News: Local News

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.


Sep. 25, 2014 @ 08:15 AM

Second person arrested in burglary

A second man has been arrested in a Sept. 9 break-in at a house on Keith Avenue in Sawmills.


Sep. 25, 2014 @ 06:28 AM

Middle College freshmen become pen pals

Ethan Porter, 14, typed a note at his computer in Jeanie Robinson’s history class to his pen pal at a middle school in Georgia. He wrote about his feelings on poverty, which is part of his assignment for the week with his pen pal, and asked, “How are your own ideas about what it means to be rich or poor shaped by the society in which you live in?”


Sep. 24, 2014 @ 03:15 PM

Man accused of breaking into house

A Granite Falls man was arrested Monday and charged with breaking into a house in Sawmills two weeks ago.


Sep. 24, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

Presbyterian ministry to close Lenoir office

The Presbyterian Lay Committee, a Christian theological ministry headquartered in Lenoir, will close its office next month.


Sep. 23, 2014 @ 04:57 PM

County adds jobs to fight ‘perfect storm’

The Caldwell County Department of Social Services has to hire four full-time workers because of a “perfect storm” that has greatly increased workloads, a DSS official told the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners Monday night.


Sep. 23, 2014 @ 08:16 AM

Longtime News-Topic editor Steve Sumlin dies

Todd Sumlin realized what a gifted writer his father was after spending the past weekend sifting through some old newspaper clippings.

"He truly had ink in his blood," Todd Sumlin said. "He lived to tell stories."

Howard Steven "Steve" Sumlin, a longtime editor of the Lenoir News-Topic, died at his Lenoir home Friday after a lengthy battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 71.


Sep. 23, 2014 @ 08:08 AM

Deputy at fault in wreck, will not be charged

A Caldwell County Sheriff's Office deputy was found to be at fault in a wreck Friday that resulted in his patrol car flipping, but he will not be charged, Hudson police said.


Sep. 23, 2014 @ 08:04 AM

New rides, energy for 2014 county fair

With what are billed as bigger and better rides, a renovated exhibition hall and a brand new marquee sign, organizers for this year’s Caldwell County Agricultural Fair say they expect to see great things this week at the fairgrounds.


Sep. 23, 2014 @ 06:57 AM

UK trip changes students' views on life

Over the summer, 18 Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute students traveled to the United Kingdom for an eye-opening experience in different cultures. Even though the language was the same, the lifestyles could not be more different.

Katherine West, a student studying Web design, said the 10-day trip was the first time she had ever ridden on a plane.