News: Local News

Jun. 20, 2015 @ 02:55 PM

Public meetings for the week of June 21


Jun. 20, 2015 @ 10:26 AM

Morganton man convicted of killing 3

A Morganton man pleaded guilty Friday to beating to death his girlfriend, her mentally handicapped son and an older woman on Aug. 9, 2014.


Jun. 20, 2015 @ 03:37 PM

Fire destroys vacant house in Grace Chapel area

A vacant house at the end of a short, gravel road burned to the ground early Saturday.


Jun. 19, 2015 @ 03:21 PM

Arrests reported June 18


Jun. 19, 2015 @ 06:56 PM

Truck misses collision in rush-hour traffic

A woman who lost control of her pickup veered across U.S. 321 in rush-hour traffic but missed being hit by anyone else before wrecking into the ditch on the other side, police said.


Jun. 19, 2015 @ 01:16 PM

CCC&TI gets grant for technology, engineering, manufacturing training

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute recently received a $400,000 grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation in support of training for high-demand jobs in the areas of technology, engineering, and advanced manufacturing.


Jun. 25, 2015 @ 04:58 PM

Fort Defiance plans special events for July 4

Fort Defiance, the 1792 home of Gen. William Lenoir, will host a day of old-fashioned family fun with homemade ice, watermelon and hands-on history Saturday, July 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.


Jun. 19, 2015 @ 12:58 PM

Help sought in theft of scissor-lift

Sometime around April 15 someone removed a one-person, 2014 Genie 20-foot scissor lift from a construction site at 708 Lynhaven St. in Lenoir.


Jun. 19, 2015 @ 06:49 AM

Band camp prepares students for middle school

McKenna Lowe looked down at her fingers draped across the long, silver flute she held to make sure she got them in the right place. Then, she hovered her lips over its small opening and gently blew a single note.


Jun. 19, 2015 @ 06:24 AM

4-H campers climb into cave, uncover crystals

Wearing a yellow hardhat and large goggles, Ben Abee, 9, dug into the side of a cave with a screwdriver, scratching at the dirt, which fell away to his feet. Behind him, Anya Blackwelder, 13, used a large pickax to hammer into the cave wall.


Jun. 18, 2015 @ 04:39 PM

Camp teaches kids to speak to computers

Children may know the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for its athletic fields and recreational activities, but 19 children are coming here twice a week for four weeks to learn how to write computer code.


Jun. 18, 2015 @ 03:25 PM

Lenoir sex offender convicted of not registering address

Kurt Allen Corey, 44, of Lenoir man was sentenced to up to two and half years in prison Wednesday for failing to tell the sheriff’s office when he moved, which he was required to do because of a previous conviction on a sex offense. He still faces multiple child-sex charges in Burke County.


Jun. 18, 2015 @ 03:10 PM

3 indicted on murder charges in Catawba County

Tevin Jerome Davis of Statesville, DeMarcus Kashaun Pollard of Hickory and Jamar Franklin Robinson of Conover each were charged in Catawba County on Thursday with murder in two separate incidents that happened earlier this month about 175 yards apart.


Jun. 18, 2015 @ 03:05 PM

Sawmills approves budget, says goodbye to Eckard

On Tuesday night, the Sawmills Town Council surprised Seth Eckard with a plaque honoring his five years as town administrator.

Tuesday was Eckard’s last meeting before becoming town manager of Valdese.


Jun. 18, 2015 @ 03:03 PM

Site of fatal wreck may reopen

Soon, the barrels obstructing part of the main exit from Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute onto U.S. 321 will be removed, or at least that’s what college officials hopes will happen.

Dr. Ken Boham, president of the college, plans to ask the N.C. Department of Transportation to remove the orange barrels that were placed March 31 to block drivers from turning left onto U.S. 321 after a man was killed in a traffic accident there.


Jun. 18, 2015 @ 02:51 PM

Notions about Caldwell County economy shattered

One by one, 15 teachers took turns talking about the things they had seen and learned during tours of Caldwell County industries. The words “amazed” and “amazing” got quite a workout.


Jun. 18, 2015 @ 11:02 AM

Police beat - list of reported arrests

Arrests reported June 17


Jun. 18, 2015 @ 10:58 AM

Duke Energy aims to help low-income save money

Homeowners residing in low-income neighborhoods in northern Lenoir may have noticed a flyer left at their door by Duke Energy. Those who tossed the flyer in the trash before reading it may not realize that Duke is offering some free services to help customers save money.


Jun. 18, 2015 @ 10:53 AM

Lenoir playground gets new toys

Not only can children climb, slide and swing on the new playground equipment at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, there are several new things there that children with disabilities also can play with.


Jun. 17, 2015 @ 04:29 PM

Lucy Wagner, 84, reflects on Hudson's historical moments

Lucy Wagner, a former librarian and teacher, has devoted most of her retired life to preserving the history of the Town of Hudson.


Jun. 17, 2015 @ 04:11 PM

Lenoir plans $1 million sidewalk

Lenoir officials hope to get state backing to add a sidewalk to Hospital Avenue between U.S. 321 and Harper Avenue.


Jun. 17, 2015 @ 04:13 PM

Police beat for June 18, 2015


Jun. 17, 2015 @ 09:58 AM

Strictly Clean and Decent to tour Germany

The local band Strictly Clean and Decent will tour Germany for three weeks this summer, participating in a Western Piedmont Sister Cities Association cultural exchange tour.


Jun. 17, 2015 @ 09:36 AM

Caldwell, Watauga students named Blue Ridge electric interns

Kaylen Kent and Luke Dellinger of Caldwell County are among four chosen to work as interns at Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp. this summer.


Jun. 17, 2015 @ 06:44 AM

Schools recognize 1,098 years of service

The Caldwell County Schools celebrated 45 retiring teachers and staff Tuesday who together put in 1,098 years of work -- an average of more than 24 years each.

Out of those 1,098, 176 years came from West Caldwell High School, where five teachers and one staff member are retiring, average more than 29 years each.