News: Local News

Jan. 22, 2015 @ 07:05 AM

Local students join global video project

Granite Falls Elementary School second-graders gathered in Andrea Evans’s music classroom, hopping and wiggling in their places. With three cameras trained on them, they seemed eager to get started. Evans started the music, and the students burst into song, dancing with hands in the air and heads rocking.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

2 accused of late-night drug deal

A person reported a drug deal taking place late Sunday in a convenience store parking lot, and Lenoir police said they later arrested the two people believed to be involved.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 07:17 AM

Water quality violations prompt state investigation

One or more area companies could be fined as much as $25,000 by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources related to at least two apparently illegal discharges of chemicals into a creek from a Virginia Street facility in Lenoir, according to state documents.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 06:56 AM

Meeting set for filling House seat; public will be allowed to attend

Caldwell County’s next representative to the state House of Representatives will be chosen Thursday, Jan. 29, at a special meeting of the Caldwell County Republican Party Executive Committee, state party officials announced Tuesday.


Jan. 20, 2015 @ 08:24 AM

Councilman Ron Stilwell dies

Ron Stilwell was known for his longtime service to Lenoir, and to Caldwell County. Friends say when he got involved, he gave it all he had.

Stilwell, 70, died Monday from cancer.


Jan. 20, 2015 @ 07:44 AM

Largest crowd in years gathers to celebrate King's legacy

Monday afternoon, a bright sun and warm January day welcomed hundreds of people to the square in downtown Lenoir for the annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Jan. 19, 2015 @ 01:55 PM

Meth made in apartment where children lived, sheriff's office says

Two people are accused of making meth in an apartment with two young children present.


Jan. 18, 2015 @ 08:08 AM

What will result from Zahra Baker's death?

Proposals to plug the gaps in child protective services that were exposed by the death of Zahra Baker in 2010 are both needed and, in most cases, feasible, say officials with local and statewide agencies that deal with abused and neglected children.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Tunes of all kinds carried at Open Mic Night

John Mann, 88, slowly made his way to the stage at The Local Bean Coffee Shop in Hudson, where his karaoke machine already was waiting. He turned and stood in front of windows with large, decorative snowflakes and faux frost around the edges, pressed a few buttons on his machine and burst into song.


Jan. 17, 2015 @ 11:46 PM

Public records for Jan. 18, 2015


Jan. 17, 2015 @ 10:59 PM

Crime report for Jan. 18, 2015


Jan. 17, 2015 @ 05:07 PM

Martin Luther King's vision not yet reality, speakers say

The struggle for equality and fairness is not over, several speakers said Saturday at Lenoir’s first Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast.


Jan. 17, 2015 @ 09:37 AM

To our readers

A number of readers have noticed that two items that had been included with the Sunday News-Topic have been missing in recent weeks. USA Weekend, a nationally syndicated magazine for newspapers, went out of business in December and will not return. The other publication, American Profile, reduced its publication frequency to twice a month, and because of a clerical error at American Profile the publication dropped the News-Topic from its distribution at the start of 2015. After repeated calls by Publisher Terese Almquist the News-Topic will resume receiving American Profile, which is scheduled to be distributed again beginning Sunday, Feb. 15.


Jan. 16, 2015 @ 09:39 AM

Hickory Hall healing to former glory thanks to fundraiser

Standing as a pillar of history, Hickory Hall is an empty, quiet building on the Patterson School’s old campus in the wilds of Caldwell County. However, within in the last few months, the building obtained a new roof, and now renovations are taking place inside.


Jan. 16, 2015 @ 09:35 AM

Nutrition program branches into headwear

With her dark hair up in a bow, Navaeh Monk, 3, walked slowly toward a board covered in knit hats, a few scarves and a multi-colored purse with a matching scarf. She seemed surprised and unsure what to do when told to pick out one she wanted to have because she was a winner.


Jan. 16, 2015 @ 08:34 AM

'Drug kingpin' sent back to jail because of low battery

An accusation from the sheriff that a man was a local "drug kingpin" wasn't enough to keep a judge from reducing the man's bond so he could be released from jail on house arrest while awaiting his trial.

But not keeping his ankle monitoring bracelet plugged in long enough landed Stephen Roger Dean, 26, back in jail Wednesday, with his bond jacked back up to $1 million.


Jan. 16, 2015 @ 08:09 AM

Man accused of driving stolen car

A Lenoir man with a history of convictions related to stolen cars was arrested again Wednesday after he was found to be driving a stolen car, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said.


Jan. 16, 2015 @ 07:08 AM

LEOS Place celebrates grand opening

Dozens filed in from the dreary cold to a renovated building on West Avenue in Lenoir Thursday afternoon to celebrate the opportunity that the county’s homeless now have to escape that same cold.


Jan. 15, 2015 @ 11:12 AM

Fire still blazes in minds of Rhodhiss officials

The fire that destroyed a 109-year-old house on Rhodhiss’ “Boss Hill” on Jan. 4 lingers on the minds of members of Rhodhiss town officials.


Jan. 15, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

Man jumps from frying pan into fire

A Hudson man who at the last minute had second-thoughts about pleading guilty to one count of statutory rape now could face six more counts and a longer prison term, a prosecutor said.


Jan. 19, 2015 @ 11:13 AM

Candidates emerging for N.C. House seat

So far, two candidates have publicly declared an interest in replacing Edgar Starnes as Caldwell County's legislator in the N.C. House of Representatives, but there is time for more to step forward.


Jan. 14, 2015 @ 02:04 PM

New ‘adventure’ climbing park to open in April

When Tweetsie Railroad opens for the 2015 season in April, a new attraction will open next door offering the chance to navigate rope bridges, nets and climbing towers high above the meadows of Blowing Rock.


Jan. 14, 2015 @ 11:15 AM

Good omens seen for business recruitment

The new year appears to be starting on a positive note for business recruitment, the executive director of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission said Tuesday.


Jan. 14, 2015 @ 08:31 AM

Report: Social services failed Baker

The murder of 10-year-old Zahra Baker in October 2010 following years of suspected child abuse points to gaps in the social services system and things that workers in both Caldwell and Catawba counties might have done to prevent her death, a new state report says.


Jan. 13, 2015 @ 08:41 AM

Caldwell County's plan for teacher raises sent to state

Audience members heard a soft-spoken, hesitant “aye” from members of the Caldwell County Board of Education to approve sending a plan for merit-based pay raises to the state for approval. Superintendent Steve Stone said he hopes the plan can continue to be adjusted, but the deadline to submit it is Thursday.