News: Local News

Sep. 12, 2014 @ 08:18 AM

Community leader Venoy Pearson dies

For seven decades Dr. Venoy Pearson moved congregations and changed lives from the pulpits of the First Church of God on Broadway Street and the Hartland Church of God in Morganton.

Sep. 12, 2014 @ 08:17 AM

Murder suspect now also faces drug charges

A woman accused of fatally shooting her boyfriend in July 2013 has been indicted on a charge of trafficking in opium or heroin.

Sep. 12, 2014 @ 08:08 AM

Graduate, 18, charged with having sex with girl, 14

A former South Caldwell High School student is accused of having sex last November with a 14-year-old girl who was a student at the school, where was still helping out with the boys varsity basketball team though he had graduated in May 2013.

Sep. 12, 2014 @ 08:04 AM

Sturgill suffered multiple knife wounds, prosecutor says

Bobby Dean Sparks will contend at trial that he killed Sammy William Sturgill in self-defense, his lawyer said in court Thursday, but prosecutors say Sturgill's wounds were extensive while Sparks' were nearly non-existent.

Sep. 12, 2014 @ 06:39 AM

Annual Adopt-a-Thon this weekend

It makes sense that a pet supply store would have a nationwide pet-adoption event.

But Susan Bailey, the manager of Lenoir's Petsense, said there will be a lot more than pets there.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 07:45 PM

'Losing Patients' is a nuthouse of fun

A thunderstorm starting fires and flooding bridges. A mental patient on the loose. Several characters pretending to be someone else.

The Foothills Performing Arts kicks off its 2013-14 season with the comedy “Losing Patients.” Director Marshall Goff said the play was chosen as a tribute to its writer, V. Cate, who died last December.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 05:12 PM

Woman arrested on meth charges

A Hickory woman was arrested Wednesdayand accused of coming to the parking lot of Walmart in Lenoir to sell someone methamphetamines, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 02:16 PM

Ninth ‘Caldwell is Hiring’ 3 weeks away

For the ninth time, hundreds of jobseekers are expected to pack the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir for the semiannual job fair Caldwell is Hiring.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Rhodhiss’ budget is healthy, auditor says

Rhodhiss received a clean financial bill of health from its auditor during Tuesday night’s board of commissioners meeting.

Eric Bowman said he was impressed by how well Rhodhiss handled its funding last year, when it had a surplus of more than $289,000, and how the town appropriated funds this year.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 11:59 AM

Top school administrators get contract extensions

Superintendent Steve Stone and his top three administrators in the Caldwell County Schools all received contract extensions this week to June 30, 2018.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 08:23 AM

Man accused of trying to meet child for sex

A Granite Falls man is accused of using a social networking site to try to arrange sex with a minor, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 08:15 AM

Man blames drugs, alcohol for assaults of women

A Caldwell County man with a history of beating up women was convicted Wednesday of habitual misdemeanor assault on a female, which is a felony, after he admitted pouring liquor on his girlfriend's head and then punching her in the head, knocking out a tooth.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

Woman got pills by phoning in as doctor

A woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that she posed as a doctor to get prescription pills from a pharmacy in 2012.

Sep. 10, 2014 @ 04:26 PM

Tree going bananas in Lenoir

Behind a blue house on Gingercake Court in Lenoir, a large, leafy plant has grown so tall and large it resembles something from a far off time when dinosaurs stomped across the planet, ripping leaves or each other to shreds. Its leaves are large and leathery, each longer than a grown man’s arm.

Sep. 10, 2014 @ 02:52 PM

Rhodhiss wants residents to mow grass

Rhodhiss residents may be required to mow more often. However, the town’s commissioners need to hold a public hearing first.

At Tuesday’s board of commissioners meeting, the commissioners voted in favor of a rule limiting grass height to 12 inches instead of 24 inches, but Town Attorney Jonathan Jones said that a public hearing is needed before it can effect.

Sep. 10, 2014 @ 08:33 AM

3 tell of father's loss to drunken driver

The front row in the courtroom filled up with the family and friends of Howard Roper, 92, who was killed on the afternoon of Nov. 20, 2012, after the car he was in was hit by a drunken driver.

Sep. 10, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Courthouse’s trial by air expected to end by next week

Judges and lawyers have long complained that the main courtroom in the old part of the Caldwell County Courthouse, where sessions of Caldwell Superior Court are held, runs hot and cold — really hot in the summer, and really cold in the winter.

Sep. 09, 2014 @ 05:02 PM

EDC members talk about contradiction in economic recovery

A little more than 13 hours after hearing a report on the increasing demand on local food banks from this area’s poor, two Caldwell County commissioners listened Tuesday morning to the Economic Development Commission’s monthly report of positive economic indicators. How could both be true?

Sep. 09, 2014 @ 09:41 AM

County gives more time for hiring goals

Three Caldwell County manufacturers were given more time Monday to qualify for incentives that are tied to how many people they hire.

Sep. 09, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

Food pantry seeks donations to fill empty shelves

For two Thursdays each month, folks line up at the Pay It Forward food pantry on Harper Avenue to get free bags of groceries. For one of the smallest of the 16 food banks in Caldwell County, getting a share of the donations pie is a struggle, and shelves often are empty at the end of the day.

Sep. 09, 2014 @ 08:11 AM

Gibbs gets court-appointed attorney

Former Sawmills Mayor Bob Gibbs came to Caldwell Superior Court on Monday without a lawyer expecting to plead guilty to 24 felonies in a deal that would keep him of prison, but he had second thoughts and got a court-appointed attorney.

Sep. 08, 2014 @ 04:19 PM

Ice buckets for ALS dumped on students, faculty

Under the hot sun, students and teachers of Lower Creek Elementary School gathered on the basketball courts Friday to get soaking wet for a good cause.

Sep. 07, 2014 @ 08:25 AM

Laurel Park celebrates grand opening

Lenoir and Caldwell County’s first one-stop facility for women’s and children’s health care has officially opened.

The Laurel Park Medical Pavilion on College Avenue in Lenoir celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting and open house Saturday morning.

Sep. 08, 2014 @ 04:58 PM

New generations, beautiful artwork reign at 29th Sculpture Celebration

Amazing artwork, beautiful weather and sculpture lovers came together Saturday at the J.E. Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir for the 29th annual Sculpture Celebration, an exhibition of sculpture unrivaled in the South.


Sep. 07, 2014 @ 06:23 AM

Governor helps Bernhardt commemorate 125 years

Gov. Pat McCrory came to Lenoir on Saturday to congratulate Bernhardt Furniture on its 125 years of manufacturing quality furniture in Lenoir.