News: Local News

Aug. 12, 2014 @ 11:52 AM

School board adds attendance to athletic eligibility

Starting Jan. 1, student-athletes will need to pay attention to how many days of school they miss.

Under a new attendance policy for athletes approved Monday night by the Caldwell County Board a student athlete must attend school for at least 85 percent of the semester, which means missing no more than 13 days, to be eligible to play the next semester.

Aug. 13, 2014 @ 09:47 AM

Crime report for Aug. 12, 2014

Aug. 12, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

Granite Falls man pleads guilty to meth charges

A man who pleaded guilty Monday to making methampetamine will not be sent to prison because he gave detectives information that led to five more drug arrests.

Aug. 12, 2014 @ 08:04 AM

Man pleads guilty to beating infant

A man who authorities say bit the face and broke the bones of his 3-and-a-half-month-old daughter pleaded guilty Monday to felony intentional child abuse causing serious injury.

Aug. 12, 2014 @ 06:39 AM

Gamewell to give $15,000 for high school weight room

Gamewell council members went back and forth Monday night on the issue of whether to give $25,000 to West Caldwell High School for new weight room equipment and renovating the room, then voted 4-1 vote for a $15,000 gift with the hope that West Caldwell’s booster club can match the funds.

Aug. 13, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

Retirement brings man back to area that shaped him

When searching for a new home, a new place in which to retire, Ken Carpenter decided it was time to come back to a place where he spent part of his childhood.

“I was searching in three areas to retire in,” Carpenter said. “For me, I was interested in coming back to the Appalachian Mountains.”

Aug. 11, 2014 @ 01:30 PM

Flying pizza at CCC&TI

Anslie Norris, 9, slid a knife across the measuring cup of flour to make sure her measurements were perfect. Her fellow baker, McKenna Lowe, 10, poured water into cup. From the water and the different jars of ingredients before them, by the end of the day they hoped to have a pizza to devour.

Aug. 10, 2014 @ 08:26 AM

Shelter for homeless women, children under investigation

A Lenoir shelter for homeless women and children must show state officials that financial and procedural problems as well as lapses in basic maintenance found in April have been corrected or it could lose its grant funding.

Aug. 10, 2014 @ 06:05 AM

Creative kids dabble with art at college

Ten-year-old Michael Hawkins pummeled a piece of gray clay until it bended to his will. The clay molded into a curve under his fingers. On the rainy Friday, the activity was the perfect way for Michael to release his creative energy.

Michael joined several kids of elementary-school age at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute for Art Expo camp from Monday to Friday last week.

Aug. 10, 2014 @ 05:25 AM

Lenoir police dog dies of cancer

To a passerby, Nero may have looked like Lenoir Police Officer Zack Poythress’ German shepherd, but to Poythress and his wife, Megan, Nero was not only his law-enforcement partner but a member of the family, their only child.

Aug. 08, 2014 @ 08:48 AM

South, West cadets face their fears at camp

West Caldwell High School student Hunter Lambert balanced on a thin rope nearly 25 feet in the air. He had a harness strapped around his waist connected to another rope as he wobbled along. Reaching a platform, Hunter still had another rope to tip-toe across. Down below, other students shouted encouragement.

All of them were Junior ROTC students -- a total of 20 from West Caldwell and South Caldwell high schools were among about 100 from the region who spent the past week at Camp Bud Schiele in Rutherfordton as part of Basic Leadership Training.

Aug. 08, 2014 @ 06:43 AM

Williams brought life to funerals

In the final two years of his life, Norman Williams could be seen zooming down sidewalks and main highways on his way to work at Mackie Funeral Home on Duke Street in Granite Falls in his motorized wheelchair, decked out in stickers, reflectors and flags.

Funeral director Cordell Austin said, “We all thought he would be killed in the wheelchair (by it) turning over and find him in the road somewhere.” He shook his head, laughing.

Aug. 08, 2014 @ 06:04 AM

Stone: Budget a 'slap in the face'

The Caldwell County Schools will scramble to find almost $1 million to spare the jobs of 22 teacher assistants after that funding was cut in the state budget that Gov. Pat McCrory signed on Thursday.

Republican legislators say current teacher assistant positions were preserved, but funding for assistants fell by $85 million compared to last year.

Aug. 07, 2014 @ 01:19 PM

4-H splishes, splashes at water ecology camp

Ten children strapped on life jackets and pulled on water shoes Wednesday morning before jumping into green canoes for a ride down the Yadkin River. Under the cloudy sky, the weather was chilly, but the excitement was warming.

Aug. 07, 2014 @ 11:16 AM

Ex-airport official seeks lighter sentence

The former administrator of Foothills Regional Airport says a federal judge made several errors in his sentencing, so he should receive a new sentencing hearing, according to an appeal filed in U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday.

Aug. 07, 2014 @ 08:35 AM

Ministry to expand food pantry

A truck loaded with 850 pounds of watermelons rolled up to the doors of the South Caldwell Christian Ministries on Wednesday, but with only 500 square feet of space in the agency's food pantry, director Deborah Thomas had to give most of the watermelons away to area churches for their Wednesday night suppers.

Aug. 06, 2014 @ 10:18 AM

Harambee honors seniors at banquet

Throngs of senior citizens attended the Senior Citizens Appreciation Banquet on Tuesday evening at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Lenoir.

Aug. 06, 2014 @ 09:56 AM

Plan could raise city's water rates

Even if the contract terms that the Caldwell County commissioners have proposed for buying water from Lenoir had been in place last year, the county would still have fallen short of its minimum water purchase.

But the amount would be so close — less than 14 million gallons — that at current rates, the county might pay less than $30,000 to make up the difference, instead of the $130,000 it paid this past fiscal year.

All water customers served by Lenoir and the county water system could wind up paying higher rates, however, since Lenoir would have to make up for that loss of $100,000 a year in revenue it now counts on to balance its water system’s budget, city officials said Tuesday.

Aug. 06, 2014 @ 08:11 AM

Motel death ruled suicide

A man found dead in Room 113 of the American Motel on Monday apparently hanged himself using a belt tied to a curtain box.

Aug. 06, 2014 @ 05:56 AM

Market educates kids on earthworms

Slimy, chilly, squishy earthworms writhed in a blue bowl at the Sawmills Farmers Market Kids Corner on Tuesday. Mazes, coloring pages, a book on worms, worm fact pages and a diagram of the worm’s body parts also sat on the table as part of Caldwell County Health Department’s “Earthworm Education” activity.

Aug. 05, 2014 @ 04:37 PM

County disputes water contract

Caldwell County wants to change the terms of the contract it signed to buy water from Lenoir in 2007.

The agreement runs until 2022, but board chairman Clay Bollinger called it “monopolistic,” saying it’s “the most unfair thing I’ve seen in my six years” on the board of commissioners.

Aug. 05, 2014 @ 08:16 AM

Fire at fuel plant investigated

The Lenoir Fire Department is still trying to determine exactly what caused a small fire Friday evening at Foothills Bio-Energies on Virginia Street.

Aug. 05, 2014 @ 08:08 AM

Arson suspected in Sunday fire

The Caldwell County fire marshal's office is investigating a fire believed to have been intentionally set at a former Shuford Mills building in Granite Falls Sunday morning.

Aug. 05, 2014 @ 08:06 AM

Hit-and-run suspect also accused of choking dog

A man accused of driving into the side of the Pizza Hut in Lenoir and leaving without giving managers his name was found passed out on the steps of his house in a pizza-stained T-shirt, holding a slice of pizza in his hand, reports said.

Aug. 05, 2014 @ 06:32 AM

All smiles at Widows Breakfast

The sun was already baking Caldwell County and the fields of tall, green stalks of corn Monday morning before the start of the monthly Widows Breakfast at Johnny Wilson Farm, and the sun glimmered off the lake. Inside the small building on the lakefront, a group of women gathered for a hearty breakfast.