News: Local News

Jan. 12, 2015 @ 11:18 PM

Edgar Starnes resigns House seat

In November, Edgar Starnes ran unopposed for election to his 11th term in the N.C. House of Representatives.

But when the General Assembly convenes on Wednesday, Starnes' seat will be vacant.


Jan. 12, 2015 @ 09:29 AM

Local National Guard troops head for Kuwait

Hundreds of family members flooded Mountain Grove Church on Connelly Springs Road Friday night for a ceremony to send off the soldiers of the 1450th Transportation Company of the Army National Guard, who are heading for a yearlong tour of duty in Kuwait.


Jan. 12, 2015 @ 09:26 AM

Crime report for Jan. 11, 2015


Jan. 11, 2015 @ 08:22 AM

Gallery brightens normal hospital routine

When you walk into the front doors of Caldwell Memorial Hospital from Mulberry Street, the fluorescent lights and shiny tile floors eschew sterility and coldness, but if you walk a bit further, that façade is broken by paintings of goats, photos of smiling interns, a brightly-colored quilt and a wide, warm landscape.


Jan. 11, 2015 @ 08:15 AM

Lenoir officer saved man's life

A Lenoir police officer credited with saving the life of a stabbing victim in September was given the Lenoir Police Life Saving Medal on Tuesday by Lenoir Police Chief Scott Brown  during a meeting of the city council.


Jan. 11, 2015 @ 06:48 AM

CCC&TI helping students after GED price hike

News last year that the price of GED tests was going to nearly triple to an overall cost of $100 to take all four subjects left members of the Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Board of Trustees looking disheartened.


Jan. 11, 2015 @ 06:27 AM

Caldwell teachers here to stay despite odds

While many school districts in North Carolina report teachers fleeing for higher pay and more appreciation in other states, the educators of Caldwell County seem to have planted deep roots.


Jan. 09, 2015 @ 03:38 PM

Duff Drive questions answered at special community meeting

Sawmills residents appeared satisfied by the answers they received Thursday night at a special community meeting for the Duff Drive Sewer Project, which will allow 70 houses to connect to the town’s sewer lines free.


Jan. 09, 2015 @ 02:27 PM

Man wakes to attic on fire

A Lower Creek man awoke Thursday to the smell of burning wires in the frigid morning air. Eventually he found that a fire was burning in the attic above his kitchen.


Jan. 09, 2015 @ 02:24 PM

County spared from N.C. flu spike

While officials across the nation and much of North Carolina are reporting higher-than-normal cases of flu-like illness, Caldwell County’s rates are comparable to previous years, according to officials at Caldwell Memorial Hospital and the Caldwell County Health Department.


Jan. 09, 2015 @ 08:33 AM

Woman had been living in shed for many years

For years, Janeeta Smith had lived in the small wooden shed her family built on her property after her two-story house off Harrisburg Drive became uninhabitable.


Jan. 09, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

Rabies confirmed in final days of 2014

Tests by the N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health have confirmed that a raccoon that bit a dog in Granite Falls on Dec. 30 was rabid, Caldwell County Animal Control announced Thursday.

It was the first and only case of rabies in the county for 2014.


Jan. 08, 2015 @ 04:25 PM

Grant allows students to fly (drones) high

The Naval Junior ROTC class at South Caldwell High School received a Blue Ridge Electric Bright Ideas grant for nearly $1,500 that paid for a drone helicopter and two smaller ones. A student came up with the idea to purchase a drone because the naval classes study current events, and drones recently have been making a lot of noise in the news.


Jan. 08, 2015 @ 08:25 AM

Investment group has no legal grounds to sue, Hayes says

An investment group that used to own the majority of shares in the parent company of Greer Laboratories has no standing under North Carolina law to sue a woman accused of embezzling $840,000 or more from Greer, according to the woman's request for a court to dismiss the group's lawsuit.


Jan. 08, 2015 @ 08:21 AM

Driving into wall results in child abuse charges

Hudson police accused a Morganton man of not only drunken driving but child abuse because his two young grandchildren were in his pickup truck when he wrecked into the side of a medical building Tuesday afternoon.


Jan. 08, 2015 @ 08:18 AM

Heroin, cocaine found in traffic stop, police say

A burned-out headlight prompted Granite Falls police to stop a car, which in the end resulted in drug charges against the two women in the car.


Jan. 08, 2015 @ 08:07 AM

Woman burned after dog knocks over heater

A fire that began from a kersene heater Wednesday burned a woman and destroyed the shed she had been living in because her house was falling apart, Lenoir fire officials said.


Jan. 08, 2015 @ 08:06 AM

Shelter races to open as mercury plummets

Contractors scrambled Wednesday to get Lenoir new homeless shelter open ahead of this morning's expected single-digit temperatures.


Jan. 07, 2015 @ 08:36 AM

Quiet morning turns terrifying

Valarie Summerow was lying in bed in the pre-dawn darkness Monday when a loud noise shattered the quiet. The fire eventually totally destroyed the small house.


Jan. 07, 2015 @ 06:23 AM

'Annie' called to save the day

Blessings can be disguised as disasters, and for fans of the musical "Annie" the disappearance of a theater group's cash box has turned into three encore performances.

After the last performance of “Annie” Dec. 18 by CAST Theater in Granite Falls, volunteers could not find the cash box, which contained $800 to $1,000 from raffle and ticket sales.


Jan. 06, 2015 @ 08:13 AM

Fire destroys 109-year-old house

Joe Kirby knew that if the old house in Rhodhiss that he grew up in ever caught fire, it would go up quickly.

Early Sunday evening, as he was driving home from church, Kirby, 80, saw that house on Burch Street in flames. By Monday morning, only exterior walls still stood, enveloping heaps of smoldering, charred rubble.


Jan. 06, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

Man again accused of drunken driving

After three misdemeanor convictions for drunking driving, a Cajah's Mountain man now faces a felony charge of driving while impaired after his Jeep crashed into a rental car lot in Granite Falls early Saturday morning.


Jan. 06, 2015 @ 06:51 AM

Making a baby horse the hard way

Jennifer Burns hopes her horse will soon be visited by the stork with a special baby delivery.

But instead of delivering a baby, it will bring a package on dry ice.

That package will make a baby horse, but exactly how that will work is not for the squeamish.


Jan. 05, 2015 @ 04:11 PM

Fire destroys old mill home

A fire Sunday night destroyed a large home on Burch Street in Rhodhiss.


Jan. 05, 2015 @ 09:28 AM

Energy assistance program in full swing

Caldwell County’s Low-Income Energy Assistance Program, or LIEAP, has already had a busy first month, and with the start of the new year, workers are getting ready for even more.