News: Local News

Nov. 04, 2014 @ 08:03 AM

Celebrating lives of service, love

In 2014, cancer will claim an estimated 585,720 lives, and 1,665,540 new cancer cases will be diagnosed, according to the American Cancer Society.

But what the numbers can’t show are the ripples – all the friends, family, nurses, doctors, civic organizations, schools, sports teams and towns that those lives touched.

Nov. 04, 2014 @ 06:26 AM

Three Sawmills residents raise bucking bulls, host rodeos

Shane Wilson drove his truck over the ditches, creeks and hills of his family's farmland in Sawmills. In the truck bed, his two business partners and dog, Blue, bounced along with sacks of grain. Alongside the truck, cattle with long horns followed as Wilson yelled out the window, “Come on, girls! Come on, girls!”

Nov. 03, 2014 @ 01:14 PM

Eat more pork at Ham Day

Wearing an apron reading “Danger Men Cooking,” Don Turnmire, retired firefighter of the Sawmills Volunteer Fire Department, slowly stirred ham in a pot as steam bathed his face. Under a large blue tarp, Turnmire and several other volunteers cooked as much ham as they could for a long line of people eagerly awaiting breakfast, despite the cold, rainy weather.

Nov. 02, 2014 @ 06:33 AM

CCC&TI showcases careers, college for HS seniors

Four-hundred students from all of Caldwell County’s high schools filed into Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute’s gym Friday to learn about their college and career options.

Nov. 01, 2014 @ 11:28 PM

Crime report for Nov. 2, 2014

Nov. 01, 2014 @ 05:04 PM

This election 'a time for choosing,' Allen West says

Allen West, a Fox News contributor and retired Army lieutenant colonel, didn’t specify who the right choice would be, however. Though he mentioned Sen. Kay Hagan and President Barack Obama a number of times as embracing the wrong policies, West never once spoke the name of the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Thom Tillis.

Nov. 01, 2014 @ 03:43 PM

Fire destroys house, kills cat

Clayton and Edna Clark watched flames roar from their house on Saturday, the second time they lost a house to fire.

The fire at 1509 Dulatown Road in Gamewell also killed their cat, Patches. Their children, neighbors and friends gathered in the yard next door, hugging, crying and comforting each other.

Nov. 01, 2014 @ 10:55 AM

Hudson Middle uses dance party as reward

Students wobbled, shuffled and gyrated on the gym floor of Hudson Middle School on Friday at the “Boo Bash,” a party geared toward rewarding students for behaving in class.

Hudson Middle incorporated the Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program into their schools for the first time this year.

Oct. 31, 2014 @ 04:01 PM

Ex-felon faces gun, drug charges

Sheriff's deputies arrested an ex-felon on gun and drug charges Thursday after he was found parked in the wrong place in a Cajah's Mountain parking lot and was incoherent, officials said.

Oct. 31, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

Officials: Grandma’s attic used as meth lab

A Lenoir man is accused of setting up a methamphetamine lab at his grandmother’s house.

Oct. 31, 2014 @ 08:42 AM

Haunted Hudson howls with history

As the sun set and clouds rolled across the sky, people gathered in the parking lot of Community One Bank in Hudson for a set of what organizers called basically true ghost stories about the town.

Sponsored by the Hudson Community Development Association, the Haunted Hudson walking tour featured Grim Reapers leading ghost-seekers around downtown to meet a cast of characters ready to spin a good yarn.

Oct. 31, 2014 @ 08:08 AM

'MadBum' talk of the county after World Series win

It was a typical Thursday morning at Mom's Country Kitchen on U.S. 321, except that the hot topic of discussion among a group of regulars was Madison Bumgarner, who spent part of his childhood on nearby Deal Mill Road and on Wednesday night was named Most Valuable Player in the 2014 World Series.

Oct. 31, 2014 @ 01:38 PM

Drug-Free Hudson 'just says no' to alcohol

Citizens for a Drug-Free Hudson is battling to persuade residents to vote against the alcohol referendums on the ballot next Tuesday.

“We don’t think Hudson needs it,” said the Rev. Robert Setzer of Ambassador Baptist Church.

Oct. 30, 2014 @ 10:09 AM

Cabin brings Halloween to life at RV park

A convict grimacing in pain, strapped into an electric chair, a bloody sheet covering a body, tombstones, gruesome clowns and witches are just the tip of the iceberg at a small cabin nestled deep within the winding roads and hills of Green Mountain RV Park outside Lenoir.

Oct. 30, 2014 @ 08:27 AM

Teen credited as a hero in dog attack

If not for the actions of a teenage neighbor who jumped on top of an attacking pit bull, the injuries a 2-year-old boy and his grandmother received last week might have been much worse.

Oct. 30, 2014 @ 08:11 AM

County's unemployment rate hits six-year low

The local unemployment rate for September was 6.8 percent, down nearly a full percentage point from August’s 7.7 percent. The last time Caldwell’s monthly unemployment rate was below 7 percent was in April 2008.

Oct. 30, 2014 @ 08:08 AM

Giants ace Bumgarner wins World Series MVP

25-year-old Madison Bumgarner, a native of Hudson, capped off a most splendid October and earned MVP honors Wednesday night, pitching five scoreless innings of relief in Game 7 as the Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2.

Oct. 30, 2014 @ 01:01 AM

German feast on next Caldwell Cuisine menu

Last Thursday the students made a dry run through what they plan to do tonight at the latest Caldwell Cuisine event, which has the theme “Oktoberfest.” The menu will feature five traditional German dishes such as Kartoffelsuppe, or potato-leek soup, and Schweinebraten, a braised pork roast with caraway-cabbage and an apple sauce. Each course will be paired with a beer provided by Howard Brewing Co. in Lenoir.

Oct. 29, 2014 @ 02:47 PM

Man found injured beside mower

A Dudley Shoals man was being treated Wednesday at Carolinas Medical Center after he was found late Tuesday afternoon lying on the ground unconscious with head and shoulder injuries next to a riding lawnmower.

Oct. 29, 2014 @ 11:34 AM

Lenoir resident gets two years for tax evasion

The former owner of a Lenoir tax preparation and bookkeeping business who pleaded guilty last year to taking more than $800,000 from clients was sentenced in U.S. District Court Monday to two years in federal prison plus three years on probation.

Oct. 29, 2014 @ 11:27 AM

Jobs dominate Lenoir meeting

Recruiting new jobs, businesses and development and keeping young people from moving away were the driving topics of discussion at a community meeting sponsored by the City of Lenoir Tuesday night at Smith Memorial United Methodist Church.

Oct. 29, 2014 @ 11:25 AM

Googlefest intrigues educators, tech users

It wasn’t difficult to tell which company had taken up residence at the J. E. Broyhill Civic Center on Tuesday. The place was filled with bright blue, green, yellow and red accents, statues of little green “Androids,” free food and massages, and the latest in technology products.

Oct. 29, 2014 @ 08:15 AM

Fire guts Sawmills house

What sounded like gunfire coming from a house in the 4600 block of Horseshoe Bend Road woke the neighbors early Tuesday.

Bobby Philyaw was already awake and looked out to see if he could tell what was going on at the house that Alison Simmons had been moving into across the street.

Oct. 29, 2014 @ 06:44 AM

Schools to get devices to fight food allergies

Each of the Caldwell County Schools should have school devices in mid-December to help students suffering a severe allergic reaction to food or a bee sting.

The devices, epinephrine auto-injectors, or EpiPens, are required by a new state law that takes effect Nov. 15.

Oct. 28, 2014 @ 10:48 AM

Foreign teachers soak up America

Issa Tolo, a science teacher from the Ivory Coast, had his first-ever taste of a Big Mac at the Lenoir McDonald’s. When the manager found out Tolo had never eaten at a McDonald’s before, he was given a tour, a hat to wear as “king of McDonald’s” and his meal was free of charge, Tolo said.