News: Local News

Dec. 03, 2014 @ 03:39 PM

Blighted downtown building to get new life

A long-vacant building in downtown Lenoir soon could be spruced up and housing a new business.


Dec. 03, 2014 @ 08:10 AM

Several newspaper racks stolen

At least five coin-operated Lenoir News-Topic newspaper racks were stolen from sites across Caldwell County from Sunday to Tuesday morning.


Dec. 02, 2014 @ 04:46 PM

Caldwell County school board flunks state for grading plan

Many schools in Caldwell County that make greater annual progress than state averages could be labeled as low-performing under a new system the state legislature has created, school officials said Monday.


Dec. 02, 2014 @ 10:56 AM

Caldwell County gets break on water deal

Caldwell County approved terms Monday night with the City of Lenoir that reduce how much water the county is required to buy from the city annually.

The county also set public hearings on offering businesses a total of $110,000 in incentives to produce up to 55 new jobs.


Dec. 02, 2014 @ 08:26 AM

Clerks, sheriff's office employees sworn in

Courtroom 5 was the center of activity in the Caldwell County courthouse Monday morning as more than 100 members of the clerk of court's office and the sheriff's office took their oaths of office.


Dec. 02, 2014 @ 04:47 AM

Woodgrain Millwork gets financing for expansion

A Caldwell County governing board approved issuing $9 million in industrial development revenue bonds Monday to help Woodgrain Millwork Inc. pay for expansion at its facility on Complex Street Lenoir.


Dec. 02, 2014 @ 01:48 AM

Crime report for Dec. 2, 2014


Dec. 01, 2014 @ 03:05 PM

Big love comes in small package for ‘Emma’s Place’

The house is of expert construction, three stories, complete with upper and lower porches on the front, ornate railings and hanging flower pots.

Just inside the front door hangs a photo of an older couple, seemingly in the middle of a laugh. Named “Emma’s Place,” the house is 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide — a dollhouse.


Dec. 01, 2014 @ 02:54 PM

Recommendations near for downtown gateway

Lenoir city officials are ready to roll out to the public a proposal to start on the long road to improving the north end of Main Street as both a residential neighborhood and a gateway to downtown.


Nov. 30, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Caldwell entering season for house fires

Caldwell County has a disproportionate number of house fires compared to neighboring counties, and while fires that start from cooking are the overall top cause, in the colder months there is a spike of fires related to heating sources, officials say.


Nov. 28, 2014 @ 06:46 AM

Club is school's way to get boys to read more

Every month, boys hustle into the library at Valmead Elementary School to dive into their love of reading.

The boys gather at two tables, one for younger students and one for the three upperclassmen. Librarian Ann Lipford helps run the Boys Only Book Club along with Principal Carol Sturgis.


Nov. 28, 2014 @ 06:44 AM

Granite Middle creating space for creative students

Underneath the bright hallways and tidy classrooms of Granite Falls Middle School, a basement sits empty and dark, but Project Lead the Way teachers Randy Seldomridge and Laura Brinkley and math teacher Jennifer Randolph are working to turn it into a place where students can learn by working on hands-on projects.


Nov. 28, 2014 @ 08:31 AM

Rankings say Caldwell County's economy improving

Caldwell County no longer ranks among North Carolina’s most economically distressed counties, according to the official designations given by the N.C. Department of Commerce. But by the economic measures used to set the rankings, Caldwell is the most economically distressed county to lose that designation.


Nov. 27, 2014 @ 08:22 AM

Lenoir's new homeless shelter set for late December opening

The Lenoir Emergency Outreach Shelter, or LEOS Place, at the former Carolina Custom Cabinets building at 1129 West Ave. is nearing completion. With labor and material donations from local companies and the City of Lenoir, coupled with the work of hundreds of volunteers, the county’s first full-time emergency shelter should be up and running in late December.


Nov. 27, 2014 @ 08:02 AM

'A great need' fulfilled

More than 100 Caldwell County families who might not have been able to afford a Thanksgiving turkey dinner will enjoy one now, thanks to a turkey drive held Tuesday at the Martin Luther Kings Jr. Center in Lenoir.


Nov. 27, 2014 @ 06:53 AM

CCC&TI program cooks for community

Students in Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute's Culinary Arts program spent their Tuesday evening smoking, roasting, chopping and baking, but not for a class project or one of the many official events they work. Instead, the meal was for the 50 or so residents at the Shelter Home of Caldwell County to have an enjoyable Thanksgiving feast.


Nov. 26, 2014 @ 08:18 AM

Scams can be big business

About 40 Caldwell County residents a year lose money to scammers. Law enforcement officials urge citizens to beware.


Nov. 26, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

Boutique with a purpose

Second Bloom Boutique opened last week and sells second-hand women's clothing and household items to benefit the Shelter Home of Caldwell County.


Nov. 25, 2014 @ 04:11 PM

Lights blaze at Granite Falls festival, tree-lighting

Children around Granite Falls must have heard sleigh bells and the patter of reindeer hooves late Monday because a large crowd greeted Santa and Mrs. Claus for the ninth annual Festival on the Square and Tree Lighting Ceremony in Granite Falls.


Nov. 25, 2014 @ 08:34 AM

Man in critical condition from 40-foot fall

A man who fell to the ground from about 40 feet in the air Friday while cutting limbs from a tree was listed in critical condition Monday at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed.


Nov. 25, 2014 @ 08:08 AM

Man caught in camper fire

A man was badly burned Sunday when a fire gutted the camper he had been living in for the past six months.


Nov. 24, 2014 @ 04:48 PM

To our readers

Because of printing difficulties at the News-Topic's press room, your newspaper probably was late arriving today. The Wednesday paper also may be late, though we are still trying to work out a schedule that would allow it to be delivered close to the usual time. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.


Nov. 24, 2014 @ 03:15 PM

Caldwell schools mull plan for pay raises

Teachers who take on extra duties may have an opportunity to get a pay raise next year under a plan that Caldwell County Schools officials are considering submitting for state approval. But local administrators are concerned that the state’s funding mechanism may not generate much money to go around.


Nov. 24, 2014 @ 03:13 PM

Lenoir rings in holiday season

The air was brisk Saturday morning as vendors unpacked their wares in preparation for the second annual Lenoir Downtown Christmas Festival. But the sun warmed the streets as the day went on, and even the morning cold did not deter early arrivals wanting to get a glimpse of Santa Claus and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season.


Nov. 23, 2014 @ 08:18 AM

Turkey drive aims to feed, bring together

The turkey is a symbol of Thanksgiving, the integral part of a classic meal that commemorates communities coming together to count their blessings.

This year, the Lenoir/Caldwell County Interdenominational Black Ministerial Alliance is starting what officials hope becomes a new Thanksgiving tradition bringing communities together.