News: Local News

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 02:24 PM

Pizza restaurant coming to the river

A restaurant will soon arrive in Rhodhiss with access to boaters on the Catawba River. Owned by Brad Cauldwell, the restaurant will serve a full menu upstairs but also will have a bar downstairs specifically for boaters and swimmers coming in from the river.

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 02:21 PM

Smart Start program seeks more kids for pre-K

There must be hundreds of pre-school-age children in Caldwell County who are eligible for the state’s pre-kindergarten program but whose parents have not applied, local organizers say.

There are 115 applicants for the 149 NC Pre-K slots available, but Teresa Branch, executive director of Smart Start of Caldwell County, wants many more to apply because if there are more applicants, more slots could be opened.

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 10:22 AM

Caldwell County taxes remain unchanged

Caldwell County increase its spending in fiscal 2014-15 by roughly $6 million but the property tax rate will remain unchanged at 60 cents for every $100 worth of value, under the budget that the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners approved Monday.

Water rates will increase by 46 cents, to $22.35 for every 4,000 gallons of water.

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 10:21 AM

Granite Falls rezoning dispute settled

Granite Falls residents living near Granite Hardwoods Inc. are satisfied with deed restrictions the company agreed to that forbid commercial vehicles from entering the company’s property from Eddington Road, the Granite Falls Town Council was told Monday.

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 10:18 AM

Chase ends in drug arrest

A man suspected of selling drugs tried to get away from an Alcohol Law Enforcement agent Saturday but was chased down.

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 08:24 AM

Traffic stop leads to drug charges

A traffic stop that began with a police officer recognizing a driver who skipped a court hearing ended in four people being arrested on drug charges Sunday afternoon, Lenoir police said.

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 07:02 AM

Kids start to learn their way around horses

Cinnamon the quarter horse and Cheyenne the appaloosa nervously took in the group of 12 kids circling them. The children held a variety of brushes in their hands and moved around impatiently, eager to get closer to the horses. Still, Cinnamon and Cheyenne were used to this type of attention. They had worked at 4-H camps before, particularly because their owner, Katelyn Hodge, started riding seven years ago thanks to her own experiences at a 4-H camp.

Jun. 16, 2014 @ 05:03 PM

Lenoir gets the blues

The weather almost seemed too good for a celebration of blues music and its relatives.

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 02:16 PM

11-year-old takes on 13-mile race

Caleb Rash, 11, started running for the opportunity to go to a party, but instead he found a passion. On June 1, he tackled his first half-marathon, the Charity Chase in Hickory, where he placed fourth in his age category and 280th out of 500 overall. He was the youngest participant.

Jun. 14, 2014 @ 12:17 PM

Storyteller encourages love of science, reading

Before the start of her show, “The Idea Machine,” Vicky Town is a happy-go-lucky, polite storyteller originally from Philadelphia who loves nothing more than interacting with kids of all ages. However, as the show begins, Town transforms into a clumsy, energetic scientist with a big, white coat and safety goggles who just cannot seem to make her great invention work. Through the help of her audience members, she uses clues and stories to teach kids about great scientists and eventually help her machine working.

Jun. 14, 2014 @ 10:28 AM

Chris Allred convicted of nearly killing infant son

Jurors didn't believe that a 74-day-old boy's legs could be twisted and broken, his buttocks forcefully bruised, his retinas hemorrhaged and his brain deprived of oxygen, inducing strokes, by a simple accident.

The Caldwell Superior Court jury deliberated less than 20 minutes Friday before convicting the boy's father, Christopher Lee Allred, 21, of Lenoir, of felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 03:25 PM

Shotgun blast kills man

Roy Jacob Bryant, 23, of Ivey Stine Road was accidentally shot and killed Monday by his cousin Timothy Scott Glover, 22, who was showing Bryant a .410-caliber shotgun.

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 03:23 PM

Hibriten's graduating class one for the record books

Hibriten’s class of 2014 finished with the highest overall graduation rate of any class to go through Hibriten, and one of the highest in the history of Caldwell County. The pride was evident on the faces in the crowd and heard in the heartfelt words of the teachers and administrators.

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 03:21 PM

Class of 2014 exits South Caldwell High School

A rainbow, symbolic of a crossing over from one place to another, appeared directly over South Caldwell High School just minutes before the Class of 2014 Graduation Ceremony, held outdoors Thursday at the school’s football stadium.

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 12:57 PM

Pop Ferguson Festival features area's top blues acts

The brainchild of band leader, guitar player and songwriter Terry VunCannon, the band Lawyers Guns and Money has accomplished more in its three years than many bands ever do.

“This weekend, we’re going to hit hard with a tight show,” VunCannon said. “We like to go from one song to another, keeping the action rolling.”

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 10:56 AM

West Caldwell graduates 216

West Caldwell High School celebrated its 37th graduation ceremony with 216 new alumni on Thursday night.

Principal Jeff Link said, “This is the day you’ve looked forward to since the first day of kindergarten in 2001. Graduation is not the end. It is a commencement. It is a beginning.”

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 08:36 AM

Charity ride remembers Joshua Foust

A year after he died, Joshua Foust is still raising money for his church.

Foust, 28, of Granite Falls loved his church as much as he loved his motorcycles. On June 22, 2013, he and some members of Day3 Church in Granite Falls were to take part in a charity ride to raise money to build a church in a poverty-stricken area of Guatemala. But two weeks earlier, Foust died at a motocross event at Daniel's Ridge Motocross Track in Alexander County after he crashed and another rider landed on top of him.

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 08:28 AM

MDI starts $20 million expansion

Merchants Distributers Inc., Caldwell County’s largest private employer, recently began a $20 million phase of expansion at its distribution center in southern Caldwell County.

Jun. 12, 2014 @ 11:11 PM

Community calendar for June 13-15

Jun. 12, 2014 @ 10:13 PM

Lenoir-area students at Lenoir-Rhyne University

Graduation, President's List and Dean's List

Jun. 12, 2014 @ 05:36 PM

Lenoir man accidentally killed by cousin

A Lenoir man was accidentally shot and killed by his cousin Monday night in Salisbury.

Jun. 12, 2014 @ 02:54 PM

Burning blue jeans torch median

A pair of burning blue jeans set fire to the median of Southwest Boulevard just off US 321 around 1:45 p.m. Thursday.

Lenoir Fire Department Station 2 extinguished an area of burning grass a little more than 10 yards long and a few yards wide.

Jun. 12, 2014 @ 08:16 AM

Hotel manager allowed drug sales, police say

The manager of the Days Inn on Blowing Rock Boulevard is accused of taking part in the sale of drugs from a room in the hotel, Lenoir and Caldwell County investigations said Wednesday.

Jun. 12, 2014 @ 08:09 AM

Storm topples trees, knocks out power

The thunderstorms that blew through Caldwell County Tuesday night took down a number of trees and left hundreds of customers in northern Caldwell County without electricity.

Jun. 12, 2014 @ 12:04 PM

Gamewell student wins trip to Florida

Jerry Henline was speechless when Gamewell Elementary School's principal announced he had won a trip to Orlando. He went to the stage to pose with the giant ticket-shaped banner announcing his prize, and he was still stunned and too shy to say much after the awards ceremony Wednesday morning.