News: Local News

Sep. 01, 2014 @ 12:01 PM

CCC&TI health program offers faster path

Health care workers now can get three kinds of certifications in a single course at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute that costs less than a third of what it used to cost to get all three.

Aug. 31, 2014 @ 08:12 AM

Woman convicted of 5th DWI in 6 years

A Valdese woman's fourth and fifth convictions for driving while impaired got her sentenced to prison for three to five years.

Aug. 31, 2014 @ 08:09 AM

Lenoir's 'biocluster' catches agency's eye

In recent years, the cluster of biotechnology companies that has taken root and grown in the Lenoir area has been turning some heads among statewide economic development officials, who now are using the cluster as a potential lure for more biotech jobs.

Aug. 30, 2014 @ 04:22 PM

Jaynes ends 31 years at CCC&TI

When Beverly Jaynes first came to Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute in 1983, she taught classes in a Broyhill Furniture factory.

Aug. 30, 2014 @ 04:18 PM

Toe-tappin' under the tent

It’s a festival made for sitting still, other than tapping toes.

Many other summer festivals offer distractions galore, from food booths to children’s games and booth after booth of unrelated crafts for sale, whatever the festival’s featured event may be.

But at the Historic Happy Valley Old-time Fiddlers’ Convention, it’s all about the music.

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 04:08 PM

Miles-long, high-speed chase ends in arrest

David Lee Gross, 25, of Connelly Springs, driving a stolen car, led police and deputies on a high-speed chase Friday from Lenoir all the way to around the Burke County line before officers were able to puncture the car's tires and stop him, a Lenoir Police Department press release said.

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 04:05 PM

Brief chase in Lenoir ends in crash

Stoney Banner was washing his car in a quiet Friday morning when suddenly a red Toyota Camry came speeding down Harper Avenue toward Fairview Drive.

Banner said he looked and "saw a car coming around the curve wide open," indicating where the car tried to turn onto Fairview Drive. "It went up that fence and flipped over."

Aug. 30, 2014 @ 04:23 PM

Shouting erupts over Veterans Memorial plans

About 25 people squared off at a meeting of the Granite Falls Veterans Memorial Committee. On opposite sides of the fight were Jim Mackie, vice chairman of the committee, and his wife, Judy.

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

Man convicted in series of thefts

A Lenoir man who investigators call the ringleader in numerous thefts pleaded guilty Thursday in Caldwell Superior Court to seven charges, including five felonies.

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 06:58 AM

8-year-old rising to the top in gymnastics

Azalea Miron, 8, stretched and curved her body into positions that looked like she was made out of rubber. With her natural talent for bending her spine into impossible shapes and her dedication to succeed, Azalea quickly moved from beginner gymnastics classes to Level 2 classes at Shooting Stars of Hickory.

Aug. 28, 2014 @ 03:53 PM

Number of local jobs goes up

The total number of Caldwell County residents who have jobs increased in July even as a seasonal swing in the job market statewide caused the local unemployment rate to inch slightly higher, the N.C. Labor and Economic Analysis Division reported.

Aug. 28, 2014 @ 08:59 AM

Company gets belated formal welcome to Lenoir

Bakers Waste opened its Lenoir plant last year, but on Wednesday morning, city and county officials, economic development representatives and the company's top staff gathered for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to celebrate the company’s success and formally welcome the company to the area.

Aug. 28, 2014 @ 08:57 AM

Fiddlers' convention to mark decade of celebrating heritage

This weekend, campsites will dot the Yadkin River with firelight, and old-time and bluegrass music will echo across Happy Valley.

The 10th annual Historic Happy Valley Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention starts Friday evening and runs through Sunday, expected to bring thousands to the field of the convention site to celebrate the heritage and culture of old-time and bluegrass music.

Aug. 28, 2014 @ 08:12 AM

Using Facebook sends man to prison

A former Lenoir man who twice had been convicted of sex offenses with children is back in prison for starting a Facebook account, which as a sex offender he was not allowed to do.

Aug. 27, 2014 @ 05:01 PM

Shooting believed to be self-inflicted

Granite Falls Police say that a man found with a gunshot wound Wednesday afternoon may have shot himself.

Police did not release the man's name or details about his wound.He was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.

Aug. 27, 2014 @ 09:35 AM

Autistic artist speaks out against bullying

D.J. Svoboda will not look you in the eye. He will not reach out to shake your hand when you meet him. He speaks in an upbeat tone similar to that of a young child. However, Svoboda is 31 years old.

Aug. 27, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Cajah’s Mtn. no closer to manager decision

Members of the Cajah’s Mountain Town Council agree that they learned a lot from the forced resignation of the former town manager, but they continued Tuesday night to have trouble moving forward on how the town government should be managed.

Aug. 27, 2014 @ 11:13 AM

Asheville man lost eye in wreck at Lenoir fire station

Ryan Oneal Jeffries, who crashed a car into the Lenoir Fire Department building downtown while fleeing drug investigators in October, will serve 18 to 23 years in prison. Jeffries, wearing a black eye patch because he lost his right eye from injuries in the crash, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Caldwell Superior Court to three counts of trafficking in opium, one count possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and fleeing to elude arrest.

Aug. 27, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Crime report for Aug. 27, 2014

Aug. 27, 2014 @ 08:58 AM

Lenoir wants better option for Smith's Crossroads

Lenoir officials hope to come up with better ideas than the state has proposed for replacing the interchange at Smith’s Crossroads, they said at the city’s Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday. The plan for a wide interchange and overpass would displace more than 20 businesses.

Aug. 27, 2014 @ 08:55 AM

Cajah's Mountain no closer to manager decision

Members of the Cajah’s Mountain Town Council agree that they learned a lot from the forced resignation of the former town manager, but they continued Tuesday night to have trouble moving forward on how the town government should be managed.

Aug. 26, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Mayor Bob Gibbs of Sawmills resigns

Sawmills' mayor resigned Monday morning, one week after turning himself in to Hudson police to face charges related to more than $11,000 in unauthorized checks on an account belonging to his father.

Aug. 26, 2014 @ 07:22 AM

1 of 3 arguments defending DA Jay Gaither dropped

One of the three arguments for dismissing a sexual harassment lawsuit against District Attorney Jay Gaither was dropped, and the words "sexual needs" were dropped from another, when N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper submitted an amended version of his dismissal motion late Friday, two days after the original filing.

Aug. 26, 2014 @ 06:20 AM

5-car pileup blocks N.C. 18

Two people were taken to the hospital Monday morning after a five-car accident on Morganton Boulevard in Gamewell that smashed a pickup and left the road littered with shattered glass and car parts.

Brandi Harris, 21, of U.S. 70 in Morganton was driving her 2003 Dodge pickup south on the road near Pineburr Road shortly before 8 a.m. when she hit the back of a black 1994 Toyota pickup driven by Kristen Hartley, 33, of Doe Hill Place in Lenoir, said Master Trooper K.W. Milligan of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Aug. 25, 2014 @ 09:15 PM

Eddie Boyden Francum pleads guilty to stabbing neighbor

Eddie Boyden Francum, 62, of Hudson man pleaded guilty Monday in a severe stabbing attack on a neighbor, though his attorney said in court that the neighbor no longer is certain who stabbed him and didn’t want to pursue the case.