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Jun. 04, 2015 @ 10:24 AM

News-Topic email addresses change

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Jun. 07, 2015 @ 09:17 AM

Blues festival no longer a free, downtown event

The main event, a full day of music from noon to after 11 p.m., will be Saturday, June 13, in the back area of the Exela Pharma Sciences property on U.S. 321, which is north of Wal-Mart in Lenoir. Tickets are required.

Jun. 04, 2015 @ 06:23 AM

Another complaint about sewer fee in Cajah's Mountain

The issue of Cajah's Mountain residents paying sewer fees even if their house is not connected to sewer lines arose again Tuesday night when Stanley Bumgarner of Andrews Circle told the town council that he felt “unjustly charged” because his “septic system works fine.”

Jun. 04, 2015 @ 06:07 AM

No tax, fee increases for Hudson

Hudson residents would see no increases in property taxes or waste fees under the budget for fiscal 2015-16 that the town council will vote on in two weeks.

Town Manager Rebecca Bentley said the budget calls for leaving the tax rate unchanged at at 39 cents for every $100 of value and the waste fee at $7.50 a month.

Jun. 03, 2015 @ 06:11 PM

Police beat for June 4, 2015

Jun. 03, 2015 @ 06:13 AM

Student for a Day: In preschool for the first time at Gamewell Elementary

Wearing pink shorts and a white shirt with a horse on the front, Ella Frizsell, 5, sat down at a small table in her preschool classroom with her friends. They all had breakfast in front of them and were engaged in important conversation.

“The only pet I have is a duck. It walks around the yard,” Harley Bryant, 5, said.

Jun. 03, 2015 @ 06:07 AM

DOT to try trench again

The N.C. Department of Transportation will close U.S. 321 near Nuway Circle on Monday and Tuesday nights as workers try for the second time to dig up and replace a deteriorating sewer pipe.

Jun. 02, 2015 @ 06:49 PM

Hildebran named Lenoir's city manager

Scott E. Hildebran, currently the assistant city manager in Morganton, will start work July 13 as just the fourth city manager in Lenoir’s history. He was introduced at Tuesday evening’s city council meeting.

Jun. 02, 2015 @ 04:34 PM

Caldwell County native leads CVCC math department

Jonathan Loss of Hickory, a Caldwell County native, has been named head of the Mathematics Department at Catawba Valley Community College.

Jun. 02, 2015 @ 04:33 PM

Police beat for June 3, 2015

Jun. 02, 2015 @ 04:29 PM

Teen veers off road into creek

A teenage driver was charged with careless and reckless driving Monday night after cutting a curve too sharply while driving east on Wilkesboro Boulevard and sliding roughly 25 feet down an embankment into Lower Creek near Hibriten High School, the Lenoir Police Department said.

Jun. 02, 2015 @ 02:11 PM

Dogs trained to find those who wander off

In training that took place Thursday through Saturday at John’s River Valley Camp in Collettsville, dogs were practicing "trailing," looking for people who might have wandered off and are hiding. In response to a rising population of special needs patients going missing, Deputy L. Livingston of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office organized the autism and Alzheimer’s trailing seminar.

Jun. 02, 2015 @ 08:49 AM

3 years in, Caldwell County Sheriff's Office says cameras are a help

The sheriff’s office started to use Taser body cameras three years ago when officials decided that the body cameras are significantly cheaper and more efficient than in-car cameras.

Jun. 02, 2015 @ 08:49 AM

Lenoir police rolling out cameras

The Lenoir Police Department recently received eight new body-worn cameras, bringing its total to 11, and the city’s proposed budget for fiscal 2015-16 calls for bringing the number up to 50.

May. 31, 2015 @ 08:02 AM

Lenoir to announce new city manager

The Lenoir City Council has picked the new city manager, but the person’s name will not be announced until Tuesday evening’s council meeting.

Jun. 01, 2015 @ 04:20 PM

Lenoir woman celebrates long-lost siblings

For Wongalee Tja-A-Lien Thomas of Lenoir, last week was more than a week off from work, it was a long-anticipated visit by a brother she had never met.

May. 30, 2015 @ 05:06 PM

Old pool building gets new life as community center

A ceremony on Saturday marked what speakers called “a new beginning” for the former pool house of what had been the Hill Street Pool. The pool long ago was filled in with dirt and now is the back yard for the West End Community Center, where the dedication ceremony was held.

May. 30, 2015 @ 09:35 AM

Land near South Mountains State Park protected

Foothills Conservancy bought a 43 acres on the Henry Fork River in the South Mountains on Friday.

May. 29, 2015 @ 11:23 AM

Gamewell man wanted to kill ex-girlfriend, sheriff's office says

Ronnie Lee Bentley Sr., 53, of Townhouse Way in Gamewell was arrested Thursday on a charge of attempted murder, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office reported.

May. 29, 2015 @ 09:37 AM

Thursday storm kept Lenoir officials busy

A severe storm that hit the Lenoir area about 6:30 p.m. Thursday brought a few trees down and caused some flooding, but it didn't result in any injuries or serious damage, officials said Friday morning.

May. 29, 2015 @ 08:57 AM

Historic house in search of right owner

The second-oldest house in Caldwell County, behind only Gen. William Lenoir’s Fort Defiance, remains for sale after three years on the market.

May. 29, 2015 @ 06:31 AM

Collettsville student wins poetry contest

Collettsville School student Alex Enloe took a stand against bullying when his teacher asked her class to write poetry for a national contest.

Seventh-grade teacher Jenny White ran across the website for 7GP, which stands for seventh-grade poetry, and saw that the organization hosts an annual poetry contest.

May. 29, 2015 @ 09:20 AM

Nothing goes right for carjacker

Steven Len Baird, 34, of Banjo Hollar, Boone, is accused by Lenoir police of a botched carjacking-turned-car theft that resulted in his arrest less than a minute later.

May. 28, 2015 @ 11:14 AM

Happy Valley student wins state essay contest

To Happy Valley School student Mallory McGee, wetlands are not only wonderful but worth saving. Because of her convictions, her essay on wetland conservation won first place in a statewide contest.

May. 28, 2015 @ 11:08 AM

Granite Falls man convicted of drug charges

Larry William Abrams, 39, of Granite Falls man has been convicted of selling marijuana from the basement of his father's house in 2012.