News: Local News

Nov. 19, 2014 @ 09:39 AM

Fire causes $40K in damage to home

A fire that started at an unattended stove destroyed the kitchen and dining room of a house at 1210 Lenoir Ave. shortly after noon Tuesday.


Nov. 19, 2014 @ 09:32 AM

Mexican consul helps with passports, IDs in Lenoir

For the next week, a room at the Mulberry Recreation Center in Lenoir is serving as an outpost for the Mexican consulate, helping Mexican nationals in the area keep their passports and IDs up to date.


Nov. 19, 2014 @ 09:07 AM

CIS kicks off fundraiser for renovations

The nonprofit Communities in Schools kicked off a campaign Tuesday to renovate the historic Rankin House in Lenoir, where its offices are, and then to buy the property for $1.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 08:16 AM

Crime Stoppers recognizes businesses

The Lenoir Caldwell County Crime Stoppers presented six businesses with plaques Monday recognizing contribuions to the organization.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

Man pleads guilty in fatal car wreck

A Caldwell County man may or may not have been driving a pickup that wrecked in 2010 and killed another person who was in the truck, but he accepted a plea deal Monday that calls for him to serve only 10 days in jail.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 08:12 AM

Nelson says he didn't understand plea agreement

Alex Nelson says the appeal of his three-year sentence in federal prison should not be dismissed, because he was not clear on what issues he could and could not appeal after signing his plea agreement when he was sentenced.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 06:21 AM

Couple racing to raise funds for mission Race

Wayne and Codie Mask of Lenoir have purchased tents, backpacks, hiking shoes and a whole assortment of supplies to take with them on an 11-month mission trip around the world.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 01:48 AM

Signs would honor hometown heroes Madison Bumgarner, Eric Church

The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to ask the North Carolina Department of Transportation to erect highway signs welcoming drivers to the home of Madison Bumgarner, the San Francisco Giants pitcher who was the 2014 World Series MVP, and Eric Church, an award-winning country music singer and songwriter.


Nov. 17, 2014 @ 08:28 PM

Granite Falls may bar dogs from rec center

The Granite Falls Town Council has set a public hearing for Dec. 1 on a proposal to forbid dogs from the William B. Shuford Recreation Center and the park around it, Town Park.


Nov. 17, 2014 @ 04:19 PM

Curtain falls on Westgate Twin theater

The Carmike Westgate Twin theater on Morganton Boulevard in Lenoir closed for good Friday, according to employees who were there packing boxes and loading them into trucks.


Nov. 17, 2014 @ 04:10 PM

Hibriten Mountain star, cross still in need of repair

On Thanksgiving night, the tower on top of Hibriten Mountain will alight in the shape of a star, signaling the start of the holiday season to anyone within view, the same as it has for more than half a century.

But what can’t be seen from miles away is the rusting, 85-foot tower that star is perched on, a maze of frayed wires and outdated bulbs.


Nov. 16, 2014 @ 08:15 AM

Connector road completion pushed back again

A planned 1.2-mile stretch of road to help people get from the Grace Chapel Road area to the area near the Granite Falls Wal-Mart without getting on U.S. 321 is already more than a year past its target date and may not be finished until January, a N.C. Department of Transportation official said.


Nov. 16, 2014 @ 08:05 AM

Mixed feelings among area magistrates on same-sex marriage

The legalization of same-sex marriage in North Carolina has been met with resistance among some magistrates, including some of the 22 magistrates here in the 25th Judicial District.


Nov. 14, 2014 @ 04:07 PM

Murderer decided by audience at Hibriten play

Was it the romancing nephew? The simple-minded handyman? The uptight nurse? The audience gets to decide.

Hibriten High School’s theater company opened “Murder’s in the Heir,” a whodunit mystery that allows the audience to vote to choose the murder suspect, yesterday.


Nov. 14, 2014 @ 08:08 AM

Greer Labs CEO resigns

The longtime president and CEO of Greer Laboratories has resigned "to pursue other opportunities," the company announced Thursday.


Nov. 14, 2014 @ 07:43 AM

Early College principal wins national honor

The principal of Caldwell Early College High School was one of eight educators across the country recognized this week with an award for outstanding school leaders and their role in guiding students and schools to excellence, often with challenging circumstances.


Nov. 14, 2014 @ 07:42 AM

Chamber encourages Caldwell to shop local for Christmas

Handmade mugs, beauty products, jewelry, pottery, wine and more lined the lobby of the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center on Thursday for the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce’s "Shop Local – A Christmas Sampler."


Nov. 14, 2014 @ 06:51 AM

'Defiance' demands attention

The dramatic play “Defiance” is a conversational piece sucking in the audience with its dissecting of social issues in the Vietnam War era, including race and feminism.

Produced by the Foothills Performing Arts, and directed by David Kerley, the play features a small cast of five characters.


Nov. 13, 2014 @ 03:40 PM

Hudson resident transforms recycled items into art

Sam Steffey spun the top of a glass table, which is rimmed in bicycle chain and sitting on a base of car parts.

“I like to make them spin,” Steffey said.


Nov. 13, 2014 @ 08:18 AM

Hudson man loved Harleys, guitars, God

Steven Ray Lingle, of Hudson, was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle just before 5:30 a.m. Tuesday on his way to help a friend with a construction job when a Toyota Avalan turned left in front of him on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory. Lingle, 33, was pronounced dead at Frye Regional Medical Center.


Nov. 13, 2014 @ 08:15 AM

String of break-ins investigated

The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office is investigating a number of break-ins reported last month near the Alexander County line.


Nov. 13, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

Police say man caught trying to break into house

A man suspected of breaking into several houses in Lenoir in 2011 was arrested Tuesday after being caught trying to break into another, police said.


Nov. 12, 2014 @ 08:29 AM

Schools hope driver's ed funding will be restored

Caldwell County Schools officials don’t know where they will find $140,000 to pay for the school system’s driver’s education classes, but unless the General Assembly changes a law it passed earlier this year, they will have no choice, starting with the 2015-16 school year.


Nov. 12, 2014 @ 08:28 AM

Rhodhiss wants to honor former clerk

Norma Kirby served as town clerk of Rhodhiss for over 40 years and passed away at 80 on Oct. 31.


Nov. 11, 2014 @ 04:53 PM

Lenoir honors county veterans

A powerful sun shone on Lenoir’s downtown square Tuesday morning, breaking the early chill and reflecting from white Navy hats and the brass fixtures atop flagpoles as dozens of people filed in for the city’s annual Veterans Day ceremony.

Just as the ceremony started at 11 a.m., corresponding to the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of World War I, Command Master Chief Petty Officer Wayne Mihelich paused to explain a scene set just to the side of the stage.