News: Local News

Jul. 15, 2014 @ 08:09 AM

Interest in runoff election appears high

Negative news reports about the two candidates in the runoff election in the district attorney's race may be one reason why turnout during early voting was higher than anticipated in Caldwell, Burke and Catawba counties, election officials said.

Jul. 15, 2014 @ 06:29 AM

Same-day surgery facility coming to Granite Falls

Caldwell Memorial Hospital is expanding again with a same-day outpatient surgery facility in Granite Falls.

The 22,000-square-foot building is planned for a site near the Walmart Supercenter on the east side of U.S. 321 and is described as a "multi-specialty surgical center" that will focus predominantly on orthopedic and spine surgery, said David Horn, the vice president of business development at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. It is expected to open in 2016.

Jul. 14, 2014 @ 02:43 PM

Cattle farmer baffled by shootings

A second cow that had been missing since being shot was found dead over the weekend by its owner.

Jul. 13, 2014 @ 08:09 AM

Safer summer in Wilson Creek

Except for a monthly blare to test the five flash-flood warning sirens installed last summer, the Wilson Creek area is enjoying a relatively quiet year.

Jul. 13, 2014 @ 08:04 AM

A 'berry' big turnout

Throngs flock to Lenoir for Blackberry Festival

Jul. 12, 2014 @ 04:37 AM

4-H goes crazy making cobbler

Celia Chimento, 8, chopped a stick of butter into uneven slices in a baking sheet, which was put in the oven for the butter to melt. In a separate bowl, she carefully stirred together flour, sugar and milk alongside her 4-H Club friends on Friday. Chimento tried whisking the mixture and abruptly leaned back as the liquid sloshed against the sides of the bowl.

She and 10 other children were busy Friday making blackberry cobbler to be part of the cobbler patchwork at the North Carolina Blackberry Festival.

Jul. 11, 2014 @ 04:11 PM

3 accused of trying to arrange sex with children

Three men have been accused of trying to have sex with children they had contacted through social media sites online, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

Each of the men came to Caldwell County from nearby counties only to find investigators waiting for them.

Jul. 11, 2014 @ 02:47 PM

Several cows with gun wounds must be killed

A total of seven cows have been shot in recent weeks in the Petra Mill Road and Granite Falls areas, and several will have to be put to death because of their wounds, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and Caldwell County Animal Control said in a press release Friday.

The sheriff's office put out word Thursday it was seeking more information about the shootings. The new press release added more detail about what has been happening.

Jul. 11, 2014 @ 10:24 AM

Pace of Furniture Brands' liquidation may dent executive's bonus

Though the initial stages of Furniture Brands International’s bankruptcy moved quickly, the final stages have moved more slowly than company and court officials expected.

That may cost the corporate officer in charge of the company’s remnants some of her bonus, but it is unclear whether in the end she will get paid less.

Jul. 11, 2014 @ 08:45 AM

A closet for more than clothes

The first day that a child spends with a new foster parent can be hectic, lots to do and little time for the two to get acqainted, but at Caldwell County Department of Social Services, there's a second-floor room that can take away some of that pressure and even provide the first foundations of a new relationship.

Jul. 11, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Funds approved for new mental health facility in Lenoir

Lenoir will soon be home to a new, $1.1 million mental health facility for patients in mental health crises or who need to detoxify from drugs or alcohol.

In April, the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners voted to apply for $750,000 from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency for the facility’s construction at the current RHA Behavioral Health location, 2415 Morganton Blvd. SW.

Jul. 11, 2014 @ 06:05 AM

4-H Club does it themselves

Dana Snyder, parent volunteer for Caldwell County’s 4-H Club, held up an open spiral notebook covered in writing in front of 16 young club members.

“This is my DIY Bible right here,” Snyder said. “And if anybody touches it, I kind of go nuts!”

Jul. 10, 2014 @ 04:52 PM

Early voting in DA runoff ends soon

Early voting for the runoff election in the Republican primary for district attorney ends Saturday.

Early voting is taking place only at the City/County Chambers in the Alden E. Starnes County Office Plaza in downtown Lenoir, on Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Jul. 12, 2014 @ 07:17 AM

First county mountain biking trail nears completion

On weekends for about the past six months, volunteers have been making their way to Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir, hauling shovels and picks and rakes in the woods, working to create a first for Caldwell County — a trail built specifically for mountain-biking.

Jul. 10, 2014 @ 08:22 AM

Former Shoney's to reopen under new name

A familiar sign that has loomed over Smith's Crossroads for more than 30 years comes down today.

Jul. 10, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

Lenoir Staples fined for price errors

The Staples office supply store in Lenoir paid $1,300 in civil penalties after the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services found the store was overcharging for too many items sold during inspections in February and March.

Jul. 10, 2014 @ 06:47 AM

Ice cream, gloop, slime --- oh my!

Eight-year-old Kaitlyn Rader plunged her small hands into what looked like a bowl of yellow, gooey rubber. The yellow “gloop” and flecks of yellow powder stuck to her skin, making her hands look like the yellow, scaly paws of a mini monster.

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 11:27 AM

Rhodhiss post office hours reduced

The hours that the Rhodhiss post office is open will be reduced by late August because of federal budget cuts.

Currently, the post office is open 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday. In 30-45 days, the post office will be open 12:30-4:30 p.m. on weekdays, and Saturday hours will not change, Dawn Lambert, a coordinator for the U.S. Postal Service’s Greensboro district, said Tuesday at a public meeting at the post office.

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 11:25 AM

New town manager working before swearing in

The new town manager for Rhodhiss was officially sworn in at Tuesday’s meeting — well, close enough.

After Arthur “Art” Delaney took his oath of office, Rhodhiss Town Attorney Jonathan Jones pointed out that Delaney and Mayor Rick Justice had misspoken during the oath.

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 08:20 AM

Judge won't reduce stabbing suspect's bond

A man accused of severely stabbing a neighbor has been in jail for more than 17 months awaiting trial and will have to stay there because of what prosecutors described as threats he made, the man's lawyer said.

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

Blackberry Festival brings more to the table

Each July, downtown Lenoir gets taken over by the product of a thorny, thicket-growing plant, colonizing the streets and sidewalks and creating a ruckus throughout the city.

This weekend, it will happen again, at the 13th annual North Carolina Blackberry Festival, bringing 150 vendors and nearly 15,000 visitors to celebrate that thorny plant.

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 08:03 AM

Man wins $150,000 in lottery

A Patterson man took home the top prize in the Golden 7's scratch-off lottery game with a $150,000 winning ticket.

Jul. 08, 2014 @ 12:01 PM

South Caldwell High student wins trip to Washington D.C.

When you hear the phrase “grassroots advocacy,” you probably wouldn’t think of softball. But Molly Sims did, and it won her a six-day trip to Washington D.C.

Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp. held a speech competition on what “grassroots advocacy” means and how it relates to Blue Ridge Electric. Sims, a rising senior at South Caldwell High School, took inspiration from her favorite sport to pull her speech together.

Jul. 08, 2014 @ 11:58 AM

Welcome to ‘The Phelps Compound’

On the Caldwell County side of Rhodhiss, a small house surrounded by a towering black fence sits off the side of Spruce Street. Aside from the fence, it’s a happy looking home with a large back deck and saplings sprouting in the yard.

Inside, sunlight glimmers in the sun room. An impressive collection of glass toothpick holders, creating the colors of the rainbow, look out on the small dining room.

Jul. 08, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

‘Showcase’ season begins with Ralph Stanley

Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley will come to Caldwell County to kick off the 2014-15 “Showcase of Stars” at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center on Saturday, Sept. 20.