News: Local News

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.


Aug. 07, 2015 @ 10:06 AM

Arrests reported Aug. 5


Aug. 05, 2015 @ 07:48 PM

Bright side of drought is safer swimming

In Caldwell County, part of the silver lining of the current drought is that there have been no near-drownings or need for fast-water rescues on Wilson Creek this summer, said Chief Larry Price of the Collettsville Fire and Rescue Department.


Aug. 05, 2015 @ 03:29 PM

Crime Stoppers for Aug. 5, 2015

The Lenoir / Caldwell County Crime Stoppers need your assistance in solving several crimes, including the July 28 theft of three Kubota zero-turn mowers worth a total of $26,500 were stolen from a business at 555 Wilkesboro Blvd. NE.


Aug. 05, 2015 @ 02:57 PM

Lenoir man convicted of trying to scam 2 stores

Michael McCaleb, 55, was sentenced in Catawba Superior Court to five to seven years in prison after he pleaded guilty to obtaining property by false pretense and attempted obtaining property by false pretense.


Aug. 05, 2015 @ 01:53 PM

Smoke from McDowell County settles over Caldwell County

Smoke from two fires in the McDowell County portion of the Pisgah National Forest could be seen and smelled in Caldwell County on Wednesday.


Aug. 05, 2015 @ 10:40 AM

Arrests reported Aug. 4


Aug. 05, 2015 @ 11:29 AM

Festival sees biggest turnout for senior banquet

Woodwind, string and brass instruments hummed softly Tuesday evening during as the 43rd Harambee Arts Festival continued with its Senior Citizens Appreciation banquet at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center.


Aug. 04, 2015 @ 06:15 PM

Caldwell County skills reach new niche market

Connecting Charlotte-area interior designers with Caldwell County furniture expertise has been a winning formula for In & Out Moving and Delivery, which is converting its contract labor to full-time employees and over the next two years plans to create 35 new jobs and move to a larger facility.


Aug. 04, 2015 @ 05:26 PM

Mother treasures girl despite troubles


Aug. 04, 2015 @ 05:23 PM

Becoming a detective at Patterson

Nick Chimento, 12, and Lincoln Gaston, 13, stared at samples of blood, then made a chart on their paper of different murder suspects. At the table beside them, Maddi Marmolejo, 12, Kaitlyn Hartley, 12, and Christin White, 13, looked through a microscope at hair samples, trying to determine the scale patterns and structures of the individual hairs.


Aug. 04, 2015 @ 04:57 PM

2 sold large amount of pills, sheriff's office says

An investigation into illegal use of prescription narcotics resulted in the arrests of Paul Michaux, 32, of Morganton and Van Vandal Halstead III, 39, of Granite Falls, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday.


Aug. 04, 2015 @ 11:31 AM

Long-range plan for new Catawba River bridge in question

The public and officials in Caldwell County and Hickory are being asked to speak up about a long-range plan to build a new bridge over the Catawba River connecting the Grace Chapel area with 29th Avenue Drive NW in Hickory.


Aug. 04, 2015 @ 03:50 PM

Fixing EMS base would be costly

It would cost about as much to renovate the current Emergency Medical Services base in downtown Lenoir as it would to build a new base, but it would cost much more to make the entire existing building useful again, according to construction estimates gathered by the county’s emergency services director.


Aug. 04, 2015 @ 09:46 AM

Arrests reported Aug. 3


Aug. 04, 2015 @ 07:22 AM

Mandatory water restrictions loom if drought lingers

The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group recently announced that most of the Catawba River basic, including most of Caldwell County, is in a Stage 1 drought and called for voluntary water conservation measures. But if the dry, hot weather the region has seen since May continues, the area could enter a Stage 2 drought, calling for mandatory reductions.


Aug. 04, 2015 @ 05:24 AM

Gamewell welcomes new middle school principal

Students and parents shared popsicles with the new principal of Gamewell Middle School on Monday.

Anna Crooke replaced Dr. Michael Wyant as the new principal after serving as the assistant principal of Gamewell Elementary School for two years. Before then, Crooke worked as a middle school teacher for 10 years.


Aug. 03, 2015 @ 05:23 PM

Speed needed to succeed in library games

It was a 60-second rush of madness in several different games at the Caldwell County Public Library's Hudson branch on Monday. In less than a minute, children were turned into unicorns, sucking up Skittles and balancing balloons in the air in the hopes of winning a prize at the end of the challenge.


Aug. 03, 2015 @ 05:10 PM

Tyler Sims of Granite Falls killed in Hickory

Tyler Finley Sims, 29, of Granite Falls was killed Monday about 8 a.m. while riding a bicycle in Hickory when an intoxicated driver swerved off the road and hit him head-on, the Hickory Police Department said.


Aug. 03, 2015 @ 05:05 PM

General had lasting impact with friends, App State

Furman “Bodie” Bodenheimer became a brigadier general in the National Guard but remained grounded to the friends he made in Caldwell County and at Appalachian State University.

He made lasting friendships, said friend Jack Pennell of Lenoir.


Aug. 03, 2015 @ 03:28 PM

Arrests reported July 31-Aug. 2


Aug. 03, 2015 @ 02:48 PM

3 were stockpiling weapons to fight government, U.S. says

Three Gaston County men who believed the federal government was close to imposing martial law were arrested Saturday on charges that they violated laws governing guns and explosives.


Aug. 03, 2015 @ 01:33 PM

Man sentenced in $4.7 million Ponzi scheme

James H. Mason, 67, of Graham, the owner of a North Carolina investment firm that had offices in Hickory, was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Monday on charges that he orchestrated a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors of millions of dollars.


Aug. 02, 2015 @ 07:07 AM

Coincidence or murder?

The news about a 1968 Pontiac Catalina being pulled from Lake Rhodhiss containing what may be the remains of a man who had been missing since 1972 hit Robert Abercrombie Jr. with a chill. He was immediately reminded of a similar case in 1993 not far away – another car, another lake, and the remains of another person missing for decades.


Jul. 31, 2015 @ 10:15 AM

Arrests reported July 30