News: Local News

Apr. 13, 2015 @ 05:13 PM

Student for a Day: Warriors working with STEM

Tyler Bentley, 16, and I sat on wooden stools in a classroom at West Caldwell High School leaning over a Dell laptop using a program to draw electrical engineering projects. Tyler jerked the mouse pointer left and right to drag lines and boxes into the center of the screen.


Apr. 13, 2015 @ 11:33 AM

Name of slain Lenoir teenager released

The 15-year-old boy who was killed by a gunshot inside an apartment Friday night was identified Monday as Kent Austin Taylor, a freshman at Hibriten High School.


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 04:30 PM

Atheists come to religious area for convention

Red flag to a bull? Cats parading near chained-up Dobermans? It’s something like that, as a bunch of raving atheists are convening in Hickory, chosen as the convention site specifically because of this area’s religiosity -- a Gallup poll in 2013 identified the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton as being among the top 10 most religious metropolitan statistical areas in the United States.


Apr. 13, 2015 @ 01:31 PM

Rain delays work to replace pipe

A pipe repair that had been scheduled close a portion of U.S. 321 Monday night has been postponed by one week because of rain.


Apr. 10, 2015 @ 06:28 AM

Caldwell is still hiring

The first of this year’s two planned Caldwell Is Hiring events is set for Thursday, April 30, and employers will be there in force seeking to fill a wide range of openings.

This is the 10th such event: a local hiring jamboree sponsored by the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission in cooperation with NCWorks and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. It will be held from 9 to noon at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.


Apr. 10, 2015 @ 06:26 AM

April is tick and skeeter month

This is tick- and mosquito-borne disease awareness month in North Carolina — the second year of the observance proclaimed by Gov. Pat McCrory in April 2014.


Apr. 10, 2015 @ 06:16 AM

School system looking to change grading scale for lower grades

The Caldwell County Schools may switch to the 10-point grading scale, which has become popular across the state for school systems as well as community colleges and universities, for grades three to eight.

Caldwell County principals unanimously favor the change, said Dr. Caryl Burns, associate superintendent of curriculum. The State Board of Education recommended the change.


Apr. 09, 2015 @ 11:48 AM

Caldwell students help lead national organization

Two Caldwell County students were elected by other students as high-ranking officers in a national group that promotes career and technical education.

Dalton Crump, 18, of West Caldwell High School was elected national vice president for SkillsUSA, and Rachael Robinson, 18, of the Caldwell Career Center Middle College was elected a state officer for North Carolina.


Apr. 09, 2015 @ 08:07 AM

Silence alerts Lenoir couple to fire in attic

Glen Price is used to sleeping to the sound of an oxygen machine churning away, so when the machine suddenly stopped about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, the silence woke him.


Apr. 09, 2015 @ 06:49 AM

Kid-friendly features coming to Sawmills parks

The disc golf course at Sawmills Veterans Park would be expanded by nine holes, and new playground equipment would be added to both town parks, according to the proposed 2015-16 budget for Sawmills.


Apr. 09, 2015 @ 06:47 AM

Gamewell supports Overmountain trail continuation

Gamewell is planning a walking trail that would be part of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, but it has been slow going.


Apr. 09, 2015 @ 06:09 AM

Caldwell County's unemployment rate dips

The unemployment rate for February was 6.4 percent, down from 6.6 percent in January but still higher than the 5.7 percent reported for December, which was the lowest since early 2001, the N.C. Labor and Economic Analysis Division reported.


Apr. 08, 2015 @ 04:08 PM

Lenoir takes step to convert rail corridor to trails

The City of Lenoir is asking the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to “railbank” 3.91 miles of unused railway in the city, which technically would keep the area available one day for train use even though the city plans to convert it to a hiking and biking trail.


Apr. 08, 2015 @ 11:43 AM

Raby becomes new director

Caldwell County native Chad Raby is already diving in with a pool project, beach volleyball and more as the new director of the Granite Falls Parks and Recreation Department.

Raby took over March 2 after the retirement of the former director, Tim Cooke, who had the position since 1987.


Apr. 08, 2015 @ 11:39 AM

Lagging sales blamed for Jack in the Box closing

Jack in the Box Corp. decided to pull out of Lenoir after 13 years here because of “underperformance,” a company spokesman said.


Apr. 08, 2015 @ 08:44 AM

Caldwell County hopes to profit from landfill gas

Following a wide trend of recent years, Caldwell County is laying the groundwork for harvesting combustible gas emitted from decomposing waste at the county landfill for low-cost, renewable energy production.


Apr. 08, 2015 @ 06:42 AM

Beloved cat disappears from Caldwell County Animal Shelter

A local family’s cat had been caught and delivered to the county shelter by a neighbor, but shelter officials say it apparently escaped from the facility. The family, however, worries the cat may have been prematurely euthanized.


Apr. 07, 2015 @ 11:38 AM

'Dukes of Hazzard' actor dies

James Best, an actor best known for a role on TV’s “The Dukes of Hazzard” and who had a part-time home in the Bethlehem area of Alexander County in recent years, died Monday night.


Apr. 07, 2015 @ 07:11 AM

Change in open-burning laws leaves neighbor hot

A revision to the state’s open-burning law, made by the legislature a couple of years ago, allows materials gathered in the course of land clearing to be hauled away and burned elsewhere.


Apr. 07, 2015 @ 06:48 AM

Sawmills man vows to fight town hall

Terry Harris rolled around the kitchen in his wheelchair Monday and out the door to his front yard. He pointed at small, pink flags waving in the grass, forming a line straight to where he said he has had an organic garden for 40 years. The flags mark where the Town of Sawmills plans to install a sewer line.


Apr. 07, 2015 @ 06:42 AM

School board keeps fingers crossed

State funding for driver's education runs out June 30, but members of the Caldwell County Board of Education are holding on to the hope that legislators will reverse course and restore funding.

If legislators don't have a change of heart, the school system will need to find a way to cover the cost, about $170,000 a year.


Apr. 06, 2015 @ 08:54 AM

Sawmills' sewer talk gets heated

A budget workshop for the Sawmills Town Council erupted into a shouting match when discussion came to sewer projects.


Apr. 05, 2015 @ 06:06 AM

One-two punch could hit student-athletes

No students will be allowed to transfer between districts this fall in order to attend the new William Lenoir Middle School, and that means that if transfers are allowed in the following year or two, those students could miss out on two years of playing middle school sports.


Apr. 04, 2015 @ 10:57 AM

March of the Cross

Larry Olsen and his grandson Cameron Balderson carry the cross during a portion of the annual March of the Cross event in Hudson Friday morning. More than 200 people participated in the event. See more pictures of the march in Sunday's News-Topic.

Apr. 04, 2015 @ 10:51 AM

Woman causes wreck, gets 3rd DWI

Brandy Lynn Settle, 27, of Clarks Chapel Road, who just had a drunken-driving conviction in January and has another charge pending in court, is accused of driving drunk and causing a wreck that sent her 4-year-old passenger and another driver to the hospital.