News: Local News

Jul. 07, 2015 @ 04:36 PM

Kids get 'superhero training'

Ariel Dush, 10, rushed around with several other children trying to sort the good guys from the bad guys -- all of them being balloons, the big difference being whether they had a mean or happy face drawn on them.


Jul. 07, 2015 @ 11:11 AM

Fire interrupts meat plant's operations

The fire started about 7 p.m. Monday in a koch machine, a piece of equipment used to wrap products with plastic shrink wrap, at JBS USA of Lenoir at 1450 Homegrown Court, formerly Vantage Foods.


Jul. 07, 2015 @ 09:55 AM

South Caldwell students score three titles at national event

South Caldwell High School students won three national championship titles in Nashville, Tennessee, for the 35th National Beta Club Convention, an event that drew some of the most highly ranked academic students from across the nation.


Jul. 07, 2015 @ 08:56 AM

Towns restless over sales tax revenue

Three small towns provide the large majority of funding for Caldwell County’s economic development efforts, and some officials in those towns are getting tired of it.

“Somebody needs to take a look at this,” Mayor Ronnie Setzer of Cajah’s Mountain said.


Jul. 06, 2015 @ 06:17 PM

Lenoir police looking for accused robber

Police were still looking Monday for Timothy Raydean Nelson II, 27, of Colt Court, Lenoir, who they say robbed the Quick-Way Superette at 2108 Norwood Street on Sunday and led police on a chase into Hudson, where he ran off into the woods.


Jul. 06, 2015 @ 06:16 PM

Man, 38, accused of sex with young girl

Jason Robert Carl Crump of Rattlesnake Lane, just north of Lenoir is charged with statutory rape.


Jul. 06, 2015 @ 06:12 PM

First day of election filing sees 2 candidates in Sawmills, 1 in Lenoir

On the first day of filing for this year's municipal elections, two people filed to run for office in Sawmills, and Lenoir's mayor filed for re-election.


Jul. 06, 2015 @ 06:11 PM

Lentz leaves behind legacy in TRIO

As someone who helped get the ETS portion of the college’s TRIO program off the ground, Alice Lentz has touched hundreds of lives in Caldwell County in making sure they succeed not only in the classroom but with their future goals as well.


Jul. 06, 2015 @ 06:06 PM

U.S. 321 wreck

A three-vehicle wreck closed the northbound lanes of U.S. 321 near Rooster Bush for more than a half hour late Monday afternoon, but no one involved was seriously hurt, officials said. Ralph Church, 71, of Hudson, driving a Dodge minivan, pulled out of Whispering Pines Drive intending to cross both lanes to make a U-turn, but he hit a Nissan Maxima, which then spun and was hit head-on by a moving and storage truck, spin around completely and hit a Always Affordable Moving and Storage truck head on, Officer A. Balchev of the Hudson Police Department said. The two people who were in the Nissan got out of the car and left before police arrived. No one was immediately charged but the investigation of the wreck is continuing.

Jul. 06, 2015 @ 01:00 PM

Arrests reported July 3-5


Jul. 06, 2015 @ 12:55 PM

Dunham's Sports to open Lenoir store Friday

Lenoir will see Caldwell County’s first major retail opening in five years this Friday with a ribbon-cutting at the new Dunham’s Sports.


Jul. 06, 2015 @ 07:46 AM

Museum to host reception for school officials

Networking and an exchange of ideas for new educational resources for schools will be topics of discussion when school system administrators and school principals from the Newton-Conover, Catawba, Alexander, Caldwell, Burke and City of Hickory school systems convene for a reception at the Hickory Museum of Art on Wednesday, July 22, from 4-6 p.m.


Jul. 04, 2015 @ 02:18 PM

Home built by Revolutionary War hero busy on Independence Day

Fort Defiance, the house built by a man who helped fight for America’s independence, saw larger-than-usual crowds on Independence Day this year.


Jul. 04, 2015 @ 11:13 AM

Clouds bring perfect parade weather

Independence Day started with rainbows at sunrise, then more clouds, but that made for an unseasonably comfortable morning for Hudson’s Kiddie Kar Parade.


Jul. 03, 2015 @ 11:05 AM

Arrests reported July 2


Jul. 03, 2015 @ 08:57 AM

'Sky hero' rarely talked about war

On July 4, 1943, Tech Sgt. Tom Smith was halfway through a month-long furlough that gave him his first trip home to Lenoir since World War II started. His visit home was big news. “Lenoir Sky Hero,” a headline in the Hickory Daily Record later that month called him. And yet by the time he died in 2007, his daughter and two sons didn’t know much about any of it, said Dennis Smith, one of the sons, who now lives on Kirby Mountain Road.


Jul. 03, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Oak Hill man flew with presidents

Russ Reid was an Air Force pilot, but he knew he could not pass up the opportunity when he was asked whether he would work as a flight attendant on Air Force One. He started that job in April 1969 at age 35 and worked for three presidents over the course of 10 years.


Jul. 02, 2015 @ 04:57 PM

One bady hurt in wreck caused by another driver's illness

David Sanders, 51, of Jess Drive in Granite Falls had just turned right onto Morganton Boulevard from Realty Street about 10:30 a.m. when his Nissan Versa was hit by a white Buick going west that first had crossed into the eastbound lane of Morganton Boulevard before veering back and hitting Sanders.


Jul. 02, 2015 @ 01:03 PM

Arrests reported July 1


Jul. 02, 2015 @ 08:29 AM

Jobs are up, but so is unemployment rate

The number of local residents with jobs went up by more than 200, but Caldwell County’s unemployment rate for May was 6.6 percent, up from April’s 5.8 percent. The unemployment rate went up in May in 97 of the state’s 100 counties, as it generally does at that time of year.


Jul. 01, 2015 @ 04:25 PM

Arrests reported June 30


Jul. 01, 2015 @ 03:35 PM

Future of Caldwell County driver's ed in limbo

Unlike other school systems in the state, the Caldwell County Schools have not canceled summer classes for driver’s education even as local school officials wait with fingers crossed that the General Assembly will pay for the program.


Jul. 01, 2015 @ 03:27 PM

Fourth of July will be busy

Those staying close to home this weekend can choose from plenty of events, especially on Saturday.


Jul. 01, 2015 @ 03:26 PM

Lenoir changing traffic at fireworks site

In recent years, vehicles have parked in the traveling lanes of the Lenoir Mall parking lot to watch the fireworks show, but this year that will not be allowed, and officers will keep all travel lanes open.


Jun. 30, 2015 @ 05:17 PM

Climate-controlled tent kept contest cool

There was something different about the weekend's national annual amateur radio field day for those who took part in Lenoir: air conditioning.  The Caldwell County Community Emergency Response Team recently used grant money to get two emergency shelters, and one was set up Saturday and Sunday for the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club to take part in the nationwide, 24-hour event that allows more than 50,000 amateur radio operators to practice what they would do to help official emergency agencies in the event of an emergency that knocked out official lines of communication.