News: Local News

Mar. 04, 2015 @ 07:45 AM

Cajah's Mountain sees more sewer money than projected

Cajah's Mountain town officials estimated last fall that the town could gain about $30,000 a year by enforcing the requirement that even residents without sewer connections pay the base fee. Now, Town Manager Logan Shook said that amount should be approximately $40,000.


Mar. 03, 2015 @ 07:54 PM

Four accused of selling drugs at Lenoir hotel

An investigation of reported drug sales led to the arrest Monday night of four people at the Day's Inn in Lenoir.


Mar. 03, 2015 @ 07:34 PM

Lenoir to begin work toward $6.6 million water project

Lenoir is applying for a grant to help pay for a proposed $6.6 million project to improve the city's water plant, officials said at Tuesday night's city council meeting.


Mar. 03, 2015 @ 04:28 PM

Appeal in Hudson man's rape case rejected

Daniel Walter Setzer, 55, contended that his lawyer should have been allowed to question his accuser about a separate, unrelated incident that he says she used to concoct details of her allegation of rape. The N.C. Court of Appeals disagreed.


Mar. 03, 2015 @ 08:16 AM

Sawmills woman dies in fire

Russell Miller struggled to get to his feet from kneeling amid the smoldering rubble of the fire that killed his wife Sunday and destroyed the house that they shared for 45 years. A short time later, he somberly reached for metal boxes fire investigators had found that were filled with keepsakes and old pictures.


Mar. 03, 2015 @ 06:01 AM

Schools celebrate Seuss books

Ignoring the advice of Sam I Am, a few third-grade students at Kings Creek School refused to try the green eggs and ham served in class Monday morning.

However, Mabry Land, who was dressed as Cindy Lou Who, said she tried them all in the spirit of Kings Creek’s Dr. Seuss Day.


Feb. 27, 2015 @ 08:16 AM

'A free spirit'

Little Tony Jr., all of 12 years old, walked around with a picture of his daddy he drew with a magic marker on a sheet of notebook paper. The news of the death of Tony Helton Sr., known as "Casper," was just sinking in Thursday, and his family wondered how his life ended Tuesday so tragically on Interstate 40 in McDowell County.


Feb. 27, 2015 @ 08:15 AM

Storm blows in overnight

A swift-moving snowstorm blow into the area earlyWednesday evening, dumping more than five inches of snow in some areas of Caldwell County. But the storm was short-lived, and the snow Thursday turned into a slushy mess as temperatures quickly rose above freezing.


Feb. 27, 2015 @ 08:09 AM

Fire destroys apartment

Thre three pops, then a loud bang, startled Chance Michaux. Before he could even get outside, neighbors at the apartment complex off Hartland Road were yelling to call 911. The noise Michaux heard was power lines behind his apartment sparking just before 5 a.m. Thursday as a nearby utility pole was falling.


Feb. 26, 2015 @ 08:17 AM

From Lenoir to East Timor

Other than a short vacation to the Caribbean, Radford Thomas had never set foot in a foreign country. Little did he know that his next overseas venture would be to a tiny Southeast Asian island smaller than the state of New Jersey called East Timor as part of a fellows program through the International City and County Managers Association.


Feb. 26, 2015 @ 06:39 AM

Communities backing up Rhodhiss on grant money

We've got your back, say local govenments after signing a letter supporting the need for two grants to replace Rhodhiss's crumbling water and sewer system.

Two Community Development Block grants, totaling $3 million, were awarded to Rhodhiss in July, but construction cannot begin until state funding is made available.


Feb. 26, 2015 @ 06:34 AM

Student for a Day: Fun challenges await at South Caldwell High

“Does everyone have their cellphones?” teacher Tamara Hines asked the students in her AP calculus class at South Caldwell High School.

Throughout class, Hines had used an iPad to show math problems on a screen at the front of the room. In fact, Hines said she records the class through an app and uploads each recording on her teacher website so that students who missed class can keep up with work or go back and review.


Feb. 26, 2015 @ 06:30 AM

Licensed to be a Spartan

Normally, specialized North Carolina license plates have college teams, branches of the military or background images supporting ecological conservation. Now, one parent and South Caldwell High School alumnus is working to make the first high school specialized license plate with a red South Caldwell Spartan on the side.


Feb. 25, 2015 @ 04:50 PM

Hudson man hit while running across I-40

Tony Lorenzo Felton, 33, of Hudson was struck by a 2009 Nissan Subaru SUV about 8 p.m. Tuesday in McDowell County.


Feb. 25, 2015 @ 08:34 AM

Retired firefighter recalls time with his 'baby'

Gary Sanders remembers that he beamed widely, like a kid at Christmas, when he caught the first glimpse of the shiny new red firetruck 17 years ago that had just arrived at Lenoir Fire Station 1. Sanders retired from the fire department Jan. 31 to start work for JKS Motorsports driving a tractor-trailer that contains equipment to provide cellphone service at NASCAR events.


Feb. 25, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

Heroin ring busted

Four people including two from Lenoir who authorities believe headed up a drug ring supplying most of Burke and Caldwell counties with large quantities of heroin were arrested Monday.


Feb. 25, 2015 @ 08:19 AM

Obituaries for Feb. 25, 2015

Floyd Mulkey, Taylorsville

Gennis Davenport, Lenoir

Flora Horton, Lenoir


Feb. 25, 2015 @ 08:04 AM

Caught by surprise

A winter storm that quickly developed as colder air moved into the Carolinas Monday night caught officials off guard with as much as two inches of snow reported in Caldwell County But an even bigger storm is expected to arrive today.


Feb. 24, 2015 @ 08:08 AM

Water woes

Duane Knight said if he had come home from an out-of-town trip any later his house would be watery mess, thanks to a burst pipe that he caught in the nick of time.


Feb. 24, 2015 @ 06:48 AM

A berry good lesson in pruning

Shiloh Avery crouched down in the dirt Monday afternoon with a big pair of shears. Snip, snap! She pruned the bare blueberry bush in front of her with the guidance of Amanda Taylor, NC Cooperative Extension agriculture agent, at her side.


Feb. 24, 2015 @ 06:29 AM

Coffee talk

Loose dogs, overflowing trash and more were brought to the attention of the Town of Hudson’s administration at the Coffee and Conversation event on Monday.

Mayor Janet Winkler, Commissioners David Irvin and Larry Chapman, Police Chief Andy Day and Town Manager Rebecca Bentley invited community members for a relaxed discussion about any problems they have along with coffee and cookies.


Feb. 22, 2015 @ 08:44 AM

Polar weather precedes plunge

The Polar Plunge, which takes place each February at the boat ramp of Lakeside Park in Granite Falls, drew 17 people willing to jump into the lake Saturday, co-coordinator Michelle Bumgarner said. There are usually a few more than that, and she thought there would have been a few more if it hadn’t snowed Saturday morning.


Feb. 22, 2015 @ 05:09 AM

Lakefront houses on horizon

A developer who bought a 270-acre tract along Lake Rhodhiss plans to build an upscale, gated community between the Castle Bridge boat landing and Water Works Road.


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 03:10 PM

Lenoir's proposed tax, fee increases get mixed response

The city’s proposed capital improvements plan for fiscal 2015-16, which maps out the city’s capital needs for the next decade and beyond, calls for a one-cent property tax increase and a $1 increase in the monthly solid waste fee, but most members of the city council were opposed to the increases during a workshop Friday.


Feb. 20, 2015 @ 09:44 AM

State takes back money

In November, Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute officials said they were cutting spending in anticipation of the state recalling some of what had been allocated for the college because state revenues had been running about 2 percent behind projections.