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.