News: Local News

Oct. 08, 2014 @ 08:10 AM

Fire starts in dog house, destroys trailer

Fire officials believe a light or heat lamp inside a doghouse started a fire that destroyed a mobile home off Welcome Lane on Monday morning.

Oct. 08, 2014 @ 08:07 AM

Virginia men accused of buying meth ingredients

Three men from Virginia are accused of making multiple trips to buy decongestant medicine from at least one Lenoir drug store to make illegal drugs.

Oct. 07, 2014 @ 09:51 AM

Bans on same-sex marriage fall

Joy Amatuccio and her partner, Leandra Gosselin, together six years and raising six children in Hudson, have custom-made wedding rings already made for each other.

But they cannot get married in North Carolina, thanks to a constitutional amendment passed in 2012 and a previous state law defining marriage as being between one man and one woman.

That could change by the end of the week.

Oct. 07, 2014 @ 07:48 AM

Hudson group mounts pro-alcohol campaign

Drivers on U.S. 321 soon will see a billboard urging Hudson residents to vote in favor of alcohol sales, and yard signs urging a yes vote also will appear, all sponsored by Citizens for a Progressive Hudson, which has begun working to getting the word out on how alcohol sales could help the town.

Oct. 07, 2014 @ 04:39 PM

Different species of songbirds sing to seniors

The singing heard at the Satie and J.E. Broyhill Caldwell Senior Center is not just from songbirds sitting in the trees outside but also the Songbirds inside gathering every Tuesday.

Oct. 06, 2014 @ 10:20 PM

Woman wants Granite Falls house turned commercial

Kathy Hefner needs to sell her Granite Falls house, and she has a buyer, but she and the buyer both want the property rezoned for commercial use, possibly a fast food restaurant.

Oct. 05, 2014 @ 08:22 AM

Fort Defiance history comes alive

A drive through the Patterson area of Caldwell County is almost a step back in time. On Saturday, it was even more so as visitors to Fort Defiance were treated to a depiction of 18th-century life.

Oct. 05, 2014 @ 08:19 AM

Loving Lenoir volunteers take on projects

With rakes, paint buckets, spades and a little sweat thrown in, volunteers hit the Lenoir area Saturday as part of Loving Lenoir weekend service projects.

Oct. 05, 2014 @ 08:11 AM

3 years later, man's absence still felt

Chris Storie remembers riding with her brother, Joseph Storie, three years ago and how he furrowed his brow at the sight of four makeshift crosses propped near the intersection of Ocean Bay Boulevard and U.S. 158 in Kill Devil Hills. In 1999 four teenagers died when a drunken driver ran a red light there.

“That must have been a horrible accident,” Joseph Storie said.

A day later, Oct. 5, the two approached the intersection again, the last time they were together.

Oct. 05, 2014 @ 06:09 AM

Vet saves swan from hook, line, sinkers

Standing at the edge of Bass Lake in Blowing Rock two weeks ago, Lynne Daughtridge stared at the large white bird, with its graceful neck bent at an awkward angle and, she thought, a look of pain in his eyes. The swan seemed barely able move his neck.

Oct. 04, 2014 @ 11:43 AM

Teens sing anti-bullying message

The students at Gamewell Middle School screamed with excitement as seven young performers brought a musical message against bullying on Friday. The Team Nation Tour travels the United States singing at schools to promote loving who you are and following your dreams.

Oct. 04, 2014 @ 11:40 AM

Crime report for Oct. 5, 2014

Oct. 03, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

Lenoir meat plant may add 100 jobs

JBS USA, a subsidiary of the world’s largest meat company, is taking over management of a Lenoir meat-processing plant and plans to ramp up production, officials said Thursday.

Oct. 03, 2014 @ 10:08 AM

Hudson names this year's finest

Barbara Robertson was named Woman of the Year, Dr. Ronald Kiziah was named Man of the Year, and Adhezion Biomedical, LLC was named Business of the Year by the Hudson Community Development Association.

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.