News: Local News

Jul. 22, 2014 @ 08:24 PM

New rules on paving divide Sawmills' council

Sawmills now will take over a private road only if all of the property owners agree in writing, which for the first time will require the property owners to pay half the cost of paving the road, according to new private street acceptance procedures the town council approved Tuesday night.

Jul. 22, 2014 @ 11:32 AM

Granite Falls festival to have beer garden

This year’s Granite Falls “Festival on Main” in September will have its first beer garden.

Seth Eckard, president of the Granite Falls Rotary Club, presented the Granite Falls Town Council with a petition for a beer garden, which was unanimously approved at Tuesday evening’s meeting.

Jul. 22, 2014 @ 08:28 AM

Car crash 'was like a jet coming at us'

Geralene Patterson cannot wipe the horrible, deafening screech of crunching metal from her mind, nor the moments after she learned that she and her friend Adrienne Campbell were the only survivors of the crash last Wednesday evening in Gamewell.

Jul. 20, 2014 @ 08:54 AM

Japanese weed a growing problem at Wilson Creek

In the 1920s, Bill Crump ordered a packet of seeds from a Sears Roebuck catalog to help him stave erosion after a flood washed through his woodworking mill in Cary’s Flat, near the headwaters of Wilson Creek.

In the 70 years since then, the plant that grew from those seeds, Japanese knotweed, has multiplied exponentially, migrated down the creek and taken up residence along uninhabited stream banks.

Jul. 20, 2014 @ 06:34 AM

Sawmills is fired up for kickball

The heat of the July sun baked the field and players at Sawmills Veterans Park. A small crowd cheered encouragement from the sidelines, including the mayor of Sawmills, Bob Gibbs, sitting in a fold-out chair with a floppy sunhat on his bald head.

Jul. 20, 2014 @ 05:46 AM

Behind the trees, an architectural vision looms

In the beginning, the building that is now the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center was a sleek, bright, white building surrounded by a plain of grass and asphalt. The edgy design evoked the future, and from certain angles the building could appear to be hovering a few feet above the ground.

Jul. 19, 2014 @ 05:28 AM

Public invited to see planned homeless shelter

Caldwell County Yokefellow and Lenoir are holding an open house Tuesday evening for people to see what will become the city’s first full-time homeless shelter.

Jul. 18, 2014 @ 08:06 AM

A house suddenly silenced

Pushing his little toy lawnmower and singing Michael Jackson songs at the top of his lungs, 4-year-old Carson Handy could light up the neighborhood around his house on Wilson Street. Carson lived with his mother, Sabrina Handy, 29, and great-grandmother Carolyn Handy, 75.

They shared not only a home but a life filled with love, hardships and unwavering strength, said Gary Moore, a family friend.

Jul. 18, 2014 @ 06:53 AM

Rhodhiss gets money for water, sewer repairs

Rhodhiss town officials received the great news they have been hoping for several months to get.

Rhodhiss received both Community Development Block Grants it applied for, totaling at $3 million, to help pay for $1.5 million in repairs to the town's water system and $1.6 million in repairs to the sewer system, said Town Manager Barbara Harmon.

Jul. 17, 2014 @ 05:08 PM

Car may have been on way to hospital at time of accident

The Lenoir woman whose speeding car slammed into another car Wednesday evening in Gamewell, killing her, her 4-year-old son and her grandmother, may have been desperately trying to get to Caldwell Memorial Hospital, an N.C. Highway Patrol trooper said.

Jul. 17, 2014 @ 10:18 AM

New hospitality and tourism degree offered by CCC&TI

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute has added a hospitality and tourism management program to offer students an opportunity to learn how to supervise or manage in the growing field.

Kelly Greene, business programs director, said that the field goes well beyond restaurants, hotels and motels.

Jul. 17, 2014 @ 08:09 AM

Gaither, Learner consider next steps

District Attorney Jay Gaither says he has yet to begin planning what he'll do beyond the next five months as he assists the transition for the man who stopped his bid for a fourth term.

Jul. 17, 2014 @ 06:23 AM

2 new board members welcomed at CCC&TI

Two new members were appointed Wednesday to the Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Board of Trustees.

Jul. 16, 2014 @ 07:52 PM

3 killed in head-on collision in Gamewell; at least 2 injured

A car that a witness said was speeding wrecklessly down Morganton Boulevard crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with another car Wednesday evening in front of the Gamewell Fire Department, killing three people in the speeding car, leaving the other car a crumpled wreck and littering the road with debris.

Jul. 16, 2014 @ 05:03 PM

Avery Dennison celebrates half a century in Lenoir

Work stopped around noon at Avery Dennison Wednesday, and the more than 260 employees sauntered outside, to ice cream, barbecue and games in recognition of the plant’s 50 years of operation in Lenoir.

Avery Dennison, a global manufacturer of labeling and packaging materials, first came to Lenoir in July 1964 and since that time has grown and developed into a Lenoir staple.

Jul. 16, 2014 @ 08:58 AM

Lenoir awards bid for greenway sewer line replacement

Lenoir officials have taken the first step in fixing a persistent sewer problem along the Lenoir Greenway, formally awarding a contract worth nearly $500,000 Tuesday night for the replacement of roughly 5,400 feet of outdated sewer line.

Jul. 16, 2014 @ 06:59 AM

Hudson gives cold shoulder to alcohol proposal

A proposal to ask Hudson voters in November to approve alcohol sales died a quick death Tuesday night.

Town Manager Rebecca Bentley proposed the referendum, telling the town board of commissioners several ways the town would benefit, including more sales tax revenue, the ability to host more events at the Hudson Uptown Building and the ability to attract new restaurants and businesses.

Jul. 16, 2014 @ 06:52 AM

Children bubbling with excitement to make soda

Eleven-year-old Kaylee Fitzgerald carefully measured out fruit punch, seltzer water and cola syrup with a small eyedropper. She allowed the liquid to drip carefully into a paper Dixie cup decorated with pink and green owls. Her brother, Riley Miller, 7, mimicked her every move.

Jul. 16, 2014 @ 06:47 AM

Kids wade into learning about creek

The squeals and shouts of children’s voices echoed through the thick trees at the Tuttle Educational State Forest.

“Come here! Give me a bowl!”

“He’s trying to pinch the stick!”

Jul. 16, 2014 @ 06:44 AM

Hall files for re-election to school board

Dr. Helen P. Hall filed Tuesday for election to a third term on the Caldwell County Board of Education.

Hall, 70, is a retired teacher. She taught for 16 years in five districts. In Caldwell County, she taught primarily exceptionally gifted students. She also worked as a professor for Lenoir-Rhyne University and Appalachian State University.

Jul. 16, 2014 @ 06:24 AM

Jobs are here if you have the skills, teachers say

There is not a shortage of jobs in Caldwell County for people who have the right technical skills, said three educators who were part of a group that toured 11 local industries in recent weeks.

But they also heard repeatedly from the employers that even those who have technical skills often seem to lack vital “soft skills,” such as the ability to show up at work on time, every day, and to meet deadlines.

Jul. 15, 2014 @ 10:46 PM

Learner crushes Gaither in DA's race

David Learner easily defeated incumbent District Attorney James C. Gaither on Tuesday in the Republican runoff election, which saw surprisingly high turnout for a one-race, local election.

Jul. 15, 2014 @ 04:02 PM

4 file for school board election

Three incumbents and one former school board member filed Monday, the start of candidate filing, for this fall’s election for four seats on the Caldwell County Board of Education.

Dottie Darsie, Duane Knight and Joe Sims have filed for re-election. Teresa Branch is also trying to return to the board, although she did not serve this past year.

Jul. 15, 2014 @ 04:01 PM

New research project for students to graduate

Teachers should have less work supervising high school students’ graduation projects, and end-of-course tests will not count as much toward each student’s graduation, under changes approved by the Caldwell County school board Monday night.