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Nov. 06, 2014 @ 06:22 AM

Play about undead carries moral message

Yes, a stage full of screaming humans runs from the undead during South Caldwell High School's fall play, but there is so much more to being a zombie, according to the characters in “All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Being a Zombie.”


Nov. 06, 2014 @ 11:02 AM

Woodgrain Millwork past halfway point of hiring goal

Two years after announcing plans to begin manufacturing wood moulding products in Lenoir, Woodgrain Millworks Inc. is a little more than halfway to the goal it set of hiring 170 people within five years, officials said Wednesday. The company, a primary supplier to Home Depot, currently employs about 90 people.


Nov. 05, 2014 @ 03:22 PM

New festival showcases artists, breweries

The Hues and Brews Festival on Nov. 8 is an expansion on the Caldwell Arts Council’s annual fall studio tours, said Lee Carol Giduz, the arts council's executive director. “We’ve done a gallery tour of Caldwell County for probably five years where people travel from studio to studio throughout the county,” she said. The festival is an effort to add some “oomph” and get more people out to enjoy what Lenoir has to offer.


Nov. 05, 2014 @ 08:16 AM

2 called 'large-scale' meth traffickers

Two Lenoir residents are accused of being involved in what the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office calls a "large-scale" methamphetamine trafficking operation that has been the focus of a year-long investigation by multiple law-enforcement agencies.


Nov. 05, 2014 @ 06:20 AM

Caldwell County now part of foreign trade zone

Caldwell County has been accepted into Foreign Trade Zone 57. The federal designation can allow companies to export goods duty-free, which makes the products more competitive, and importers have a choice of paying duties (U.S. taxes) either on raw materials imported or on the finished products only when they enter U.S. commerce. That means that raw materials can be imported, used in manufacturing and the finished goods exported without paying duties.


Nov. 04, 2014 @ 11:24 PM

Hudson wants a drink

Hudson voters answered yes Tuesday on all three referendum questions on allowing alcohol sales in the city limits.


Nov. 05, 2014 @ 08:19 AM

Branch replacing Hall on school board

Teresa Branch regained the seat on the Caldwell County Board of Education that she resigned in 2012, and Dr. Helen Hall was the one she bumped off the board in Tuesday’s election.


Nov. 04, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

Soucek easily holds state Senate seat

Republican state Sen. Dan Soucek of Watauga County fended off Democratic challenger James Sponenberg of Caldwell County on Tuesday to win a third term representing the 45th District.

Soucek received 33,509 votes, or 60.3 percent, to Sponenberg's 22,085, or 39.7 percent, according to complete but unofficial returns. The district covers Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell and Watauga counties.


Nov. 04, 2014 @ 10:43 PM

Kuehnert, Aycock take judgeships

Morganton attorney Dan Kuehnert defeated incumbent Superior Court Judge C. Thomas Edwards of Morganton, who was making a bid for his first elected term after being appointed to the bench two years ago.

Meanwhile, Assistant District Attorney David Aycock defeated Newton attorney Wesley Sigmon in a race to fill a District Court judgeship. The seat became vacant when Greg Hayes decided to run for a Superior Court judgeship in Catawba County. Hayes won.


Nov. 04, 2014 @ 10:16 PM

Some candidates were shoo-ins

The candidates for district attorney, sheriff, clerk of court, Caldwell County Board of Commissioners, the county's seat in the state House and several local judgeships all entered Tuesday certain that they would win. They had no opponents on the ballot.


Nov. 04, 2014 @ 08:49 AM

Busy Election Day expected

Early voting totals for Caldwell County were just slightly less than the mid-term election in 2010, but officials still say it’s a good turnout.

“We were rather pleased” with the turnout, said Sandy Rich, director of the Caldwell County Board of Elections. “It looks like everybody wanted to come out and voice their opinion.”


Nov. 04, 2014 @ 08:22 AM

Man admits trying to get away from deputies

A Lenoir man led sheriff's deputies on a chase for miles in May 2013 after trying to avoid a driver's license checkpoint "used poor judgment," his lawyer said Monday in Caldwell Superior Court.


Nov. 04, 2014 @ 08:03 AM

Celebrating lives of service, love

In 2014, cancer will claim an estimated 585,720 lives, and 1,665,540 new cancer cases will be diagnosed, according to the American Cancer Society.

But what the numbers can’t show are the ripples – all the friends, family, nurses, doctors, civic organizations, schools, sports teams and towns that those lives touched.


Nov. 04, 2014 @ 06:26 AM

Three Sawmills residents raise bucking bulls, host rodeos

Shane Wilson drove his truck over the ditches, creeks and hills of his family's farmland in Sawmills. In the truck bed, his two business partners and dog, Blue, bounced along with sacks of grain. Alongside the truck, cattle with long horns followed as Wilson yelled out the window, “Come on, girls! Come on, girls!”


Nov. 03, 2014 @ 01:14 PM

Eat more pork at Ham Day

Wearing an apron reading “Danger Men Cooking,” Don Turnmire, retired firefighter of the Sawmills Volunteer Fire Department, slowly stirred ham in a pot as steam bathed his face. Under a large blue tarp, Turnmire and several other volunteers cooked as much ham as they could for a long line of people eagerly awaiting breakfast, despite the cold, rainy weather.


Nov. 02, 2014 @ 06:33 AM

CCC&TI showcases careers, college for HS seniors

Four-hundred students from all of Caldwell County’s high schools filed into Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute’s gym Friday to learn about their college and career options.


Nov. 01, 2014 @ 11:28 PM

Crime report for Nov. 2, 2014


Nov. 01, 2014 @ 05:04 PM

This election 'a time for choosing,' Allen West says

Allen West, a Fox News contributor and retired Army lieutenant colonel, didn’t specify who the right choice would be, however. Though he mentioned Sen. Kay Hagan and President Barack Obama a number of times as embracing the wrong policies, West never once spoke the name of the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Thom Tillis.


Nov. 01, 2014 @ 03:43 PM

Fire destroys house, kills cat

Clayton and Edna Clark watched flames roar from their house on Saturday, the second time they lost a house to fire.

The fire at 1509 Dulatown Road in Gamewell also killed their cat, Patches. Their children, neighbors and friends gathered in the yard next door, hugging, crying and comforting each other.


Nov. 01, 2014 @ 10:55 AM

Hudson Middle uses dance party as reward

Students wobbled, shuffled and gyrated on the gym floor of Hudson Middle School on Friday at the “Boo Bash,” a party geared toward rewarding students for behaving in class.

Hudson Middle incorporated the Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program into their schools for the first time this year.


Oct. 31, 2014 @ 04:01 PM

Ex-felon faces gun, drug charges

Sheriff's deputies arrested an ex-felon on gun and drug charges Thursday after he was found parked in the wrong place in a Cajah's Mountain parking lot and was incoherent, officials said.


Oct. 31, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

Officials: Grandma’s attic used as meth lab

A Lenoir man is accused of setting up a methamphetamine lab at his grandmother’s house.


Oct. 31, 2014 @ 08:42 AM

Haunted Hudson howls with history

As the sun set and clouds rolled across the sky, people gathered in the parking lot of Community One Bank in Hudson for a set of what organizers called basically true ghost stories about the town.

Sponsored by the Hudson Community Development Association, the Haunted Hudson walking tour featured Grim Reapers leading ghost-seekers around downtown to meet a cast of characters ready to spin a good yarn.


Oct. 31, 2014 @ 08:08 AM

'MadBum' talk of the county after World Series win

It was a typical Thursday morning at Mom's Country Kitchen on U.S. 321, except that the hot topic of discussion among a group of regulars was Madison Bumgarner, who spent part of his childhood on nearby Deal Mill Road and on Wednesday night was named Most Valuable Player in the 2014 World Series.


Oct. 31, 2014 @ 01:38 PM

Drug-Free Hudson 'just says no' to alcohol

Citizens for a Drug-Free Hudson is battling to persuade residents to vote against the alcohol referendums on the ballot next Tuesday.

“We don’t think Hudson needs it,” said the Rev. Robert Setzer of Ambassador Baptist Church.