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Aug. 17, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

Charge is now murder, but man remains free

The criminal charge against a Morganton man accused of failing to report the killing of a man who had been reported missing in Caldwell County in August 2013 was increased earlier this month to murder, but he remains out of jail while awaiting trial.


Aug. 17, 2014 @ 10:33 PM

Man convicted of molesting boy

A Granite Falls man was convicted Friday in Caldwell Superior Court of charges that he molested a 9-year-old boy in 2010.


Aug. 16, 2014 @ 07:49 PM

Local briefs for Aug. 17, 2014


Aug. 15, 2014 @ 03:55 PM

Hudson man called meth 'kingpin'

Investigators say that a Hudson man they are calling a large-scale methamphetamine distributor may have been selling several pounds of meth every week.


Aug. 15, 2014 @ 09:59 AM

Switched tag leads to meth, heroin arrests

A car that sped away from a traffic stop Wednesday evening led police from Granite Falls deep into Hickory, and when the chase ended officers found a large amount of methamphetamine and heroin in the car, police said.


Aug. 15, 2014 @ 09:11 AM

Granite Falls teenager found after missing for more than 2 days

A teenager who had been missing since early Tuesday was found Thursday evening, Granite Falls police said.

Myra Paszek, 15, was reported missing by her mother, Monica Paszek-Stevens, about 4:20 a.m. Tuesday.


Aug. 15, 2014 @ 09:06 AM

Campers perform 'just right'

Chloe Triplett, 8, skipped across the theater stage to a table set with three white bowls. Following Christopher Marsh’s narration, Chloe pantomimed eating porridge out of the bowls. Then, she tried to sit in each of three chairs before trying out three beds and declaring the smallest one “just right.”


Aug. 15, 2014 @ 06:36 AM

Pet Partners wags with excitement for thrift store

Balloons bounced in the breeze in front of the new Waggin' Tail Resale thrift store off Wilkesboro Boulevard at its grand opening Thursday.

Inside, the store burst with clothes, hats, scarves, purses, stuffed animals, jewelry and other items donated to raise money for Pet Partners Rescue.


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 06:34 PM

Forest ranger killed by tree

A state forest ranger was killed Wednesday in Tuttle Educational State Forest when a fallen tree he was trying to remove got loose and struck the tractor he was driving.


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 09:20 AM

Survivors, family share stories of 1940 flood

On Aug. 13, 1940, it was raining in Caldwell County, and had been for about a week.

About 5 p.m., the Johns and Yadkin rivers jumped their banks -- by a wide margin -- and widespread flooding nearly washed away entire communities, sending houses floating downriver and washing out 90 percent of the county’s bridges.


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 08:09 AM

Mixup brings Christmas tunes in August

Kristy Campbell and Helena Vanhorn strode down West Avenue armed with large cups of hot coffee to fortify themselves against the unseasonably temperate and pleasant weather as songs about snow, silver bells and flying reindeer echoed through downtown Lenoir under clear and sunny skies Wednesday morning.


Aug. 13, 2014 @ 03:10 PM

Man goes to prison for mortgage fraud in Caldwell County

Roger Dean Bailey Jr., 41, of Hickory, formerly a sales manager with Homes America in Hudson, was sentenced Wednesday to two and half years in federal prison for his role in a mortgage and consumer fraud conspiracy.


Aug. 13, 2014 @ 11:42 AM

Superintendent’s annual assessment better than last year

Dr. Steve Stone, superintendent of Caldwell County Schools, received a slightly higher rating than last year in his annual assessment by the school board at Monday night’s meeting.


Aug. 13, 2014 @ 11:41 AM

Ackerman greeted warmly at Oak Hill

The new principal of Oak Hill School was greeted with the buzzing of students, parents, faculty and school board members Tuesday night at a meet-and-greet session at the school.


Aug. 13, 2014 @ 11:36 AM

Science, math can lead to hot dogs, digital frogs

Ethan Shuford, James Coffey, Bryan Annas, Samantha Byrd and Ken Dixon made a solar-powered oven out of a Little Caesar’s pizza box and a sour-cream-and-onion Pringles can, then used it to heat s’mores and hot dogs.


Aug. 13, 2014 @ 09:41 AM

Hudson sets vote on alcohol sales

The Hudson Board of Commissioners unanimously approved asking on the Nov. 3 ballot about three types of alcohol sales: whether to allow malt beverages to be sold for on-premises consumption at hotels, motels, restaurants and other venues that apply for permits; whether to allow the sale of unfortified wine at hotels, motels and restaurants; and whether to allow the sale of mixed liquor drinks at hotels, motels, restaurants, clubs and community theatres.


Aug. 13, 2014 @ 08:09 AM

Wreck cuts young love short

Just four months ago, Allen Paul Barnes got his first real look at Courtney Vanderheyden after they first met on a dating website. Two months later, on June 27, the two of them, both 19, tied the knot at Barnes' uncle's house in Lenoir. Early Tuesday, Courtney Barnes became a widow.


Aug. 13, 2014 @ 06:53 AM

Past, future of iconic building praised

The three-story, 142,000-square-foot former headquarters of Broyhill Furniture Industries, built in the 1960s, once was a gleaming icon of the region’s leading industry, and it drew a couple dozen community leaders Tuesday to praise it for what it is now: an icon of Caldwell County’s hopes for economic transformation. The building, bought by pharmaceutical maker Exela Pharma Sciences in April 2013, is in transformation itself, partially renovated, partially occupied and partially vacant. Tuesday was its ceremonial ribbon-cutting as Exela's headquarters.


Aug. 12, 2014 @ 11:52 AM

School board adds attendance to athletic eligibility

Starting Jan. 1, student-athletes will need to pay attention to how many days of school they miss.

Under a new attendance policy for athletes approved Monday night by the Caldwell County Board a student athlete must attend school for at least 85 percent of the semester, which means missing no more than 13 days, to be eligible to play the next semester.


Aug. 13, 2014 @ 09:47 AM

Crime report for Aug. 12, 2014


Aug. 12, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

Granite Falls man pleads guilty to meth charges

A man who pleaded guilty Monday to making methampetamine will not be sent to prison because he gave detectives information that led to five more drug arrests.


Aug. 12, 2014 @ 08:04 AM

Man pleads guilty to beating infant

A man who authorities say bit the face and broke the bones of his 3-and-a-half-month-old daughter pleaded guilty Monday to felony intentional child abuse causing serious injury.


Aug. 12, 2014 @ 06:39 AM

Gamewell to give $15,000 for high school weight room

Gamewell council members went back and forth Monday night on the issue of whether to give $25,000 to West Caldwell High School for new weight room equipment and renovating the room, then voted 4-1 vote for a $15,000 gift with the hope that West Caldwell’s booster club can match the funds.


Aug. 13, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

Retirement brings man back to area that shaped him

When searching for a new home, a new place in which to retire, Ken Carpenter decided it was time to come back to a place where he spent part of his childhood.

“I was searching in three areas to retire in,” Carpenter said. “For me, I was interested in coming back to the Appalachian Mountains.”


Aug. 11, 2014 @ 01:30 PM

Flying pizza at CCC&TI

Anslie Norris, 9, slid a knife across the measuring cup of flour to make sure her measurements were perfect. Her fellow baker, McKenna Lowe, 10, poured water into cup. From the water and the different jars of ingredients before them, by the end of the day they hoped to have a pizza to devour.