News: State

Mar. 07, 2015 @ 06:22 PM

Bloody mess greeted officers in Hahns' house

The amount of blood found inside and outside the home of Nation and Jamie Hahn on April 22, 2013, shocked veteran Raleigh Police Officer Roy Smith, even after all the murder scenes he had been to during his career, he testified Friday in Wake Superior Court.

Jan. 30, 2015 @ 08:59 AM

State superintendent tours Caldwell Early College High School

The state superintendent of schools doesn’t like to say, “When I was your age,” but in a visit to the Caldwell Early College High School, June Atkinson encouraged its current students to say it proudly in the future.

Jan. 29, 2015 @ 09:11 PM

George Robinson to replace Starnes in NC House

Caldwell County's new representative in the state House of Representatives, replacing Edgar Starnes, will be a former representative in the House, George Robinson.

Jan. 21, 2015 @ 06:56 AM

Meeting set for filling House seat; public will be allowed to attend

Caldwell County’s next representative to the state House of Representatives will be chosen Thursday, Jan. 29, at a special meeting of the Caldwell County Republican Party Executive Committee, state party officials announced Tuesday.

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. 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. 09, 2015 @ 02:24 PM

County spared from N.C. flu spike

While officials across the nation and much of North Carolina are reporting higher-than-normal cases of flu-like illness, Caldwell County’s rates are comparable to previous years, according to officials at Caldwell Memorial Hospital and the Caldwell County Health Department.

Nov. 17, 2014 @ 04:10 PM

Hibriten Mountain star, cross still in need of repair

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what can’t be seen from miles away is the rusting, 85-foot tower that star is perched on, a maze of frayed wires and outdated bulbs.

Nov. 04, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

Soucek easily holds state Senate seat

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.

Oct. 21, 2014 @ 08:02 AM

Workforce push gives Caldwell industry close look

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.

Sep. 26, 2014 @ 08:28 AM

Cool, sunny summer to yield cool colors

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.

Aug. 25, 2014 @ 09:41 AM

Expiration of tax credits could slow local development

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.

Aug. 07, 2014 @ 11:16 AM

Ex-airport official seeks lighter sentence

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.

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

Blackberry Festival brings more to the table

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.

Jun. 10, 2014 @ 08:18 AM

Airport's ex-manager says case was 'sham'

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.

Jun. 03, 2014 @ 08:25 AM

Loss of privilege license tax cuts deep into Lenoir budget

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.

May. 21, 2014 @ 10:49 AM

NCDOT unveils Smith's Crossroads proposal

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.

May. 01, 2014 @ 08:59 AM

Heritage Home moving HQ to NC

Heritage Home Group, which includes Broyhill Furniture and Thomasville operations in Caldwell County, is moving its headquarters from St. Louis to North Carolina.

Apr. 30, 2014 @ 11:27 AM

Mark Harris stops by Lenoir in last days of primary

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.

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 08:23 AM

Spring furniture market called success

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.

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Pisgah National Forest gains 212 acres in Caldwell

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.

Feb. 26, 2014 @ 08:34 AM

Former airport manager gets prison for embezzlement

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.

Feb. 26, 2014 @ 07:45 AM

Lenoir banker running for state Senate

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.

Jan. 14, 2014 @ 09:09 AM

Caldwell not spared from statewide Medicaid mistake

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.

Dec. 13, 2013 @ 08:38 AM

Lenoir business earns $25,000 grant for innovation

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.