News: Local News

Nov. 23, 2014 @ 08:18 AM

Turkey drive aims to feed, bring together

The turkey is a symbol of Thanksgiving, the integral part of a classic meal that commemorates communities coming together to count their blessings.

This year, the Lenoir/Caldwell County Interdenominational Black Ministerial Alliance is starting what officials hope becomes a new Thanksgiving tradition bringing communities together.


Nov. 23, 2014 @ 06:24 AM

Giant puppets teach students to learn, study

Students from eight Caldwell County elementary schools and home school students gasped with delight as 9-foot-tall body puppets took the stage Friday at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.


Nov. 22, 2014 @ 09:24 PM

Public records for Nov. 23, 2014


Nov. 22, 2014 @ 09:19 PM

Community calendar for week of Nov. 23


Nov. 21, 2014 @ 03:40 PM

Man injured after falling from bucket truck

A man was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after he fell about 40 feet from a bucket truck while cutting a limb from a tree behind a home at 1935 Locust Place in Lenoir about 2:30 p.m. Friday.


Nov. 21, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

Cajah’s Mountain man dies under mower

A Cajah’s Mountain woman came home Thursday afternoon to find her husband dead underneath a riding lawn mower, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said.


Nov. 21, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

Lenoir shines with Christmas lights

Through the streets of downtown Lenoir, children raced Thursday afternoon to decorate Christmas trees lining the street as part of Light Up Lenoir. In the nippy wind, kids waited for adults to string the lights, then rushed in with gingerbread men, presents, glittery stars and Popsicle-stick reindeer ornaments.


Nov. 21, 2014 @ 08:05 AM

DA's office: Can't prove who drove in hit-and-run

Prosecutors dropped a felony hit-and-run charge Thursday because the district attorney believes there is not enough evidence to prove who was driving the car at the time it nearly killed a Hudson man.


Nov. 21, 2014 @ 06:08 AM

CCC&TI tightening its belt

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute is preparing for a cut in its state funding by April.

Dr. Ken Boham, president of CCC&TI, told the college's board of trustees Thursday that the North Carolina Community College System has hinted that colleges may be told to return 2 percent of their funding to the state after April 15.


Nov. 20, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

'Catching stories' catches historians' attention

Griffith, who has written four books, spent 30 years teaching in Caldwell County Schools but is now retired. This year, two of Griffith’s books earned her three awards from the North Carolina Society of Historians.


Nov. 20, 2014 @ 06:12 AM

Student for a Day

I never thought I’d do jumping jacks in math class.

At Granite Falls Middle School, I jumped with my arms flailing, crouched down in squats or bounced like a bunny, depending on the answers to algebra problems.


Nov. 19, 2014 @ 10:16 AM

Hit-and-run charge to be dropped

The lawyer for a man who nearly died after a hit-and-run driver plowed through the motorcycle he was riding over a year ago has been told that the charges against the woman suspected of being the driver will be dropped.


Nov. 19, 2014 @ 09:39 AM

Fire causes $40K in damage to home

A fire that started at an unattended stove destroyed the kitchen and dining room of a house at 1210 Lenoir Ave. shortly after noon Tuesday.


Nov. 19, 2014 @ 09:32 AM

Mexican consul helps with passports, IDs in Lenoir

For the next week, a room at the Mulberry Recreation Center in Lenoir is serving as an outpost for the Mexican consulate, helping Mexican nationals in the area keep their passports and IDs up to date.


Nov. 19, 2014 @ 09:07 AM

CIS kicks off fundraiser for renovations

The nonprofit Communities in Schools kicked off a campaign Tuesday to renovate the historic Rankin House in Lenoir, where its offices are, and then to buy the property for $1.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 08:16 AM

Crime Stoppers recognizes businesses

The Lenoir Caldwell County Crime Stoppers presented six businesses with plaques Monday recognizing contribuions to the organization.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

Man pleads guilty in fatal car wreck

A Caldwell County man may or may not have been driving a pickup that wrecked in 2010 and killed another person who was in the truck, but he accepted a plea deal Monday that calls for him to serve only 10 days in jail.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 08:12 AM

Nelson says he didn't understand plea agreement

Alex Nelson says the appeal of his three-year sentence in federal prison should not be dismissed, because he was not clear on what issues he could and could not appeal after signing his plea agreement when he was sentenced.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 06:21 AM

Couple racing to raise funds for mission Race

Wayne and Codie Mask of Lenoir have purchased tents, backpacks, hiking shoes and a whole assortment of supplies to take with them on an 11-month mission trip around the world.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 01:48 AM

Signs would honor hometown heroes Madison Bumgarner, Eric Church

The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to ask the North Carolina Department of Transportation to erect highway signs welcoming drivers to the home of Madison Bumgarner, the San Francisco Giants pitcher who was the 2014 World Series MVP, and Eric Church, an award-winning country music singer and songwriter.


Nov. 17, 2014 @ 08:28 PM

Granite Falls may bar dogs from rec center

The Granite Falls Town Council has set a public hearing for Dec. 1 on a proposal to forbid dogs from the William B. Shuford Recreation Center and the park around it, Town Park.


Nov. 17, 2014 @ 04:19 PM

Curtain falls on Westgate Twin theater

The Carmike Westgate Twin theater on Morganton Boulevard in Lenoir closed for good Friday, according to employees who were there packing boxes and loading them into trucks.


Nov. 17, 2014 @ 04:10 PM

Hibriten Mountain star, cross still in need of repair

On Thanksgiving night, the tower on top of Hibriten Mountain will alight in the shape of a star, signaling the start of the holiday season to anyone within view, the same as it has for more than half a century.

But what can’t be seen from miles away is the rusting, 85-foot tower that star is perched on, a maze of frayed wires and outdated bulbs.


Nov. 16, 2014 @ 08:15 AM

Connector road completion pushed back again

A planned 1.2-mile stretch of road to help people get from the Grace Chapel Road area to the area near the Granite Falls Wal-Mart without getting on U.S. 321 is already more than a year past its target date and may not be finished until January, a N.C. Department of Transportation official said.


Nov. 16, 2014 @ 08:05 AM

Mixed feelings among area magistrates on same-sex marriage

The legalization of same-sex marriage in North Carolina has been met with resistance among some magistrates, including some of the 22 magistrates here in the 25th Judicial District.