News: Local News

Mar. 06, 2015 @ 02:28 PM

Family loses everything -- again

Terri Lamb looked at her home Friday, which was reduced to nothing but smoldering ashes after bursting into flames less than half an hour earlier. To some, it may just have been a rental house, but it was all Lamb and her family had. It also was the second time they had lost everything.

Mar. 06, 2015 @ 01:34 PM

Lucky event takes place on unlucky Friday

On the night of last year’s Helping Hands Clinic Pot of Gold, a man in his 70s received two life-changing pieces of news. First, his wife had breast cancer. Second, he won $5,000 in cash from buying a $10 raffle ticket to support the fundraiser.

Mar. 06, 2015 @ 08:34 AM

Bloody scene confronted officer, neighbor

Jonathan Broyhill emerged from his best friend’s house covered in blood to find a Raleigh police officer immediately outside. Officer Roy Smith, who was called to the North Raleigh neighborhood on April 22, 2013, after Jamie Kirk Hahn ran bleeding from Broyhill’s attack in her own home, testified Thursday that Broyhill had a gash in his belly so severe that Smith could see his intestines protruding through the wound.

Mar. 06, 2015 @ 08:25 AM

Former Sawmills mayor avoids jail

As long as the former mayor of Sawmills pays back the money he stole from his father’s bank account, the 24 felony charges against him all will be dropped, according to an agreement his attorney reached Thursday with prosecutors.

Mar. 06, 2015 @ 06:16 AM

Students rock out at 'Wonderland' musical

The musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland” presented Thursday to about 2,000 Caldwell County students presented Alice as a British teenager with blue streaks in her hair and wearing ripped stockings.

Mar. 06, 2015 @ 06:14 AM

Collettsville School teams with library

As third-grade students followed a tour thought the Caldwell County Public Library in Lenoir, some raised their hands, asking “Is a library card free?” “Is there a tax involved?” “Do you have ‘Harry Potter?’”

Amy McMasters, media coordinator for Collettsville School, said she wanted to the students to be involved in the community while promoting a love for reading.

Mar. 06, 2015 @ 06:12 AM

Added grant money gets Sawmills out of hot water

The North Carolina Department of Commerce came through for Sawmills on Thursday with additional grant money for the town's nine-month sewer project that is expected to begin this month.

Mar. 05, 2015 @ 02:40 PM

Library expands book club program

After the success of a fiction book club, the Caldwell County Public Library in Lenoir decided to start up a non-fiction club as well.

Mar. 05, 2015 @ 09:06 AM

Jonathan Broyhill intended suicide, not murder, lawyer says

Even though Jonathan Broyhill, a native of Lenoir, brought the knife that he used to fatally stab Jamie Hahn, the wife of his boyhood friend, he hadn’t planned to attack her, defense attorney Caroline Elliott said. “Something snapped."

Mar. 05, 2015 @ 08:11 AM

Greer Labs may merge with French company

The company that owns Greer Laboratories has proposed merging it with a French pharmaceutical company, the Reuters news service reported. No details were available Wednesday on whether a merger would affect Greer’s operations in Lenoir, including the company’s search for a new headquarters site.

Mar. 04, 2015 @ 09:21 PM

Quiz bowl tests black history knowledge

Two middle schools and two high schools tested their knowledge of African-American history Tuesday night during the 21st Annual MLK Vanessa Hartso-Rodriquez Quiz Bowl, held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Lenoir.

Mar. 04, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Foundation day care services help single mother toward goal

Claudia Cruz waited 10 years to be able to go back to school, and by the time she was able to attend Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, she had two young daughters and soon had another on the way. She regularly missed classes to be able to provide for her children and even considered quitting school.

Mar. 04, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Foundation scholarship helps truck driver shift career tracks

As Lee Mask Jr. drove an 18-wheeler across the United States, he realized being a truck driver was no longer what he wanted to do. He had seen 45 out of the 50 states, and his decision was inspired by the beautiful scenery, and more specifically the national parks he passed.

Mar. 04, 2015 @ 08:59 AM

Foundation of CCC&TI begins annual fund drive

The Foundation of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Inc. has set its highest goal yet for its annual fundraising efforts: $355,000.

Mar. 04, 2015 @ 08:16 AM

Four accused of selling drugs at hotel

An investigation of reported drug sales led to the arrest Monday night of four people at a Lenoir hotel.

Mar. 04, 2015 @ 07:45 AM

Cajah's Mountain sees more sewer money than projected

Cajah's Mountain town officials estimated last fall that the town could gain about $30,000 a year by enforcing the requirement that even residents without sewer connections pay the base fee. Now, Town Manager Logan Shook said that amount should be approximately $40,000.

Mar. 03, 2015 @ 07:54 PM

Four accused of selling drugs at Lenoir hotel

An investigation of reported drug sales led to the arrest Monday night of four people at the Day's Inn in Lenoir.

Mar. 03, 2015 @ 07:34 PM

Lenoir to begin work toward $6.6 million water project

Lenoir is applying for a grant to help pay for a proposed $6.6 million project to improve the city's water plant, officials said at Tuesday night's city council meeting.

Mar. 03, 2015 @ 04:28 PM

Appeal in Hudson man's rape case rejected

Daniel Walter Setzer, 55, contended that his lawyer should have been allowed to question his accuser about a separate, unrelated incident that he says she used to concoct details of her allegation of rape. The N.C. Court of Appeals disagreed.

Mar. 03, 2015 @ 08:16 AM

Sawmills woman dies in fire

Russell Miller struggled to get to his feet from kneeling amid the smoldering rubble of the fire that killed his wife Sunday and destroyed the house that they shared for 45 years. A short time later, he somberly reached for metal boxes fire investigators had found that were filled with keepsakes and old pictures.

Mar. 03, 2015 @ 06:01 AM

Schools celebrate Seuss books

Ignoring the advice of Sam I Am, a few third-grade students at Kings Creek School refused to try the green eggs and ham served in class Monday morning.

However, Mabry Land, who was dressed as Cindy Lou Who, said she tried them all in the spirit of Kings Creek’s Dr. Seuss Day.

Feb. 27, 2015 @ 08:16 AM

'A free spirit'

Little Tony Jr., all of 12 years old, walked around with a picture of his daddy he drew with a magic marker on a sheet of notebook paper. The news of the death of Tony Helton Sr., known as "Casper," was just sinking in Thursday, and his family wondered how his life ended Tuesday so tragically on Interstate 40 in McDowell County.

Feb. 27, 2015 @ 08:15 AM

Storm blows in overnight

A swift-moving snowstorm blow into the area earlyWednesday evening, dumping more than five inches of snow in some areas of Caldwell County. But the storm was short-lived, and the snow Thursday turned into a slushy mess as temperatures quickly rose above freezing.

Feb. 27, 2015 @ 08:09 AM

Fire destroys apartment

Thre three pops, then a loud bang, startled Chance Michaux. Before he could even get outside, neighbors at the apartment complex off Hartland Road were yelling to call 911. The noise Michaux heard was power lines behind his apartment sparking just before 5 a.m. Thursday as a nearby utility pole was falling.

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 08:17 AM

From Lenoir to East Timor

Other than a short vacation to the Caribbean, Radford Thomas had never set foot in a foreign country. Little did he know that his next overseas venture would be to a tiny Southeast Asian island smaller than the state of New Jersey called East Timor as part of a fellows program through the International City and County Managers Association.