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Aug. 03, 2014 @ 06:54 AM

Therapy puppy graduates first class

This is the second in an occasional series on a puppy’s path from adoption to becoming a therapy dog.

Peggy Hatley nervously fidgeted on her stool in the dog training ring. After six weeks of hard work, it was time for Raz to show off his skills for his final obedience test. If he passed, he would graduate to the intermediate course and be one step closer to becoming a full-fledged therapy dog.


Aug. 02, 2014 @ 04:26 AM

Crime report for Aug. 3, 2014


Aug. 02, 2014 @ 01:25 AM

4 to compete in Miss Harambee Pageant

The City of Lenoir and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center will present the 2014 Miss Harambee Pageant Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Lenoir High School Auditorium.


Aug. 01, 2014 @ 09:28 PM

Local briefs for Aug. 3, 2014


Aug. 01, 2014 @ 08:12 AM

Mountain oasis loses a 'strong force'

From the narrow, twisting, gravel roads snaking through the Globe community in northwestern Caldwell County the Starlite Trailer Lodge's RV park opens up like an oasis of neatly-manicured lawns, bright paint and window baskets of fresh flowers.


Aug. 01, 2014 @ 08:01 AM

Sawmills gets 21st-century sawmill and more

The Town of Sawmills once again has a sawmill.

But it’s going to be a sawmill that in many ways the town’s early 20th-century sawmill operators couldn’t have imagined.


Aug. 01, 2014 @ 06:26 AM

New principal welcomed to West Caldwell

Faculty, staff and school board members arrived at West Caldwell High School on a rainy Thursday to show their support for Andy Puhl, who took over as principal of the high school.

Puhl replaced Jeff Link and said the transition was quick but has gone smoothly.


Aug. 01, 2014 @ 05:57 AM

Lenoir student among Google's first official interns

By the time Keith Miller graduated from West Caldwell High School and left Lenoir to begin studying computer science at Appalachian State University, Google's data center had already been operating for a few years, but he didn't think he'd ever have a shot at working there.


Aug. 01, 2014 @ 02:52 AM

Silence greets town manager's request for raise

After less than three months on the job, the interim town manager for Cajah's Mountain has asked for a 15 percent raise plus compensation for his commute from his home in Hickory.


Jul. 31, 2014 @ 12:02 PM

Warm welcome to new Cobras

People who plan to be students this fall at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute signed in Wednesday and quietly filed into the theater on campus. Each had a story. Each wants one thing – to graduate.


Jul. 31, 2014 @ 08:24 AM

U.S. 321 closing for bridge work

The N.C. Department of Transportation will be closing the north and south lanes of U.S. 321 tonight and Friday night at the cloverleaf interchange under construction at Hibriten Drive in Lenoir.


Jul. 31, 2014 @ 08:18 AM

Caldwell County unemployment drops

Caldwell County’s unemployment rate for June was 7.3 percent, down from 7.5 percent in May, and the number of people counted as unemployed dropped by 145, to 2,670, the N.C. Division of Employment Security reported.


Jul. 31, 2014 @ 01:19 PM

Man in Globe dies when mower overturns

A man cutting the grass died Wednesday afternoon after his mower overturned on an embankment, according to Capt. Larry Price from the Collettsville Fire and Rescue Squad. His name was not released Wednesday evening.


Jul. 31, 2014 @ 05:53 AM

A 'farmed' childhood in Sawmills

Growing up on a farm is an experience set apart from growing up in a home with a few cats and dogs as pets. According to siblings Clay Wilson and Olivia Wilson Ford, growing up on a bona-fide farm involves learning at an earlier age than most about the circle of life, how to drive, the value of agriculture and the importance of hard work.


Jul. 30, 2014 @ 11:57 AM

Hudson Elementary welcomes new principal

Hudson Elementary School officially welcomed its new principal at a meet-and-greet at the school on Tuesday evening.

Teachers, school administrators, parents and students dropped by to meet Adam Windmiller and his family as well as enjoy some refreshments like sweet tea and cookies.


Jul. 30, 2014 @ 11:46 AM

‘Float and Fly’ activity draws a crowd

Building materials of all types covered the tables in the meeting room at the Caldwell County Public Library in Lenoir. Push pins, Styrofoam bowls, colored foam squares, deflated balloons and pipe cleaners were everywhere for kids to grab and turn into boats. Across the room, all sorts of paper and instruction books sat for kids to make paper airplanse.


Jul. 30, 2014 @ 11:44 AM

Kids discover space at Patterson Science Center

Comets don’t fly by very often, but a group of children at Patterson Science Center this week got to see one being built and could touch it too.

Addie Jo Schonewolf, a science education specialist visiting from the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill, started by filling a trash bag-lined bowl with water, then allowed her eager volunteers to add dirt, Worcestershire sauce and glass cleaner.


Jul. 30, 2014 @ 08:20 AM

Man helped defuse confrontation after wreck, trooper says

Draven Watson learned hand-to-hand combat as a prison correctional officer several years ago. Last Thursday afternoon, he used some of what he learned at the scene of an accident on Connelly Springs Road to disarm a van driver who had a gun and hold him until law enforcement arrived.


Jul. 29, 2014 @ 08:37 AM

Students learn about work, history, leadership

Over the last two weeks, a group of rising ninth-graders have visited various places, from a plastics plant in Lenoir to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, to learn about jobs in the region, North Carolina history and most importantly how to be a leader in their future careers.


Jul. 29, 2014 @ 08:29 AM

Convicted felon arrested at courthouse

A Hudson man who had been under investigation by narcotics officers was arrested at the Caldwell County courthouse Friday when he showed up for a child-support hearing.


Jul. 29, 2014 @ 08:22 AM

42nd Harambee starts with a bang Saturday

In 1972, a group of community leaders in Lenoir started a small festival to showcase local talent – The Black Arts Festival, presenting paintings, drawings, sculptures, dancing and more.

Over the years it grew and gained traction, growing into a weeklong celebration of community in Caldwell County, changing its name to Harambee, a Swahili word meaning “all pull together.”

This Saturday, the 42nd Annual Harambee Arts Festival kicks off, and for nearly a week will feature events and activities that folks in Caldwell County have come to look forward to each summer.


Jul. 29, 2014 @ 08:02 AM

Woman said husband stole, slept around, officer says

After her arrest in the stabbing of her husband April 22, Donna Thomas Harris said she was angry with him because he stole $30,000 from her and was having affairs with other women, a Hudson police officer testified Monday.


Jul. 29, 2014 @ 06:27 AM

4-H 'horses around' in the rain

Even in the pouring rain, a handful of 4-H club members were ready to learn about horse care and first aid at the Horsing Around Camp last week.

At Morning Glory Farms, rain pummeled down the arena and barn in Baton at the start of camp, but once the horses Magic, Kia and Shariff were tacked up and ready to ride, the clouds stopped their downpour.


Jul. 28, 2014 @ 01:36 PM

Car crushes, kills man

A Sawmills man working on his car was killed Saturday when the jack holding the car up slipped, pinning him underneath the vehicle.


Jul. 27, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

Friend dead, husband in jail

Forty-one-year old Teresa Hall Sparks' face wrenches tightly when she talks about Sammy William Sturgill. The two, in her words, were "running partners" for most of the three years leading up to his stabbing death on June 24. But the one man she says she truly loved, Bobby Dean Sparks, sits in jail charged with murder in Sturgill's death.

The last time she saw either of them was as she was being loaded into an ambulance.