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Waldensian Festival begins in valdese

The 44th annual Waldensian Festival begins today and continues through Saturday in historic Valdese. Events begin at 5:30 today with a car show, live entertainment, amusement rides, and vendors. For more information on the festival visit www.waldensianfestival.com.

Driver charged with manslaughter

A woman who hit and killed a pedestrian on Hwy. 321 in July is formally charged in the incident. The News-Topic reports Ginger Rae Lewis of Patterson was indicted Monday and later arrested on involuntary manslaughter charges.

federal officials offer reward in case

A reward of up to $5,000 offered in case of law enforcement vehicle break-ins. The News-Topic reports federal officials are offering the reward in hopes of helping the investigation. Officials hope the reward will help them find

three men charged in 2017 death

Three defendants charged in connection to an August 2017 shooting death were recently indicted on new charges. The Hickory Daily Record reports Lennon Riley Henderson, Nicholas Francis Smith, and Nolan Andre Smith all face charges. A special

Lenoir street may close

The News-Topic reports Lenoir City Council took a step toward closing Steele Street during its Tuesday meeting. Developer Yorke Lawson bought the Steele Cotton Mill off Steele Street on July 19 and has requested to close the

JBS buys meat packing plant

JBS USA bought the plant off Virginia Street in Lenoir on July 31 for $40 million from owners Alex Lee Inc., which also owns Merchant Distributors Inc. and Lowe’s Foods. The News-Topic reports the two parties settled

Hickory attorney appears in court

Area attorney Daniel Ray Green appears in court on statutory sex offense charges. The Hickory Daily Record reports Green faces two felony charges with a child 15-years-old or younger and two misdemeanor charges. Green’s attorney Lisa Dubs requested

items stolen from law enforcement vehicles

A rifle, ammunition and bulletproof vest are among items taken from Hickory Police vehicles. The Hickory Daily Record reports the SBI, along with local and federal law enforcement officials, are investigating the break-ins. Burke County Sheriff and

caldwell county man sentenced in drug case

A Grace Chapel man pleads guilty in Superior Court. The News-Topic reports Skyler Lee O’Brien was arrested in February by Hudson Police Department after he had removed his electronic monitoring device while on probation. Officers found a