News: Local News

Aug. 12, 2015 @ 05:56 PM

Relive high school fun with adult prom

During prom season in May, Laura Beane saw high school girls and boys dressed up in sparkly dresses and sharp tuxedoes. They were laughing, smiling and having fun. An idea began to form in her head of something that would be fun but also be a new way to raise money for Post 29.


Aug. 12, 2015 @ 02:21 PM

What do you want on Newstopic.net?

In the coming weeks the News-Topic will be rolling out a new Website, and we thought that would make it a good time to ask what our online readers would like to see us focus on. You can help by taking our survey. It should just take a few minutes.


Aug. 12, 2015 @ 01:22 PM

4-H learns journey of food

Caldwell County 4-H Club members spent a week learning about where food comes from and how to cook healthy meals during Farm to Fork Week.


Aug. 12, 2015 @ 11:55 AM

Murder trial delayed; hearing scheduled to set new date

A judge will decide Sept. 25 when a long-delayed murder case from 2010 will be set for trial. The lead defense attorney is occupied with another murder trial, and the judge rejected an argument that the second attorney for William Eugene Murphy, 55, should handle the case herself.


Aug. 12, 2015 @ 11:38 AM

Damp weather slows fire's spread

High humidity and scattered showers have helped hold a fire in Pisgah National Forest north of Marion in check for several days, the U.S. Forest Service reported Wednesday, but a return of clear, dry weather will help it keep growing.


Aug. 12, 2015 @ 10:20 AM

Arrests reported Aug. 11


Aug. 12, 2015 @ 02:43 PM

2 women who fled police are sought

Lenoir police are still looking Wednesday morning for two women who fled officers after being confronted at a credit union office about whether they were involved in passing forged checks at other credit union branches. Four others were arrested Tuesday evening.


Aug. 11, 2015 @ 05:22 PM

School's not in yet, but system has first lockdown of the year

School won't be in session for almost two weeks, but a manhunt for suspects involved in passing forged checks at credit unions in Hickory and Granite Falls put Hibriten High School and William Lenoir Middle School on a lockdown for about an hour Tuesday afternoon.


Aug. 11, 2015 @ 04:12 PM

Search by air finds small amount of marijuana

An aerial search for marijuana July 19-24 found 878 plants in eight Western North Carolina counties, including 23 in Caldwell County.


Aug. 13, 2015 @ 10:31 AM

Caldwell County's 'brand' evokes nature, technology

A man wearing jeans and a ballcap sits on a large, bare rock high on a mountain and looks out at the Blue Ridge Mountains layered one upon another, fading from blue to gray to white into the distance, and beside the man his laptop computer sits open on the rock, its screen lit, ready to go. That image will be the centerpiece of a “branding of place” campaign for Caldwell County.


Aug. 11, 2015 @ 01:20 PM

Arrests reported Aug. 10


Aug. 11, 2015 @ 10:59 AM

3 accused of using fake $100 bills

Two men from Durham and one from Greenville are accused of trying to pass counterfeit $100 bills at three stores in Hudson, police say.


Aug. 11, 2015 @ 11:29 AM

School board names Davenport principal

Davenport A+ School has a new principal after tonight’s Caldwell County Board of Education meeting.


Aug. 10, 2015 @ 06:54 PM

Man pleads guilty to killing father

Joshua Kelly Riggs, 25, initially had denied he killed Ned "Jones" Riggs, 58, of Lenoir but eventually admitted he stabbed his father in anger over his father's reaction to news that Joshua Riggs had made his 15-year-old girlfriend pregnant, according to information presented in court.


Aug. 11, 2015 @ 10:37 AM

Man sentenced to life in former Caldwell man's death

A Burke County jury took only three hours to convict David Matthew Higgins , 34, of first-degree murder in the Aug. 11, 2013, killing of Damond Lamont “Peanut” Kincaid, 31. The trial lasted five days.


Aug. 10, 2015 @ 06:01 PM

Wig Bank's beach-music fundraiser returns

Two new additions to the indoor Summer Bashj this year will be a beach music performance by The Extraordinaires, a blues band from Hickory, starting at 5 p.m. and more music from DJ Johnny B. will follow their performance. The Entertainers, a band from Charlotte, will return to the fundraiser this year and perform more beach music at around 8:30 p.m.


Aug. 10, 2015 @ 10:24 AM

Arrests reported Aug. 7-9


Aug. 10, 2015 @ 09:51 AM

Leadership camp creates fearless students

Junior NROTC Basic Leadership Training camp is an annual activity for the West Caldwell and South Caldwell Junior NROTC students to teach them drills, new activities and help them grow as a person.


Aug. 10, 2015 @ 09:49 AM

Fire near Marion now more than 1,000 acres

The Bald Knob fire, burning on Pisgah National Forest land in McDowell County north of Marion, has now covered about 1,000 acres, and full containment is not projected until Sept. 10, the U.S. Forest Service said.


Aug. 10, 2015 @ 09:55 AM

Ex-con stays out of trouble, helps police catch robber

After nearly 20 years of constantly being in trouble with the law, Nick Anderson finally became determined to turn his life around. Since being released from jail about a year ago, Anderson said he often reflects on his past and regrets his actions. But what really helped put things in perspective was being on the other side of a robbery on July 27. Anderson said he was eating dinner at Salsarita’s


Aug. 10, 2015 @ 09:54 AM

Clain cyclist had wide circle of friends

Caldwell County’s cycling community is active and tight-knit, but Tyler Sims wasn’t just another bicyclist in the crowd, his friends say. The death of Sims, 29, of Granite Falls on Monday morning, killed while riding his bike to his job in Hickory when a man who police say was under the influence of drugs ran his car into Sims head-on, has been keenly felt.


Aug. 10, 2015 @ 09:56 AM

Gamewell Chiropractic remains open

Gamewell Chiropractic Center’s interim chiropractor has agreed to stay on and manage the practice after the death of the practice’s founder.


Aug. 07, 2015 @ 02:59 PM

Arrests reported Aug. 6


Aug. 10, 2015 @ 09:52 AM

Honorees pour out hearts at banquet

The speeches given by the honorees at Harambee Arts Festival’s 24th annual Recognition Banquet were full of moving wisdom and life lessons.


Aug. 06, 2015 @ 02:19 PM

Drought to keep fire alive for weeks

A fire in the Pisgah National Forest north of Marion is now estimated to have burned 375 acres, and the public can expect to see smoke from this fire for several weeks due to drought conditions and the limited access firefighters have because of the area’s rough terrain, the U.S. Forest Service said.