News: Local News

Mar. 10, 2015 @ 06:15 AM

Club gathers students to click and create

Hudson Elementary School student Noah Reeves, 10, clicked on different menus on the computer screen in front of him and, like magic, the blank white background behind his characters, a prince and a knight, turned into beautiful red and blue castle doors. With a few more clicks, Noah made his characters talk to each other through speech bubbles above their heads.

Mar. 09, 2015 @ 08:50 PM

School board wants driver's ed funding restored

The Caldwell County Board of Education is standing up for their students who will need driver’s education classes in the future.

At Monday’s meeting, board members signed a resolution to send to the General Assembly, asking them to reinstate the funding for driver’s ed.

Mar. 09, 2015 @ 06:24 AM

Caldwell Memorial Hospital lifts restrictions on minors

Based on the reduced number of flu cases across the state and region, Caldwell Memorial Hospital has lifted visitor restrictions for those under 18 years of age.

Mar. 08, 2015 @ 08:25 AM

Civil War comes to Fort Defiance

The soldiers stamped the ground and blew air into their hands to stave off the cold Saturday morning at Fort Defiance. Wearing hand-sewn wool and denim coats bearing the colors of the Confederate Army, the new recruits were later joined by a dozen more soldiers, including a few baby-faced recruits, and wondered what the weekend will hold.

Mar. 08, 2015 @ 08:14 AM

Lenoir man sent to prison for attempted robbery

A Lenoir man accused of holding four employees at gunpoint at a Morganton restaurant was convicted Wednesday in Burke Superior Court of first-degree kidnapping and was sentenced to 11 to 14 years in prison.

Mar. 07, 2015 @ 08:23 PM

CCC&TI founding president Ed Beam dies

Dr. Edwin Beam had a short description of what the newly established Caldwell Technical Institute was when he first presided over it in 1964: "No buildings, no instructors, and absolutely no money."

Mar. 07, 2015 @ 06:22 PM

Bloody mess greeted officers in Hahns' house

The amount of blood found inside and outside the home of Nation and Jamie Hahn on April 22, 2013, shocked veteran Raleigh Police Officer Roy Smith, even after all the murder scenes he had been to during his career, he testified Friday in Wake Superior Court.

Mar. 06, 2015 @ 04:11 PM

Caldwell Arts Council's Lee Carol Giduz resigns

Lee Carol Giduz, who has been executive director of the Caldwell Arts Council for 21 years, is leaving to become the executive director of the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum.

Mar. 06, 2015 @ 02:32 PM

New city manager likely to cost more, consultant says

Lenoir may face stiff competition for the top candidates to be the next city manager, but the city has the kind of track record that should be attractive to a number of good candidates, said Hartwell Wright of the N.C. League of Municipalities, who advises government bodies on personnel issues.

Mar. 06, 2015 @ 02:28 PM

Family loses everything -- again

Terri Lamb looked at her home Friday, which was reduced to nothing but smoldering ashes after bursting into flames less than half an hour earlier. To some, it may just have been a rental house, but it was all Lamb and her family had. It also was the second time they had lost everything.

Mar. 06, 2015 @ 01:34 PM

Lucky event takes place on unlucky Friday

On the night of last year’s Helping Hands Clinic Pot of Gold, a man in his 70s received two life-changing pieces of news. First, his wife had breast cancer. Second, he won $5,000 in cash from buying a $10 raffle ticket to support the fundraiser.

Mar. 06, 2015 @ 08:34 AM

Bloody scene confronted officer, neighbor

Jonathan Broyhill emerged from his best friend’s house covered in blood to find a Raleigh police officer immediately outside. Officer Roy Smith, who was called to the North Raleigh neighborhood on April 22, 2013, after Jamie Kirk Hahn ran bleeding from Broyhill’s attack in her own home, testified Thursday that Broyhill had a gash in his belly so severe that Smith could see his intestines protruding through the wound.

Mar. 06, 2015 @ 08:25 AM

Former Sawmills mayor avoids jail

As long as the former mayor of Sawmills pays back the money he stole from his father’s bank account, the 24 felony charges against him all will be dropped, according to an agreement his attorney reached Thursday with prosecutors.

Mar. 06, 2015 @ 06:16 AM

Students rock out at 'Wonderland' musical

The musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland” presented Thursday to about 2,000 Caldwell County students presented Alice as a British teenager with blue streaks in her hair and wearing ripped stockings.

Mar. 06, 2015 @ 06:14 AM

Collettsville School teams with library

As third-grade students followed a tour thought the Caldwell County Public Library in Lenoir, some raised their hands, asking “Is a library card free?” “Is there a tax involved?” “Do you have ‘Harry Potter?’”

Amy McMasters, media coordinator for Collettsville School, said she wanted to the students to be involved in the community while promoting a love for reading.

Mar. 06, 2015 @ 06:12 AM

Added grant money gets Sawmills out of hot water

The North Carolina Department of Commerce came through for Sawmills on Thursday with additional grant money for the town's nine-month sewer project that is expected to begin this month.

Mar. 05, 2015 @ 02:40 PM

Library expands book club program

After the success of a fiction book club, the Caldwell County Public Library in Lenoir decided to start up a non-fiction club as well.

Mar. 05, 2015 @ 09:06 AM

Jonathan Broyhill intended suicide, not murder, lawyer says

Even though Jonathan Broyhill, a native of Lenoir, brought the knife that he used to fatally stab Jamie Hahn, the wife of his boyhood friend, he hadn’t planned to attack her, defense attorney Caroline Elliott said. “Something snapped."

Mar. 05, 2015 @ 08:11 AM

Greer Labs may merge with French company

The company that owns Greer Laboratories has proposed merging it with a French pharmaceutical company, the Reuters news service reported. No details were available Wednesday on whether a merger would affect Greer’s operations in Lenoir, including the company’s search for a new headquarters site.

Mar. 04, 2015 @ 09:21 PM

Quiz bowl tests black history knowledge

Two middle schools and two high schools tested their knowledge of African-American history Tuesday night during the 21st Annual MLK Vanessa Hartso-Rodriquez Quiz Bowl, held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Lenoir.

Mar. 04, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Foundation day care services help single mother toward goal

Claudia Cruz waited 10 years to be able to go back to school, and by the time she was able to attend Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, she had two young daughters and soon had another on the way. She regularly missed classes to be able to provide for her children and even considered quitting school.

Mar. 04, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Foundation scholarship helps truck driver shift career tracks

As Lee Mask Jr. drove an 18-wheeler across the United States, he realized being a truck driver was no longer what he wanted to do. He had seen 45 out of the 50 states, and his decision was inspired by the beautiful scenery, and more specifically the national parks he passed.

Mar. 04, 2015 @ 08:59 AM

Foundation of CCC&TI begins annual fund drive

The Foundation of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Inc. has set its highest goal yet for its annual fundraising efforts: $355,000.

Mar. 04, 2015 @ 08:16 AM

Four accused of selling drugs at hotel

An investigation of reported drug sales led to the arrest Monday night of four people at a Lenoir hotel.

Mar. 04, 2015 @ 07:45 AM

Cajah's Mountain sees more sewer money than projected

Cajah's Mountain town officials estimated last fall that the town could gain about $30,000 a year by enforcing the requirement that even residents without sewer connections pay the base fee. Now, Town Manager Logan Shook said that amount should be approximately $40,000.