News: Local News

Feb. 12, 2015 @ 06:47 AM

Woman charged with murder

Ashley Allison Stewart, 27, of Creekway Apartments in Lenoir is accused of killing Hope Marie Story Webb, 39, of Connelly Springs Road around 3 a.m. Feb. 1.

Feb. 12, 2015 @ 06:28 AM

Business creates non-profit to meet church needs

After receiving worldwide fame from the National Geographic show “Church Rescue,” three men from Granite Falls have expanded their mission for saving churches by creating a non-profit arm.

Kevin "Rev Kev" Annas, Jerry "Doc" Bentley and Anthony "Gladamere" Lockhart began Church Hoppers in Granite Falls as a business that helps churches reorganize. Annas said the key is answering the question “Where do you fit in this community?”

Feb. 12, 2015 @ 06:05 AM

Local musician played with Hendrix, Williams Jr

David Lovatto, 66, walked behind his keyboard setup wearing a T-shirt with a vintage Pepsi logo on it, a black Fedora pulled down over his face and long, white hair.

His hands fluttered over the electronic keys, which played notes that sounded like an electric guitar.

Feb. 11, 2015 @ 03:40 PM

Rhodhiss seeks new home for Public Works building

Rhodhiss needs a new Public Works building, and the Rhodhiss Board of Commissioners told the town manager Tuesday night to look into pricing, land, design and other aspects of either buying another or building one.

Feb. 11, 2015 @ 08:19 AM

District still waiting for governor to appoint judge

Members of the 25th Judicial District Bar submitted names on Dec. 11 of five nominees they recommended to replace District Court Judge Gary Dellinger, who had announced he would retire on Dec. 31.

Gov. Pat McCrory has not yet picked a replacement for Dellinger, but one may be chosen soon, said Ryan Tronovitch, a spokesman for McCrory.

Feb. 11, 2015 @ 08:10 AM

Low-mileage, 1951 Plymouth stolen

For more than 50 years, Hugh Wilson held on to a black, two-door 1951 Plymouth Canbrook -- not for sentimental value or collectability. The car, which has less than 100,000 miles on it, simply served a practical role as a second vehicle for Wilson, 84. Sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning, the old car was stolen from the Lenoir BP garage on Wilkesboro Boulevard, where Wilson had taken it to get an oil and filter change, new tires and have its fluid levels topped off.

Feb. 11, 2015 @ 06:48 AM

Hudson Elementary staying in shape with new club

A line of Hudson Elementary School students passed a ball down the line, alternating between over their heads and between their legs. A few yards away, another group of students tossed basketballs to each other on the court. And in the grass, young girls flipped head-over-heels in endless cartwheels. They are all members of the new Fitness Club at Hudson Elementary.

Feb. 10, 2015 @ 04:59 PM

Hudson dancer plans show in Greensboro

Emily Aiken, a dance student from Hudson, has scheduled three performances as part of her work toward her master of fine arts degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Feb. 10, 2015 @ 06:33 AM

Student for a Day: Finally learning math, but stumped by science

The only reason I finished in fifth place in a sixth-grade science contest was because I copied an 11-year-old’s answers.

The students in Katie Soots’ science class at Hudson Middle School competed through an electronic game called Kahoot! that gives you points based on answering correctly and how quickly you answer.

Feb. 10, 2015 @ 06:30 AM

Hudson police sharing hearts for Valentine's Day

This week, Hudson Police Department will serve as Cupid for the town as officers deliver 25 Valentines to unsuspecting residents and visitors.

Town Manager Rebecca Bentley said the idea came from the Hudson Community Development Association, whose members saw a news article about a philanthropist who gave away surprise gifts.

Feb. 09, 2015 @ 02:14 PM

Celebrating Caldwell, now and then

Scrolling through Facebook, between the innumerable posts about the latest celebrity weddings and cute kitten videos, Caldwell County natives may also find a photo of their great-grandfather sitting on a horse and buggy in downtown Lenoir at the turn of the 20th century.

Feb. 09, 2015 @ 11:04 AM

Students build robots at Foothills Community Workshop

A small wooden box with two sensors that looked like eyes zoomed across the concrete floor on its own, swerving right, left, or stopping on a dime whenever it came too close to a wall, foot or desk. Standing above the little robot, several Granite Falls Middle School students in Randy Seldomridge’s Coding Club worked on creating their own.

Feb. 08, 2015 @ 08:20 AM

Falling fuel prices drive savings

The plunge in gas prices over the past year seemed likely to mean a few extra merchandise sales Friday at Cheek's Crossroads Convenience and Grill on Blowing Rock Boulevard.

Feb. 08, 2015 @ 06:10 AM

Granite Falls losing three department heads

Three of Granite Falls' senior town officials will retire back-to-back-to-back this spring, but Mayor Barry Hayes said transition plans are in place for their successors.

Feb. 06, 2015 @ 08:13 AM

Lenoir man convicted on drug charges

A man accused of selling a gram of methamphetamine to an undercover officer in 2013 was sentenced to six to nine years in prison after pleading guilty last week in Caldwell Superior Court.

Feb. 06, 2015 @ 08:09 AM

Suicide brings more questions than answers

Teresa Clark's kitchen table is littered with pill bottles, notes she meticulously kept, and documents that have accumulated over the past four months since her son, Jamie Elmore, died in what investigators ruled a suicide.

But Clark continues to doubt that ruling, saying that her son, while troubled, would never have hung himself at the mobile home of a woman she believes he barely knew.

Feb. 06, 2015 @ 07:47 AM

New shelter on the horizon for animal rescue group

After wishing, praying and finger-crossing, volunteers with Pet Partners Rescue finally found the perfect site to build a planned no-kill animal shelter, which the volunteers hope to open in one to two years.

Feb. 06, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Most Caldwell schools get a C

Low letter grades were not what Caldwell County school administrators hoped for in the state's new system of grading each school's performance released Thursday, but 15 of the 24 schools received a C, and two received a D.

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 03:59 PM

Caldwell jobless rate still dropping

Caldwell County's unemployment rate in December was 5.9 percent. The unemployment rate has not been lower since May 2001, when it was 5.8 percent.

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 03:57 PM

Cameras set to catch dangerous drivers

About 10 drivers have been accused since August of driving past a stopped school bus based on photos taken by cameras mounted on the bus, a school official said.

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 03:55 PM

Cause of Webb’s death confirmed

Investigators have determined that whatever caused the puncture wound to Hope Marie Story Webb’s chest is what killed her, Lenoir police said Wednesday.

Feb. 04, 2015 @ 05:01 PM

Tip about gun leads to arrest of student

A tip that a weapon would be brought to school Wednesday morning led to the arrest of a West Caldwell High student, but it turned out to be a BB gun.

Feb. 04, 2015 @ 12:24 PM

Granite Falls hopes rec center renovations make big splash

Expected to open just in time for summer, the renovated pool and fitness rooms at the William B. Shuford Recreation Center will feature a full array of waterworks and better facilities, town officials said.

Feb. 04, 2015 @ 11:17 AM

Cajah’s Mountain tries again with sewer project

The first try didn’t go well, but Cajah’s Mountain will once again seek bids to correct a problem causing sewage to back up in one sewer line.

Feb. 04, 2015 @ 08:13 AM

Candy crush

A mechanically sound 1980 MG MGB roadster with only 80,000 miles might sell for $10,000 or more.

Matthew Gray had a different thought.

Gray slammed it through the back of a candy-filled abandoned house for an art project.