Candidates for sheriff, clerk of superior court and the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners can file at the Caldwell County Board of Elections office in the Alden E. Starnes Administration Building in downtown Lenoir. Filing fees are $57 for the board of commissioners, $580.61 for sheriff and $833.90 for clerk of superior court. The fee is based on 1 percent of the pay for the position.
The Hibriten chorus program, which has ballooned from 30 students to 70 in the last two years, is working to pay for its April trip through two Disney-themed fundraisers, both scheduled for Feb. 15 at the Hudson Uptown Building: a “Royal Tea” for kids at 1 p.m. and a “Magic Kingdom Dinner Theater” at 6:30 p.m.
Caldwell County’s unemployment rate held steady in December at 7.5 percent, the N.C. Department of Commerce reported Wednesday.
That interrupts a string of five consecutive months of drops in the rate but still leaves the county with a rate as low as it had been since June 2008.
Newton attorney Scott D. Reilly announced his candidacy Wednesday for the Republican nomination for district attorney in the 25th Judicial District.
In March, Lee Huffman hopes to throw a birthday party for the oldest member of his family -- 100 years old, bright red and weighing 6,500 pounds.
The Lenoir City Council awarded a $169,791 bid Tuesday night to purchase a new sanitation packer truck, less than had been budgeted for it.
City Manager Lane Bailey also updated the council on work at the site of the former Carolina Custom Cabinets building on Harper Avenue that the city hopes to convert to a new emergency homeless shelter.
Cajah’s Mountain, which has more than 2,700 residents, currently has 184 sewer connections, while 31 households are paying the base rate for sewer availability but aren’t connected. About 60 percent of residences in the town use septic tanks – a concern because failing septic systems can cause health concerns because of contamination of the water table.
The Granite Falls Town Council agreed Monday to apply for a grant that would help a business move from Lenoir into a vacant building on North Main Street.
On Saturday morning in Lenoir, bundled-up girls waved signs by the road and arranged stacks of lemon- and mint- and grape-colored boxes.
It’s Girl Scout cookie time.
The price Caldwell County will pay to buy the transload facility off U.S. 321-A that moves freight between trucks and rail cars has fallen by more than two-thirds since November 2012.
The walls of Hibriten High, like the walls of many other high schools, are made of cinderblock and covered in industrial, cream-colored paint.
The walls of Hibriten, though, are dotted with classic paintings. Picassos. Michaelangelos. Van Goghs.
Heather Custer started with a handful of questions.
When mothers learn their children are gay, and if they accept that immediately or eventually, what path do they travel toward acceptance?
What can they share with other mothers who have just learned their children are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?
And what is the difference, exactly, between the mother who doesn’t accept her child’s sexuality and the mother who does?
Custer, who lives in Lenoir and previously taught in several of Caldwell County’s public schools, set out to answer those questions in a paper she titled, “Did you really mean happy and healthy are all that matter? A mother’s willingness to write multiple narratives for her LGBT child.”
In the past week, as frigid weather gripped Caldwell County, five fires that damaged or destroyed houses all started from the chimney -- and might have been easily prevented.
Chimney fires occur from the accumulation inside the chimney of creosote, a tar-like substance that includes unburned wood particles and is highly combustible.
The Broyhill Home Collections showroom on U.S. 321 in Blowing Rock that welcomes every northbound visitor as they turn onto Main Street with its ornate stone-and-log construction has closed.
The showroom closed Friday, along with Broyhill showrooms in Hickory and Granite Falls, according to The Blowing Rocket newspaper and Furniture Today, a furniture industry publication.
Narcotics officers with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office noticed a car being driven erratically Thursday, pulled it over at the PD Grocery on Sawmills School Road in Granite Falls and recognized the driver, who agreed to let them search the car, said Captain B.J. Fore with the sheriff’s office.
The thought of fitting together 24,000 jigsaw puzzle pieces into one giant mosaic would be daunting to most. But not for 63-year-old Wayne Douglas, who spent nearly 500 hours and six months hunkered over a large table at the Satie and J.E. Broyhill Caldwell Senior Center.
The completed puzzle, called "LIFE - The Great Challenge," measures 5 feet by 14 feet and now hangs on a wall in the center's activity room.
Shea Byrd was on his way home about 3:45 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 321 when he spotted a large amount of smoke coming from a house just off the highway, on Morningstar Church Road.
Temperatures early Thursday morning tied the area's record low for the date from 1966, reaching -2 about 7 a.m. at Foothills Regional Airport, according to the National Weather Service.
The slippery roads of Caldwell County, particularly the country roads, and the unusually cold weather have created difficulties for some News-Topic carriers in delivering your newspaper.
A series of explosions brought some residents of the Whitnel area out of their homes about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday to find a house aflame.
Roughly 3 inches of snow, more than expected, caused mass closings and hazardous road conditions across the region, and the ordeal may not be over yet.
Data recently released Tuesday by the state Department of Public Instruction offers a look at the makeup of Caldwell County’s public schools, from funding to student performance.
It also offers a look at how the Caldwell County Schools stack up against the state.
In January 2001, John Hawkins showed up for his first day as director of the Caldwell Heritage Museum. His last day will be nearly 14 years later.
Earlier this month, Hawkins announced to the museum’s board of directors his plans to step down at the end of 2014. There was no one reason for the decision, Hawkins said – it was just time.
Snow came earlier and deeper than anyone expected, and so today the Caldwell County Schools are closed, as is Wraparound, the district’s before- and after-school childcare program. Teachers have an optional workday.
The forecast called for snow after 1 p.m. in Caldwell County on Tuesday, but flurries started by mid-morning in some areas.
The construction of a medeival cathedral makes a great analogy for public projects, as the individuals who start the project know that they will never see the finished product.
This idea permeated Lenoir's biannual city retreat, where the city council and staff set their priorities for the next two years.