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Oct. 28, 2014 @ 08:33 AM

Fleeing police, man in stolen truck wrecks

Mary Davis looked out her front door Monday morning in Lenoir's Lower Creek neighborhood, saw a pickup truck that had just wrecked in her yard and wondered why the man driving it was jumping out and running away. When several police cars came roaring down the road seconds later, she locked her front and back doors.

"It was very unnerving, especially in this neighborhood," Davis said.

Oct. 28, 2014 @ 08:24 AM

Boy heals with half a brain

Easton Webber rarely cries, and with his short shocks of blond hair and his crystal-blue eyes he seems at first glance like the calm, quiet baby parents long for.

But behind his quiet lies a medical history to give any young parent nightmares.

Oct. 28, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

DA's office will see shakeup

The man running unopposed to be the new district attorney has a game plan in place for when he takes office Jan. 1, and it includes replacing at least five current prosecutors.

Oct. 27, 2014 @ 08:35 AM

Meth becoming a big business

The arrest last month of a Hickory woman accused of selling crystal meth near the Wal-Mart in Lenoir is symbolic of drug trends in Caldwell County and the region -- the production of meth, once dominated small-scale production in makeshift local labs, increasingly has become a volume business, with drug cartels shipping it through their distribution networks.

Oct. 26, 2014 @ 08:17 AM

Lenoir gets downtown yoga studio

Dr. Torre Hinnant is a family physician, but once she has left the doctor’s office, she doesn’t head home to unwind, she heads to her yoga studio in downtown Lenoir, In Light Yoga and Wellness.

In Light opened early this month on Main Street in the former home of Carolina Mist Winery. Hinnant has transformed the space from a cluttered retail shop to a wide open room with high ceilings and plenty of room to stretch out on a yoga mat.

Oct. 24, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

House fire claims Gamewell home

Bobby and Linda Taylor weren't home Friday afternoon when a fire spread through the house they've lived in for 17 years on Bee Mountain Rd.

The fire started just before 4 p.m., said Gamewell Fire Department Lieutenant Sam Smith, and as of Friday afternoon, the cause of the fire was unknown.

Oct. 24, 2014 @ 08:18 AM

'If he gets out of jail he's going to kill us'

As James Roberts and Melinda Nicole "Nicky" Curtis sped through the Granite Falls area Tuesday afternoon to try to escape Curtis' husband, Roberts kept telling Curtis to keep her head down.

Oct. 24, 2014 @ 08:03 AM

Memories, but no memorial

Crouching at the grave of her 4-year-old daughter, Misty Barker Vess frowned at the plastic flower vase blown over by the wind. Determined, Vess scooped out a few handfuls of dirt from under it and firmly placed the vase back upright. She rearranged the silk flowers so that they once again stood tall.

Oct. 24, 2014 @ 06:14 AM

Principals focus on improving scores, attendance

During a day of presentations on their two-year school improvement plans, Caldwell County principals talked to school board members Wednesday mostly about improving math and reading scores as well as attendance.

Oct. 24, 2014 @ 06:05 AM

Town gets surprise on veterans memorial

A piece of the Granite Falls Veterans Memorial showed up early like an unexpected Christmas present, so the memorial should be functionally -- and perhaps totally -- complete when it is dedicated on Nov. 11, members of the town's memorial committee announced Thursday.

Oct. 24, 2014 @ 05:21 AM

CCC&TI festival focuses on birthday

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute students, faculty and staff brought out their party hats and noisemakers at the annual Fall Festival, which had the theme of a birthday party.

Oct. 23, 2014 @ 09:35 PM

Local companies relay good news from High Point Market

Furniture officials from Lenoir say they saw good things during the past week at the fall High Point Market. The largest furniture trade show in the world, the High Point Market runs twice a year for a week at a time. Thursday was the last day of the fall market.

Oct. 23, 2014 @ 02:04 PM

Oak Hill participates in nationwide art project

Across the nation, students created artwork in the theme of “My Favorite Story” as part of a project that celebrates the need for students to learn about arts in their schools.

Oct. 23, 2014 @ 01:43 PM

Foreign visitors learn from city of Lenoir

Dressed in colorful, ornate robes and wearing decorative metal figures on his forehead and chest, Josh Trindade clearly was not from Lenoir as he addressed the city council Tuesday night.

Trindade and countryman Marco Lapaz crossed half the globe to be here.

Oct. 23, 2014 @ 01:40 PM

Event showcases bioenergy in Caldwell

Each day, Randy Dellinger’s plant on Virgina Street in Lenoir churns out about 7,000 gallons of diesel fuel, ready to be pumped into any diesel engine.

But Dellinger’s diesel isn’t made from fossilized carbon. It’s made from soybean and canola oil, and poultry and pork fat. It’s biodiesel, and Dellinger’s company is Foothills Bio-Energies.

Oct. 22, 2014 @ 09:28 AM

Perseverance, service define top ’14 Small Business

The criteria for the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year Award include attributes like staying power, growth, commitment to community and responding to adversity.


Oct. 22, 2014 @ 06:24 AM

Former teacher cannot stay away from theater

Carolyn Icard pushed aside a large set piece designed to look like the exterior of a home, revealing an expansive living room and kitchen with a fireplace and family photos on the other side. They are all the result of 15-hour days and sleepless nights, multiple set pieces for the dinner theater production of “The Fiddler on the Roof” at the Hudson Uptown Building.

Oct. 21, 2014 @ 05:21 PM

Pinewood Road property will switch to business use

Kathy Hefner hugged supporters and walked out of the Granite Falls Town Hall with a smile on her face after the city council voted to rezone her house from residential to commercial.

Hefner and her brother wish to sell the property because it is too expensive to keep up, and their mother’s health is failing. She plans to use the money to care for her mom.

Oct. 21, 2014 @ 05:20 PM

CCC&TI cuts for cancer

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute’s cosmetology department put on a stylish fundraiser complete with haircuts, waxing and manicures.

Lisa Rector, director of cosmetology, said she came up with the idea so the students could have a fun, hands-on learning experience while giving back with their first-ever fundraiser, to raise money to fight breast cancer.

Oct. 21, 2014 @ 03:44 PM

Teen has close call at bus stop

Oswald Zaldivar, 14, managed to jump out of the way of a garbage truck skidding down Connelly Springs Road past his stopped school bus Tuesday morning. His older brother, Jeffrey, tried to get out of the way but didn't quite make it.

Oct. 21, 2014 @ 08:02 AM

Workforce push gives Caldwell industry close look

During the coming weeks, a group of workforce development leaders will be surveying Caldwell County businesses to see where and how the state's workforce development system can be improved.

Oct. 19, 2014 @ 08:37 AM

Howl-O-Palooza creeps up Lenoir

The closer the calendar creeps to Oct. 31, the more tombstones start popping up in front yards, spider webs cloak boxwood bushes, and the more the streets of Lenoir will convert to the creepy, festive and scary.

Next weekend, the last before Halloween, Howl-O-Palooza will help complete that transformation, celebrating the dark and spooky with art, and especially film.

Oct. 20, 2014 @ 11:37 AM

A rough bump could break boy, 5

Last year his family learned that Matthew suffers from type 4 Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a disorder that makes the tissues in his small body thin, meaning even a small scrape requires two or more adhesive bandages. A fall or bump could rupture anything in Matthew’s body, such as his arteries or any of his organs, said his mother, Stachia Hagaman.

Oct. 19, 2014 @ 01:54 AM

News-Topic subscribers can get online access to Washington Post

This past week the News-Topic joined forces with the Washington Post as part of the Post's partner program, which allows subscribers to receive the Post’s digital products free.

Oct. 18, 2014 @ 11:29 PM

Crime report for Oct. 19, 2014