Caldwell County is willing to offer incentives of $2,000 per job to three companies that may bring a total up to 120 jobs over the next three years.
One of them is a company already operating in the county planning an expansion that could bring up to 50 jobs within the next 14 months, but county officials refer to the company only as Project Prime Time because the company says it is not ready to go public with its plans. The company is working toward a new product line. The incentives approved Monday night by the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners, which would provide $2,000 for each new job, would be the company’s second incentives package, and if the company hires all it proposes it would have more than 200 employees here, said Deborah Murray, executive director of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission.
A Hudson man was arrested Thursday after purchasing items at a local pharmacy that investigators said could be used to make methamphetamine.
The area encompassed by a fire at Linville Gorge near Table Rock was down Monday after a wet weekend to about 2,275 acres, several hundred acres less than Saturday. The amount considered contained remained at 40 percent, as it has for several days.
Two fires just a few blocks apart that were reported within minutes of each other Sunday night may be related, and arson also is suspected in another fire several hours earlier, Lenoir fire officials said.
The Granite Falls-based Church Hoppers LLC describes itself as “a consulting company designed to assist churches of all denominations in building balance within their ministry.” It was born out of frustration: The three, who are all ordained ministers and have experience in management, entrepreneurship and sales between them, were irked by the insularity of churches.
In May 2012, the National Geographic Channel signed on for a show based on the business, and Bentley, Lockhart and Annas now are the stars of “Church Rescue.” They go by nicknames on the show: They’re “Doc,” “Gladamere” and “Rev. Kev,” respectively.
The Caldwell Green Commission will announce a new name on Tuesday, as well as plans to expand and serve five additional counties.
The sustainability-focused nonprofit will operate under the name “Sustainable Foothills,” and its programs will be serve Caldwell, Alexander, Burke, Catawba, Watauga and Wilkes counties.
In addition to expanding most of its existing programs to other counties, Sustainable Foothills will increase its emphasis on local food and green business, Patton said.
A wet Saturday helped firefighters combat a forest fire near Table Rock, and expected rain Sunday should do more, but the wildfire had grown Friday to emcompass 2,700 acres.
The fire remained about 40 percent contained through Saturday morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
"Even though recent rains have assisted firefighters in their suppression efforts, this wildfire is definitely not out," Deputy Incident Commander Steve Little said in a press release.
In Meleah Mikeal’s bedroom, framed photos of her crossing finish lines with a paper number pinned to her shirt, exausted from miles of continuous running, share wall space with the numerous medals she won.
On Saturday, she crossed the finish line of a half-marathon named in her honor, but this time she crossed the line in her wheelchair.
Ester Farthing, 67, began working in cotton and hosiery mills in her 20s. Day in and day out, loud machines touted high-frequency noise as she worked for years, mostly without hearing protection.
Over the nearly 40 years working with the noise, her hearing deteriorated until she was nearly deaf in her right ear, and could hardly hear her daughter’s words when they spoke.
When the night is cold, Paul Storie, a grizzled 70-year-old Vietnam War veteran, holds a flannel blanket up to the dashboard vent in his old Buick, the fan on high heat, for about 10 minutes. Then he lowers his seat back, shuts off the ignition and pulls the blanket up to his chin, his U.S. Army cap pulled down low on his head. When the freezing temperatures snap him awake again, he turns on the car and starts the process over.
This goes on throughout the night until Storie decides to drive to McDonald's for a hot cup of coffee.
Storie is one of the homeless people in Caldwell County. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963-78. He now is served daily at the Lenoir Soup Kitchen.
The N.C. Highway Patrol is trying to find a person who intentionally backed his pickup into the car behind him at an intersection in eastern Caldwell County on Thursday morning.
For more than half a century, the star atop Hibriten Mountain has heralded the start of the holiday season for anyone within sight.
But what looks so pretty from a distance shows its age up close.
Hundreds of people filed into pews Thursday night, gathered with one thing in common: They were touched by a person who was taken in the past year by cancer, and those in the pews were there to celebrate the legacies those people left behind.
At The Wig Bank of Caldwell County’s 11th annual Legacy Banquet, Greg Barrett, Ruth Bolick, Walter Soots, Betty Storie, Kylee Walker and Jerry Woods were celebrated and remembered for the lives they affected pacted and the brightness and joy they gave to the world.
A fire that started Tuesday near Table Rock had grown by Thursday to 1,340 acres, and more than 100 firefighters were working to contain it, the U.S. Forest Service said.
Police say they have just scratched the surface of a nationwide scam in which elderly people were duped out of large amounts of money.
It’s not the playoffs, the finals or the series – but for band students in Caldwell County, it’s pretty close.
This weekend marks the annual All-County Band concert, which gives middle and high school students an opportunity to audition for limited spots, then play together under the direction of clinicians around the state.
A conservation group recently sold the state 250 acres of forest in the Globe Township and is nearing completion of a sale of another 212 acres nearby to the federal government.
They are portions of more than 750 acres known as Backbone Ridge, including the headwaters of the Johns River and tributaries of Wilson Creek, that The Conservation Fund bought in the region to protect them from development.
The pace of new economic development announcements has slowed in recent weeks, but 2013 still is expected to finish with more projects announced than in 2012, officials said Wednesday.
More importantly, some companies that came to Caldwell County this year are just about to ramp up hiring, so the job outlook 2014 should get off to a good start.
A Caldwell County woman and a Morganton woman were arrested on drug charges after the sheriff's office SWAT team raided a house in the southwestern part of the county Tuesday night after a nearly year-long investigation
In plain view of passersby on Harper Avenue Wednesday morning, investigators gingerly unpacked a foul-smelling book bag of materials they say had been used to make methamphetamine.
The Caldwell County Association of Educators, the local chapter of the North Carolina Association of Educators, will host a "Rally 'Round Educators and Voters" event Monday, Nov. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. on the square in downtown Lenoir.
Caldwell County Superintendent Steve Stone and NCAE President Rodney Ellis will both speak at the event.
The Caldwell Men’s Chorus will hold its fall concert Saturday at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lenoir. They’ll be joined by the Appalachian State University men’s glee club.
Each group will sing separately, then they’ll join to perform three pieces conducted by their composer, William Harbinson, a professor at Appalachian and former chair of its Hayes School of Music.
Sniffles and sneezes were, in a way, the topic of a project underway in Morrow’s science class on Wednesday – one that folded technology, data and other disciplines into the science curriculum.
The week before the project began, Morrow hung posters around the school. Large QR codes – squares of black-and-white patterns that can be read by certain computer programs – were bordered by text: “Think someone is sick? Report the symptoms and keep GMS safe and healthy.” Students could snap a photo of the QR code, which would take them to a site where they could enter their symptoms, such as nausea, sneezing, stomach pain and the infamous sniffles.
When he noticed that the trash fire he had set outside was spreading toward his Edsel Circle mobile home, Bennett Locklear thought he could douse it from his kitchen window. But then a neighbor, Ricky Lee Duncan, came to his door.