News: Local News

Jul. 15, 2015 @ 05:10 PM

Rhodhiss one step closer to water, sewer construction

After much praying and hoping, Rhodhiss officials finally have the money in place for sorely needed work to repair the town’s leaky, deteriorating water and sewer systems.

Town Manager Art Delaney said Wednesday that construction on the $3 million project will begin no later than next spring. Two state grants are paying for it.


Jul. 14, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

Despite ruling, man will remain behind bars for now

James Dean Eaker won a dismissal of a key conviction and sentence in his long record in the justice system believes he should be set free, but he'll have to wait at least a few weeks longer to see whether that will happen.


Jul. 14, 2015 @ 04:00 PM

Jobs are here, but some workers live over there

Housing is a hidden factor affecting the statistical picture of Caldwell County, economic development officials said Tuesday. Or, rather, the lack of certain kinds of housing, especially new apartments, is hiding some of the effects of the local job growth over the past couple of years.


Jul. 14, 2015 @ 02:49 PM

Broyhill founder's 1890 house destroyed

A house that originally belonged to the man who founded what became Broyhill Furniture Company burned almost to the ground Tuesday.


Jul. 14, 2015 @ 11:39 AM

Arrests reported July 13


Jul. 14, 2015 @ 08:13 AM

Restaurant owner takes second shot

A restaurant called Camelot operated until 2004 in a vaguely castle-like building near Hibriten High School and included a miniature golf course. Now former Camelot owner Robert Greer and his business partner, Tommy Craig, have decided to give the place a second chance, or what some call a mulligan.


Jul. 14, 2015 @ 07:36 AM

Lenoir couple arrested after high-speed chase in Morganton

A Lenoir man is accused of leading Morganton officers on a high-speed chase, and his passenger is accused of stealing merchandise from a Walmart.


Jul. 14, 2015 @ 11:58 AM

New principals for Sawmills, Gamewell Middle, Hudson Middle and Gateway

Two Caldwell County School principals will take on new schools while two assistant principals will step up as principals in the 2015-16 school year, said the Caldwell County Board of Education Monday night.


Jul. 13, 2015 @ 06:20 PM

One hurt, traffic blocked by wreck

Traffic on Wilkesboro Boulevard was blocked about 3 p.m. Monday by a wreck in front of the Aldi grocery store in Lenoir. A Honda Accord driven by Betty Eller, 77, of Wilkesboro turned left out of the Aldi parking lot onto Wilkesboro Boulevard in front of an Oldsmobile Cutlass driven by Chastity Lillard, 30, of Granite Falls, who was going west, Lt. Andy Wilson of the Lenoir Police Department said. Lillard’s car slammed into the driver’s side of Eller’s. Rescuers had to cut Eller’s door off to get her out. Eller was taken to Caldwell Memorial Hospital. No information about Eller’s condition was available late Monday afternoon, and Wilson said police had not had a chance to talk to Eller. No charges were filed Monday.

Jul. 13, 2015 @ 06:17 PM

Former dry cleaning business torn down

The building that formerly housed a dry cleaning business that was the subject of a lawsuit over improper handling of chemicals was torn down Monday, but to make more space for parking for other stores, not because of anything related to the problems of Piedmont Cleaners.


Jul. 13, 2015 @ 06:16 PM

6 more file in local elections

People filed for offices in Hudson, Gamewell, Cedar Rock, Cajah's Mountain and Rhodhiss.


Jul. 11, 2015 @ 02:16 PM

2 more incumbents file for re-election

Mayor Janet Winkler of Hudson and Councilman Allen Stewart of Cajah's Mountain filed to run for re-election Friday.


Jul. 11, 2015 @ 05:02 PM

A festival of firsts

Fact: You can’t have too much blackberry cobbler at the N.C. Blackberry Festival.


Jul. 11, 2015 @ 05:18 AM

Caldwell County Schools may raise day care fees

West Lenoir Elementary School could lose its WrapAround program due to lack of participation, and parents with children in other WrapAround programs could see an increase in what they are charged.


Jul. 10, 2015 @ 04:28 PM

Man pleads guilty in death of teenage cousin

Dusty Robert Boston, 24, of Jamestown Road, Morganton, pleaded guilty in Caldwell Superior Court to involuntary manslaughter in the death of his cousin Kent Austin Taylor, 15, of Harrington Road in Lenoir.


Jul. 10, 2015 @ 04:00 PM

Attack on man, 72, unnerves neighbors

Residents at Cross Creek Apartments fear for their safety since a resident was badly beaten in a break-in early Wednesday, and police have not yet made an arrest.


Jul. 10, 2015 @ 03:00 PM

Arrests reported July 9


Jul. 10, 2015 @ 08:18 AM

Volunteer voices for children sought

The program needs more volunteers like Ed Koch -- a lot more, program specialist Erika Murray said. In Caldwell County, there are around 270 children in the courts who should have a guardian ad litem representative, but only 92, or 34 percent, have one. About 180 don't, the largest number in the 25th Judicial District.


Jul. 09, 2015 @ 04:46 PM

Summer camp focuses on robotics

Children immersed themselves in building things that fly or swim at the Patterson Science Center this week as part of the Seas to Skies Submersed and Robotics Summer Camp.

By making their own flying drones and underwater robots, the campers learned about water quality, marine biology, geography, underwater volcanoes, agriculture and more through the eyes of the robots they created.


Jul. 09, 2015 @ 04:14 PM

Lenoir man was delivering crack, sheriff's office says

During an undercover investigation, agents with the sheriff’s Ice Unit stopped Derrick Lee Banner, 24, of Wilson Street on Wednesday during what investigators called “one of his deliveries” and found that he had 29 grams of crack cocaine worth an estimated $5,800, a sheriff’s office press release said.


Jul. 10, 2015 @ 09:41 AM

Man convicted of injuring infant

A Hickory man pleaded guilty to charges that he angrily threw an infant, causing head injuries.


Jul. 09, 2015 @ 11:38 AM

Arrests reported July 8


Jul. 09, 2015 @ 01:20 PM

Caldwell County man convicted on federal drug charges

Roger Dale Franklin, 54, of Old Trenton Place in southwestern Caldwell County faces at least 15 years in prison and could be fined as much as $10 million after being convicted on nine federal drug charges in U.S. District Court in Statesville.


Jul. 09, 2015 @ 06:14 AM

Rhodhiss remembers town attorney after his death

Even when he was at his sickest moments, Jonathan Jones still dedicated his time to helping the Town of Rhodhiss as its town attorney before his death on Saturday.

Mayor Rick Justice said that Jones came on as the attorney approximately 10 years ago when Rhodhiss was struggling as a town.


Jul. 08, 2015 @ 05:09 PM

4 more incumbents file for elections

Four more local officials filed Wednesday to run to retain their seats in this fall's municipal elections.

Kimberly P. Edmisten, 45, filed to keep her seat on the Lenoir City Council. Edmisten was appointed in February to fill the vacancy left by the death in January of Ron Stilwell. Stilwell had just been re-elected in 2013, so there will be two years remaining on that term after this year's election.