News: Local News

Jan. 29, 2015 @ 09:11 PM

George Robinson to replace Starnes in NC House

Caldwell County's new representative in the state House of Representatives, replacing Edgar Starnes, will be a former representative in the House, George Robinson.

Jan. 29, 2015 @ 08:28 AM

Lenoir fires down for 2014, report says

The number of fires in Lenoir decreased in 2014 from the previous year by 16 percent, a report released by the Lenoir Fire Department shows.

Jan. 29, 2015 @ 08:19 AM

Dry cleaner says he didn't know of problems

The owner of Piedmont Cleaners, which closed last month after the N.C. Department of Energy and Natural Resources sued the business to collect $14,000 in penalties and interest, says in a court filing that he thought that the issue of how the business handles dry-cleaning chemicals was resolved "years ago."

Jan. 29, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Hudson Middle students soaring with disc golf

Seventh-grade science and math teacher Terry Dugger looked at the wide, open yard of Hudson Middle School last year and saw more than just grass and some hills. In his mind, Dugger saw kids running, whooping with joy and flinging flying discs toward metal baskets.

Jan. 29, 2015 @ 06:58 AM

After strong 2014, airport looks to new year

After Foothills Regional Airport logged its first fiscal year bringing in enough revenue to pay for its operations, airport leaders are looking to 2015 to start making some big improvements at the airport.

Jan. 28, 2015 @ 11:29 AM

Fire kills man, frightens neighbors

A wind-whipped fire consumed a Lenoir house late Monday night, killing one of the residents, and threw up a swirling wall of flames, embers and smoke that made neighbors fear for their own safety.

Jan. 28, 2015 @ 08:07 AM

No prison for stealing dead mother's money

A man accused of writing nearly $40,000 in checks on his dead mother's account to support a cocaine addiction may avoid serving time in prison as long as he finishes paying back the money and stays off of drugs.

Jan. 28, 2015 @ 06:30 AM

Mentor of the Year used to have a mentor

Amanda Franklin pressed her hand to her heart as she walked up to accept the Communities in Schools Mentor of the Year award Tuesday morning.

With tears in her eyes, Franklin could barely say a thank you or explain to everyone gathered at the annual breakfast how much CIS has made a difference in her life, first as a student with a mentor and today as a mentor to current students.

Jan. 28, 2015 @ 06:15 AM

City council to address vacancy next week

Lenoir officials hope to find someone to fill Ron Stilwell's City Council seat in time for important budget meetings scheduled to begin in three weeks.

Jan. 27, 2015 @ 02:59 PM

Plan for Lenoir's Main Street corridor advances

Some of the first priorities would be improvements to J.E. Broyhill Park on Ridge Street, which could begin by fall, and dealing with some delapidated housing in the study area.

Jan. 27, 2015 @ 08:18 AM

Fire destroys mobile home

Joe and Linda Griffin were in bed when the loud chirping of a smoke detector around 2:30 a.m. Monday jolted them from their sleep. The detector, which always annoyed them because it often went off while they cooked in the kitchen, is credited with saving their lives.

Jan. 27, 2015 @ 06:45 AM

Lenoir man rockin' and rollin' gems

Harry Polly sat hunched over a machine of spinning wheels in the large basement of his house in Lenoir. He wore a heavy, green apron over his clothes and held a stick that had a small stone to the end with black wax. He pressed the stone against one of the wheels, making a noise like a monstrous dentist's drill.

Jan. 25, 2015 @ 06:57 AM

Reading has tails wagging at Happy Valley

Victoria James, 7, walked through the shelves of books in the Happy Valley School Media Center and picked out “The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy” by Jane Thayer. She then curled up in the Reading Corner on a fuzzy blue rug in front of a shelf covered in recognizable plush characters like Clifford The Big Red Dog and Curious George. Beside her, a companion sat calmly wagging her tail.

Jan. 25, 2015 @ 06:25 AM

10-year-old finds relief from disorders through art

Brandi Rabon currently lives in Matthews, but she said that her upbringing in Caldwell County prepared her for the trials she has faced as a mom caring for a daughter who has two rare medical conditions.

Addison Rabon, 10, suffers from congenital sucrase-isomaltase deficiency, which means that her body cannot process sugar.

Jan. 26, 2015 @ 03:55 PM

Lenoir police testing body cameras

Chief Scott Brown began considering using the cameras about a year ago, several months before the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the chokehold death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, brought such cameras into national discussion.

Jan. 26, 2015 @ 03:53 PM

Man killed in wreck at college

Norman Norris, a security guard for Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, died Saturday when he drove into the path of another vehicle on U.S. 321 in front of the college.

Jan. 23, 2015 @ 03:38 PM

Missing Caldwell teen sought

Authorities are looking for a 16-year-old girl last seen Aug. 31 when she left a youth shelter in Gastonia.

Jan. 23, 2015 @ 08:17 AM

Lenoir man charged with molesting girl

A Lenoir man was arrested Tuesday and accused of sexually molesting an 8-year-old girl.

Jan. 23, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

Foothills Radio adds FM station

Local fans of classic rock have a new local FM station.

WKGX Classic Hits had been broadcast only on 1080 AM but since noon Thursday now also is being broadcast at 104.5 FM.

Jan. 23, 2015 @ 07:59 AM

Students introduced to odd instruments

Musician David Holt picked up old animal bones onstage at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center on Thursday, and children from several Caldwell County schools sat with rapt attention as Holt explained how he had learned from his grandfather and father how to make music with bones.

Jan. 22, 2015 @ 03:14 PM

Other states approve CCC&TI for online course

The board approved a new policy that says the college won’t accept distance-learning students unless they live in states that have authorized CCC&TI to provide instruction to their residents. Previously, the college could not deny enrollment for online courses based on students’ residence, even in cases where the students’ home state would not recognize the credits.

Jan. 22, 2015 @ 08:23 AM

Two dozen guns, drugs and cash seized

After making a number of undercover drug buys, investigators with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office arrested a Lenoir-area man Wednesday, a press release issued by the sheriff's office said.

Jan. 22, 2015 @ 07:05 AM

Local students join global video project

Granite Falls Elementary School second-graders gathered in Andrea Evans’s music classroom, hopping and wiggling in their places. With three cameras trained on them, they seemed eager to get started. Evans started the music, and the students burst into song, dancing with hands in the air and heads rocking.

Jan. 21, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

2 accused of late-night drug deal

A person reported a drug deal taking place late Sunday in a convenience store parking lot, and Lenoir police said they later arrested the two people believed to be involved.

Jan. 21, 2015 @ 07:17 AM

Water quality violations prompt state investigation

One or more area companies could be fined as much as $25,000 by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources related to at least two apparently illegal discharges of chemicals into a creek from a Virginia Street facility in Lenoir, according to state documents.