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Nov. 12, 2014 @ 08:31 AM

At long last, a monument

Under a cloudless sky, approximately 900 people watched the culmination Tuesday of three years of work to create the Granite Falls Veterans Monument.

Nov. 11, 2014 @ 10:22 AM

Hibriten booster deserves softball honor, school board told

Without David A. Pope Sr., Hibriten High School wouldn’t have much of a softball field, so the field should be named for him, several people told the Caldwell County Board of Education on Monday.

Nov. 11, 2014 @ 10:21 AM

Plan for fire station near Blowing Rock advances

A new satellite fire station in the growing Richland area of northern Caldwell County moved one step closer to reality Monday when the Caldwell County Planning Board voted in favor of it despite the property’s residential zoning.

Nov. 11, 2014 @ 10:19 AM

Column: For some veterans, new law came too late

Today we can celebrate Veterans Day with the knowledge that the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 (H.R. 3230) was signed by the president on Aug. 7, appropriating $16.3 billion to improve VA medical care with additional staff, resources, and a system of accountability. For some this bill came too late; they are beyond repair or simply gone from us this Veterans Day.

Nov. 11, 2014 @ 08:09 AM

Embezzlement lawsuit settled

Greer Laboratories has reached a settlement with Hazel Hayes, the retired employee the company filed suit against to recover about $840,000 that Greer says she embezzled over a 10-year-period.

Nov. 11, 2014 @ 06:44 AM

Student for a Day: Jumping into the deep end at middle college

I never did get my stem right.

My day as a student at the Caldwell Career Center Middle College included an engineering class where the students were using Adobe Autodesk, an engineering design program, to create a 3D pumpkin on their computers for a project with a company creating a new type of toy Jack-O-Lantern.

Nov. 10, 2014 @ 03:20 PM

Sawmills honors America’s veterans

A bright sun began to break the chill Saturday morning in Sawmills as a large crowd silently watched American and POW-MIA flags being lowered, carefully folded and replaced with a new flag.

Nov. 10, 2014 @ 03:18 PM

Success for Lenoir’s first art, beer festival

In downtown Lenoir Saturday afternoon, arts, crafts and paintings mixed with lagers, pale ales and porters in the bright sun, drawing a crowd to taste and see what regional artisans produce.

Nov. 09, 2014 @ 08:33 AM

Whisnant attorney wants murder charge dropped

The murder charge against a man accused of bashing his girlfriend in the head with a hammer should be dismissed because a state doctor has found that he is not mentally competent to stand trial, one of the man's lawyers said Friday.

Nov. 07, 2014 @ 07:30 AM

Wig Bank celebrates stories, legacies

Everyone has a story.

It’s written by the lives they touch, the people they love and the legacies they leave behind.

That’s what was celebrated Thursday night at the Wig Bank of Caldwell County’s 12th Annual Legacy banquet at Mountain Grove Church, the stories of six individuals who lost their battles with cancer but left a story that strings together community, love and family.

Nov. 06, 2014 @ 10:42 PM

Some Cajah's Mountain residents exempted from mandatory fee

Cajah’s Mountain will let at least five residents skip paying the town's mandatory sewer fee. The town council recently learned that more than 100 residents do not pay the fee, which is expected to generate $35,000 in revenue, and the council heard protests from several Thursday night who said they should not have to start.

Nov. 06, 2014 @ 09:29 PM

41 more students earn guarantee of shot at college

Forty-one more students now have a promise that they could be the first in their family to go to college. The Foundation of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute made that promise Thursday night, handing out the annual Dream Awards, which guarantee a group of sixth-graders from Caldwell and Watauga counties two years of tuition at CCC&TI when they graduate high school. The program targets students who are high performers in school but whose family members have not gone to college.

Nov. 06, 2014 @ 09:11 AM

Heritage Home Group moving 255 furniture jobs to Lenoir

Heritage Home Group plans to move 255 furniture jobs from a plant in Long View to Lenoir by the end of the year.

Nov. 06, 2014 @ 06:33 AM

Hudson begins work toward alcohol sales

Hudson voters said yes Tuesday to allowing alcohol sales, but you can't buy a beer there just yet.

Town Manager Rebecca Bentley said the town attorney is looking into whether there are any steps that the town needs to take.

Nov. 06, 2014 @ 06:22 AM

Play about undead carries moral message

Yes, a stage full of screaming humans runs from the undead during South Caldwell High School's fall play, but there is so much more to being a zombie, according to the characters in “All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Being a Zombie.”

Nov. 06, 2014 @ 11:02 AM

Woodgrain Millwork past halfway point of hiring goal

Two years after announcing plans to begin manufacturing wood moulding products in Lenoir, Woodgrain Millworks Inc. is a little more than halfway to the goal it set of hiring 170 people within five years, officials said Wednesday. The company, a primary supplier to Home Depot, currently employs about 90 people.

Nov. 05, 2014 @ 03:22 PM

New festival showcases artists, breweries

The Hues and Brews Festival on Nov. 8 is an expansion on the Caldwell Arts Council’s annual fall studio tours, said Lee Carol Giduz, the arts council's executive director. “We’ve done a gallery tour of Caldwell County for probably five years where people travel from studio to studio throughout the county,” she said. The festival is an effort to add some “oomph” and get more people out to enjoy what Lenoir has to offer.

Nov. 05, 2014 @ 08:16 AM

2 called 'large-scale' meth traffickers

Two Lenoir residents are accused of being involved in what the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office calls a "large-scale" methamphetamine trafficking operation that has been the focus of a year-long investigation by multiple law-enforcement agencies.

Nov. 05, 2014 @ 06:20 AM

Caldwell County now part of foreign trade zone

Caldwell County has been accepted into Foreign Trade Zone 57. The federal designation can allow companies to export goods duty-free, which makes the products more competitive, and importers have a choice of paying duties (U.S. taxes) either on raw materials imported or on the finished products only when they enter U.S. commerce. That means that raw materials can be imported, used in manufacturing and the finished goods exported without paying duties.

Nov. 04, 2014 @ 11:24 PM

Hudson wants a drink

Hudson voters answered yes Tuesday on all three referendum questions on allowing alcohol sales in the city limits.

Nov. 05, 2014 @ 08:19 AM

Branch replacing Hall on school board

Teresa Branch regained the seat on the Caldwell County Board of Education that she resigned in 2012, and Dr. Helen Hall was the one she bumped off the board in Tuesday’s election.

Nov. 04, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

Soucek easily holds state Senate seat

Republican state Sen. Dan Soucek of Watauga County fended off Democratic challenger James Sponenberg of Caldwell County on Tuesday to win a third term representing the 45th District.

Soucek received 33,509 votes, or 60.3 percent, to Sponenberg's 22,085, or 39.7 percent, according to complete but unofficial returns. The district covers Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell and Watauga counties.

Nov. 04, 2014 @ 10:43 PM

Kuehnert, Aycock take judgeships

Morganton attorney Dan Kuehnert defeated incumbent Superior Court Judge C. Thomas Edwards of Morganton, who was making a bid for his first elected term after being appointed to the bench two years ago.

Meanwhile, Assistant District Attorney David Aycock defeated Newton attorney Wesley Sigmon in a race to fill a District Court judgeship. The seat became vacant when Greg Hayes decided to run for a Superior Court judgeship in Catawba County. Hayes won.

Nov. 04, 2014 @ 10:16 PM

Some candidates were shoo-ins

The candidates for district attorney, sheriff, clerk of court, Caldwell County Board of Commissioners, the county's seat in the state House and several local judgeships all entered Tuesday certain that they would win. They had no opponents on the ballot.

Nov. 04, 2014 @ 08:49 AM

Busy Election Day expected

Early voting totals for Caldwell County were just slightly less than the mid-term election in 2010, but officials still say it’s a good turnout.

“We were rather pleased” with the turnout, said Sandy Rich, director of the Caldwell County Board of Elections. “It looks like everybody wanted to come out and voice their opinion.”