On Thanksgiving night, the tower on top of Hibriten Mountain will alight in the shape of a star, signaling the start of the holiday season to anyone within view, the same as it has for more than half a century.
But what can’t be seen from miles away is the rusting, 85-foot tower that star is perched on, a maze of frayed wires and outdated bulbs.
Republican state Sen. Dan Soucek of Watauga County fended off Democratic challenger James Sponenberg of Caldwell County on Tuesday to win a third term representing the 45th District.
Soucek received 33,509 votes, or 60.3 percent, to Sponenberg's 22,085, or 39.7 percent, according to complete but unofficial returns. The district covers Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell and Watauga counties.
During the coming weeks, a group of workforce development leaders will be surveying Caldwell County businesses to see where and how the state's workforce development system can be improved.
Thanks to a cool and sunny July and August in the Western North Carolina mountains this year, experts are optimistic about a vibrant fall leaf color season.
Historic properties in Lenoir like the Center Theater and the old Blue Bell factory on College Avenue may be facing tougher paths to rehabilitation, as special tax credits that help property owners are set to expire at the end of the year.
If the state’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits are allowed to expire at the end of this year as planned, it could put a damper on the development of historic buildings all over North Carolina, including Lenoir and Caldwell County.
The former administrator of Foothills Regional Airport says a federal judge made several errors in his sentencing, so he should receive a new sentencing hearing, according to an appeal filed in U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday.
Each July, downtown Lenoir gets taken over by the product of a thorny, thicket-growing plant, colonizing the streets and sidewalks and creating a ruckus throughout the city.
This weekend, it will happen again, at the 13th annual North Carolina Blackberry Festival, bringing 150 vendors and nearly 15,000 visitors to celebrate that thorny plant.
In the final hours before he began his sentence in federal prison, Alex Dean Nelson wanted everyone to know that he wasn’t given a fair chance to dispute the charges against him.
Lenoir stands to lose roughly $180,000 in annual revenue starting in fiscal 2015-16 because of a law passed Thursday that will end business privilege license taxes.
That would wipe out most of the revenue expected to be generated by a proposed two-cent increase in the property tax rate, City Manager Lane Bailey said.
A proposed overhaul of Smith's Crossroads would ease traffic flow but would change the face of the city there, forcing the relocation of all of the businesses from Rite Aid and Burger King north to Mayflower Seafood and Bojangle's, and on the north side of Wilkesboro Boulevard all the way to ALDI.
Heritage Home Group, which includes Broyhill Furniture and Thomasville operations in Caldwell County, is moving its headquarters from St. Louis to North Carolina.
With Election Day a week away and the early voting period halfway through, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mark Harris stopped by Lenoir to speak with Caldwell County voters headed to the polls Tuesday afternoon.
Harris visited the early voting site at the Alden E. Starnes County Office Plaza in downtown Lenoir, part of a day that included stops in Lincolnton, Newton, Taylorsville, Statesville and Charlotte as he hopes to connect with voters before the primaries are decided May 6.
Returning with new orders in hand from last week's International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, officials from local companies say the spring market was a resounding success.
Public forestlands in Caldwell County continue to grow, as the U.S. Forest Service, partnering with The Conservation Fund, added 212 acres near the Globe Township to the Pisgah National Forest.
The former administrator of Foothills Regional Airport was sentenced Tuesday to 37 months in federal prison plus three years on probation for his involvement in embezzling and money laundering at the airport from 2009 to 2012.
A Lenoir Democrat has thrown his name into the ring for the state Senate seat for District 45, which includes Caldwell County
Jim Sponenberg, 70, is a banker at Certus Bank in Lenoir, and while he hasn’t served in public elected office, he said has served on other boards, including the Caaldwell Community College and Technical Institute board of directors and others. Sponenberg so far is the only candidate to file to challenge the incumbent in the district, Republican Dan Soucek, who has filed to run for re-election.
Just before New Year’s, new Medicaid recipients in North Carolina were supposed to be sent their 2014 Medicaid cards, but many went to the wrong recipients.
Pete Lohr started Advanced Hydrogen Power Technologies in Lenoir earlier this year, founded on a technology that Lohr developed himself.
Lohr used his background in mechanical engineering to develop his hydrogen-generating cartridge, the “baseline technology” that the rest of his work uses, accumulating four patents since 2009. An application that he hopes will take off soon he calls “non-explosive welding” or impact bonding, an alternative to traditional welding, formerly the only method of bonding dissimilar metals.
A wet Saturday helped firefighters combat a forest fire near Table Rock, and expected rain Sunday should do more, but the wildfire had grown Friday to emcompass 2,700 acres.
The fire remained about 40 percent contained through Saturday morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
"Even though recent rains have assisted firefighters in their suppression efforts, this wildfire is definitely not out," Deputy Incident Commander Steve Little said in a press release.
President Barack Obama declared a major disaster on Wednesday for 13 counties in western North Carolina, including Caldwell, from damage stemming from heavy rains July 3-13.
Caldwell County officials said Thursday they had not details about whether that declaration means more funding for flood victims will be available or how it would be distributed.
Southern States Cooperative is closing their Lenoir and Boone locations, along with 15 others.
Nick Hunsucker sits in a little cell at the Caldwell County Detention Center awaiting trial for murder. He is accused of bludgeoning his mother, Kathy Eller, with a golf club Dec. 18, 2011, in the apartment they shared off Mayfield Drive. Eller died four days later.
Evidence, including blood swabs and stains, taken from the home were sent to the State Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Raleigh for DNA testing. Nearly a year later, in November 2012, prosecutors and Hunsucker’s attorney, Herb Pearce, were still waiting for test results, so Superior Court Judge Beverly T. Beal issued a rush order and asked the DA’s office to send a letter to the crime lab asking to expedite the processing of evidence.
The evidence and lab results have yet to be returned to Caldwell County.
One provision of a Senate bill seeking to cut taxes by $1 billion would hit some Caldwell County nonprofit organizations hard.
The proposed legislation, unveiled by Senate Republican leaders Tuesday, would deprive nonprofit organizations of refunds on the sales taxes they pay.
For Caldwell Memorial Hospital, which also runs nonprofit the Caldwell Memorial Foundation, that amounts to some $900,000. For the Habitat for Humanity in Caldwell County, it comes to about $15,000. About 275 charities in Caldwell County are eligible for the refunds.