News: Local News

Aug. 19, 2015 @ 02:13 PM

Sawmills has new town administrator

A graduate of Appalachian State University who has been working as a planner in Henderson County will become the new town administrator for Sawmills on Monday, Sept. 14.


Aug. 19, 2015 @ 04:39 PM

CCC&TI president retiring

Dr. Ken Boham will retire next year as president of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute.


Aug. 19, 2015 @ 01:05 PM

Sawmills has new town manager

Christopher Todd, a graduate of Appalachian State University who has been working as a planner in Henderson County, will become the new town administrator for Sawmills on Monday, Sept. 14.


Aug. 19, 2015 @ 12:54 PM

Arrests reported Aug. 18


Aug. 18, 2015 @ 05:24 PM

Kittens, horse saved from burning barn

Two cats, two kittens and six horses lived in the barn, but only one horse was in it when the fire started, and it was saved. Two kittens were found, and the fate of the other cats wasn't known.


Aug. 18, 2015 @ 05:22 PM

Cigarette catches couch on fire

Gray smoke rising into the clouds could be seen a mile away from 2652 Indian Grave Road, where a fire started in a woman's couch Tuesday morning.


Aug. 18, 2015 @ 05:19 PM

Emergency services director retiring

Robert L. "Robbie" Wilkie is retiring as Caldwell County’s emergency services director Oct. 1, county officials announced Tuesday.


Aug. 18, 2015 @ 04:29 PM

Granite Falls OKs development swap

Granite Falls will allow the developer of a property along U.S. 321 to build a commercial development more densely than would otherwise be allowed if the company buys additional watershed acreage that would be left undeveloped.


Aug. 18, 2015 @ 03:48 PM

New policy for paying health department

Patients going to the Caldwell County Health Department now need to make an appointment in advance, and starting Sept. 1 they will have to provide proof of income in order to receive services.


Aug. 18, 2015 @ 09:41 AM

Arrests reported Aug. 17


Aug. 18, 2015 @ 06:09 AM

Harper School changes summer camp, hits high note with kids

Every summer since opening in 2006, The James C. Harper School of Performing Arts in Lenoir offers a summer camp for students. This year, they changed the schedule to make camp longer and give students more freedom to try new instruments.


Aug. 17, 2015 @ 05:50 PM

Man arrested at scene of crime

Sheriff’s deputies answering a report of an early morning burglar alarm at a Gamewell drug store arrived to find a man leaving the store with more than $600 worth of prescription pills.


Aug. 17, 2015 @ 05:43 PM

New band director finds fit at Hibriten

Hunter Soots sat in his office full of partially-unpacked boxes, trophies and trinkets that he does not own. With just a week before school starts, Soots is still making the band director’s office at Hibriten High School his own.


Aug. 17, 2015 @ 04:13 PM

14-year-old battles brain tumors for second time

In May 2010, when he was in the third grade, Aaron Laws started blacking out. At first, it appeared Aaron suffered from heat stroke, but then blacking out turned into seizures and uncontrollable fits involving only the left side of his body. After lots of testing, his neurologist found a tumor on his brain called an oligodendroglioma, a cancer involving one of the types of cells that make up the supportive tissue of the brain.


Aug. 17, 2015 @ 01:39 PM

Arrests reported Aug. 14-16


Aug. 16, 2015 @ 08:58 AM

Homicide support group forming

District Attorney David Learner is forming a support group for people who have been affected by homicides. The group is based on a similar group in Wilmington that began 19 years ago.


Aug. 16, 2015 @ 08:56 AM

Cyclists ride to honor slain friend

More than 100 cyclists gathered Saturday morning to honor the late Tyler Sims with an 8-mile bicycle ride through Hickory.


Aug. 16, 2015 @ 08:55 AM

Patterson showcases science in open house

At the Patterson Science Center Open House, where parents and others could see what campers learned over the summer.


Aug. 14, 2015 @ 09:52 AM

Arrests reported Aug. 13


Aug. 14, 2015 @ 08:58 AM

Driver not injured after crashing car into church

The driver of a Toyota Camry was on her way to pick up her kids from Lenoir Pre-School Inc. Thursday at about 5 p.m. when her medical condition started to act up, and she drove into the left side of Lenoir First Wesleyan Church, witnesses said.


Aug. 13, 2015 @ 05:14 PM

Ranger remembered on anniversary of death

Emma, 3, and Coleman, 1, needed a lot of help from the rangers at Tuttle Educational State Forest to push dirt over the roots of a small peach tree and a small Golden Delicious apple tree planted Thursday in memory of the children's father.


Aug. 13, 2015 @ 03:48 PM

3 accused of meth trafficking

A months-long investigation has resulted in the arrests of three men accused of supplying large amounts of methamphetamine to local drug users, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said.


Aug. 13, 2015 @ 10:09 AM

Arrests reported Aug. 12


Aug. 13, 2015 @ 07:51 AM

Police still searching for 2 who ran

Police say the two women were with a group that appears to have been traveling in two cars and passing forged checks at credit union branches in the region. Four people have been arrested.


Aug. 13, 2015 @ 07:54 AM

Lenoir man had pigs in his heart

The photo Doug Oakley's family used for his obituary shows him sitting in the back seat of a car, a tiny black-and-white pig peering out from the collar of his coat. To Oakley's family, it just felt wrong to use a photo of him without a pig.