News: Local News

Feb. 17, 2015 @ 11:47 AM

Weather delays some openings

All Caldwell Physicians offices and PLUS Urgent Care locations will operate on a 5-hour delay. Caldwell County government offices will not open until 11 a.m. City of Lenoir garbabe routes that usually are picked up on Tuesday will be picked up on Wednesday.


Feb. 17, 2015 @ 08:16 AM

Caldwell braces for winter storm

Snow flurries began swirling the air around lunchtime Monday, and everyone expected it to keep falling into the night. The only uncertain thing was what you'll find when you look outside this morning.


Feb. 17, 2015 @ 08:14 AM

Man burned in propane explosion

A propane heater exploded Saturday night and badly burned a Collettsville man, fire officials said.


Feb. 17, 2015 @ 08:11 AM

Winds spark fires in Gamewell over weekend

Four fires that began within minutes of each other Saturday evening had firefighters scrambling to protect houses and an apartment complex.


Feb. 17, 2015 @ 06:41 AM

Fathers watching out for students in WATCH D.O.G.S. program

At Davenport A+ School, Amelia Crane, 7, slowly read aloud “Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band” by Kwame Alexander. As she read, Amelia slid her finger over the words so she would not lose her place. Soon, she reached a word she did not know. Jeff Clark helped her sound out the word until she was able to read “prevented.”


Feb. 17, 2015 @ 08:40 AM

Caldwell County approves incentives for 20 new jobs

Incentives are on the way for two longtime local companies that are expanding and planning to bring 10 jobs each to Caldwell County over the next year and a half.


Feb. 16, 2015 @ 03:13 PM

Town Halls closings, cancellations for bad weather

Already, town administrations are making decisions about whether to stay open as inclement weather approaches.


Feb. 15, 2015 @ 08:16 AM

Annual count finds about 100 homeless

This year's official "snapshot" of homelessness in Caldwell County found about 100 people who were staying in shelters or living on the street.


Feb. 15, 2015 @ 06:53 AM

'Almost, Maine' turns love literal

From the very start when a young girl blurts out, “I love you, Pete,” the audience knows they are in for a ride of awkward love scenes.

“Almost, Maine” is a quirky play made up of several sketches about romantic relationships set in the snowy landscape of Almost, Maine, a town that’s “almost a town.”


Feb. 16, 2015 @ 03:53 PM

Blight fight clears 14 houses so far

The house at 508 Vance St. was more than an eyesore. Inspections found structural and foundation problems, leaks in the roof, exposed wiring and plumbing, windows barred shut and more.

As of Wednesday, that house no longer exists. The City of Lenoir had it torn down.


Feb. 15, 2015 @ 06:19 AM

Yearbooks sought for statewide digital database

The yearbooks are taken to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to be turned into digital copies that are made available for free online.


Feb. 13, 2015 @ 02:10 PM

Woman, 83, hit by pickup

An 83-year-old woman was struck by a pickup and critically injured while crossing the street at South Main Street and Harper Avenue, and a number of people who work downtown worry the next pedestrian struck at an intersection could be them.


Feb. 13, 2015 @ 10:50 AM

Changes leave Caldwell with unknowns

A change of North Carolina’s presidential primary date next year could cause some problems for local boards of elections, which are waiting to hear the details on the changes from the state.


Feb. 13, 2015 @ 09:06 AM

Fast-paced courses teach furniture skills

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute officials say two courses focused on preparing students for the furniture industry have seen significant success because of their quick pace of imparting critical skills needed to get jobs.


Feb. 13, 2015 @ 11:13 AM

Sawmills saves farmers market

The Town of Sawmills will take over the town's farmers market from the Sawmills Farmer’s Market Board, saving the market from being discontinued, but may make some changes.


Feb. 12, 2015 @ 05:06 PM

Wind rips top off mobile home

Strong winds ripped half the roof from William and Patricia Blankenship's mobile home on Marcus Drive in Sawmills around 2 p.m. Thursday. William Blankenship said he was watching television at the time and heard a sound like a shotgun going off. When he looked out his window, all he could see was the metal of the roof hanging down over the window. The roof took some insulation with it, and before Caldwell County Emergency Management officials arrived and tied it down, the wind continued to blow the roof around. Blankenship said he has insurance that will cover the damages, and he and his wife will stay with family while the roof is being repaired. He said it also damaged the ceiling on the inside of the home, and daylight was visible through cracks in the ceiling.

Feb. 12, 2015 @ 07:55 AM

Caldwell's RadioShacks survive cuts

Caldwell County's two RadioShack stores are not among more than 1,100 nationwide that will close after the company filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month.


Feb. 12, 2015 @ 06:47 AM

Woman charged with murder

Ashley Allison Stewart, 27, of Creekway Apartments in Lenoir is accused of killing Hope Marie Story Webb, 39, of Connelly Springs Road around 3 a.m. Feb. 1.


Feb. 12, 2015 @ 06:28 AM

Business creates non-profit to meet church needs

After receiving worldwide fame from the National Geographic show “Church Rescue,” three men from Granite Falls have expanded their mission for saving churches by creating a non-profit arm.

Kevin "Rev Kev" Annas, Jerry "Doc" Bentley and Anthony "Gladamere" Lockhart began Church Hoppers in Granite Falls as a business that helps churches reorganize. Annas said the key is answering the question “Where do you fit in this community?”


Feb. 12, 2015 @ 06:05 AM

Local musician played with Hendrix, Williams Jr

David Lovatto, 66, walked behind his keyboard setup wearing a T-shirt with a vintage Pepsi logo on it, a black Fedora pulled down over his face and long, white hair.

His hands fluttered over the electronic keys, which played notes that sounded like an electric guitar.


Feb. 11, 2015 @ 03:40 PM

Rhodhiss seeks new home for Public Works building

Rhodhiss needs a new Public Works building, and the Rhodhiss Board of Commissioners told the town manager Tuesday night to look into pricing, land, design and other aspects of either buying another or building one.


Feb. 11, 2015 @ 08:19 AM

District still waiting for governor to appoint judge

Members of the 25th Judicial District Bar submitted names on Dec. 11 of five nominees they recommended to replace District Court Judge Gary Dellinger, who had announced he would retire on Dec. 31.

Gov. Pat McCrory has not yet picked a replacement for Dellinger, but one may be chosen soon, said Ryan Tronovitch, a spokesman for McCrory.


Feb. 11, 2015 @ 08:10 AM

Low-mileage, 1951 Plymouth stolen

For more than 50 years, Hugh Wilson held on to a black, two-door 1951 Plymouth Canbrook -- not for sentimental value or collectability. The car, which has less than 100,000 miles on it, simply served a practical role as a second vehicle for Wilson, 84. Sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning, the old car was stolen from the Lenoir BP garage on Wilkesboro Boulevard, where Wilson had taken it to get an oil and filter change, new tires and have its fluid levels topped off.


Feb. 11, 2015 @ 06:48 AM

Hudson Elementary staying in shape with new club

A line of Hudson Elementary School students passed a ball down the line, alternating between over their heads and between their legs. A few yards away, another group of students tossed basketballs to each other on the court. And in the grass, young girls flipped head-over-heels in endless cartwheels. They are all members of the new Fitness Club at Hudson Elementary.


Feb. 10, 2015 @ 04:59 PM

Hudson dancer plans show in Greensboro

Emily Aiken, a dance student from Hudson, has scheduled three performances as part of her work toward her master of fine arts degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.