News: Local News

Jul. 24, 2014 @ 06:42 AM

Straight from the farm to the Bistro

Tina Nordan's goal is for her restaurant to get as much of its food and ingredients from local sources as possible.

She has found that can sometimes be a challenge.


Jul. 24, 2014 @ 05:45 AM

Kids pop with excitement for pop-ups

“This is about you guys being as creative as you want,” Erica Lein, youth services librarian, told the children gathered around the tables of paper, markers and scissors at the Lenoir branch of the Caldwell County Public Library.

However, creativity was not the problem at Wednesday’s make your own pop-up craft. It was actually understanding the instructions.


Jul. 24, 2014 @ 05:41 AM

Study of local agriculture extends to fish bellies

Underneath the murky brown water, prehistoric-looking creatures swam with gaping mouths and aimlessly staring eyes. Their bodies were long and bony with flat fins and long noses. They moved about in huge cement pools, swarming underneath the mouths of automatic feeders, at a warehouse in Happy Valley.


Jul. 23, 2014 @ 01:58 PM

Farmers market provides food and play

Jarae Garcia, 6, and Harold Garcia, 4, ran in the grass at the Sawmills Farmers Market under a sky of thick, rolling clouds. They were celebrating Physical Activity Day at Kids’s Corner, a special tent for children at the farmers market, hosted by the Caldwell County Health Department.


Jul. 23, 2014 @ 01:33 PM

Relatives: Killing could have been avoided

Among the frustrations felt by relatives of Bobby Dean Sparks is that the man he is accused of killing on June 24, Sammy William Sturgill, might have been in jail awaiting trial in a stabbing but had been released less than three months earlier for reasons that officials will not explain.


Jul. 23, 2014 @ 09:24 AM

Building a new home for the homeless

Elizabeth Norris pointed through walls made only of two-by-fours, telling a group of visitors that this space, now only concrete and bare walls, will be a kitchen, a dining room, a sleeping area — a home for Lenoir’s homeless.

Norris led a tour Tuesday evening of the new LEOS Place, or Lenoir Emergency Outreach Shelter, the only homeless shelter in the area.


Jul. 23, 2014 @ 09:22 AM

Eola Beer Company set to open next week

The old Lenoir bus station on Harper Avenue has sprung back to life in recent weeks, with interior walls coming down and new equipment going up, transforming the building into what its owner hopes will be a first-rate gastropub.


Jul. 23, 2014 @ 08:12 AM

Car going 100 when it crashed, trooper says

A Caldwell County man was driving about 100 miles per hour down U.S. 321 north of Lenoir when he lost control of the car late Monday afternoon and wrecked, the N.C. Highway Patrol reported.


Jul. 22, 2014 @ 08:24 PM

New rules on paving divide Sawmills' council

Sawmills now will take over a private road only if all of the property owners agree in writing, which for the first time will require the property owners to pay half the cost of paving the road, according to new private street acceptance procedures the town council approved Tuesday night.


Jul. 22, 2014 @ 11:32 AM

Granite Falls festival to have beer garden

This year’s Granite Falls “Festival on Main” in September will have its first beer garden.

Seth Eckard, president of the Granite Falls Rotary Club, presented the Granite Falls Town Council with a petition for a beer garden, which was unanimously approved at Tuesday evening’s meeting.


Jul. 22, 2014 @ 08:28 AM

Car crash 'was like a jet coming at us'

Geralene Patterson cannot wipe the horrible, deafening screech of crunching metal from her mind, nor the moments after she learned that she and her friend Adrienne Campbell were the only survivors of the crash last Wednesday evening in Gamewell.


Jul. 20, 2014 @ 08:54 AM

Japanese weed a growing problem at Wilson Creek

In the 1920s, Bill Crump ordered a packet of seeds from a Sears Roebuck catalog to help him stave erosion after a flood washed through his woodworking mill in Cary’s Flat, near the headwaters of Wilson Creek.

In the 70 years since then, the plant that grew from those seeds, Japanese knotweed, has multiplied exponentially, migrated down the creek and taken up residence along uninhabited stream banks.


Jul. 20, 2014 @ 06:34 AM

Sawmills is fired up for kickball

The heat of the July sun baked the field and players at Sawmills Veterans Park. A small crowd cheered encouragement from the sidelines, including the mayor of Sawmills, Bob Gibbs, sitting in a fold-out chair with a floppy sunhat on his bald head.


Jul. 20, 2014 @ 05:46 AM

Behind the trees, an architectural vision looms

In the beginning, the building that is now the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center was a sleek, bright, white building surrounded by a plain of grass and asphalt. The edgy design evoked the future, and from certain angles the building could appear to be hovering a few feet above the ground.



Jul. 19, 2014 @ 05:28 AM

Public invited to see planned homeless shelter

Caldwell County Yokefellow and Lenoir are holding an open house Tuesday evening for people to see what will become the city’s first full-time homeless shelter.


Jul. 18, 2014 @ 08:06 AM

A house suddenly silenced

Pushing his little toy lawnmower and singing Michael Jackson songs at the top of his lungs, 4-year-old Carson Handy could light up the neighborhood around his house on Wilson Street. Carson lived with his mother, Sabrina Handy, 29, and great-grandmother Carolyn Handy, 75.

They shared not only a home but a life filled with love, hardships and unwavering strength, said Gary Moore, a family friend.


Jul. 18, 2014 @ 06:53 AM

Rhodhiss gets money for water, sewer repairs

Rhodhiss town officials received the great news they have been hoping for several months to get.

Rhodhiss received both Community Development Block Grants it applied for, totaling at $3 million, to help pay for $1.5 million in repairs to the town's water system and $1.6 million in repairs to the sewer system, said Town Manager Barbara Harmon.


Jul. 17, 2014 @ 05:08 PM

Car may have been on way to hospital at time of accident

The Lenoir woman whose speeding car slammed into another car Wednesday evening in Gamewell, killing her, her 4-year-old son and her grandmother, may have been desperately trying to get to Caldwell Memorial Hospital, an N.C. Highway Patrol trooper said.


Jul. 17, 2014 @ 10:18 AM

New hospitality and tourism degree offered by CCC&TI

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute has added a hospitality and tourism management program to offer students an opportunity to learn how to supervise or manage in the growing field.

Kelly Greene, business programs director, said that the field goes well beyond restaurants, hotels and motels.


Jul. 17, 2014 @ 08:09 AM

Gaither, Learner consider next steps

District Attorney Jay Gaither says he has yet to begin planning what he'll do beyond the next five months as he assists the transition for the man who stopped his bid for a fourth term.


Jul. 17, 2014 @ 06:23 AM

2 new board members welcomed at CCC&TI

Two new members were appointed Wednesday to the Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Board of Trustees.


Jul. 16, 2014 @ 07:52 PM

3 killed in head-on collision in Gamewell; at least 2 injured

A car that a witness said was speeding wrecklessly down Morganton Boulevard crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with another car Wednesday evening in front of the Gamewell Fire Department, killing three people in the speeding car, leaving the other car a crumpled wreck and littering the road with debris.


Jul. 16, 2014 @ 05:03 PM

Avery Dennison celebrates half a century in Lenoir

Work stopped around noon at Avery Dennison Wednesday, and the more than 260 employees sauntered outside, to ice cream, barbecue and games in recognition of the plant’s 50 years of operation in Lenoir.

Avery Dennison, a global manufacturer of labeling and packaging materials, first came to Lenoir in July 1964 and since that time has grown and developed into a Lenoir staple.


Jul. 16, 2014 @ 08:58 AM

Lenoir awards bid for greenway sewer line replacement

Lenoir officials have taken the first step in fixing a persistent sewer problem along the Lenoir Greenway, formally awarding a contract worth nearly $500,000 Tuesday night for the replacement of roughly 5,400 feet of outdated sewer line.