News: Local News

May. 07, 2015 @ 04:02 PM

Barbecue festival to be held in October

Barbecue lovers, your time is coming.

Downtown Lenoir will host a two-day barbecue competition in October carrying a nationally sanctioned status that organizers expect to bring up to 20,000 visitors to town.


May. 07, 2015 @ 03:39 PM

Dudley Shoals students exercising bodies and minds in club

If you pass by Dudley Shoals Elementary School on a Tuesday afternoon, you will see a large group of students walking or jogging around the expansive track on the schools grounds. But, those kids aren’t in PE class. No, they are choosing to exercise in the fresh air.


May. 07, 2015 @ 03:37 PM

Cajah's Mountain - Sewer rates rising 3 percent

Cajah’s Mountain probably will raise its sewer rates by 3 percent to cover the increase in what the town pays Lenoir to treat the town’s sewage, Mayor Ronnie Setzer and other town officials said at a meeting Tuesday night.


May. 07, 2015 @ 04:00 PM

Man dies when thrown from flipped car

A Hickory man died from severe head injuries Tuesday evening after losing control of his car in a curve, wrecking and being thrown from the car as it was flipping, the N.C. Highway Patrol said.


May. 06, 2015 @ 07:11 AM

County budget has no tax hike

Caldwell County's proposed $77.9 million budget for fiscal 2015-16 would keep the property tax rate unchanged, but one county commissioner says he is dead set against it.


May. 05, 2015 @ 05:42 PM

Cory Travis Vanover guilty in Michael Wade Taylor slaying

After pleading guilty to second-degree murder, Cory Travis Vanover spoke as unequivocally as he did the day he was arrested -- not as boastfully, but not apologetically either.


May. 05, 2015 @ 05:27 PM

Crime report for May 6, 2015


May. 05, 2015 @ 05:14 PM

Scott your boots for a good cause

The BBQ & Blue Jeans Gala will benefit the Shelter Home of Caldwell County. The goal is to raise about $15,000, which will aid in support services for victims of domestic violence and their children, said Sharon Poarch, the executive director of the shelter home.


May. 04, 2015 @ 05:14 PM

Update set on study of area's retail potential

The public is invited to a presentation next Tuesday morning updating a study to identify potential retailers that could be lured to Caldwell County.


May. 04, 2015 @ 05:13 PM

Origin of threatening note hard to pin down

The investigation into a note listing four South Caldwell High School students as "people to kill" is complicated by the fact that there is no evidence of when the note was left in the girls' restroom where it was found, a Caldwell County Sheriff's Office captain said Monday.


May. 03, 2015 @ 08:36 AM

Note at high school threatened students

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a note found Thursday crumpled in the trash of a girl’s restroom at South Caldwell High School threatening other students.


May. 03, 2015 @ 08:18 AM

They come from miles around to watch Plow Day

That’s what the annual Plow Day is, essentially: horses and mules pulling plows, and folks stand and watch. And often they approach the people driving the horses and chat them up, asking about the horse, the work, sharing stories about life on a farm.


May. 02, 2015 @ 06:07 PM

Hall of Honor inducts five

The five people inducted Friday into the Caldwell County Schools Hall of Honor are “homegrown heroes,” several speakers said during the ceremony.


May. 02, 2015 @ 06:03 PM

Butterfly Festival packs them in

Hundreds of families, neighbors and out of town guests packed downtown Hudson’s festival even by the 9 a.m. start.


May. 02, 2015 @ 05:57 PM

Lenoir wants to annex 568 acres

A bill in the General Assembly would allow Lenoir to annex 568 acres northwest of the city along Zacks Fork Road.


May. 01, 2015 @ 07:50 AM

Group works to provide prom night dinner for West Caldwell High School

An exercise group that formed at a church in the Gamewell area and grew to take on community projects has added a cause: providing a nice meal on prom night.


May. 01, 2015 @ 07:45 AM

Granite Falls changing game concessions, pool rules

Concessions now will be sold at every game hosted by the Granite Falls Parks and Recreation Department, not just games in the spring, and there is an adults-only period in the swimming pool.


May. 02, 2015 @ 02:52 PM

William Corpening passed on his family's love of learning

William Nye Corpening spent his life caring for other people, whether it was in the Army during World War II, the family medicine practice he opened in Granite Falls or his support of student athletes.


May. 01, 2015 @ 07:42 AM

More employers, more jobs at Caldwell Is Hiring

An estimated 600 to 700 people who filled the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir on Thursday morning seeking a job at the twice-annual Caldwell Is Hiring event, where a record 37 employers came with 1,207 jobs to fill.


May. 01, 2015 @ 07:39 AM

Barbershop specializes in conversation

If it weren’t for his father, Trent Culbertson might not be a barber today. But his father wasn’t a barber — far from it. “My dad used to cut me and my brother’s hair, and there wasn’t no style then, so he’d cut it all off, and I hated that,” Culbertson said.


May. 01, 2015 @ 07:36 AM

Caldwell County unemployment drops again

The number of Caldwell County residents with jobs rose by more than 150 from February to March, helping drive the local unemployment rate down to 6.1 percent, the N.C. Department of Commerce reported.


May. 01, 2015 @ 07:35 AM

Crime Stoppers for May 1, 2015


May. 01, 2015 @ 07:34 AM

Hudson dinner theater dates announced

The two Hudson dinner theater shows for the upcoming year are the classic musical “Guys and Dolls” in the fall and the classic comedy “Harvey” in the spring.


May. 01, 2015 @ 07:33 AM

Caldwell County EMS receives award

Caldwell County EMS has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.


May. 01, 2015 @ 07:31 AM

Crime report for May 1, 2015