit against longtime employee Hazel Hayes has officially been dismissed, but a separate lawsuit stemming from the embezzlement allegations will continue.

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 06:19 AM

'Personal experience' for parents at Toy Store

Toys of all sizes, shapes and colors fill nearly every inch of what used to be a bomb shelter underneath the First Baptist Church in Hudson and is now called the Toy Store. Today, the church opens the doors to parents who have signed up to pick out eight items for each of their kids to leave a special surprise under the tree on Christmas morning.

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 06:17 AM

Arts Council wishes students Merry Christmas with 'Christmas Carol'

Jeremy Webb morphed from narrator to Ebenezer Scrooge to Bob Cratchit and most of the other characters from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center on Wednesday in a show for students, who laughed, screamed and applauded this version's fun, upbeat retelling of the famous seasonal story.

Dec. 10, 2014 @ 08:44 AM

Joseph Scott Roland convicted in Ralph Michael Prestwood's death

A man accused of fleeing a wreck in 2011 that grievously injured a Lenoir man who later died avoided a possible murder conviction by pleading guilty to reduced charges Tuesday in Caldwell Superior Court. Before being sentenced, Joseph Scott Roland, 31, of Union Baptist Road in Oak Hill turned in the courtroom to address the family of his victim, Ralph Michael Prestwood, 58, of Countryside Drive.

Dec. 10, 2014 @ 08:10 AM

Caldwell County employment hits 6-year high

There are more people working than in any month since October 2008, according to the N.C. Labor and Economic Analysis Division and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of people reported with jobs was more than 36,400 in October 2014, compared to a little more than 35,100 in October 2008.

Dec. 10, 2014 @ 06:32 AM

Hibriten student turns around school's landscaping

When Will Rice signed on to beautify Hibriten High School for his Eagle Scout project, he originally thought he would fix the entrance sign at the head of the parking lot on Panther Trail and call it a week. However, fueled by his passion for Hibriten and encouragement from community members, the project ballooned into an adventure in rehabilitating a range of worn-out landscaping features.

Dec. 10, 2014 @ 06:13 AM

Caldwell graduates march in Macy's Parade

On Thanksgiving Day, the marching band known as The Pride of the Mountains from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee took center stage at the start of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Nine band members are from Caldwell County.

Dec. 09, 2014 @ 05:06 PM

Caldwell County's economic bright spots celebrated

Local economic development officials called 2014 a “year of achievement” during a breakfast ceremony Tuesday.

Dec. 09, 2014 @ 08:23 AM

Program helps lift kids up

Every Monday and Wednesday, just after dark, the doors at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church in Lenoir are opened, and kids start to file in. They find their seats around tables set in a horseshoe, waiting for the evening’s activities to start.

Dec. 09, 2014 @ 08:16 AM

Accused killer may not stand trial

A man accused of beating his girlfriend to death in 2013 is mentally incapable of standing trial, a psychologist testified Monday in Caldwell Superior Court.

Dec. 09, 2014 @ 06:39 AM

Student for a Day: Arts soar at Davenport A+

I stood on my knees next to Genesis Guzman, 7, in Julia Youngsmith’s first-grade drama class with a paper bag decorated like a turkey and waddling my body side to side, experiencing a new side of education as a student at Davenport A+ School.

Dec. 08, 2014 @ 11:27 AM

Dreary weather can't stop holiday spirit

Chilly, wet weather couldn’t dampen the holiday spirit in Caldwell County this weekend as the area’s four parades heralded the holiday season up and down the county Friday and Saturday.

Dec. 07, 2014 @ 08:32 AM

From 'I do' to 'I want out'

On Sept. 2, 2011, a Caldwell County couple got married in New York. They separated exactly a year later, and two weeks ago they were granted a divorce in Caldwell County, joining nearly 300 couples who got divorced in the county over the past year.

But theirs was the first same-sex divorce granted in Caldwell County.

Dec. 05, 2014 @ 04:29 PM

Jeweler accused of buying stolen jewelry

The owner of Garon's Jewelry and Design was arrested Thursday and accused of buying and selling jewelry that he knew was stolen.

Dec. 05, 2014 @ 09:18 AM

School takes to the court to help fight cancer

The eighth-grade students at Collettsville School have never met Lauren Hill, a college basketball player from Indiana. However, when four students saw a special on ESPN about her fight with inoperable brain cancer, they went to Principal Craig Styron and asked if they could hold a special pep rally and fundraising event in her honor.

Dec. 05, 2014 @ 02:37 PM

Ralph Barker's murder charge dropped

Ralph Barker had been preparing to go to trial next week in the shotgun slaying of Danny Marlin Bowman, who was shot in the face while sitting in his pickup outside Barker's house about 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 7, 2013. But on Wednesday afternoon, District Attorney Jay Gaither filed a document to dismiss the murder charge.

Dec. 05, 2014 @ 08:49 AM

2 Caldwell County projects included in new state highway plan

A strange-looking intersection could come to the Hudson portion of U.S. 321 in a few years, followed closely by work to widen U.S. 321 from Hickory to Granite Falls, according to the new draft of the state's 10-year transportation plan unveiled Thursday by Gov. Pat McCrory.

Dec. 04, 2014 @ 05:31 PM

Christmas parades will march, rain or shine

All four of this weekend’s parades are set to go on as scheduled, regardless of the weather forecast.

Dec. 04, 2014 @ 08:25 AM

Alpine Village comes to life

For the past three weeks the old Lenoir High School gymnasium has undergone a transformation. The bleachers and basketball goals have been supplanted with old-time shops, a large clock tower, falling snow and of course Santa Claus.

Dec. 04, 2014 @ 08:18 AM

Lenoir cop accidentally shoots himself

A Lenoir police officer accidentally shot himself in the hand with his handgun last month at his home.

Dec. 04, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

Celebrating a century of love

For most people, it’s hard to conceptualize a century – 100 years, 10 decades, 1,200 months, 36,524 days.

Today, one Caldwell County matriarch celebrates her 100th birthday, looking back on a century of caring and loving for her family and community.

Dec. 04, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

Christmas cheer stolen

The Christmas light and music show in downtown Lenoir fell silent Tuesday after someone broke a lock protecting the laptop computer that controls the show.

Dec. 04, 2014 @ 06:05 AM

Audit shows Cajah's Mountain doing well

An audit presented Tuesday night shows the finances of Cajah’s Mountain are in “excellent” shape and have improved over the past six months, the town manager said. Town council members also decided Tuesday to follow Hudson’s lead and chip in $20 each of their own money to provide a $100 donation toward a billboard honoring San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner.

Dec. 03, 2014 @ 04:10 PM

Hudson, Sawmills light up for Christmas season

Hudson and Sawmills set its towns aglow with Christmas lights Tuesday night alongside bonfires, Santa, wagon rides and lots of free food.