News: Local News

Jul. 24, 2015 @ 08:17 AM

Growing up to be a cowboy

Bryson Anderson, 7, of Statesville wore one thick glove, a straw cowboy hat and large cowboy boots with spurs around the heels. Around the sole of both boots were strips of bright pink duct tape to keep his boots together after much wear and tear.


Jul. 24, 2015 @ 06:20 AM

Robots from everyday life

Hope Johnson, 11, held the head of a toothbrush in her hand. A small battery, a motor and two wires sat on the back part of the toothbrush head, making it look like a small, florescent-colored insect.


Jul. 23, 2015 @ 05:05 PM

Caldwell Habitat to celebrate 100th house

Perched atop a hill overlooking Harper Avenue near Fairview Drive in Lenoir is the 100th house built by Caldwell County Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that builds affordable housing for people in need.


Jul. 23, 2015 @ 04:56 PM

Work on park makeover begins

The bulbous, spaceship-like lights at J.E. Broyhill Park at the corner of Finley Avenue and Ridge Street lay dismantled on the ground Thursday, the first step in a city plan to revamp the park.


Jul. 23, 2015 @ 11:58 AM

Arrests reported July 22


Jul. 23, 2015 @ 05:59 AM

Sawmills welcomes new principal

Sporting the school colors, Principal Courtney Wright greeted her students for the first time at Sawmills Elementary School at a meet-and-greet event on Tuesday evening.


Jul. 22, 2015 @ 04:50 PM

Arrests reported July 21


Jul. 22, 2015 @ 03:57 PM

Wreck backs up highway traffic

A wreck closed one of the southbound lanes of U.S. 321 for nearly an hour late Tuesday afternoon, but no one was seriously hurt.


Jul. 22, 2015 @ 03:54 PM

6 hurt in head-on collision

Six people were injured, one seriously, in a head-on collision in Hudson late Tuesday afternoon.


Jul. 22, 2015 @ 03:53 PM

Kids build robots 'to take over the world'

A large cardboard box covered in tin foil sat at the end of a table in the engineering classroom at Caldwell Career Center Middle College. On the front, two orange pipe cleaners made eyes, and on its head green pipe cleaners stuck up like antennae, along with two pieces of paper decorated to look like light bulbs.


Jul. 22, 2015 @ 03:23 PM

Sealed Air gets more incentives for new jobs

Sealed Air Corp. will receive up to $60,000 in job-creation incentives from Lenoir after its current expansion, which is expected to lead to 20 new jobs.


Jul. 22, 2015 @ 05:20 PM

Body found in car at bottom of lake

Human remains were found in a car that investigators think had been at the bottom of Lake Rhodhiss for more than 43 years.


Jul. 22, 2015 @ 01:06 PM

Local companies project strong growth

Exela Pharma Sciences, which makes injectable and ophthalmic pharmaceutical products, plans to add up to 35 new jobs within a year, according to information provided by the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission. The company, which is based in the former Broyhill Furniture Industries headquarters on U.S. 321, had about 40 employees at the start of 2013, 109 in August 2014 and has 159 now.


Jul. 22, 2015 @ 01:01 PM

Residents asked to conserve water

Residents and businesses in the Catawba River region are being asked to conserve water because of the extended hot, dry weather of recent months.


Jul. 21, 2015 @ 03:52 PM

Arrests reported July 20


Jul. 21, 2015 @ 01:49 PM

Wreck closed U.S. 321 for hours

The northbound lanes of U.S. 321 were closed between Mission Road and Pine Mountain Road for seven hours early Tuesday morning after a tractor-trailer ran off the right side of the road, struck a guardrail and overturned. No one was hurt.


Jul. 21, 2015 @ 06:25 AM

Hibriten chorus teacher changes lives through music

Dalton Ryder, 18, joined Hibriten High School’s chorus class in his sophomore year. He sang quietly and mostly allowed everyone else around him to shine brighter than he did. But, chorus teacher Alyssa Lowe changed that one day when rehearsing for a musical.


Jul. 21, 2015 @ 01:53 AM

Library's new air conditioner on the way

The new air conditioning unit for the main branch of the Caldwell County Public Library is expected to arrive this week, possibly in time for it to be operating by this weekend, county officials said.


Jul. 21, 2015 @ 03:32 PM

County employees could gain pay in health switch

County employees may get both a better health plan and a pay raise in January.


Jul. 20, 2015 @ 04:51 PM

'In God We Trust' to appear on 2 buildings in Lenoir

Later this summer letters spelling the motto “IN GOD WE TRUST” will be installed on the front and back of the county administration building and over the main entrance to the Caldwell County Courthouse.


Jul. 20, 2015 @ 03:59 PM

Obituaries for July 21, 2015

Annie Moody, Lenoir

Buddy Auton, Boomer

Donna Beane, Hudson

Diane Fersch, Collettsville


Jul. 20, 2015 @ 03:57 PM

Arrests reported July 17-19


Jul. 20, 2015 @ 08:08 AM

Caldwell County hiring 14 paramedics

Caldwell County plans to hire 14 additional paramedics to accommodate a change in how many hours Emergency Medical Services employees work in a week.


Jul. 19, 2015 @ 01:04 AM

Rhodhiss' point of pride called into question

It’s common knowledge throughout Rhodhiss that fabric used to make at least the first flag to go to the moon, if not more, came from Burlington Industrial Fabrics, which once had two factories in town but left in 1983. But it may not be true.


Jul. 19, 2015 @ 03:28 AM

Woman gets leniency in friend's death

A group of women entered Caldwell Superior Court, led by Jenna Marie Triplett, wiping tears from her cheeks as she sat and waited to plead guilty in the death of a close friend.