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Mar. 18, 2015 @ 06:29 AM

Students go head to head over books

Bookworm– n. a person who likes to read books and who spends a lot of time reading and studying

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of “bookworm” could add “especially the elementary school students of Caldwell County."

Mar. 17, 2015 @ 05:41 PM

Shooting suspect surrenders

A man who had been sought by police for over 24 hours, accused of gunning down another man in a grocery store parking lot Sunday morning, turned himself in on Monday.

Mar. 17, 2015 @ 05:15 PM

Controlled burn Pisgah National Forest may include part of Caldwell County

On Wednesday, the U.S. Forest Service plans to burn either 560 acres in Avery County or 1,240 acres in Caldwell and Avery counties

Mar. 17, 2015 @ 04:56 PM

Caldwell County says sales tax revenue higher than expected

The taxes stemmed from Christmas-season sales and were up 16 percent, pointing to a strengthening economy, Finance Officer Tony Helton told the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners Monday night.

Mar. 17, 2015 @ 08:11 AM

Broyhill jury sees bloody murder weapon

Prosecutors wrapped up their case against Jonathan Broyhill with a flourish, showing the jury the murder weapon and playing a recording of frantic 911 call to jurors.

Mar. 16, 2015 @ 08:05 PM

Community, school board discuss future uses for William Lenoir Middle

Community members filled the William Lenoir Middle School cafeteria Thursday night to discuss what should happen to the building after students, faculty and staff move into the new building at the end of August for the 2015-16 school year.

Mar. 16, 2015 @ 11:46 AM

Erby salutes committee after memorial success

Sam Erby, Jr. would rather be known as “the anonymous chairman” — not only for his role in the Granite Falls Veterans Monument project but also the many other accomplishments throughout his life.

“(The monument project) was not something that was self-serving to me. This project, what we’re doing, if you could write this article without mentioning my name, I wish you would,” Erby said.

Mar. 16, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Shooting suspect turns himself in

Bill Mudd Jr., who had been sought since Sunday morning on a charge that he gunned down Michael Keller in a grocery store parking lot in Lenoir, turned himself in to Lenoir police Monday morning.

Mar. 16, 2015 @ 08:50 AM

Man shot outside Lenoir grocery store

A 50-year-old man was shot several times by a man he knew about 7 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the Food Lion on Wilkesboro Boulevard.

Mar. 14, 2015 @ 02:01 PM

Jonathan Broyhill's lawyer accuses judge of bias

Friday’s testimony ended with an outburst as Arbour accused Judge Paul Ridgeway of Wake Superior Court of being biased against Jonathan Broyhill, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jamie Kirk Hahn. Arbour asked for Ridgeway to either declare a mistrial or recuse himself from the case.

Mar. 13, 2015 @ 08:24 AM

Broyhill wanted out of the country

The night before he attacked his former boss and her husband, Jonathan Broyhill did repeated searches on Google for countries he could get to without a passport, prosecutors say.

Mar. 13, 2015 @ 06:55 AM

Google prepares prospective future employees

Four students from Collettsville School carefully tried to push a computer part into the motherboard. Kayla Mathes, 14, held up a tiny piece of paper with directions, and the eyes of Boyd Hindman, 13, darted between what his hands were doing as he wiggled the part into place and the paper.

Mar. 12, 2015 @ 12:03 PM

On the record with Davenport A+

Tatiyanna Patterson, 10, snapped photos with her digital camera. Zerden Keller, 10, and Sarah Summers, 10, debated different positions on topics like candy in schools and Duke vs. UNC-Chapel Hill. Nick Smith, 11, wrote about the upcoming fifth-grade play. These students and a handful more at Davenport A+ School are part of the new school newspaper that began in early February.

Mar. 12, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Louisiana comes to Caldwell in musical performance

On Wednesday, the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center stage was alive with the sounds of Louisiana thanks to Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience.

As part of the Artists-in-Schools program sponsored by the Caldwell Arts Council, Simien returned to Lenoir for a second time in his production “Creole for Kidz” to entertain the auditorium full of elementary, middle and high school students.

Mar. 12, 2015 @ 08:20 AM

Police look for robbery suspect

Lenoir police are looking for a man who they say robbed a Holiday To Go convenience store on Morganton Boulevard around 1:45 a.m. Saturday, according to a press release issued by the Lenoir Police Department.

Mar. 12, 2015 @ 08:17 AM

Defense: Broyhill a troubled liar

Nation Hahn didn't learn of the elaborate web of lies that his longtime best friend, Jonathan Broyhill, had spun until after police began investigating why Broyhill killed Hahn's wife and then attacked Hahn, he told jurors Wedensday in Wake Superior Court.

Mar. 12, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

Obituaries for March 12, 2015

Charles Johnson, Concord

Harry May, Granite Falls

Dustin Arney, Morganton

Bonnie Coffey, Gastonia

Larry Hill, Memphis, Tenn.

Peggy Hayes, Lenoir

Verita Smith, Granite Falls

Carl Peterson, Valdese

Marjorie Erwin, Marietta, Ga.

Mary Robbins, Lenoir

Theresa Moore, Lenoir


Mar. 11, 2015 @ 08:10 AM

Memories bring Hahn to verge of tears

When Nation Hahn came home around 5 p.m. on April 22, 2013, his wife, Jamie, was on the computer in her home office off the kitchen, and his best friend, Jonathan Broyhill, was in the kitchen. The two men hugged each other briefly, and Hahn asked whether Broyhill was going to spend the night.

"I think so," Broyhill said.

Nation then headed upstairs to change into a pair of basketball shorts for an evening run. Within minutes, he heard his wife screaming, "Nation! Jon! Nation! Jon!"

Mar. 12, 2015 @ 11:56 AM

Teachers get grants for Legos, astronaut, books

Imagine an astronaut walking into your elementary school classroom. Audrey Mood of Valmead Elementary School did, and now one will. Her idea was among eight to win Community Education Grants from the Education Foundation Inc. of Caldwell County. A total of $12,220.83 was awarded Tuesday.

Mar. 10, 2015 @ 10:25 PM

Search for new retail businesses continues

The company seeking new retail businesses to open along the U.S. 321 corridor has identified prospects and made initial contacts, the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission’s executive director said.

Mar. 10, 2015 @ 07:38 PM

Developers' plan for The Coves roads shot down

The developers of The Coves at Round Mountain ran into a buzzsaw when they asked county officials to let them increase the proposed housing density in part of the development without bringing the roads there up to the usual county standards.

Mar. 10, 2015 @ 08:14 AM

Local illusionist hits a national stage

Caldwell County native and self-described rock-and-roll illusionist Sammy Cortino will make his national debut Thursday night on the Syfy reality show "Wizard Wars."

Mar. 10, 2015 @ 08:43 AM

Hahn had back to Broyhill when attacked

While in the hospital being treated for his self-inflicted knife wounds, Jonathan Broyhill told Raleigh police detectives he remembered walking up behind Jamie Kirk Hahn as she sat on a stool in her kitchen, raising an 8-inch chef's knife above his head.

Mar. 10, 2015 @ 05:42 PM

Gamewell town council looks at fixing school traffic problems

Every weekday in the mornings and afternoons, traffic is stop and go in a massive gridlock outside Gamewell Elementary School and Gamewell Middle School.

On Monday, Dr. Jeff Church, associate superintendent for auxiliary services, presented the Gamewell Town Council with a potential flow of traffic pattern that may ease the traffic and safety concerns for students being picked up and dropped off at the two schools.

Mar. 10, 2015 @ 06:15 AM

Club gathers students to click and create

Hudson Elementary School student Noah Reeves, 10, clicked on different menus on the computer screen in front of him and, like magic, the blank white background behind his characters, a prince and a knight, turned into beautiful red and blue castle doors. With a few more clicks, Noah made his characters talk to each other through speech bubbles above their heads.