News: Local News

Oct. 01, 2014 @ 07:36 AM

American & Efird plant on its way down

The former American & Efird plant at 619 Connelly Springs Road in Lenoir is slowly being dismantled, making way for new development that the owner of the property and local economic development officials hope will bring more jobs and more work to the area.


Oct. 01, 2014 @ 06:37 AM

Early College recognized as National Blue Ribbon school

Students and teachers, some of who were emotional, gathered in the cafeteria of Caldwell Early College High School to hear the announcement that the U.S. Department of Education has recognized the school for its high test scores and graduation rate.


Sep. 30, 2014 @ 09:22 AM

West Caldwell ROTC places third in three events at drill meet

The hosts struggled Saturday when more than 200 Junior ROTC cadets arrived at West Caldwell High School for the 2014 Warrior Invitational Drill Meet.


Sep. 30, 2014 @ 09:20 AM

Discovering the joys

Last Tuesday, I woke bright and early at 6 a.m., well, not bright. You need the sun for it to be bright, and when I was staggering out of bed, the sun was telling its mom, “Ten more minutes, please. I don’t want to get up!”

As I headed to Baton Elementary School to start my day as a fifth grade student, I was surprisingly nervous.


Sep. 30, 2014 @ 08:47 AM

Longtime discount grocer closes

Back in the day, folks drove in from as far away as Jefferson to stock up on cheap groceries. As fast as Odum's Salvage owner Carl Odum could stock the shelves, it would be time to reorder.


Oct. 01, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

Weekend events honor city's musical heritage

Music has a special place in Lenoir’s history, from folks listening to music at Tucker’s Barn before Lenoir was even a town to the nationally recognized prestige of the Lenoir High School band.

For the fourth year, Loving Lenoir will spend a weekend celebrating that heritage.


Sep. 30, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

Prosecutors say Nelson appeal flawed

Alex Nelson, former administrator of Foothills Regional Airport, must find a new reason to argue that he deserves a shorter prison sentence, federal prosecutors said in court documents filed last week.

Nelson is currently serving 37 months at a federal prison near Beckley, W.Va., after pleading guilty to conspiracy, embezzlement and money laundering in September 2012.


Sep. 30, 2014 @ 08:11 AM

Frustration mounts for family in unsolved murder

Friday will be the sixth anniversary of the killing in Longview of Caldwell County resident Eddie Greene Jr. Despite a $10,000 reward, Longview police are no closer to making an arrest.


Sep. 30, 2014 @ 07:51 AM

Blue Ridge Parkway bouncing back from dismal 2013

In 2013, fewer than 12.9 million people visited the park, the lowest number in nearly 35 years and more than 2.3 million fewer than in 2012, according to National Parks Service data. So far, 2014 visitation is at a faster pace, with almost 760,000, or 8.4 percent, more visitors than there had been at this time last year.


Sep. 30, 2014 @ 06:44 AM

Student for a Day

Last Tuesday, I woke bright and early at 6 a.m. — well, not bright. You need the sun for it to be bright, and when I was staggering out of bed, the sun was telling its mom, “Ten more minutes, please. I don’t want to get up!”

But I got up and went to fifth grade.


Sep. 29, 2014 @ 06:50 PM

Crime report for Sept. 30, 2014


Sep. 29, 2014 @ 06:49 PM

Living History Days return to Happy Valley

The grounds and house of Fort Defiance, the 1792 home of Gen. William Lenoir, will be open to the public for the annual Living History Days this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Sep. 29, 2014 @ 06:46 PM

West Caldwell ROTC feels learning curve

The hosts struggled Saturday when more than 200 Junior ROTC cadets arrived at West Caldwell High School for the 2014 Warrior Invitational Drill Meet.


Sep. 28, 2014 @ 08:52 AM

Revolutionary War fort sites now part of historic trail

Sites in Happy Valley and Lenoir played a part in events that changed the course of history, a former U.S. senator said Saturday as the two sites were dedicated as part of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail.


Sep. 28, 2014 @ 08:50 AM

Walk for Life has record number of walkers

More than 330 people took a stroll, some with kids strapped in strollers or their dogs leading the way on leashes, on the Lenoir Greenway to support Caldwell Pregnancy Care Center on Saturday morning.


Sep. 28, 2014 @ 08:48 AM

Crime report for Sept. 28, 2014


Sep. 28, 2014 @ 08:46 AM

Hudson woman faces drug charges

A Hudson woman in a car that was stopped by a suspicious police officer late Thursday was arrested and accused of having drugs.


Sep. 28, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Search for birth mother brings more questions than answers

She calls them her search angels.

The online volunteers help Susan Johnson, 51, in her search of her birth mother by exploring adoption registries. Johnson has researched probably every free adoption information exchange website available but is running into one roadblock after another.


Sep. 28, 2014 @ 08:12 AM

Hibriten interchange completion delayed

The completion of a much-maligned highway construction project at U.S. 321 and Hibriten Drive has been postponed by a month.


Sep. 28, 2014 @ 09:03 AM

Public records for Sept. 28, 2014


Sep. 26, 2014 @ 08:28 AM

Cool, sunny summer to yield cool colors

Thanks to a cool and sunny July and August in the Western North Carolina mountains this year, experts are optimistic about a vibrant fall leaf color season.


Sep. 26, 2014 @ 08:19 AM

Veterans memorial won't be ready by ceremony

Excitement among organizers of a proposed veterans memorial in Granite Falls is growing as its Nov. 11 dedication ceremony nears, but the memorial will not be finished by then.


Sep. 25, 2014 @ 08:43 AM

Local sites added to Revolutionary War trail

This week in 1780, patriots from around the Blue Ridge Mountains were marching through the wilderness on their way to a battle that would change the course of the Revolutionary War.

Along the way, some stopped at Fort Defiance in what is now Happy Valley, where William Lenoir gathered local men to join the patriots, and at Fort Crider, at what is now the former Lenoir High School, before marching on to Quaker Meadows in Morganton to meet with fighters trekking in from Tennessee.


Sep. 25, 2014 @ 08:23 AM

Teen charged with fire, bomb threat at college

Ominous messages scrawled with a Sharpie alarmed students at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute.


Sep. 25, 2014 @ 08:20 AM

Adam Windmiller gets wet for ALS

Principal Adam Windmiller looked nervously at the Hudson Fire Department truck in the Hudson Elementary School parking lot. As firefighters unrolled the hose across the large field, Windmiller shook his head, laughing.

“I just hope they have the pressure down on that hose,” Windmiller said. “I’m hoping it’s warm water in that hose.”

It wasn’t.