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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

DA’s Office Employee Warrant

A District Attorney’s office employee was asked to turn himself in on a felony larceny warrant from 1985.  Bobby Lee Powell 75, was suspended without pay until the matter is resolved.  David Lerner questioned the timing of

NC Supreme Court Visit

NC Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jackson visited Caldwell County  yesterday.  She spoke at the Caldwell Early College High School.  The appearance was part of the court’s Civics Education Outreach to local communities.  Next year will be the