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Apr. 12, 2014 @ 02:32 PM

Lenoir police say man had drugs near school

Lenoir police arrested Joshua Samuel Wright on Wednesday after finding drugs in his apartment across the street from William Lenoir Middle School, according to a press release issued late Friday afternoon.

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 06:48 PM

Neighbor pulls man from burning trailer

A loud rap on her front door just before 7 a.m. Friday jarred Susan Hamm from her seat. It was a girl who lives next door, and she was upset.

"Michael's trailer is on fire," the girl said, frantic.

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 03:39 PM

High Point Market leaders tout high buyer numbers

High Point Market leaders say aggressive efforts to draw more traffic to the furniture trade show are paying off.

The number of furniture buyers registered for the spring market, which ended Thursday, was up 6.85 percent, and the number of buying companies at market was 12.38 percent higher than last fall.

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Lenoir native comes home again

Mark Bumgarner started playing music as a high school student, “beating and thrashing around,” as he describes it, the beginning of a long musical journey.

On Saturday, he’ll come back to his hometown to play a show at 7 p.m. Saturday at 1841 Café with Jaret Carter, Patrick Crouch and Ron Shuffler. The show is also a warm-up for the four musicians before they head off to Merlefest in Wilkesboro, one of the largest music festivals in the country, where they’ll play at the Plaza Stage on April 26 at noon and 6 p.m.

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 08:26 AM

Lockdown of several schools upsets parents

As police tried to track down someone who students at Hudson Middle School said was on campus with a gun, 11 schools in Caldwell County were placed on a so-called "soft" lockdown -- and that led to alarm and some anger among parents.

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 08:15 AM

Wreck pinned child under SUV

A man accused of driving drunk wrecked his SUV in the woods in the Gamewell area Wednesday night, and his 11-year-old daughter wound up pinned underneath the vehicle, the N.C. Highway Patrol reported.

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 08:09 AM

Governor proposes $16.8 million for community colleges

North Carolina should boost spending in community colleges by $16.8 million, targeting programs in health care, manufacturing, production, and biological and bio-chemical studies, Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday in Hickory.

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 06:10 AM

Hall of Honor celebrates five inductees

Former students in the Caldwell County Schools who went on to bigger and better things were honored Thursday night at the 12th annual Hall of Honor induction ceremony, at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.

For each inductee -- John Christian Bernhardt, Bishop Leonard Bolick, Dr. Lyndon Kirby, Rear Admiral Magruder Tuttle and Dr. James Whisnant -- there was a plaque and a medallion. A second plaque will hang in the Education Center, and a third will be placed in the school of each inductee’s choosing.

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 06:13 PM

Caldwell County students build for the win

You walk up to a closed door, both hands completely occupied by numerous plastic grocery bags while a toddler hangs from your neck like an anvil. Why can’t the door just open for you?

That’s a question and a challenge that a group of students at the Caldwell Career Center and Middle College set out to answer.

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 01:59 PM

Kirby uses his Caldwell County education every day

Dr. Lyndon Craig Kirby thinks about his teachers from Hibriten High School every now and again. Whenever he uses a skill that he learned in class, he wishes he could phone them and tell them he still remembered that from high school.

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 01:49 PM

Bolick never meant to be a bishop, yet received the call

Bishop Leonard Homer Bolick did not originally want to be a pastor. Even though he went to seminary and studied ministry, he continued to tell God it was not going to work out.

“I never wanted to work in a church,” Bolick said. “It was something that I really struggled against. That was the last thing I wanted to do. But when I was getting ready to graduate from Appalachian [State University], there was just a sense of a call to serve in the church. I didn’t want to do it, but I thought I’ll go to seminary because I felt this overwhelming call to go into ministry. I couldn’t ignore that.”

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 09:17 AM

Caldwell County unemployment at pre-recession level

Caldwell County’s unemployment rate in February dropped to 7.1 percent, it’s lowest level since April 2008, the N.C. Department of Commerce reported Wednesday. That’s down a half of a percentage point from January.

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 09:08 AM

County leaders refuel at alumni symposium

Since 1993, 285 people have gone through a 12-week course intended to help them become community leaders.

On Wednesday, about 40 of them gathered again for an update.

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

William Lenoir band, chorus win first

The band and chorus students of William Lenoir Middle School came home from the Fiesta-val in Atlanta successful once again.

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 08:25 AM

Hold my phone, please

It wasn’t even 10 a.m. Friday, and Deputy Elyse Koerner had already turned away nearly a dozen people from the courthouse for bringing in cellphones.

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 08:18 AM

Westgate Twin theater robbed

The movie theater in Lenoir was robbed by a masked gunman Monday night -- the second such robbery in Lenoir in five days.

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

Granite Falls man sentenced to life for murder

A Granite Falls man was convicted Monday in Catawba County of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole for his role in the death of a Newton woman in 2013.

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 06:25 AM

Rhodhiss: We’re not broke

Contrary to rumors, the Town of Rhodhiss is not going bankrupt and the town board of commissioners is not considering disbanding the town, the town manager said at the board's monthly meeting Tuesday.

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 02:57 PM

County may get new mental health facility, save costs

Caldwell County may get a brand new mental health facility that won’t cost the county anything but could end up saving the county and Lenoir nearly $150,000 annually.

The county board of commissioners voted Monday night to apply on behalf of Smoky Mountain Center and RHA Health Services, two mental-health service providers, for a $750,000 grant from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency for the construction of a facility that would be the Caldwell County Mental Health Building, 2415 Morganton Blvd. SW and would be operated by RHA and Smoky Mountain.

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 02:08 PM

Bernhardt’s roots lie deep in Caldwell County

John Christian Bernhardt’s love of learning was surpassed only by his love for people, said his son.

“No one worked for him. They worked with him,” Alex Bernhardt Sr. said. “He loved the people. He loved the customers. He treated everybody as equals.”

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 01:40 PM

Granite Falls to clean up properties

Granite Falls will hire contractors to clean up three rundown, abandoned properties. Town Planner Greg Wilson told the town council that the properties ­— 3 McCall Place, 160 N. Main St. and 11 Sunset St. — are public safety violations and fire hazards.

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 01:39 PM

Lenoir police dogs to the rescue

The Lenoir Police Department expects the best from the best, and that goes for its K9 German shepherds as well. Mato, Nero and Cerick are all from bloodlines bred overseas.

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 07:11 AM

Jail overcrowding pinching county coffers

Caldwell County is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars more than originally expected to house local inmates in other counties’ jails.

Apr. 06, 2014 @ 02:13 PM

Memories of the Southern Furniture Market

Furniture companies from near and far trooped off to High Point last week to get ready for this weekend’s opening of the International Home Furnishings Market, where manufacturers show their latest and greatest to potential buyers.

People with local companies used to be able to stay at home.

It’s been 30 years since the Southern Furniture Market filled the streets of Lenoir with people, flooding local restaurants and other businesses with furniture buyers and salesmen from across the country.

Apr. 06, 2014 @ 02:10 PM

Gun-rights advocate visits Caldwell

Richard Mack, a former Arizona sheriff and a prominent gun-rights advocate, said in Lenoir on Saturday that with the way the federal government is handling business, “America will die” because it does not support the Constitution.