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Jan. 16, 2015 @ 09:35 AM

Nutrition program branches into headwear

With her dark hair up in a bow, Navaeh Monk, 3, walked slowly toward a board covered in knit hats, a few scarves and a multi-colored purse with a matching scarf. She seemed surprised and unsure what to do when told to pick out one she wanted to have because she was a winner.

Jan. 16, 2015 @ 08:34 AM

'Drug kingpin' sent back to jail because of low battery

An accusation from the sheriff that a man was a local "drug kingpin" wasn't enough to keep a judge from reducing the man's bond so he could be released from jail on house arrest while awaiting his trial.

But not keeping his ankle monitoring bracelet plugged in long enough landed Stephen Roger Dean, 26, back in jail Wednesday, with his bond jacked back up to $1 million.

Jan. 16, 2015 @ 08:09 AM

Man accused of driving stolen car

A Lenoir man with a history of convictions related to stolen cars was arrested again Wednesday after he was found to be driving a stolen car, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said.

Jan. 16, 2015 @ 07:08 AM

LEOS Place celebrates grand opening

Dozens filed in from the dreary cold to a renovated building on West Avenue in Lenoir Thursday afternoon to celebrate the opportunity that the county’s homeless now have to escape that same cold.

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 11:12 AM

Fire still blazes in minds of Rhodhiss officials

The fire that destroyed a 109-year-old house on Rhodhiss’ “Boss Hill” on Jan. 4 lingers on the minds of members of Rhodhiss town officials.

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

Man jumps from frying pan into fire

A Hudson man who at the last minute had second-thoughts about pleading guilty to one count of statutory rape now could face six more counts and a longer prison term, a prosecutor said.

Jan. 19, 2015 @ 11:13 AM

Candidates emerging for N.C. House seat

So far, two candidates have publicly declared an interest in replacing Edgar Starnes as Caldwell County's legislator in the N.C. House of Representatives, but there is time for more to step forward.

Jan. 14, 2015 @ 02:04 PM

New ‘adventure’ climbing park to open in April

When Tweetsie Railroad opens for the 2015 season in April, a new attraction will open next door offering the chance to navigate rope bridges, nets and climbing towers high above the meadows of Blowing Rock.

Jan. 14, 2015 @ 11:15 AM

Good omens seen for business recruitment

The new year appears to be starting on a positive note for business recruitment, the executive director of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission said Tuesday.

Jan. 14, 2015 @ 08:31 AM

Report: Social services failed Baker

The murder of 10-year-old Zahra Baker in October 2010 following years of suspected child abuse points to gaps in the social services system and things that workers in both Caldwell and Catawba counties might have done to prevent her death, a new state report says.

Jan. 13, 2015 @ 08:41 AM

Caldwell County's plan for teacher raises sent to state

Audience members heard a soft-spoken, hesitant “aye” from members of the Caldwell County Board of Education to approve sending a plan for merit-based pay raises to the state for approval. Superintendent Steve Stone said he hopes the plan can continue to be adjusted, but the deadline to submit it is Thursday.

Jan. 13, 2015 @ 08:27 AM

Broken water line sends water gushing from pavement

Lenoir city crews worked feverishly Monday to fix a burst water line that sent torrents of water shooting from the asphalt along part of Wilson Street and a stretch of Pennton Avenue around 3 p.m.

Jan. 13, 2015 @ 07:42 AM

Caldwell County revenues slightly behind budget

At the halfway point for the county’s fiscal year, the county is behind its target for current cash balance, but officials aren’t worried that it will cause any problems for the county.

Jan. 12, 2015 @ 08:46 PM

Tuesday's News-Topic will be late

A Lenoir city water line broke Monday afternoon underneath Wilson Street, right beside the News-Topic. The break interrupted the newspaper's water service, which meant that we could not run our presses. We made alternate printing arrangements, but the last-minute nature of those arrangements means that we probably will not be able to get the newspapers to our carriers in time for them to be delivered in a timely way Tuesday morning.

Jan. 12, 2015 @ 05:37 PM

Lenoir company chosen for business-acceleration program

Verdanté Bioenergy Services of Lenoir is among four companies selected to participate in a Charlotte-based program for to encourage and aid energy company startups. Verdanté is the first company from outside of the Charlotte metro area to be selected for the program.

Jan. 12, 2015 @ 05:35 PM

Blue Ridge Electric CEO wins leadership award

Doug Johnson, the chief executive officer of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp., was honored Monday during CEO Close-Up, a leadership conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., for chief executives in the electric cooperative industry held by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Jan. 12, 2015 @ 11:18 PM

Edgar Starnes resigns House seat

In November, Edgar Starnes ran unopposed for election to his 11th term in the N.C. House of Representatives.

But when the General Assembly convenes on Wednesday, Starnes' seat will be vacant.

Jan. 12, 2015 @ 09:29 AM

Local National Guard troops head for Kuwait

Hundreds of family members flooded Mountain Grove Church on Connelly Springs Road Friday night for a ceremony to send off the soldiers of the 1450th Transportation Company of the Army National Guard, who are heading for a yearlong tour of duty in Kuwait.

Jan. 12, 2015 @ 09:26 AM

Crime report for Jan. 11, 2015

Jan. 11, 2015 @ 08:22 AM

Gallery brightens normal hospital routine

When you walk into the front doors of Caldwell Memorial Hospital from Mulberry Street, the fluorescent lights and shiny tile floors eschew sterility and coldness, but if you walk a bit further, that façade is broken by paintings of goats, photos of smiling interns, a brightly-colored quilt and a wide, warm landscape.

Jan. 11, 2015 @ 08:15 AM

Lenoir officer saved man's life

A Lenoir police officer credited with saving the life of a stabbing victim in September was given the Lenoir Police Life Saving Medal on Tuesday by Lenoir Police Chief Scott Brown  during a meeting of the city council.

Jan. 11, 2015 @ 06:48 AM

CCC&TI helping students after GED price hike

News last year that the price of GED tests was going to nearly triple to an overall cost of $100 to take all four subjects left members of the Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Board of Trustees looking disheartened.

Jan. 11, 2015 @ 06:27 AM

Caldwell teachers here to stay despite odds

While many school districts in North Carolina report teachers fleeing for higher pay and more appreciation in other states, the educators of Caldwell County seem to have planted deep roots.

Jan. 09, 2015 @ 03:38 PM

Duff Drive questions answered at special community meeting

Sawmills residents appeared satisfied by the answers they received Thursday night at a special community meeting for the Duff Drive Sewer Project, which will allow 70 houses to connect to the town’s sewer lines free.

Jan. 09, 2015 @ 02:27 PM

Man wakes to attic on fire

A Lower Creek man awoke Thursday to the smell of burning wires in the frigid morning air. Eventually he found that a fire was burning in the attic above his kitchen.