Posted on: August 6, 2020
American Legion Post 29 Commander Wayne Mihelich honored and recognized a City of Lenoir Firefighter and Police Officer Tuesday night Aug. 4, 2020, during the City Council meeting.
Mihelich recognized James Greer as Firefighter of the Year and Chris Maher as Police Officer of the Year for the City of Lenoir.
"Lt. Greer is an integral part of the Fire Department’s success internally and externally," Fire Chief Ken ...Read on...
Posted on: August 4, 2020
With the retirement of Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention Roger Barlow, several opportunities for promotion within the Fire Department opened up.
Fire Chief Ken Hair has made the following promotions from within the department that will be effective later this month.
Chris Jacobs has been promoted to Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal effective Aug. 24. Jacobs has served the department since Sep...Read on...
Posted on: July 9, 2020
One of the foundations of modern civilization is indoor plumbing. Running water and flushing toilets make life better. In a city, everything flushed down a toilet doesn't magically disappear. It all gets treated at a sewer plant.
This week, workers started installing a new treatment system at the Lower Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Staff have nicknamed the new equipment "the poop dryer." The new system will replace the plant’s old treatment process, "t...Read on...
Posted on: July 1, 2020
The City of Lenoir was among 21 North Carolina governments to earn recognition in the North Carolina City & County Communicators’ (NC3C) 2020 Excellence in Communications Awards.
The City of Lenoir won First Place in Digital Technology - Audio, and Second Place in Digital Technology - Website.
Local government communicators from across North Carolina submitted 192 entries in the 2020 NC3C award program. All entries were judged by p...Read on...
Posted on: June 23, 2020
The City of Lenoir Fire Department will perform a controlled burn at 213 Sunset St. tomorrow, June 24, 2020. Residents will see smoke in the area.
The house located at 213 Sunset St. caught fire a couple years ago and has been vacant since. Recently, the property owner asked if the City’s firefighters would use the structure for training purposes. The burn will allow the City’s f...Read on...
Posted on: June 3, 2020
As the Mayor of the City of Lenoir, I wish to express my thoughts regarding the tragic and unnecessary death of Mr. George Floyd that occurred in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
I join many of our neighbors across our communities and our country who are hurting and angry regarding the senseless brutality that led to the death of Mr. Floyd. I am disturbed and saddened by these actions and the tragic loss of life. There are no excu...Read on...
Posted on: June 2, 2020
A small section of the City of Lenoir greenway near Days Inn on US 321 has been closed due to a sink hole.
City staff will repair the sinkhole as soon as possible. Until then, the public should avoid this section of the greenway.
More parking and access points are listed on the greenway page. Click here to visit the Greenway page.Read on...
Posted on: May 29, 2020
A Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) horticulture student delivered nearly 1,000 plants to the Community Garden Friday, May 29, 2020. Community garden volunteers will tend the plants this summer and donate the harvest to local ministries.
Brandy Richthammer is a horticulture program student at WPCC. To help raise money for the program, students and staff hold an annual plant sale where they sell plants that have been raised by the spring semester students. Due to COVID-19 lock downs, the p...Read on...
Posted on: May 26, 2020
City of Lenoir facilities, including the outdoor pool, will remain closed through Safer At Home Phase 2. Staff, with the approval of City Council, also canceled the July 4th celebration.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued his Safer At Home Phase 2 executive order Friday, May 22, 2020. Phase 2 limits mass gatherings to no more than 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors in most circumstances. Click here to read the press release. S...Read on...
Posted on: May 20, 2020
City of Lenoir City Manager Scott Hildebran presented his 2020-2021 proposed budget to City Council Tuesday night, May 19, 2020. There is no increase in taxes or fees in the proposed budget.
The proposed budget and presentation are available online at www.cityoflenoir.com/budgetproposal. City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget during the June 2, 2020, regular meeting. After the public hearing, Council will vote on the b...Read on...
Posted on: May 15, 2020
The City of Lenoir Finance Department has again received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).
Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Award (PDF)
The GFOA presented the award to the City for its latest comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). A CAFR is a set of financial statements that contains a wide variety of infor...Read on...
Posted on: May 4, 2020
The City of Lenoir is distributing new, roll-out garbage carts this week. The Sanitation Division plans to start automated garbage collection on the Monday route next week. The remaining routes will be phased in during the next two months.
Contractors are delivering the new carts this week. The carts are a warm gray and have the City of Lenoir seal impressed on the sides in white. There is also a link to the garbage collection page on the City website. The carts are bar coded so staff know ...Read on...
Posted on: April 10, 2020
The City of Lenoir Public Works Department is moving to automated garbage collection this year. On Tuesday, City Council adopted a new sanitation ordinance as part of the move.
Public Works Director Jared Wright said the move will improve the City’s garbage collection service in a few different ways.
"We’ve been planning to move to fully automated collection for a while, and we started the process last ye...Read on...
Posted on: March 31, 2020
Caldwell County Sheriff Alan Jones and Police Chiefs Brent Phelps, City of Lenoir; Richard Blevins, Town of Hudson; and Chris Jenkins, Town of Granite Falls, issued the following joint statement regarding Governor Roy Cooper's Stay At Home Order.
Caldwell County Law Enforcement Agencies statement regarding the recent Stay At Home Order
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued a Stay At Home Order effective at 5:00 p.m. yesterday, March 30, 2020. The order was included in the Governor’s E...Read on...
Posted on: March 20, 2020
Earlier this week, the Caldwell County Health Department opened its Health Information Line to answer questions and provide information about COVID-19. Call the health information line at 828-426-8456.
828-426-8456 - Caldwell County Health Information Line
If a person believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 and develops a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, they should call their healthcare provider, urgent care, or the health ...Read on...
Posted on: March 18, 2020
By Garrett Stell, email@example.com
Mar 12, 2020 4:36 PM
Lenoir again has won awards at an annual state conference of downtown development officials.
The North Carolina Gravity Games was chosen in the category of Best Downtown Event or Series, and the reconstruction project of 122 Boundary St. was chosen in Best Endangered Properties Rescue Effort at the 2020 North Carolina Main Street Conference in Ne...Read on...
Posted on: March 18, 2020
In response to the recent declarations by NC Governor Roy Cooper and the Federal government, and to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Coronavirus, City of Lenoir Mayor Joe Gibbons officially declared a state of emergency for the City of Lenoir.
Mayor Gibbons declared the state of emergency Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The declaration allows the City Manager to take proactive measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 including altering the way City services are delivered to residents. In addition t...Read on...
Posted on: March 14, 2020
Given the executive order of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on Saturday, March 14, 2020, the City of Lenoir will close all City recreational facilities through March 29.
On Saturday, Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order to stop mass gatherings of more than 100 people and to close K-12 public schools for at least two weeks. To abide by the Governor’s order and help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Ci...Read on...
Posted on: March 13, 2020
In accordance with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recommendations, the following City events have been canceled:
- Leprechaun Leap 5k/10k
- West End Plan Community Workshop
- Carolina Sweetheart 4 Miler
- Lenoir Downtown Cruise In (April 4)
- Easter Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza
- Bootlegger 100 Cycle Race
- 10th Annual NC Gravity Games & Street Fest
In addition to canceling these events,...Read on...
Posted on: March 13, 2020
The City of Lenoir is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and working in partnership with local and state agencies to address community and employee safety.
Staff has developed a flexible action plan to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to provide essential City services to our residents.
“The safety of our community is our top priority,” City of Lenoir Mayor Joe Gibbons...Read on...
Posted on: March 4, 2020
If you want to stay in the loop about what's happening in the City of Lenoir, you need to sign up for CodeRED and Notify Me.
CodeRED and Notify Me serve two different communication functions. Staff uses CodeRED to send out emergency alerts and general announcements to all residents. Notify Me is a subscription service. Residents can sign up to receive notifications about City n...Read on...
Posted on: March 3, 2020
City Council reviewed the past year's economic progress during a planning retreat last month. Councilmembers were impressed with the number of new businesses and the amount of new investment in Lenoir.
City Council held their annual Planning Retreat Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at the Blue Ridge Energy Caldwell District Office. To kick off the retreat, City Manager Scott Hildebran and Mayor Joe Gibbons gave a state-of-the-city update. The presentation include...Read on...
Posted on: February 20, 2020
Due to the weather, City of Lenoir City Hall and other facilities will open at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.
The start of the City Council Planning Retreat tomorrow has been delayed as well. The retreat will be from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Energy Caldwell District Office Community Room. Click here to visit the Agenda Center and download the ret...Read on...
Posted on: February 19, 2020
Becky Gibbons received the first Gibbons Award Tuesday night, Feb. 18, 2020. The award is named in honor of Mayor Joe Gibbons and his wife, Becky.
Main Street staff and volunteers presented the award during the "I Heart Main Street" celebration held at 1841 Cafe. The celebration is a way to show appreciation for the time and hard work volunteers and staff invest in Downtown Lenoi...Read on...
Posted on: February 12, 2020
City of Lenoir Mayor Joe Gibbons gave a Key to City to Police Department Chaplain Larry Smith last week. Gibbons and Police Chief Brent Phelps thanked Smith for his many years of service to the City and to the Lenoir Police Department.
Smith worked as a telecommunicator for the department for several years, and he has served as a Volunteer Chaplain since 2004. Smith and his wife plan to move out of the area later this year, so he will no longer be able to serve as a Chaplain.
Mayor Gibbo...Read on...
Posted on: February 6, 2020
Due to recent heavy rain, the City of Lenoir is experiencing localized flooding on some city streets.
If you see a barricade, do not move the barricade or drive around the barricade. Also, never drive through flood water.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than half of all flood-related drownings occur when...Read on...
Posted on: January 15, 2020
The City of Lenoir Police Department is launching a voluntary alarm registration program to help reduce the number of false alarm calls in the city.
City of Lenoir Police Capt. Couby Stilwell said sending officers to false alarms takes up time that could be spent patrolling the city or answering other legitimate calls. He hopes the new Alarm Reduction Program will help reduce false alarm calls and hel...Read on...
Posted on: January 3, 2020
City Attorney T.J. Rohr has been appointed to serve on the National League of Cities (NLC) 2020 Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR) federal advocacy committee.
The FAIR committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC’s federal policy positions on issues involving national economic policy, general financial assistance programs, liability insurance, intergovernmental relations, census, municipal...Read on...
Click here to visit the FAIR Committee website.
Posted on: December 20, 2019
Although many City facilities will be closed during Christmas and New Year's Day, there will still be plenty of City employees patrolling the streets, responding to emergencies, picking up trash, and keeping the water running.
City of Lenoir City Hall and recreational facilities will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24, through Thursday, Dec. 26, in celebration of Christmas and Wednesday, Jan. 1, in celebration of New Year's Day. During both weeks, the Sanitation Division will collect W...Read on...
Posted on: December 12, 2019
Due to the forecast for 100% chance of rain tomorrow, the Luminary Display at Blue Ridge Memorial Park is postponed to Friday, Dec. 20.
Every December, City staff make and light thousands of luminaries to display on the graves at Blue Ridge Memorial Park to honor families whose loved ones are buried in the cemetery.
Lighting generally starts around 4:30 p.m., and the Luminary Display start...Read on...
Click here to go to the calendar event.
Posted on: December 4, 2019
Fire Department Chief Ken Hair presented plaques of appreciation to Lenoir Police Department Corporal Joe Hamrick and Caldwell County Sheriff's Office Deputy Paul Exon Tuesday night, Dec. 3, 2019, for their lifesaving efforts during a recent house fire.
Deputy Exon was the first to arrive on the scene of the house fire on Bradford Mountain Road in the early morning hours of Nov. 16. Deputy Exon was driving near the home when he heard the call for the fire. He immediately drove to the location. Deputy Exo...Read on...
Posted on: November 27, 2019
Lenoir Police Detective Stella January shared some holiday safety tips with Communications Director Joshua Harris.
Click here to watch the Holiday Safety Tips video on YouTube.
If you see something, say something. Call the City of Lenoir Police Department at 757-2100 to report suspicious behavior. Call 911 if you have an emergency or see someone committing a crime.
Posted on: November 22, 2019
Mayor Joe Gibbons officially rededicated two baseball fields at Lenoir Optimist Park earlier this week in honor of two founders of the Lenoir Little League Program.
The baseball field farthest from Mulberry Street was rededicated in honor of W.D. "Dave" King. The other field was rededicated in honor of Harold Beach. Mayor Gibbons and City staff held the rededication ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2...Read on...
Posted on: November 21, 2019
The 6th Annual Community Turkey Tuesday is next week at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Lenoir. City Councilmembers Crissy Thomas and Rev. Ike Perkins are still taking donations for the event, and there is a slight change to the start time.
This year, Turkey Tuesday will be held Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. At 3:00 p.m., volunteers will give away the first 50 turkeys to seniors and people with special needs. The giveaway for the general public will start at 5:00 p.m.
Councilmember Perkins said the...Read on...
Posted on: November 20, 2019
Downtown Lenoir is kicking off the holidays tomorrow with Light Up Lenoir, and the Downtown Lenoir Christmas Tree Festival is this weekend.
Light Up Lenoir
Light Up Lenoir is an annual holiday event where local students and other groups decorate dozens of Christmas trees in Downtown Lenoir. This year's event is Thursday, Nov. 21, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in Downtown Lenoir.
Local businesses...Read on...
Posted on: November 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...Read on...
Posted on: November 14, 2019
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...Read on...
Click here to visit the Canine Academy Page.
Posted on: November 7, 2019
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...Read on...
Posted on: October 29, 2019
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...Read on...
Posted on: October 28, 2019
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...Read on...
Posted on: October 23, 2019
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...Read on...
Posted on: October 17, 2019
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....Read on...
Visit the Smoking In The Foothills website.
Posted on: October 8, 2019
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 ...Read on...
Posted on: October 2, 2019
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...Read on...
Posted on: September 26, 2019
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...Read on...
Posted on: September 25, 2019
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...Read on...
Posted on: September 25, 2019
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...Read on...
Posted on: September 25, 2019
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 ...Read on...
Posted on: September 20, 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...Read on...
Posted on: September 19, 2019
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...Read on...
Posted on: September 18, 2019
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 ...Read on...
Posted on: September 17, 2019
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 ...Read on...
Posted on: September 5, 2019
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...Read on...
Posted on: September 4, 2019
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 ...Read on...
Posted on: August 23, 2019
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...Read on...
Posted on: August 23, 2019
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...Read on...
Posted on: August 21, 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...Read on...
Posted on: August 16, 2019
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...Read on...
Posted on: August 13, 2019
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...Read on...
View photos on Facebook.
Posted on: August 12, 2019
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...Read on...
Visit the Back to School Splash Bash page