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Posted on: October 17, 2019

Connect Lenoir, Volume 14, Issue 4, October 2019

Smoking In The Foothills Festival, Halloween events, MORE in LENOIR! There's a lot happening in City of Lenoir.


Upcoming Events

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Smoking In The Foothills BBQ Competition & Festival

The Smoking In The Foothills BBQ Competition & Festival is this weekend, Oct. 18...

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Posted on: August 26, 2019

Connect Lenoir, Volume 14, Issue 3, August 2019

The City opened a new fire station. The Carolina Tattoo & Arts Gathering is this weekend and we're getting a Great Places Award. Plus, the Sculpture Celebration will be back Sept. 7.

Upcoming Events

We have some great events coming to Lenoir. Visit the Notify Me page to subscribe to event reminders.

Carolina Tattoo and Arts Gathering

The Carolina Tattoo and Arts Gathering will be held Friday, Aug. 30, through Sunday, Sept. 1 at 1001 West...

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Posted on: July 25, 2019

Connect Lenoir, Volume 14, Issue 2, July 2019

We have a new website! New notifications! And a lot of events happening this summer!

New Website and Notify Me

If you haven't noticed, we have a new website for the City. We launched the site July 15, 2019. One great feature of the site is "Notify Me." Now, you can sign up to receive a text or email as soon as we post updates to ...

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Posted on: November 15, 2019

City rededicating fields at Lenoir Optimist Park

The rear field at Lenoir Optimist Park, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019

The City of Lenoir will rededicate the baseball fields at Optimist Park Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, to honor W.D. "Dave" King and Harold Beach.

Staff will hold the ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at the park.

Little League started in Lenoir in 1952. Dave King and Harold Beach were founders of the league, and served as officials. Mr. King also coached. The first four teams were the Optimist Club team, Kiwani...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

Cerik and Mato retire from Police Department

Corporal Just Reid and K9 Mato and Sgt. Nathaniel Blache and K9 Cerik

K9s Cerik and Mato retired from the City of Lenoir Police Department Tuesday night, Nov. 12, 2019. City Council thanked the animals and handlers for their service. The dogs will spend their retirement living with their handlers and families.

Police Chief Brent Phelps said Cerik and Mato have been valuable members of the department and will be missed.

"I’m proud of the work these two handlers have put in with these two K9s," Chief Phelps said.  "and I&rsquo...

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

Pedestrian bridge on site for greenway extension

The pedestrian bridge is 80-feet long.

An 18-wheeler pulled into Lenoir yesterday carrying an 80-foot pedestrian bridge. The bridge will span Lower Creek as part of the greenway extension Google is building along Morganton Boulevard.

The bridge will sit on two concrete abutments on either side of Lower Creek in front of the Google Data Center. It will connect the greenway extension that starts at the intersection of Harrisburg Drive SW and Lynhaven Drive, crosses Lower Creek, and runs...

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Posted on: October 29, 2019

Public Works creates new leaf collection schedule

Truck performing leaf pickup

Leaves are finally starting to fall in the City. To help residents plan their yard work, the Public Works Department has created a leaf collection schedule.

Public Works Director Jared Wright said the schedule will help keep staff on track. It also will give residents an idea of when crews will be in their neighborhood to pick up leaves.

"We get a lot of calls every fall from people asking when leaves wil...

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Posted on: October 28, 2019

Registration still open for basketball and wrestling

A girl prepares to shoot during a basketball game at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center

Registration is open through Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 for youth basketball and wrestling offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Registration for Junior League Basketball will be open through Friday, Dec. 6.

The winter basketball league is held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center and Mulberry Recreation Center. The league is open to boys and girls ages 4 to 15 years old. The league...

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Posted on: October 23, 2019

Public Works Director gives greenway update

A section of the new greenway between Robbins Avenue and Willow Street in Lenoir.

Public Works Director Jared Wright gave an update Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, on a new section of greenway his department is currently paving in the city.

The new section is known as the Rail Trail. The Rail Trail is the old railroad that runs through town from Morganton Boulevard north to Sealed Air located on NC 90. 

This year, the City Public Works Department will pave a section of the Rail Trail...

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Posted on: October 17, 2019

Smoking In The Foothills starts tomorrow in Downtown Lenoir

A vendor serves bbq during the 2018 Smoking In The Foothils Festival in Downtown Lenoir.

Come to Downtown Lenoir tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 18, to kick off the Smoking In The Foothills BBQ Competition & Festival!

The Smokey Barrel Beer & Beverage Garden opens at 5:00 p.m., and Andrew Massey & the Midnight Americans will start off the night's music on the Downtown Stage at 5:30 p.m. The People’s Choice Chicken Wings Competition starts at 6:00 p.m....

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Posted on: October 8, 2019

Community shows support for Fire Station 3

A little girl tries on fire gear during the Station 3 open house in Lenoir

At least 100 local residents visited City of Lenoir Fire Station No. 3 Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, during an open house hosted by the Fire Department.

Fire Chief Ken Hair said he was amazed by the turnout and thankful to see so much support from the community for the new station.

"I think the event went very well," Hair said. "A lot of residents told me, 'We’re glad you guys are ...

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Posted on: October 2, 2019

Lenoir Fire Department hosting open house at Station 3

Fire Station No. 3

To kick off Fire Prevention Week, the City of Lenoir Fire Department is hosting an open house at Fire Station 3 Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

"The Lenoir Fire Department would like to invite you to come see our new station that will serve the City of Lenoir with a focus on the Lower Creek area of our City," Chief Hair said. "You can also meet some of the firefighters that serve h...

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Posted on: September 26, 2019

Local barbecue competition offering thousands in prize money

Mayor Joe Gibbons stands behind a table of trophie during the 2018 Smoking In The Foothills festival

Can you cook? Can you smoke meat? Do your friends and family's mouths start watering when you invite them over for ribs and brisket? Then you might have a shot at winning the grand prize at the Smoking In The Foothills Professional BBQ Competition.

The Smoking In The Foothills Professional BBQ Competition is part of the Smoking In The Foothills festival, which will be Oct. 18 and 19, 2019, in Downtown Lenoir. The competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) and is a State Cha...

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Posted on: September 25, 2019

Come kayak at the aquatic center

Kayakers paddle in the indoor pool at the Lenoir Aquatic and Fitness Center

The indoor pool at the Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness is open for kayaking practice again. For only $5 per person, you can bring your kayak, practice your rolls, and try out your new gear.

The indoor pool will be open for kayaking Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm through Oct. 30, 2019. There are six more practice sessions left this year.

There will NOT be an instructor available, and you have to BYOK! (Bring your own kayak.)

For more informati...

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Posted on: September 25, 2019

Don't get scammed

Image of a caller ID that reads "Scammer calling" "Accept" "Reject"

If someone calls you and says you've won a big prize, but to claim your prize, you have to send the caller some money, that's a scam.

If you get a letter saying you’ve won the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes, but to collect your prize, you need to deposit a check and then wire some money to pay for fees or taxes, that's a scam.

If someone calls from the IRS and says you o...

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Posted on: September 25, 2019

Police hosting block party for National Night Out

National Night Out 2019 logo

Come hang out with local police officers during National Night Out Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Downtown Lenoir.

National Night Out is a nationwide event that promotes police and community engagement. During the event, residents can meet local police officers, ask questions, and learn about the police department.

The City of Lenoir Police Department hosts a downtown ...

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Posted on: September 20, 2019

Council approves resolution supporting 2020 Census

Mayor Joe Gibbons presents the 2020 Census resolution to Mark Lastoria on Sept. 3, 2019

Earlier this month, the City of Lenoir City Council approved a resolution supporting the 2020 Census. Council committed to helping the Caldwell County Complete Count Committee get a full count of city residents.

Council approved the resolution during the Sept. 3, 2019, regular meeting. After approving the resolution, Mark Lastoria, Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, gave a presentation on the goals of the 2020 Census.

Lastoria said the main goal o...

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Posted on: September 19, 2019

Christmas Parade application available online

An old, yellow Chevy in the Downtown Lenoir Christmas Parade, Nov. 30, 2018

Christmas is a few months away, but a lot of folks are already feeling the holiday spirit. They're in luck, because we just posted the application for The City of Lenoir Starry Night Christmas Parade!

The theme this year is "The Stars of Christmas." Who are the shining stars of your holidays? If you like, choose your favorite star or stars and decorate your float in their honor. Maybe it's the Three Wise Men, Rudolph, Jimmy Stewart, or the Hi...

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Posted on: September 18, 2019

City employees pick up litter during NC Litter Sweep

Staff with the Lenoir Police Department pick up litter on North Main Street in Lenoir

More than 30 City of Lenoir employees hit the streets today, Sept. 18, 2019, to pick up litter around Lenoir.

Staff from City Hall, the Fire Department, Police Department, Public Utilities, and Public Works picked up about 50 bags of trash.  A crew on Greenhaven Dr NW also found a car bumper. It wouldn't fit in a trash bag.

The crews cleaned up litter on ...

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Posted on: September 17, 2019

Mayor proclaims Constitution Week in Lenoir

Mayor Gibbons presents the Constitution Week Proclamation to Cindy Day Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 in Do

Today, Sept. 17, 2019, Mayor Joe Gibbons proclaimed Sept. 17-23, 2019, as “Constitution Week” throughout the City of Lenoir.

The Tucker's Barn Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution led a ceremony at the Charters of Freedom in Downtown Lenoir. The ceremony included reading of the Preamble of the Constitution, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, singing the National ...

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Posted on: September 5, 2019

City upgrading water meters, improving water system

A graphic exampled of a wireless AMI network

This fall, the City of Lenoir will start a project to upgrade all the water meters in the city and improve the city's meter reading system.

The City will replace all the old water meters with new, highly-accurate smart meters. These smart meters will send usage data to City Hall through a wireless network. This technology is known as Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI).

Public Utilities Dir...

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Posted on: September 4, 2019

Ralph Prestwood joins City Council

Judge Robert Brady gives the Oath of Office to Ralph Prestwood while Jane Prestwood holds a Bible

Ralph Prestwood officially joined the City of Lenoir City Council Tuesday night, Sept. 3, 2019. Judge Robert Brady performed Prestwood's Oath of Office shortly after the start of the Council meeting.

Prestwood fills a vacant seat on Council created earlier this year when T.J. Rohr resigned. Rohr stepped down to become City Attorney in February. Since Prestwood is running unopposed in November, Council decided last month to go ahead and appoint him to ...

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Posted on: August 23, 2019

City, Google building more greenway in Lenoir

Contractors use a crane to work on footings for a pedestrian bridge across Lower Creek in Lenoir

The City of Lenoir and Google are working on projects that will expand the greenway in the city. The new sections will connect more places in town and provide more opportunities for residents to go for a walk or bike ride.

Earlier this month, Google started construction on a section of greenway along the company’s property on Morganton Boulevard. 

The Google greenway extension will start at the intersection of Harrisburg Drive SW and Lynhaven Drive. The pa...

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Posted on: August 23, 2019

School Resource Officers prepare for a new school year

Jessica Anthony and Scott Kanupp stand in the entryway at Davenport A+ Elementary School

City of Lenoir School Resource Officers (SROs) have spent the past several weeks getting ready for the new school year. Community Resource Officer Scott Kanupp said the schools in the city are well prepared.

The City of Lenoir Police Department and Caldwell County Schools partner to provide three full-time SROs in Lenoir. Officer Matt Spears serves as the SRO for Hibriten High School.  Officer Mitchell Foust is the SRO for William Lenoir Middle Schoo...

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Posted on: August 21, 2019

Litter Sweep is next month

Litter Sweep North Carolina Sept. 14-28, 2019

Gather your friends and neighbors together and help keep Lenoir clean next month during Litter Sweep.

Traditionally scheduled for the last two weeks of April and September, Litter Sweep is the N.C. Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) biannual statewide roadside litter removal initiative. The next statewide Litter Sweep will be Sept, 14-28, 20...

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Posted on: August 16, 2019

Save time with automatic bank drafts or pay online

A keyboard with a green pay button where the enter button normally is

Do you want to save time, save gas, and save a trip? Set up an automatic bank draft for your water bills, or pay online.

The City of Lenoir offers Automatic Bank Drafts and Online Payment options for customers at no charge. That’s right, it’s free, and it’s easy.

Bank drafts are probably the simplest and most convenient way to pay water and sewe...

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Posted on: August 13, 2019

City dedicates new Fire Station No. 3

Ken Hair and Bobby Coffey uncouple the fire hose during the Station No. 3 Dedication Ceremony

About 100 people gathered on the lawn of Fire Station No. 3 Monday afternoon, Aug. 12, 2019, to dedicate and officially open the new station.

Located at 1015 Wilkesboro Blvd. NE, Station No. 3 is the City of Lenoir’s third fire station. Station No. 3 will house one fire engine, four fire fighters, plus a battalion chief. The new firehouse will provide faster response to the eastern pa...

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Posted on: August 12, 2019

Kick of the school year at the Back to School Splash Bash!

Back To School Splash Bash logo

What better way to start off the school year than with a pool party at the Lenoir Aquatic and Fitness Center!

Come to the Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm for the Back to School Splash Bash! You can swim, splash, cool off, and celebrate getting back to school.

Admission is free for 2 year olds and under, $1.00 for 3 t...

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Posted on: July 22, 2019

Post 29 recognizes Firefighter and Police Officer of the Year

Mike Mizak, Irv Eurto, Terry Melton, John Howard, Ken Hair, Woody Smith, Brent Phelps

American Legion Post 29 recognized Chaplain Jason Hines as the 2019 City of Lenoir Firefighter of the Year and Sgt. John Howard as the 2019 City of Lenoir Police Officer of the Year during the City Council meeting Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

Police Chief Brent Phelps and Fire Chief Ken Hair both said it is difficult to select just one officer and firefighter to be honored every year.

“This year, we chose Sgt. John Howard for his extensive work in the opioid conspiracy case that we ha...

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Posted on: July 15, 2019

Lenoir’s “Across the Grain” Named Great Public Art

Across the Grain sculpture in Downtown Lenoir

Whether it’s a mural-filled downtown, a sculpture park, or artistic bus stops, great public art makes you feel at home in a community.

The "Across the Grain" art installation in Lenoir is an imaginative nod to Caldwell County history. It embodies the importance of story-telling in community art installations.

Great Public Art is something you know when you see it. These installa...

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Posted on: July 1, 2019

City adds more paved trail to greenway

City workers pave the access trail at Wilson Athletic Park in Lenoir

The City of Lenoir Public Works Department recently added more paved trail to the city greenway system.

Last week, the Street Division paved the greenway access trail that connects the parking lot at Wilson Athletic Park to the greenway. The access trail is Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible and provides another connection to the greenway syst...

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Posted on: July 1, 2019

Independence Day Celebration

Fireworks during the July 4, 2018, Independence Day Celebration

Bring your family and friends to Mulberry Recreation Center Thursday for the July 4th Celebration. You can enjoy water slides, games, fireworks, and more.

The celebration will start at 5:00 pm. The fireworks will start around 9:30 pm.

Lucky Pocket will perform a variety of songs from the 1960’s to today. Buy a $10 armband for unlimited access to the inflatables and waterslides. There also will be a...

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Posted on: June 27, 2019

Charters of Freedom dedication next week

Mike Engstrom and Donavan Church work on the casings for the Charters of Freedom in Downtown Lenoir

The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights – those are the founding documents of the United States known as the Charters of Freedom.

Soon, residents of Lenoir and Caldwell County will have their very own Charters of Freedom right in Downtown Lenoir. 

Come to the Caldwell County Courthouse Wednesday, July 3, 2019, and help dedicate these pages of our history. The dedication cere...

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Posted on: June 19, 2019

Pottery classes at Lenoir High School

A women is working on an owl pot in pottery class

Did you know that you can throw, finish, and fire pottery in Downtown Lenoir?

Caron Baker teaches a pottery class on Monday’s at the Lenoir High School Gym.

“You do not have to be artistic to become a potter,” Baker said. “You just need a willingness to learn and get your hands dirty.&rdqu...

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Posted on: November 12, 2019

MORE in LENOIR Episode 2

City of Lenoir Communications Director Joshua Harris and Parks & Recreation Director Kenny Story talk parks and recreation during the second episode of MORE in LENOIR.

Click here to watch the video on Facebook. 

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