Although local social services officials say they are caught up with what had been a backlog of approving food stamp re-applications, for some people who are applying for the benefits first time, getting approved can still be a long ordeal.
A Lenoir man who was hospitalized after hitting a block wall Thursday afternoon while riding a bicycle is recovering at home after being released Sunday from Carolinas Medical Center.
A Lenoir woman was arrested Monday and accused of making methamphetamine in her house.
The wait for forensic blood test results for local judicial officials may shrink from two years to two hours, thanks to an agreement with Catawba Valley Medical Center and the district attorney's office.
The Town of Hudson now has its first female mayor: Janet Winkler, a 14-year town commissioner who ran unopposed. Based on complete but unofficial returns, Winkler received 114 votes, with 10 votes cast for write-in candidates.
Chrissy Thomas and Ike Perkins will be the newest members of the Lenoir City Council, joining returning incumbents Ron Stilwell and David Stevens as the winners of Tuesday’s election.
The addition of Thomas and Perkins will add diversity to a council that was previously made up of only white men.
Barry Hayes will keep his seat as mayor of Granite Falls, and Caryl Burns won re-election Tuesday to the town council, but Frank Mackie did not, according to complete but unofficial returns.
Marc Church and M.D. Townsend will join Burns on the Granite Falls Town Council.
Former Sawmills Town Council member Gerelene Blevins appeared Tuesday to regain a seat on the council by a razor-thin margin of four votes over incumbent Donnie Potter, according to complete but unofficial returns.
With a four-vote gap between them, it's possible that provisional ballots -- which are used to record a vote when there are questions about a voter's eligibility -- could still alter the outcome. The race is also close enough that Potter has the option to request a recount. He said Tuesday that his opinion could change, but that he was not currently considering making that request.
Voters in Lenoir, Cedar Rock, Granite Falls, Sawmills, Cajah’s Mountain, Hudson, Gamewell and Rhodhiss can go to the polls today to cast ballots in municipal elections. Polls will be open at 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
During the early voting period, Oct. 17 to Nov. 2, 1,116 people voted either at one-stop voting sites in Lenoir and Granite Falls or by absentee ballot. Sandra P. Rich, director of the Caldwell County Board of Elections, said that is less than expected but is close to normal, though she said she hopes turnout today will be above the 3,000 to 4,000 voters who typically participate in municipal elections in the county.
This year’s early voting total amounts to 4.32 percent of all registered municipal voters.
A company that may bring at least 50 full-time jobs to Caldwell County could receive a $2,000-per-job incentive from the county, and three hearings for incentives for other businesses are scheduled for next month.
The Virginia-based green-technology firm, called “Project Dawn” by the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission, would invest $12 million to begin operations and will hire up to 50 full-time employees within three years at an average salary of $38,000, EDC executive director Deborah Murray said.
Due to overcrowding at its own jail, Caldwell County will send 35 inmates to the Alexander County Jail, adding to 57 the county already has placed in detention centers across western North Carolina.
The inmates will be housed at Alexander for one year beginning Nov. 18 at the cost of $45 a day, totaling $574,875.
Since May 2011, the county has been sending inmates to other facilities due to overcrowding. Caldwell County currently has inmates in jails in Alleghany, Ashe, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Gaston, Haywood and Madison counties.
What was first proposed as a statewide teacher walkout mellowed, by the scheduled date of Nov. 4, to a “walk-in” – and in Caldwell County, many supporters of public education simply wore red.
Teachers across the state organized the event through social media as a response to state legislation some have said is harmful to public education, including cuts to funding for teacher assistants and the loss of teacher tenure and master’s-degree pay increases.
Lenoir police are investigating the story of a man who says he was taken from his father's home at gunpoint by drug dealers on Friday, driven to Wilkes County, beaten several times over the coming days and shot in the ear before he was able to escape and run for his life from his abductors Sunday.
Police believe something happened. They're just not sure exactly what, said Capt. Brent Phelps.
Most kids dream of being cowboys.
But 7-year-old Tyler West of Lenoir already is one.
Tyler rides in rodeos — riding sheep, for now. If he sticks with it (and he plans to), he’ll move up to calves, then steer, then bulls.
Don Turnmire set up large canopies and began setting up the 12 cooking pots outside the Sawmills Volunteer fire and Rescue building. He strapped on his apron, filled the pots with vegetable oil and began frying up the ham. The sun had not yet risen Saturday morning, but the former volunteer firefighter knew that in just a few short hours folks would be lining up, and he wanted to be ready.
The occasion was the 24th Annual Ham Day fund raiser to benefit the department.
First Libby Jones lost her father, Benny Lee Perkins, on Nov. 21, 2007, after a brief illness.
But she had his cremated remains, and she had an old pickup truck Perkins spent hours restoring. This was no ordinary truck, but a 1973 Ford F150 Ranger with a 400-cc large block V-8 engine. The truck belonged to her husband, Richard, but Perkins was a mechanic and spent countless hours helping rebuild the truck so it could one day find its way to area drag strips. By the time Perkins died, all it lacked was a fresh coat of paint.
A man who struck a wall while riding a bicycle Thursday afternoon was fighting for his life Friday in the hospital.
When the lights go down for showings of “Bully” at Hibriten High School and West Caldwell High School today, it will be the end of a journey that started two years before.
When Nancy Crawford first heard about the documentary, which follows five bullied students during the 2009-10 school year, she knew she wanted to bring it to Caldwell County – because bullying had touched her life, and her daughter’s.
Two of Jason Cy Lewis' neighbors in Baton, who was arrested Wednesday and accused of having an "elaborate" marijuana-growing operation in his house, say they knew little about him except that he kept to himself.
One person who entered Lewis' confidence, however, had a good idea of what was going on and told authorities. A search warrant affadavit filed with the clerk of court stated that an informant who had been wired with a transmitter, a video recording device and some cash was sent to the house.
Between the covers of a calendar, Clyde “Pop” Ferguson Sr. and Clyde Ferguson Jr. have joined 11 other North Carolina legends.
The Caldwell County residents were selected for inclusion in AT&T’s 2014 Heritage Calendar, a publication that highlights North Carolinians who have made significant contributions to African-American history in the state.
In a contest to win a televised pep rally and “team of the week” designation from TV station WCNC in Charlotte, Hibriten High School was up against four other schools – Anson High in Wadesboro, Nation Ford in Fort Mill, West Mecklenburg in Charlotte and North Mecklenburg in Huntersville. Every message sent on Twitter containing the "hashtag" of the school's name or every text sent to a number set up by the TV station counted as a vote.
Hibriten won and then some, with a total of 109,498 votes. The next-highest vote total was 5,079, cast by Anson High School.
One more DNA test has been approved in the case of William Eugene Murphy, charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the 1990 killings of Mark and Jeanie Seacrest.
Prosecutors have obtained a DNA sample from a person they have not publicly identified. Judge Thomas Edwards issued an order Wednesday for the state crime lab to test it against a sample taken from a stain on the pants of Jeanie Seacrest, to exclude the person as the contributor of the sample.
Murphy's attorney, Lisa Dubs, objected to any further delay in moving this case to trial. With a rush letter from Edwards, the test should be completed in 60 days, Assistant District Attorney Clifton Smith said, and within two days after that the results must be shared with Murphy's attorneys.
Investigators with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office seized 34 marijuana plants Wednesday morning described as "high-grade" that they found growing inside a house in the Baton area equipped with an extensive indoor plant nursery, officials said.
“This was one of the most elaborate indoor marijuana grow operations we have seen,” Sheriff Alan Jones said in a press release. “This was a professional operation capable of producing pounds of high-grade marijuana.”
In an America muzzled by Prohibition and teetering on the precipice of the Great Depression, jazz lived at the Cotton Club.
The club closed in 1940, but organizers of an event this weekend in Lenoir hope you’ll get a chance to step inside the Cotton Club, just for one night.
What is it going to take for us all to open our eyes before it’s too late? We live in a free country right now but that can change in the blink of an eye.