The Lenoir News-Topic is a 5-days-per-week newspaper in Caldwell County North Carolina. I cover government and business at the paper. These are my best pieces from my time with the paper.
This article is another part of the story of housing in Lenoir. The city was planning a small area study that would look at individual parcels to promote growth in the neighborhood, so I spoke with local community leaders about how the issues affects them.
Samson, a furniture company based in China, bought the two Heritage Home Group factories in Lenoir when HHG filed for bankruptcy in the fall, but the company kept its plans quiet. I spoke with industry experts and examined Samson's past to give insight into what they might do.
The Caldwell Systems Inc. incinerator and landfill was planned and built in the 1970s, and these activists opposed it then. Decades later, when issues surrounding the landfill arose again, these two were still involved, so I wrote a profile on them and their dedication.
After years of complaints and state violations at the Caldwell County Animal Control Shelter, it got a new director who made changes to improve the shelter. The issue was brought up at multiple county meetings and was an important topic for residents.
As the NCDOT settled plans to widen a four-lane highway to six, I looked at what real estate the plans would take through our county. Using road plans and county maps I found how many properties would be affected and spoke with owners about how they felt.
Multiple outlets across the state reported that a waste management company with a landfill in Caldwell County got approval to test a new liquid waste disposal method. I did some digging and found out the company got approval and tested the method years ago.