News: Local News

Jul. 11, 2014 @ 08:45 AM

A closet for more than clothes

The first day that a child spends with a new foster parent can be hectic, lots to do and little time for the two to get acqainted, but at Caldwell County Department of Social Services, there's a second-floor room that can take away some of that pressure and even provide the first foundations of a new relationship.

Jul. 11, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Funds approved for new mental health facility in Lenoir

Lenoir will soon be home to a new, $1.1 million mental health facility for patients in mental health crises or who need to detoxify from drugs or alcohol.

In April, the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners voted to apply for $750,000 from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency for the facility’s construction at the current RHA Behavioral Health location, 2415 Morganton Blvd. SW.

Jul. 11, 2014 @ 06:05 AM

4-H Club does it themselves

Dana Snyder, parent volunteer for Caldwell County’s 4-H Club, held up an open spiral notebook covered in writing in front of 16 young club members.

“This is my DIY Bible right here,” Snyder said. “And if anybody touches it, I kind of go nuts!”

Jul. 10, 2014 @ 04:52 PM

Early voting in DA runoff ends soon

Early voting for the runoff election in the Republican primary for district attorney ends Saturday.

Early voting is taking place only at the City/County Chambers in the Alden E. Starnes County Office Plaza in downtown Lenoir, on Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Jul. 12, 2014 @ 07:17 AM

First county mountain biking trail nears completion

On weekends for about the past six months, volunteers have been making their way to Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir, hauling shovels and picks and rakes in the woods, working to create a first for Caldwell County — a trail built specifically for mountain-biking.

Jul. 10, 2014 @ 08:22 AM

Former Shoney's to reopen under new name

A familiar sign that has loomed over Smith's Crossroads for more than 30 years comes down today.

Jul. 10, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

Lenoir Staples fined for price errors

The Staples office supply store in Lenoir paid $1,300 in civil penalties after the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services found the store was overcharging for too many items sold during inspections in February and March.

Jul. 10, 2014 @ 06:47 AM

Ice cream, gloop, slime --- oh my!

Eight-year-old Kaitlyn Rader plunged her small hands into what looked like a bowl of yellow, gooey rubber. The yellow “gloop” and flecks of yellow powder stuck to her skin, making her hands look like the yellow, scaly paws of a mini monster.

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 11:27 AM

Rhodhiss post office hours reduced

The hours that the Rhodhiss post office is open will be reduced by late August because of federal budget cuts.

Currently, the post office is open 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday. In 30-45 days, the post office will be open 12:30-4:30 p.m. on weekdays, and Saturday hours will not change, Dawn Lambert, a coordinator for the U.S. Postal Service’s Greensboro district, said Tuesday at a public meeting at the post office.

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 11:25 AM

New town manager working before swearing in

The new town manager for Rhodhiss was officially sworn in at Tuesday’s meeting — well, close enough.

After Arthur “Art” Delaney took his oath of office, Rhodhiss Town Attorney Jonathan Jones pointed out that Delaney and Mayor Rick Justice had misspoken during the oath.

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 08:20 AM

Judge won't reduce stabbing suspect's bond

A man accused of severely stabbing a neighbor has been in jail for more than 17 months awaiting trial and will have to stay there because of what prosecutors described as threats he made, the man's lawyer said.

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

Blackberry Festival brings more to the table

Each July, downtown Lenoir gets taken over by the product of a thorny, thicket-growing plant, colonizing the streets and sidewalks and creating a ruckus throughout the city.

This weekend, it will happen again, at the 13th annual North Carolina Blackberry Festival, bringing 150 vendors and nearly 15,000 visitors to celebrate that thorny plant.

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 08:03 AM

Man wins $150,000 in lottery

A Patterson man took home the top prize in the Golden 7's scratch-off lottery game with a $150,000 winning ticket.

Jul. 08, 2014 @ 12:01 PM

South Caldwell High student wins trip to Washington D.C.

When you hear the phrase “grassroots advocacy,” you probably wouldn’t think of softball. But Molly Sims did, and it won her a six-day trip to Washington D.C.

Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp. held a speech competition on what “grassroots advocacy” means and how it relates to Blue Ridge Electric. Sims, a rising senior at South Caldwell High School, took inspiration from her favorite sport to pull her speech together.

Jul. 08, 2014 @ 11:58 AM

Welcome to ‘The Phelps Compound’

On the Caldwell County side of Rhodhiss, a small house surrounded by a towering black fence sits off the side of Spruce Street. Aside from the fence, it’s a happy looking home with a large back deck and saplings sprouting in the yard.

Inside, sunlight glimmers in the sun room. An impressive collection of glass toothpick holders, creating the colors of the rainbow, look out on the small dining room.

Jul. 08, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

‘Showcase’ season begins with Ralph Stanley

Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley will come to Caldwell County to kick off the 2014-15 “Showcase of Stars” at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Jul. 08, 2014 @ 10:08 AM

South Caldwell's Molly Sims wins trip to D.C.

When you hear the phrase “grassroots advocacy,” you probably wouldn’t think of softball. But Molly Sims did, and it won her a six-day trip to Washington D.C.

Jul. 08, 2014 @ 10:07 AM

Welcome to 'The Phelps Compound"

On the Caldwell County side of Rhodhiss, a small house surrounded by a towering black fence sits off the side of Spruce Street. Aside from the fence, it’s a happy looking home with a large back deck and saplings sprouting in the yard.

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 09:34 AM

Crime report for July 8, 2014

Arrests through July 6

Jul. 07, 2014 @ 09:41 AM

From unwanted puppy to minor celebrity

Peggy Hatley entered the Tractor Supply Co. of Lenoir late last month with no intention of buying anything, merely tagging along while her roommate, Sharon Bates, picked up dog food. While Bates shopped, Hatley was drawn to the puppies up for adoption through Pet Partners Network.

For four months, Hatley had been searching for a therapy dog to take with her to work at Carolina Rehab Center of Burke. The center used to have a therapy dog, a Labrador retriever, but it left when its owner took another job.

Jul. 07, 2014 @ 09:38 AM

A Fourth of July to remember

When Caldwell County citizens think of Fourth of July, they think about vacation, the history of our country and our independence.

Dottie Lloyd said, “It means celebrating the men who served our country. My husband was one of them. We’ve been married 62 years.”

Jul. 06, 2014 @ 08:23 AM

Medicaid's computer problems persist

The N.C. Health and Human Services says that the state is "on its way to having one of the most efficient Medicaid processing systems in the nation," but social services workers in Caldwell County are still working overtime and fighting computer issues that continue to plague processing of Medicaid applications.

Jul. 05, 2014 @ 02:51 PM

Fireworks accident injures man

A man was injured Friday night when he was firing what fire officials describe as an illegal, fireworks shell, but because of a mishap it exploded in his face, fire and rescue officials said.

Jul. 04, 2014 @ 08:38 AM

Veterans upset about 'disrespectful,' delapidated flags

When Iraqi combat veteran Geoff Byrd drives to Lenoir from Boone each week, he passes a tattered American flag being flown along U.S. 321, faded, stained and ripped.

With Independence Day looming, he felt he had to speak out.

Jul. 04, 2014 @ 08:11 AM

Hudson woman arrested in Hickory

A Hudson woman has been accused of driving a stolen SUV filled with stolen electronics.