News: Local News

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Rhodhiss’ budget is healthy, auditor says

Rhodhiss received a clean financial bill of health from its auditor during Tuesday night’s board of commissioners meeting.

Eric Bowman said he was impressed by how well Rhodhiss handled its funding last year, when it had a surplus of more than $289,000, and how the town appropriated funds this year.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 11:59 AM

Top school administrators get contract extensions

Superintendent Steve Stone and his top three administrators in the Caldwell County Schools all received contract extensions this week to June 30, 2018.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 08:23 AM

Man accused of trying to meet child for sex

A Granite Falls man is accused of using a social networking site to try to arrange sex with a minor, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 08:15 AM

Man blames drugs, alcohol for assaults of women

A Caldwell County man with a history of beating up women was convicted Wednesday of habitual misdemeanor assault on a female, which is a felony, after he admitted pouring liquor on his girlfriend's head and then punching her in the head, knocking out a tooth.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

Woman got pills by phoning in as doctor

A woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that she posed as a doctor to get prescription pills from a pharmacy in 2012.

Sep. 10, 2014 @ 04:26 PM

Tree going bananas in Lenoir

Behind a blue house on Gingercake Court in Lenoir, a large, leafy plant has grown so tall and large it resembles something from a far off time when dinosaurs stomped across the planet, ripping leaves or each other to shreds. Its leaves are large and leathery, each longer than a grown man’s arm.

Sep. 10, 2014 @ 02:52 PM

Rhodhiss wants residents to mow grass

Rhodhiss residents may be required to mow more often. However, the town’s commissioners need to hold a public hearing first.

At Tuesday’s board of commissioners meeting, the commissioners voted in favor of a rule limiting grass height to 12 inches instead of 24 inches, but Town Attorney Jonathan Jones said that a public hearing is needed before it can effect.

Sep. 10, 2014 @ 08:33 AM

3 tell of father's loss to drunken driver

The front row in the courtroom filled up with the family and friends of Howard Roper, 92, who was killed on the afternoon of Nov. 20, 2012, after the car he was in was hit by a drunken driver.

Sep. 10, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Courthouse’s trial by air expected to end by next week

Judges and lawyers have long complained that the main courtroom in the old part of the Caldwell County Courthouse, where sessions of Caldwell Superior Court are held, runs hot and cold — really hot in the summer, and really cold in the winter.

Sep. 09, 2014 @ 05:02 PM

EDC members talk about contradiction in economic recovery

A little more than 13 hours after hearing a report on the increasing demand on local food banks from this area’s poor, two Caldwell County commissioners listened Tuesday morning to the Economic Development Commission’s monthly report of positive economic indicators. How could both be true?

Sep. 09, 2014 @ 09:41 AM

County gives more time for hiring goals

Three Caldwell County manufacturers were given more time Monday to qualify for incentives that are tied to how many people they hire.

Sep. 09, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

Food pantry seeks donations to fill empty shelves

For two Thursdays each month, folks line up at the Pay It Forward food pantry on Harper Avenue to get free bags of groceries. For one of the smallest of the 16 food banks in Caldwell County, getting a share of the donations pie is a struggle, and shelves often are empty at the end of the day.

Sep. 09, 2014 @ 08:11 AM

Gibbs gets court-appointed attorney

Former Sawmills Mayor Bob Gibbs came to Caldwell Superior Court on Monday without a lawyer expecting to plead guilty to 24 felonies in a deal that would keep him of prison, but he had second thoughts and got a court-appointed attorney.

Sep. 08, 2014 @ 04:19 PM

Ice buckets for ALS dumped on students, faculty

Under the hot sun, students and teachers of Lower Creek Elementary School gathered on the basketball courts Friday to get soaking wet for a good cause.

Sep. 07, 2014 @ 08:25 AM

Laurel Park celebrates grand opening

Lenoir and Caldwell County’s first one-stop facility for women’s and children’s health care has officially opened.

The Laurel Park Medical Pavilion on College Avenue in Lenoir celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting and open house Saturday morning.

Sep. 08, 2014 @ 04:58 PM

New generations, beautiful artwork reign at 29th Sculpture Celebration

Amazing artwork, beautiful weather and sculpture lovers came together Saturday at the J.E. Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir for the 29th annual Sculpture Celebration, an exhibition of sculpture unrivaled in the South.


Sep. 07, 2014 @ 06:23 AM

Governor helps Bernhardt commemorate 125 years

Gov. Pat McCrory came to Lenoir on Saturday to congratulate Bernhardt Furniture on its 125 years of manufacturing quality furniture in Lenoir.

Sep. 05, 2014 @ 03:37 PM

Mother dies while snuggling with daughter

Vickie Shoun’s phone rang before the sun was up Thursday. Her 6-year-old niece, Cheyenne Rhoney, was calling, saying her mom, JoAnna Dameron, would not wake up from where they had been sitting on the couch together before school.

“I was the first one to come over here,” Shoun said. “There wasn’t nothing I could do.”

Sep. 05, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

Lightning strikes two houses

Lightning started a fire that severely damaged a house off Union Grove Road late Wednesday, a house in Hudson also suffered a lightning struck but escaped with relatively minor damage.

Sep. 05, 2014 @ 08:10 AM

Apartments condemned after walkway collapses

Lenoir city officials condemned an apartment building Thursday after its first- and second-floor walkways collapsed the previous night, forcing residents of four units to evacuate.

Sep. 04, 2014 @ 09:27 PM

11th District candidates for Congress agree on nothing

Both agreed the incumbent's name is Rep. Mark Meadows, a Republican running for a second term.

But while Democrat Tom Hill repeatedly pointed to Meadows’ record, and especially his reputation as a right-wing ideologue who helped drive last year’s government shutdown, Meadows kept referring to himself as a practical politician who can and has worked with Democrats on common-sense bills that would now be law if not for the Senate’s obstructionist leader, Democrat Harry Reid.

Sep. 04, 2014 @ 06:01 AM

For 25 years she has kept Hibriten band looking snappy

In the belly of Hibriten High School, Dottie Darsie moved through the band supply room Wednesday among a plethora of red and black uniforms with gold buttons. On a table before her, paperwork, cream-colored cloth belts, dull silver belt buckles and her trusty sewing kit were all within arm’s reach.

Sep. 04, 2014 @ 05:47 AM

$35,000 grant to pay for projects at science center

The Patterson Science Center has received a $35,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, which is expected to pay for some outdoor construction projects as well as summer camp materials.

Amy Bradley, director of the science center, said a walkway and observation deck are planned at the large pond in front of the science center's gym that will lead out over the water and will have seating.

Sep. 03, 2014 @ 09:57 AM

Senate candidates differ on education

During many of their answers to questions in a debate Tuesday night in Lenoir, Republican state Sen. Dan Soucek and Democrat Jim Sponenberg, his opponent in November's election, seemed to be largely in agreement.

Sep. 02, 2014 @ 09:02 PM

Cajah's Mountain boosts pay for manager

After delaying making a decision since July, the Cajah's Mountain Town Council agreed Tuesday to pay the interim town manager more while the town looks for a permanent replacement.