News: Local News

Jan. 06, 2015 @ 08:13 AM

Fire destroys 109-year-old house

Joe Kirby knew that if the old house in Rhodhiss that he grew up in ever caught fire, it would go up quickly.

Early Sunday evening, as he was driving home from church, Kirby, 80, saw that house on Burch Street in flames. By Monday morning, only exterior walls still stood, enveloping heaps of smoldering, charred rubble.


Jan. 06, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

Man again accused of drunken driving

After three misdemeanor convictions for drunking driving, a Cajah's Mountain man now faces a felony charge of driving while impaired after his Jeep crashed into a rental car lot in Granite Falls early Saturday morning.


Jan. 06, 2015 @ 06:51 AM

Making a baby horse the hard way

Jennifer Burns hopes her horse will soon be visited by the stork with a special baby delivery.

But instead of delivering a baby, it will bring a package on dry ice.

That package will make a baby horse, but exactly how that will work is not for the squeamish.


Jan. 05, 2015 @ 04:11 PM

Fire destroys old mill home

A fire Sunday night destroyed a large home on Burch Street in Rhodhiss.


Jan. 05, 2015 @ 09:28 AM

Energy assistance program in full swing

Caldwell County’s Low-Income Energy Assistance Program, or LIEAP, has already had a busy first month, and with the start of the new year, workers are getting ready for even more.


Jan. 05, 2015 @ 09:27 AM

Yellow Chevy is local icon

A yellow car with red lips, black eyelashes and a toothy smile greets everyone driving by on U.S. 321 in Sawmills. The 1985 Chevrolet Chevette in front of Dale Recycling & Used Auto Parts came to the property back when the site was a junkyard 30 years ago, employee Buster Heskett said.


Jan. 05, 2015 @ 09:26 AM

Caldwell County social club celebrates 100 years

In 1914, The Priscilla Club began as a circle of ladies who came to together to play cards, knit and chitchat. Eventually, the club progressed into a fun get-together with lunches served and members trading favorite books.


Jan. 02, 2015 @ 09:48 AM

Riding in the new year

For most, sub-freezing temperatures would not be ideal conditions for a long bicycle ride over rough terrain. But for the 20 riders taking part in the third annual High Tea Dirt Road Ride on New Year’s Day, the cold was part of the appeal.


Jan. 02, 2015 @ 08:31 AM

New DA has a to-do list

David Learner says he will hit the ground running today, his first day as the district attorney for the 25th District.


Jan. 02, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

5 years later, those in restaurants breathe easier

At one time, Al Burchell's two-pack a day smoking habit followed him inside Mom's Country Kitchen near Deal Mill Road, where he and other diners casually lit up as they downed cups of coffee and breakfast.


Jan. 01, 2015 @ 08:15 AM

'They're not just customers'

A step inside George's Grocery Salvage on Dudley Shoals Road is a step back in time. Only cash and food stamps are accepted. Jars of "Saucy Susan peach apricot jelly" line one shelf, while bottles of "Happy Home pineapple flavoring" sit on another. Boxes of sweet potatoes and raw peanuts fill the aisles.

George Sullivan and his wife, Judy, will close the store on Saturday after a 28-year run selling discounted groceries to those looking for a good price and home-town atmosphere.


Jan. 01, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

Social media helps nab truck thief

A network of people on social media sites is being credited for helping cops find a stolen truck and the man who stole it two days before Christmas, just the latest example of how technology is giving law enforcement an extra dose of public help.


Jan. 01, 2015 @ 06:31 AM

Meeting like-minded friends with Meetup

After Angela Skibo's mother moved to Lenoir about six years ago, Skibo began falling in love with her mom's new home.

Eventually sick of the city life, she picked up to Lenoir too.


Dec. 31, 2014 @ 02:40 PM

Ruppard, Gainey receive honors

Marshall Ruppard is a familiar face to many in downtown Lenoir.  Often, the police officer can be seen in the Lenoir Soup Kitchen chatting with the volunteers or those getting a much-needed free meal.


Dec. 31, 2014 @ 02:23 PM

Caldwell County unemployment rate hits 13-year low

The unemployment rate for November dropped just slightly to 6.1 percent, the N.C. Division of Labor and Economic Analysis reported Tuesday. That’s lower than the rate reported in any month since May 2001, when it was 5.8 percent. Three times since 2001, the rate has gone as low as 6.2 percent but never lower until now.


Dec. 31, 2014 @ 06:06 AM

Exercise event to be part of world record attempt

On Saturday, a group will walk around the T.H. Broyhill Walking Park at noon as part of what is being billed as a worldwide event to break a world record.


Dec. 30, 2014 @ 01:57 PM

Police, community discuss profiling, trust

Members of the community met with Lenoir Police Department officials Monday night to talk about the proper practices when stopped by police and discuss other concerns, like racial profiling and how to garner more trust between the police and the community.


Dec. 30, 2014 @ 08:50 AM

Remembering a life of music

Friend, mentor, active, caring, professional, knowledgeable, warm and one-of-a-kind are all ways that friends, colleagues and former students described a prolific area choral director, but perhaps the one that transcends them all is musical.


Dec. 30, 2014 @ 08:12 AM

Woman says daughter did not abuse infant

Police still have not accused anyone of breaking the bones of a 3-month-old Granite Falls girl, but the child's grandmother said she firmly believes her daughter is not responsible.


Dec. 29, 2014 @ 12:37 PM

Student for a Day: Welcomed like family at Hibriten High

My classmates in Kimberly Morgan’s math class at Hibriten High School — something called “discrete math” — begged to work with partners or use the study guide for their test. I sat in the back of the classroom shaking with nerves. If the regular students were worried about passing the test, how would I fare without having been taught math of any kind in a few years? And, what was discrete math?


Dec. 29, 2014 @ 10:02 AM

Rock and roll illusionist

Twenty years ago today, little Sammy Cortino stood in front of the Christmas tree at his Valley Run Street home near Granite Falls and, using a rudimentary magic kit opened just hours earlier, performed his first illusion.

Now 26, Cortino tours and performs his sleight of hand, audience participation, closeup magic and comedy combined with live rock music.


Dec. 28, 2014 @ 02:16 PM

Spreading love, nourishment at the traffic light

Friday morning, the corner at North Main and Finley transformed into a corner bakery of sorts, with racks and boxes of bread neatly arranged on the sidewalk and the smell of a kitchen thick around the open door of Love Walk Ministries.


Dec. 28, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

Obituaries for Dec. 28, 2014

Anthony Martiunat, Boone

Billy Toney, Newton

Rinda Hart, Granite Falls

Violet Ryder, Granite Falls

Clancy Pilkenton, Baton

Teckla Kelley, Lenoir

Christopher Watson, Lenoir

Lawrence Auton, Boomer

Betty King, Lenoir

Mildred Andrews, Lenoir

Emma Caldwell, Morganton

Jerry White, Granite Falls


Dec. 26, 2014 @ 02:06 PM

Azteca Burrito will move to Hickory

At the end of the year, Azteca Burrito’s staff will turn off the lights and lock the doors on their downtown Lenoir restaurant for the last time on Dec. 31. 

But shortly thereafter a restaurant in a building nearly four times as large will open on 16th Street in Hickory, the new Salsa Azteca.


Dec. 26, 2014 @ 01:23 PM

Longtime local media fixture Little retires

After a long career in local media, including nine years working for Caldwell County, Charley Little is retiring.

An extensive career in radio, newspapers and television has given him a rare perspective on Caldwell County, North Carolina and its people, he said.