News: Local News

Oct. 03, 2014 @ 08:18 AM

Local pastor to be featured on '700 Club'

A Lenoir minister's story of emerging from a life of crime and drugs will be featured in an upcoming segment of "The 700 Club," a daily television program hosted by evangelist Pat Robertson.

Oct. 03, 2014 @ 08:10 AM

New group seeking all things tech

A few people will gather Saturday in the back of Highland Coffee House in downtown Lenoir to start a group to advocate, discuss and contemplate all things technological.

It’s the beginnings of the Carolina Technocrat Party, a group formed to sift out the technologically minded people in the area to meet, converse, network, share ideas and more.

Oct. 03, 2014 @ 06:49 AM

Utility relief fund available for Sawmills residents

A program the Town of Sawmills started to help residents facing financial emergencies pay their water or sewer bills has worked with nearly 100 residents since it began in July 2011, officials said.

To apply for the Sawmills Utility Financial Assistance Program, residents must pick up an application at the Town of Sawmills office then have the Caldwell County Department of Social Services review the application and verification documents.

Oct. 03, 2014 @ 06:46 AM

All major work on memorial will be done in time, officials say

Three gigantic black slabs of marble slowly dangled from cranes as they were placed at the site of the Granite Falls Veterans Memorial on Thursday morning.

A few hours later at the Veterans Memorial Committee meeting, members excitedly gawked at photos of the work that were taken by Police Chief Ritch Bolick.

Oct. 02, 2014 @ 08:21 AM

Movie 'stars' cruising into Lenoir

This Saturday, downtown Lenoir will play host to a variety of stars from such movies as  “Smokey and the Bandit” and Disney’s “Cars.”

Well, replicas of those stars at least.

Oct. 02, 2014 @ 08:21 AM

Judges' discipline belongs in public, lawyers' group says

A law passed last summer that hides most judicial disciplinary proceedings from the public has the N.C. Bar Association up in arms, the bar's president said Wednesday in Lenoir.

Oct. 02, 2014 @ 07:07 AM

A mixed picture on the jobs front

Job-seekers will line up for the ninth “Caldwell is Hiring” today amid a muddled economic picture – a report released Wednesday shows a higher local unemployment rate and more people leaving the workforce, yet today’s event will feature a record number of employers with jobs to fill.

Oct. 02, 2014 @ 06:14 AM

Sawmills Veterans Dedication to be held Nov 8

The Town of Sawmills will have a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 8 to dedicate the names of veterans added to the memorial at Sawmills Veterans Park.

Oct. 02, 2014 @ 06:13 AM

Hudson's park now offering disc golf, more additions coming

A state grant is helping pay for recent additions to Hudson’s Redwood Park and McCreary Family Recreation and Fitness Center.

The 38-acre park is getting new playground equipment that will be handicap-accessible, such as a wheelchair swing. A double-tower water slide is planned for the pool, and maple wood floors are planned for the basketball courts.

Oct. 01, 2014 @ 05:04 PM

Fire guts deputy's house

Investigators were still trying to determine Wednesday what started a fire that gutted the home of a Caldwell County Sheriff's Office deputy, but the oven was on at the time.

Oct. 01, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

Collettsville postmaster retires after 27 years

Collettsville can seem a throwback to a simpler time, where people don't have cellphones and the town elders still swap stories at the post office. And whenever Postmaster Bill Jenkins pulled up in his vintage 1940 Ford Coupe, the conversation would turn to the days of moonshining.

Oct. 01, 2014 @ 07:36 AM

American & Efird plant on its way down

The former American & Efird plant at 619 Connelly Springs Road in Lenoir is slowly being dismantled, making way for new development that the owner of the property and local economic development officials hope will bring more jobs and more work to the area.

Oct. 01, 2014 @ 06:37 AM

Early College recognized as National Blue Ribbon school

Students and teachers, some of who were emotional, gathered in the cafeteria of Caldwell Early College High School to hear the announcement that the U.S. Department of Education has recognized the school for its high test scores and graduation rate.

Sep. 30, 2014 @ 09:22 AM

West Caldwell ROTC places third in three events at drill meet

The hosts struggled Saturday when more than 200 Junior ROTC cadets arrived at West Caldwell High School for the 2014 Warrior Invitational Drill Meet.

Sep. 30, 2014 @ 09:20 AM

Discovering the joys

Last Tuesday, I woke bright and early at 6 a.m., well, not bright. You need the sun for it to be bright, and when I was staggering out of bed, the sun was telling its mom, “Ten more minutes, please. I don’t want to get up!”

As I headed to Baton Elementary School to start my day as a fifth grade student, I was surprisingly nervous.

Sep. 30, 2014 @ 08:47 AM

Longtime discount grocer closes

Back in the day, folks drove in from as far away as Jefferson to stock up on cheap groceries. As fast as Odum's Salvage owner Carl Odum could stock the shelves, it would be time to reorder.

Oct. 01, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

Weekend events honor city's musical heritage

Music has a special place in Lenoir’s history, from folks listening to music at Tucker’s Barn before Lenoir was even a town to the nationally recognized prestige of the Lenoir High School band.

For the fourth year, Loving Lenoir will spend a weekend celebrating that heritage.

Sep. 30, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

Prosecutors say Nelson appeal flawed

Alex Nelson, former administrator of Foothills Regional Airport, must find a new reason to argue that he deserves a shorter prison sentence, federal prosecutors said in court documents filed last week.

Nelson is currently serving 37 months at a federal prison near Beckley, W.Va., after pleading guilty to conspiracy, embezzlement and money laundering in September 2012.

Sep. 30, 2014 @ 08:11 AM

Frustration mounts for family in unsolved murder

Friday will be the sixth anniversary of the killing in Longview of Caldwell County resident Eddie Greene Jr. Despite a $10,000 reward, Longview police are no closer to making an arrest.

Sep. 30, 2014 @ 07:51 AM

Blue Ridge Parkway bouncing back from dismal 2013

In 2013, fewer than 12.9 million people visited the park, the lowest number in nearly 35 years and more than 2.3 million fewer than in 2012, according to National Parks Service data. So far, 2014 visitation is at a faster pace, with almost 760,000, or 8.4 percent, more visitors than there had been at this time last year.

Sep. 30, 2014 @ 06:44 AM

Student for a Day

Last Tuesday, I woke bright and early at 6 a.m. — well, not bright. You need the sun for it to be bright, and when I was staggering out of bed, the sun was telling its mom, “Ten more minutes, please. I don’t want to get up!”

But I got up and went to fifth grade.

Sep. 29, 2014 @ 06:50 PM

Crime report for Sept. 30, 2014

Sep. 29, 2014 @ 06:49 PM

Living History Days return to Happy Valley

The grounds and house of Fort Defiance, the 1792 home of Gen. William Lenoir, will be open to the public for the annual Living History Days this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sep. 29, 2014 @ 06:46 PM

West Caldwell ROTC feels learning curve

The hosts struggled Saturday when more than 200 Junior ROTC cadets arrived at West Caldwell High School for the 2014 Warrior Invitational Drill Meet.

Sep. 28, 2014 @ 08:52 AM

Revolutionary War fort sites now part of historic trail

Sites in Happy Valley and Lenoir played a part in events that changed the course of history, a former U.S. senator said Saturday as the two sites were dedicated as part of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail.