News: Local News

Mar. 11, 2014 @ 05:04 PM

Caldwell County Schools hire new finance director

David Clifton Johnson was appointed the new finance director for the Caldwell County Schools at the Caldwell County Board of Education’s meeting Monday night.

Previously, Johnson worked for the Wilkes County Schools as the executive director of business operations and a finance officer. He graduated with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Gardner Webb University.


Mar. 11, 2014 @ 05:02 PM

Fleischer withdrawing from clerk's race

James Fleischer, the first Republican candidate in 12 years for Caldwell County Clerk of Superior Court, announced that he will withdraw from the race.

In an email to the News-Topic, Fleischer said, “After careful consideration and prayer, my family and I have come to the conclusion that this is not the right time or path for us at the moment."


Mar. 11, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

Armed robbery suspect sought

The Caldwell County Sheriff's Department is looking for a man they say robbed a convenience store at gunpoint Thursday night.


Mar. 11, 2014 @ 08:10 AM

Security cameras at cemetery discussed

Linda Wagoner thinks her late father, Troy Church, must be rolling over in his grave.

News that 138 broze vases were stolen a little more than a week ago from Blue Ridge Memorial Park, a 27-acre cemetery off Wilkesboro Boulevard where Church is buried, certainly got Wagoner agitated.


Mar. 11, 2014 @ 08:03 AM

Man accused of stabbing friend with pocketknife

A man stabbed multiple times with a pocketknife was flown to Carolinas Medical Center on Monday, and the man who police believe attacked him was in jail.


Mar. 11, 2014 @ 07:51 AM

Despite health reform, many still need Helping Hands

Since the ACA was implemented Jan. 1, Bunch has fielded questions from donors and community members wondering how the law has affected Helping Hands. The short answer: very little.


Mar. 09, 2014 @ 09:34 AM

In Hudson, the oldest public forum is still the one that comes with a trim

Inside a small, brick building in Hudson, over the sound of scissors slicing into hair, the conversation flows without stalling, as it has for 45 years.  

Opened as Hall’s Barbershop in 1969, under owner Stanley Hall, the building serves an identical purpose today. It’s now Andy’s Barbershop, operated by Andy Johnson, a barber who got his haircuts at Hall’s as a kid.  

But calling Johnson a childhood customer of Hall’s is probably underselling the relationship.


Mar. 09, 2014 @ 08:29 AM

GOP primary will decide county board election

Both incumbents and all three challengers who filed to run for the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners are Republicans, so the race will be decided in the May primary.  The incumbents whose terms are expiring are Mike LaBrose and Chris Barlowe. They are being challenged by Donnie Potter, Ben Griffin and Randall “Cotton” Winkler.

The same is true of the race for district attorney for the 25th Judicial District -- where incumbent James Gaither faces attorneys David Learner and Scott Reilly, and there are no Democrats in the race.


Mar. 09, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

Blue Ridge Tissue more than meets the eye

After hearing of Blue Ridge Tissue Company for the first time, one would think that the product would be narrowly focused -- maybe a few varieties of tissue paper.

But from the company’s 78,000-square-foot facility on Yadkin River Road in Patterson, 25 distinct grades of tissue and nearly 2,000 other products are produced and shipped internationally.


Mar. 09, 2014 @ 07:37 AM

Cemetery thefts unnerve families

Kevin Hartso and his mother, Katherine Hartso, stepped gingerly among some of the approximately 7,500 graves dotting the landscape at Blue Ridge Memorial Park. Fearing the bronze vases perched atop their relatives' markers might be among the 138 stolen last weekend, they were relieved Wednesday to find them still in place. But they passed several markers where instead of a vase to hold freshly cut flowers stood is now a neat, 6-inch-wide hole.

"It's got to be drug addicts," Marvin Hartso said. "It takes a low-life person to do something like this. It's robbing the dead."


Mar. 08, 2014 @ 11:29 AM

2014 Hall of Honor inductees announced

The 2014 Hall of Honor inductees are Dr. Leonard Homer Bolick, Dr. Lyndon C. Kirby and James Miller Whisnant. Posthumous awards will be presented to the families of John Christian Bernhardt and Magruder Hill Tuttle.


Mar. 08, 2014 @ 11:38 AM

2 charged with having crack cocaine

Lenoir police arrested two people on drug charges Friday after a search of their apartment.


Mar. 07, 2014 @ 08:44 AM

Caldwell Memorial Hospital

Hospital and affiliates opening later than normal today.


Mar. 07, 2014 @ 08:37 AM

Broyhill layoffs due to low business, ex-worker says

“It’s not fair what they’ve done to us and the way they’ve done it,” said the former employee, who asked not to be named, adding that the 20 or so laid-off employees were mostly upholsterers hired in the past six months.


Mar. 07, 2014 @ 08:31 AM

Building computers; building the future

At each of eight tables, students hovered over a black, metal box, unpacking rainbow-colored wires and shining metal parts, diving in to assemble the pieces, looking more like surgeons on the operating table than students putting together computers.

Thursday was the third annual computer-building workshop with Google, and this year the focus was on teaching kids just what it takes to work in the technology and computer-based fields, including more than just the working parts of a computer.


Mar. 07, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

Motorcyclist sought after high-speed chase

Authorities were looking for a man who led deputies on a brief but high-speed chase on what investigators think was a stolen motorcycle Thursday morning.


Mar. 07, 2014 @ 08:11 AM

Fourth DWI lands felony charge for Lenoir man

A Lenoir man was arrested in Morganton after officers said his car was weaving down the road while he was drinking beer at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday.


Mar. 06, 2014 @ 03:47 PM

Icy conditions on the way to Caldwell

Caldwell County roads are likely to be icy Friday morning, according to weather forecasters.

The National Weather Service even said it was possible that the Lenoir area could see 2 to 4 inches of combined sleet and snow overnight.


Mar. 06, 2014 @ 10:56 AM

Scholarship paves the way for single mom Stephanie Livingston

Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, Stephanie Livingston was hospitalized two times one summer. It is virtually impossible to be enrolled in some health-sciences programs and maintain a full-time job. There are classes two days a week and on-site training the other three. The weekends are for studying. But the hospital bills were piling up.

With four years of effort invested, Livingston was close to giving up. Then she got a call from the CCC&TI Foundation, saying she’d been awarded the V.D. Guire Scholarship. Without the scholarship, there would have been no way to continue, Livingston said.


Mar. 06, 2014 @ 10:54 AM

Funds provide future, transition for Travis Huffman

It’s important to Travis Huffman to pursue his bachelor’s at a small university that, much like CCC&TI, can offer a low student-to-teacher ratio. But small, private universities can come with not-so-small price tags – and that’s where the Foundation of CCC&TI comes in.

Huffman has received help in paying for his CCC&TI tuition through the foundation’s Wilson Family Scholarship. In turn, that gives him the ability to save for the future he dreams of at a private, four-year institution.


Mar. 06, 2014 @ 09:14 AM

Broyhill quietly makes layoffs in Lenoir

Heritage Home Group told Broyhill Furniture employees of layoffs from its Lenoir operations on Monday, two employees told the News-Topic separately, but the company's management has not publicly announced it and did not return calls about it Wednesday.


Mar. 06, 2014 @ 08:15 AM

Two accused of robbing pizza delivery driver

Two Granite Falls men have been arrested and accused of robbing a Domino's Pizza delivery driver two months ago.


Mar. 06, 2014 @ 06:26 AM

CCC&TI Foundation kicks off 2014 drive

Now Livingston is nearing the finish line – she’ll graduate in May 2015. She’s as passionate about the medical field as she’s ever been, and grateful for the support that allowed her to continue her journey.

“People that have the money to be able to donate to help other people – I know they do it for a reason,” Livingston said. “But I just hope they know how much it helps.”


Mar. 05, 2014 @ 04:15 PM

Drug seizures skyrocket, Lenoir police say

Drug seizures in Lenoir skyrocketed from 2012 to 2013, the police chief told the city council Tuesday night.

The amount of methamphetamine seized jumped an astounding 525 percent, from 4.2 grams in all of 2012 to 355.8 grams in 2013; the amount of crack cocaine rose 233 percent, from 67.2 grams in 2012 to 224 grams in 2013; and prescription pill seizures rose 214 percent, from 356 dosage units to 1,117 dosage units, Chief Scott Brown reported.


Mar. 05, 2014 @ 08:55 AM

Lenoir downtown development director to leave for Harnett County

For nearly four years, Nick Dula has worked to bring businesses to Lenoir and revitalize a struggling downtown.

But after next week the city will have to get along without him.