News: Local News

Sep. 16, 2014 @ 08:26 AM

Triplets split for first time

Throughout the 18 years of their young lives, the Bartlett triplets have rarely been apart long -- only once for more than a week.

Sep. 16, 2014 @ 08:21 AM

Catawba County man jailed for felonies

A man previously convicted of two felonies in Burke County was convicted of three felonies last Wednesday in Caldwell County, which will more than double the time he spends in prison.

Sep. 16, 2014 @ 07:59 AM

Study's goal is luring new retailers

Over the next few months, Caldwell County's potential for new retail businesses will get a thorough evaluation by a market-research firm.

But the company also will actively court businesses that its research says could be successful here.

Sep. 16, 2014 @ 06:39 AM

Granite Falls festival tries something new

The sixth annual Granite Falls Merchant’s Association Festival will offer activities of all types this year, including its first beer garden.

As of last week, 41 vendors had signed up to have booths, food and games for residents and visitors of the festival.

Sep. 16, 2014 @ 06:37 AM

Education Foundation will throw 25th birthday party

The Education Foundation Inc. of Caldwell County will blow out the candles for its 25th birthday at a celebration event on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. The party will feature entertainments, speakers and a three-course menu.

Sep. 14, 2014 @ 07:46 AM

Lovelady rescue workers dive into their work

Equipment loaded, the divers jumped into the Tahoe deck boat outfitted with a powerful outboard motor and sped out of the Lakeside Park boat ramp in Granite Falls.

Sep. 13, 2014 @ 08:45 PM

Senate candidate Thom Tillis stops in Lenoir

The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate made a quick stop Saturday to rally the faithful in reliably Republican Caldwell County at a fundraising dinner.

Sep. 12, 2014 @ 08:18 AM

Community leader Venoy Pearson dies

For seven decades Dr. Venoy Pearson moved congregations and changed lives from the pulpits of the First Church of God on Broadway Street and the Hartland Church of God in Morganton.

Sep. 12, 2014 @ 08:17 AM

Murder suspect now also faces drug charges

A woman accused of fatally shooting her boyfriend in July 2013 has been indicted on a charge of trafficking in opium or heroin.

Sep. 12, 2014 @ 08:08 AM

Graduate, 18, charged with having sex with girl, 14

A former South Caldwell High School student is accused of having sex last November with a 14-year-old girl who was a student at the school, where was still helping out with the boys varsity basketball team though he had graduated in May 2013.

Sep. 12, 2014 @ 08:04 AM

Sturgill suffered multiple knife wounds, prosecutor says

Bobby Dean Sparks will contend at trial that he killed Sammy William Sturgill in self-defense, his lawyer said in court Thursday, but prosecutors say Sturgill's wounds were extensive while Sparks' were nearly non-existent.

Sep. 12, 2014 @ 06:39 AM

Annual Adopt-a-Thon this weekend

It makes sense that a pet supply store would have a nationwide pet-adoption event.

But Susan Bailey, the manager of Lenoir's Petsense, said there will be a lot more than pets there.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 07:45 PM

'Losing Patients' is a nuthouse of fun

A thunderstorm starting fires and flooding bridges. A mental patient on the loose. Several characters pretending to be someone else.

The Foothills Performing Arts kicks off its 2013-14 season with the comedy “Losing Patients.” Director Marshall Goff said the play was chosen as a tribute to its writer, V. Cate, who died last December.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 05:12 PM

Woman arrested on meth charges

A Hickory woman was arrested Wednesdayand accused of coming to the parking lot of Walmart in Lenoir to sell someone methamphetamines, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 02:16 PM

Ninth ‘Caldwell is Hiring’ 3 weeks away

For the ninth time, hundreds of jobseekers are expected to pack the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir for the semiannual job fair Caldwell is Hiring.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Rhodhiss’ budget is healthy, auditor says

Rhodhiss received a clean financial bill of health from its auditor during Tuesday night’s board of commissioners meeting.

Eric Bowman said he was impressed by how well Rhodhiss handled its funding last year, when it had a surplus of more than $289,000, and how the town appropriated funds this year.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 11:59 AM

Top school administrators get contract extensions

Superintendent Steve Stone and his top three administrators in the Caldwell County Schools all received contract extensions this week to June 30, 2018.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 08:23 AM

Man accused of trying to meet child for sex

A Granite Falls man is accused of using a social networking site to try to arrange sex with a minor, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 08:15 AM

Man blames drugs, alcohol for assaults of women

A Caldwell County man with a history of beating up women was convicted Wednesday of habitual misdemeanor assault on a female, which is a felony, after he admitted pouring liquor on his girlfriend's head and then punching her in the head, knocking out a tooth.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

Woman got pills by phoning in as doctor

A woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that she posed as a doctor to get prescription pills from a pharmacy in 2012.

Sep. 10, 2014 @ 04:26 PM

Tree going bananas in Lenoir

Behind a blue house on Gingercake Court in Lenoir, a large, leafy plant has grown so tall and large it resembles something from a far off time when dinosaurs stomped across the planet, ripping leaves or each other to shreds. Its leaves are large and leathery, each longer than a grown man’s arm.

Sep. 10, 2014 @ 02:52 PM

Rhodhiss wants residents to mow grass

Rhodhiss residents may be required to mow more often. However, the town’s commissioners need to hold a public hearing first.

At Tuesday’s board of commissioners meeting, the commissioners voted in favor of a rule limiting grass height to 12 inches instead of 24 inches, but Town Attorney Jonathan Jones said that a public hearing is needed before it can effect.

Sep. 10, 2014 @ 08:33 AM

3 tell of father's loss to drunken driver

The front row in the courtroom filled up with the family and friends of Howard Roper, 92, who was killed on the afternoon of Nov. 20, 2012, after the car he was in was hit by a drunken driver.

Sep. 10, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Courthouse’s trial by air expected to end by next week

Judges and lawyers have long complained that the main courtroom in the old part of the Caldwell County Courthouse, where sessions of Caldwell Superior Court are held, runs hot and cold — really hot in the summer, and really cold in the winter.

Sep. 09, 2014 @ 05:02 PM

EDC members talk about contradiction in economic recovery

A little more than 13 hours after hearing a report on the increasing demand on local food banks from this area’s poor, two Caldwell County commissioners listened Tuesday morning to the Economic Development Commission’s monthly report of positive economic indicators. How could both be true?