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National Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer.  Approximately 70 people attended the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast in Lenoir this morning.  The guest speaker was Mr John Cooper, owner of Mast General Stores since 1979.  Several area ministers also

Valdese Water Rates

The town of Valdese could see an increase in water and sewer rates.  An increase of $1.25 for water and $.30 for sewer has been proposed for the 2018-2019 budget.  For details on this possible increase check

Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate has decreased in the area.  Caldwell County’s rate is 4.2% down from 4.4%.  Burke County’s rate is down to 4% while Catawba County is at 3.9%.  The area saw a high of 17% unemployment

Homeless In Burke County

The number of homeless people in Burke County increased by about 18 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to numbers gathered by Burke United Christian Ministries. BUCM determined that 71 people were considered regularly homeless in 2018. 

Animal Control

Caldwell County Animal Control will have limited services, emergency calls only while repairs are being completed.  Minor upgrades and repairs to floors and the painting of the kennel interiors are being done.  For more information call Animal

Firearm Charges

A Lenoir man is facing charges of felony possession of a gun on educational property.  Blaine Frances Pennington 50, has a court date on May 3rd.  He was observed at Happy Valley School and later at Collettsville

$200,000 Bond

A Hudson man is under a $200,000 secured bond.  Dustin Patrick Rhodes 35, faces breaking and entering of multiple motor vehicles and possession of stolen goods among other related charges.  The arrest was on file with the

Man Found Near Railroad Tracks

A man was found near railroad tracks in Morganton.  Thomas Rutherford Carson 63, of Nebo was located face down near Self Help Credit Union off West Fleming Dr on Monday afternoon.  EMS and the Morganton Dept of

$400,000 Bond

A Hildebran resident is in custody with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office.  Brendon Marshall Withers 25, faces attempted murder and kidnapping charges.  Secured bonds were set at $400,000.  Withers was turned over to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s


A Lenoir resident was found drowned.  The Lenoir Police Dept reported 81 year old Cecil Rector Hayes death was being investigated by the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office.  The deceased was found in the Yadkin River near his