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Posted on: November 29, 2023

Starry Night Christmas parade this Friday, rain or shine!

Jeeps decorated with lights drive in the Starry Night Christmas Parade, Dec. 2, 2022

The City of Lenoir Starry Night Christmas parade is this Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, in Downtown Lenoir, rain or shine!

The Christmas parade starts at 6:30 pm. 

The route goes along Harper Avenue from Willow Street to Mulberry Street. The parade then heads north on Mulberry Street and turns left on Ashe Avenue. The route turns left again on Main Street and then rig...

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Posted on: November 23, 2023

Burn ban lifted

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The City of Lenoir Fire Marshal has rescinded the recent burn ban as of noon today, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023. Open burning in the City of Lenoir is allowed with the proper permits.

Although the  ban has been lifted, please remember that the city and the county is still experiencing drought conditions. No rain is in the forecast for the next eight to 10 days.

Please take safety precautions when burning including:

  • Watch the wea...
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Posted on: November 21, 2023

City facilities closed for Thanksgiving

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City of Lenoir facilities will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23 and 24, 2023, in celebration of Thanksgiving. Sanitation collection will be affected.

Sanitation Division will collect garbage as scheduled on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23. Staff not operate on Friday, Nov. 24. Garbage normally collected on Friday will be picked up on Wednesday, Nov. 22. All other household garbage pickups will rema...

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Posted on: November 16, 2023

City of Lenoir gateway sign coming soon

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The City of Lenoir will be getting a new gateway sign at Smith Crossroads soon. The sign will incorporate the City brand, and will be lit up at night to welcome residents and visitors.

The sign will be located on the southwest corner of Smith Crossroads. Contractors have completed grading to prepare for construction. Workers should start building the sign in early December. 

"I'm very excited that we're ge...

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Posted on: November 15, 2023

Light up Lenoir tomorrow in downtown!

2023 snowflake decoration on the corner of the square in Downtown Lenoir

Come help Light Up Lenoir tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023, in Downtown Lenoir. We have even more beautiful lights this year, plus FREE cookies and hot chocolate. Santa Claus will be there, too!

Light Up Lenoir starts at 5:00 pm. Downtown will be closed on West Avenue from Mulberry Street to Church Street, and on Main Street from Ashe Avenue to Harper Avenue.

You can visit with Santa Claus and take your own pictures from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. Local sch...

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Posted on: November 7, 2023

City of Lenoir issues burn ban

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Due to increased fire risk, the City of Lenoir Fire Marshal has issued a ban on all open burning and has canceled all burning permits within the City of Lenoir and its jurisdiction effective at 5:00 pm today, Nov. 7, 2023.

The burn ban will remain in effect until further notice.

The burn ban is issued under the authority of North Carolina Fire Code, Chapter 3, Section 307, which states outdoor burning “shall be prohibited when atmospheric conditions or local circum...

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Posted on: November 6, 2023

City facilities closed Friday

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City Hall and City recreational facilities will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, in honor of Veterans Day. Garbage collection will be affected.

Garbage that would normally be picked up on Friday, Nov. 10, will be collected Wednesday, Nov. 8. All other household garbage pickups will remain on a normal schedule this week.

There will be no bulk collections today through Friday, Nov. 10. The recycling...

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Posted on: November 3, 2023

New fire truck should improve emergency response times in Lenoir

The front of Engine 2

The City of Lenoir Council recently dedicated a brand new fire truck that is being housed at Fire Station 2. The truck is a 2023 Sutphen rescue pumper, and it should help reduce rescue response times in the city.

Named "Engine 2," the truck is a pumper that can hold 1,000 gallons of water. Engine 2 can flow 1,500 gallons of water per minute, and it includes a complete set of battery-powered extraction tools. Engine 2 is powered by a Cummins L9, six-cylin...

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Posted on: November 2, 2023

Dry weather conditions place Catawba-Wateree River Basin in Stage 1 drought

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The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) announced yesterday, Nov. 1, 2023, that warm and dry weather conditions have placed the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in Stage 1 of the group’s Low Inflow Protocol (LIP).

Update Monday, Nov. 6, 2023: The City of Lenoir is a member of the CW-DMAG and follows the drought protocols issued by the group. Currently, we are asking residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce  water use by 5%. 

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Posted on: October 31, 2023

City adds another electric vehicle charging station in Downtown Lenoir

ChargePoint station screen at 613 West Ave NW

Drive an EV? Need a place to charge in Lenoir? Well, now there's another charging station in Downtown.

The City recently opened a new, ChargePoint electric vehicle (EV) charging station at 613 West Ave. NW. The two-port station is in the parking lot behind Fire Station 1. That brings the total number of EV charging ports in the city to more than a dozen.

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Posted on: October 30, 2023

Council dedicates new lights at Mack Cook Stadium

A light pole turned on at Mack Cook Stadium, Oct. 27, 2023

City Council held a ceremony to dedicate the new lights at Mack Cook Stadium this past Friday, Oct. 27, 2023. The lights are part of renovations at The Campus and were funded with more than $200K in donations.

Last year, the City started redeveloping The Campus into a new event venue in Downtown Lenoir. Part of that renovation is the new lights at Mack Cook Stadium. The Campus is also included in the new Downtown Master Plan, currently under development.

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Posted on: October 24, 2023

Halloween events coming up in Lenoir

The Mad Hatter marches in the Pumpkin Patch Parade, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

We have a lot of fun Halloween events happening this Friday and Halloween night in Lenoir!

This Friday, Oct. 27, we have the Mad Hatter's Pumpkin Patch Parade and Downtown trick-or-Treating, the Run for Your Life 5k, and Halloween Movie night on the Square. On Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31, we're hosting a Drive-Thru Trunk or treat at the Martin ...

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Posted on: October 23, 2023

Tiles still available for Downtown Clock Tower Sculpture

Time Well Spent tiles after being taken out of the molds at Wood, Fire, Smoke, Oct. 21, 2023

There are still spaces available for you to make your mark on the new Downtown Lenoir Clock Tower sculpture. The sculpture titled "Time Well Spent" will hold the City's historic downtown clock for hopefully another 100 years, or more!

Last year in November, the City had to demolish the old clock tower on the square in Downtown Lenoir. Sections of the façade were cracking and pulling away from the brick underneath and the structure was weakening. After removing the tower, sta...

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Posted on: October 19, 2023

New StoryWalk at Mulberry Recreation Center

What is a StoryWalk? sign

Thanks to Caldwell County Smart Start, the Caldwell County Public Library, Boy Scout Troop 263, and the City of Lenoir, there's a new StoryWalk located at Mulberry Recreation Center.

Caldwell County Smart Start spearheaded and funded the StoryWalk project. City of Lenoir Parks & Recreation provided the space for the exhibits at Mulberry Recreation Center. Boy Scout Troop 263 installed the exhibits, and Caldwell County Public Libra...

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Posted on: October 17, 2023

Wood, Fire, Smoke Festival this Saturday in Downtown Lenoir

Wood, Fire, Smoke festival logo

The Wood, Fire, Smoke Festival is happening this Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, in Downtown Lenoir. Come enjoy delicious food, live crafting exhibitions, free music, and more!

"Wood, Fire, Smoke is a celebration of our heritage and commitment to art, design, and innovation,"  Event Organizer Matthew Anthony said. "We're looking forward to having many skilled craftsmen and chefs creating amazing ...

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Posted on: October 6, 2023

City Hall main entrance to be closed for construction next week

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The main entrance to Lenoir City Hall will be closed temporarily next week. Workers are installing new, energy-efficient windows in the building. Residents can use the side entrance in the courtyard to enter City Hall and drop off payments.

Workers are currently installing new windows on the side of City Hall that faces Main Street. The project is the latest in a series of remodeling improvements at City Hall.

Sometime between Oct. 9 to 13, 2023, the workers will move from the side of City Ha...

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Posted on: September 29, 2023

National Night Out is Oct. 3 in Downtown Lenoir

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The City of Lenoir Police Department is hosting National Night Out from 6:00 to 9:00 pm Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023, in Downtown Lenoir. Come meet your local police officers and enjoy live music, free food, kid's activities, and more!

National Night Out is an annual community-building event that promotes police and community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

“National Night Out is a great event that allows bo...

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Posted on: September 22, 2023

Adult programs back at Lenoir Parks & Recreation

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City of Lenoir Parks & Recreation staff are organizing adult sports programs this fall. Programs will include basketball leagues, pickleball and ping pong tournaments, and tennis lessons.

Parks & Recreation Director Phil Harper said one of his goals since coming back to Lenoir is to increase recreation programming. He also wants to provide more athletic opportunities for adults and seniors.

"We want to provide programs for resident...

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Posted on: September 11, 2023

Council honors Ravens Baseball Team

Mayor Gibbons shakes the hand of Ravens Head Coach Tommy Crump, Sept. 5, 2023

The City of Lenoir Council honored the Ravens Baseball 12U team Tuesday night, Sept. 5, 2023, during the regular council meeting. The team won the Field Of Dreams 2023 Summer Corn Belt Classic in Iowa this summer.

Head Coach Tommy Crump and wife Mendy started Ravens Baseball in 2019. The team plays travel ball. Their home field is Chester Park in Lenoir.

The Ravens is the first team from North Carolina to win the Summer Corn Belt Classic 12U division since the tourn...

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Posted on: September 7, 2023

Fall swim lessons, outdoor pool closing for the season

A lifeguard helps a young boy paddle during swim at the Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center in June 2023

The outdoor pool at the Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center (LAFC) will be open through Saturday, and then close for the season. Fall swim lessons start next week.

Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, will be a recreational swim day in the outdoor pool. The pool will close for the season on Sunday. The indoor pool will open Monday, Sept. 11.

Click the following link to check out the swim schedule and membership rates, LAFC.

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Posted on: August 30, 2023

City facilities closed for Labor Day

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City of Lenoir facilities will be closed Monday, Sept. 4, 2023, in celebration of Labor Day. Garbage pickup will be affected.

City Hall, Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Mulberry Recreation Center, and the Recycling Center will be closed Monday.

Sanitation Division staff will not collect garbage Monday, Sept. 4. Monday's garbage route w...

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Posted on: August 28, 2023

Tree removal on Hospital Avenue starting tomorrow

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Contractors will start removing trees on Hospital Avenue tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023, in preparation for the City's Hospital Avenue Sidewalk Project. Traffic on Hospital Avenue will be affected.

The contractors will be working from around 8:30 am to 4:00 pm for next few days to remove nearly 30 trees. The workers plan to close one lane of Hospital Avenue while they remove the trees. The lane closures will vary.

The workers will start on the Harper...

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Posted on: August 22, 2023

Dysart-Kendall American Legion Post 29 names Firefighter of the Year

City Council and Post 29 members pose with 2023 Firefighter of the Year Capt. Roger Whisnant

Dysart-Kendall American Legion Post 29 named Captain Roger Whisnant as City of Lenoir Firefighter of the Year during the City Council meeting Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2023.

Dysart-Kendall American Legion Post 29 created the Firefighter and Officer of the Year Award to recognize local emergency services members and thank them for their contributions to keep the community safe. Four American Legion members attended the meeting...

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Posted on: August 17, 2023

Council names section of greenway in honor of Rick Rash

Rick Rash obituary photo

City of Lenoir Council named a section of the Lenoir Greenway as "Rick Rash Trail" Tuesday night, Aug. 15, 2023. The trail honors former City employee and long-time recreation advocate Rick Rash, who passed away earlier this year.

Rick Rash worked for the City of Lenoir Parks & Recreation Department for 36 years from 1967 to 1970 and 1972 to 2004. He was an active member of the Caldwell Pathways Board of Directors from its beginning in the early 2000s, serving until his passing...

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Posted on: August 4, 2023

Council lends support for myFutureNC

City Council and Kim Case pose with myFutureNC resolution Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023

The City of Lenoir City Council lent support for the myFutureNC Attainment Goal for Caldwell County Tuesday night, Aug. 1, 2023, during the regular City Council meeting.

Mayor Joe Gibbons read and presented a resolution of support to Kim Case, Regional Impact Manager for myFutureNC.

The resolution, see below, outlines goals for educational achievement for North Carolinas during the next seven years. myFutureNC is working t...

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Posted on: July 31, 2023

Harambee starts this Saturday at the MLK Jr. Center

Harambee Logo

The 49th Harambee Arts Festival will be Saturday Aug. 5 through Friday, Aug. 11, 2023, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center. Come enjoy a different activity each day of the festival! All events are free.

Harambee kicks off at 11:00 am Saturday, Aug. 5, with a Family Fun Day. There will be games, face painting, trampoline, rock climbing, horse rides, food, vendors, and a book bag giveaway. The Family Fun Day ends at 4:00 pm.

On Sunday, Aug. 6, there will be...

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Posted on: July 28, 2023

Contractors repairing Countryside Drive bridge starting Tuesday, Aug. 1

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Contractors working for the City of Lenoir will make repairs to the Countryside Drive Bridge next week.

Contractors will be working nights from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am starting Tuesday evening, Aug. 1, 2023. The repairs should be finished by Friday, Aug. 4, weather permitting and barring any unforeseen issues.

The US 321 South on-ramp at Hibriten Drive and the ri...

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Posted on: July 17, 2023

Jump Street Drive Music Festival this weekend at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center

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The Jump Street Drive Musical Festival is back this weekend at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Lenoir, N.C.!

The two-day event starts at 6:00 pm Friday, July 21, 2023, with a performance by DJ Fuzz. There will also be a special recognition Friday night of Manifred Davenport, better known as Sugar Sweet DJ. There will not be food available on Friday night. Attend...

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Posted on: July 12, 2023

Make your mark on Lenoir's new clock tower

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The City of Lenoir has the design for a new clock tower that will hold City's historic downtown clock. The community is invited to add their artistic touch to the project.

Last fall, the City had to demolish the old clock tower on the square in Downtown Lenoir. Sections of the façade were cracking and pulling away from the brick underneath and the structure was weakening. After removing the structure, staff store...

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Posted on: July 7, 2023

Swim lessons available in July at the Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center

A lifeguard helps a young boy paddle during swim at the Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center in June 2023

Staff at the Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center are hosting four sessions of swim lessons in July. Children ages 4 to 12 years old can sign up. The lessons start next week.

The Preschool lessons are for 4 and 5 year olds, and the Learn-to-Swim lessons are for kiddos ages 6 to 12. There classes available are:

  • Preschool Level 1
  • Preschool Level 2
  • Learn-to-Swim Level 1
  • Learn-to-Swim Level 2

The weeklong sessions will be held July 10 ...

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Posted on: July 7, 2023

North Carolina Blackberry Festival next weekend in Downtown Lenoir

2023 NC Blackberry Festival logo square

The North Carolina Blackberry Festival will be in Downtown Lenoir next weekend, July 14 and 15, 2023. This is the 20th anniversary of the festival, and it's going to be bigger than ever this year!

There will be fresh blackberries and cobbler for sale, festival food, and lots of free music. The "Let's Glow Crazy" 5K Glow Run & Fun Run and famous Blackberry Cobbler Parade are back, and there will be fun games for the kiddos in ...

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Posted on: July 3, 2023

Independence Day 2023 Remembrance & Celebration

Members of the Tucker's Barn DAR held an Independence Day Ceremony July 3, 2023, in Downtown Leno

As part of a ceremony honoring the birthday of the United States of America, Mayor Joe Gibbons presented an Independence Day 2023 Remembrance & Celebration resolution to the Tucker's Barn Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

The Tucker's Barn DAR held the ceremony at the Charters of Freedom in Downtown Lenoir, Monday morning, July 3, 2023.

During the event, DAR members and attendees recited the Pledge of Allegiance, read excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, recited f...

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Posted on: June 30, 2023

GFOA awards Certificate of Achievement to Finance Department

GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The City of Lenoir Finance Department again received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

The award was for the City's most recent comprehensive annual financial report - Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Fiscal Year Ended June 30 2022 (PDF). This is the 32nd consecutive award the department has received from GFOA.

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Posted on: June 27, 2023

Come swim and win prizes at the 4th of July Splash Bash!

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Staff at the Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center are hosting a 4th of July Splash Bash, Tuesday, July 4, 2023. There will be a Chalk Our Walk contest and pool games with prizes!

The 4th of July Splash Bash will be from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The Chalk Our Walk Contest will be from 12:45 to 4:30 pm. The Pool Games will be from 12:00 to 1:30 pm.

The Chalk Our Walk Contest is free to enter, but participants must register in advance. Sp...

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Posted on: June 25, 2023

Boil water advisory lifted

Boil Water Advisory Canceled, Tap Water Safe to Drink

The boil water advisory for southwest portions of Lenoir and Caldwell County has been lifted as of 7:45 am this morning, Sunday, June 25, 2023. Affected customers can can resume normal water use. It is no longer necessary to boil water before ingesting.

City of Lenoir Public Utilities staff repaired all leaks and pressure challenges in the distribution system. Staff tested the water this morning, and no bacteria was detected.

"Thank you for your patience and cooperation during the last 25 hours,"...

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Posted on: June 24, 2023

Boil water advisory for southwest portions of Lenoir and Caldwell County

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A water line break on Connelly Springs Road near Not Just Fishin caused a loss in pressure in the water system and an increase in turbidity (cloudiness). City of Lenoir Water Treatment plant staff have issued a boil water notice as a result.

The break primarily affected water customers living in southwestern portions of Lenoir and Caldwell County, especially customers living on or off of Connelly Springs Road.

Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for...

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Posted on: June 19, 2023

Council approves budget for next fiscal year

Images of the cover and table of contents of the FY 2023-2024 Recommended Budget

The City of Lenoir Council approved the City budget for fiscal year 2023-2024 earlier this month. The budget includes a small increase in the solid waste fee and water and sewer rate. There is no property tax rate increase.

City Manager Scott Hildebran presented the budget for fiscal year 2023-2024 (FY 23-24) during the May 16, 2023, Council meeting. Council held a budget review session on May 18, 2023, and a public hearing on the budget on June 6, 2023. Council approved the...

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Posted on: June 15, 2023

Main Street Department receives national accreditation for 2023

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The City of Lenoir Main Street Department has once again been designated as an Accredited Main Street America™ program in 2023. This accreditation is Main Street America’s top-tier recognition.

The City of Lenoir became North Carolina's twelfth Main Street America Community in 1984. Since then, the number of Main Street and Small Town Main Street communities has grown to 70.

Main Street Director Kaylynn Horn said that accreditation is no...

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Posted on: June 12, 2023

Swim lessons still available at the Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center

boy jumping into outdoor pool at lafc

There are still slots available for swim lessons next week at the Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center (LAFC). Lessons are available for children ages four to 12.

The class will be Monday June, 19, through Friday, June 23, 2023. Lessons will be from 9:30 to 10:00 am and 10:00 to 10:30 am.

LAFC staff use the American Red Cross swim lesson curriculum. Staff will offer Preschool lessons for children ages four to five, ...

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Posted on: May 31, 2023

2nd Annual Lenoir Bicycle Festival this Saturday

Lenoir Bicycle Festival logo

Who's ready to ride around city streets, tackle obstacle courses, and win a free bicycle? If that sounds fun, then come to Downtown Lenoir from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm this Saturday, June 3, 2023, for the 2nd Annual Lenoir Bicycle Festival.

The Lenoir Bicycle Festival is a free, family-friendly event celebrating bicycling. Activities include a free-ride lane, obstacle courses, and the Impossible Backwards Bicycle Challenge. There will be a time trial with prizes for five age groups and bicyc...

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Posted on: May 29, 2023

Construction work at Harper Ave and Morganton Blvd Tuesday night

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Contractors will close a few lanes of traffic at the intersection of Harper Avenue and Morganton Boulevard starting around 6:00 pm Tuesday night, May 30, 2023. Drivers should be cautious and alert while driving through the area.

Direction signs and flaggers will be on site to help direct traffic. Drivers may want to bypass the intersection to avoid possible delays.

Workers are going to remove old sewer manholes in the intersection and patch the road. The sewer lines were abandoned...

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Posted on: May 26, 2023

Outdoor pool closed for repairs, indoor pool open for recreational swim

Indoor Pool at the Lenoir Aquatic and Fitness Center

The outdoor pool at the Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center is closed for repairs and will not open on Memorial Day, Monday May 29, 2023. The indoor pool will remain open for recreational swimming.

While getting the outdoor pool ready for the summer, staff discovered a leak that must be repaired before opening the pool. Staff are working to get the outdoor pool fixed as soon as possible. Hopefully, the pool will open on or before mid-June. In the me...

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Posted on: May 26, 2023

City facilities closed for Memorial day, garbage collection affected

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Some City facilities will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. The indoor pool at the Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness center will be open. Garbage collection will be affected.

Memorial Day Closings

City Hall, Mulberry Recreation Center, and the Martin Luther King Jr Center will all be closed Monday, May 29, 2023.

Memorial Day Garbage Collection

The Sanitation Division will not operate Monday, May 29. Garbage normally picked up on ...

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Posted on: May 23, 2023

It's National Public Works Week in Lenoir

2023 National Public Works Week connecting the world

It's "National Public Works Week" in Lenoir. This week honors the people who keep our communities clean, build roads, maintain public buildings, and improve the quality of life of residents.

Mayor joe Gibbons read the "National Public Works Week" proclamation during the May 2, 2023, City Council meeting. He presented the proclamation to Public Works Operations Manager Jon Hogan and Vehicle Services Superintendent Beth McMahan.

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Posted on: May 19, 2023

The Neon Night Ride is back!

A mom and daughter at the Neon Night Ride

Do you like riding bicycles? Do you like riding bicycles? What about glow sticks and foam parties? If so, you don't want to miss the 2nd Annual Neon Night Ride in Lenoir, NC!

The Neon Night Ride will be from 8:00 to 10:00 pm, Friday, June 2, 2023. The event is free and the first 50 people who register will be entered to win a free bicycle light.

The ride covers about four miles on the Lenoir Greenway. It starts and finishes at ...

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Posted on: May 18, 2023

Council proclaims Peace Officers' Memorial Week

National Police Week 2023 logo

The City of Lenoir Council proclaimed May 15-21, 2023, as "Peace Officer's Memorial Week" in Lenoir. The week pays tribute to local, state, and federal peace officers who died, or who have been disabled, in the line of duty.

Mayor Joe Gibbons read the proclamation during the City Council meeting Tuesday, May 16, 2023. He then presented the proclamation to Police Chief Brent Phelps.

"Chief, thank you for all you do and for protecting us every day," Mayor Gibbons said....

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Posted on: May 12, 2023

Swimming, cheering, & basketball signups still open

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

There's still time to sign up for swim club, cheer camp, summer basketball, and The Camp at the Lenoir Parks and Recreation Department.

Lenoir Makos Swim Club

Registration for the Lenoir Makos Swim club is open through Friday, May 19, 2023.

The Swim Club is a chance for children to improve their swimming skills and compete in swim meets. George Christas is the swim club coach. The club is o...

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Posted on: May 10, 2023

It's Celebrate Drinking Water Week in Lenoir!

Water pouring from a faucet into a clear glass cup

The City of Lenoir Council proclaimed May 7 to 13, 2023, to be "Celebrate Drinking Water Week" in Lenoir. All societies need fresh, clean drinking water to survive and thrive.

Mayor Joe Gibbons read the "Celebrate Drinking Water Week" proclamation Tuesday, May 2, 2023, and presented it to City Public Utilities staff. 

The Public Utilities Division provides water and sewer services in Lenoir. Jeff Church is the...

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Posted on: May 8, 2023

Staines hired as next Fire Chief in Lenoir

Norman Staines

The City of Lenoir has hired Norman Staines to serve as the next Fire Chief in Lenoir. Staines has 28 years of experience in the fire service, and has been teaching firefighting and public safety for more than 20 years.

The City of Lenoir management team created an extensive process to select the new Fire Chief. Candidates had to complete many steps to make it to the final round of interviews. In round one, the candidates completed written questions. Round two included a...

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Posted on: May 3, 2023

Lenoir receives bicycle helmet grant from NCDOT

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The City of Lenoir has received a second bicycle helmet grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). The City will give away the helmets during the Lenoir Bicycle Festival happening in June.

The City received 100 helmets from the grant last year, and will receive another 100 helmets this year. The free helmets are a mixture of toddler boys and girls and small, medium, and large sizes in red, yellow, and blue. 

City staff will give awa...

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Posted on: April 28, 2023

Downtown streets closing for Gravity Games

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A section of Main Street and Ashe Avenue in Downtown Lenoir have been closed in preparation for an event tomorrow. More streets in downtown will close starting around 5:00 pm today, Friday, April 28, 2023.

Event staff are setting up for the 2023 NC Gravity Games, which will be tomorrow, Saturday, April 29. Main Street is already closed from Ashe Avenue to West Avenue in Downtown Lenoir. Ashe Avenue is closed from Church Street to Ridge Street.

Starting at 5:...

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Posted on: April 26, 2023

10th Annual North Carolina Gravity Games this Saturday

Racers at the starting gate during the 2018 NC Gravity Games, April 28, 2018

The 10th Annual North Carolina Gravity Games is this Saturday, April 29, 2023, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in Downtown Lenoir. The free, action-packed event is fun for the entire family.

The North Carolina Gravity Games is a landmark STEM-education festival and racing extravaganza. Students use science, technology, engineering and math to build and race their own gravity-powered cars. The races take place on Ashe Avenue in Downtown Lenoir...

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Posted on: April 26, 2023

Compost giveaway/sale this Saturday

A front load scoops up compost during the compost giveaway / sale in April 2019

The City of Lenoir will hold a leaf compost giveaway/sale this Saturday, April 29, 2023, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The compost is free to the public if they shovel and load it themselves. The compost is $5.00 a scoop, if City staff loads it. It's a really big scoop.

The compost center is located at 825 Fairview Drive at the old sewer treatment plant behind Kick's radio...

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Posted on: April 19, 2023

K9 Uwais retires from duty

K9 Uwais department photo

Lenoir Police Department K9 Uwais retired from duty last night, Tuesday, April 18, 2023. City Council thanked Uwais for his years of service to the City.

The Police Department purchased Uwais, a German Shepherd, in December 2019 from a kennel in Durham. He was born and raised and trained for his duties here in the US.

"We're at the point in K9 Officer Uwais' career where medically ......

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Posted on: April 18, 2023

Temporary traffic pattern change at Harper Ave and Morganton Blvd

Orange Traffic Pattern Changed road sign

There will be a temporary traffic pattern change at the intersection of Harper Avenue and Morganton Boulevard in Lenoir tonight, Tuesday, April 18, 2023. Drivers should be cautious and alert while driving through the intersection.

Contractors need to close a few lanes of traffic in the intersection to fill some old, abandoned sewer manholes. 

Workers will close the inside lanes of the intersection starting around 7:30 pm. The two center lanes on Harper Avenue and Morganton ...

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Posted on: April 14, 2023

City adds pickleball at MLK Jr. Center

People play pickleball at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 4/13/2023

City of Lenoir Parks & Recreation staff have added three indoor pickleball courts at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center. Lenoir now has six indoor and four outdoor pickleball courts for residents and visitors.

Parks and Recreation Director Phil Harper said that striping the three new courts at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center was pretty easy, and it brings more activities to the facility.

"All we had to do was stripe the courts in the gym, and buy three mo...

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Posted on: April 13, 2023

It's National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Council, Chief Brent Phelps, and three telecommunicators pose the with Telecommunicators, 4/4/2023

Mayor Joe Gibbons and City Council proclaimed April 9 to 15, 2023, to be National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in Lenoir. Mayor Gibbons presented the proclamation to Police Chief Brent Phelps and City Telecommunicators last week.

Telecommunicators answer 9-1-1 calls and dispatch police, fire, and first responders to emergencies in the community. This week honors telecommunications personnel for their commitment, service, and sacrifice.

"These men and women are on the other end...

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Posted on: April 10, 2023

Hospital Avenue closed for tree removal

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A section of Hospital Avenue is currently closed due to the threat of a tree falling across the road. Duke Energy has been called in to clear the tree, which is currently touching a power line. A detour is available around the area.

City staff were notified today, April, 10, 2023, of a tree leaning toward Hospital Avenue. Staff located a section of a large pine tree that appeared to have snapped at the base and was leaning toward Hospital Avenue.

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Posted on: April 6, 2023

Police Department brings back second-in-command, promotes new captains

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The City of Lenoir Police Department has brought back the position of Major, and promoted two officers to the rank of Captain. Police Chief Brent Phelps restructured the department earlier this year to strengthen the chain of command.

The Lenoir Police Department is comprised of three divisions - Criminal Investigations, Patrol, and Support Services - and each division has a captain in charge. Prior to the change, if Chief Phelps was out-of-town, at a conference, on vacation, etc., he ...

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Posted on: April 5, 2023

April is Fair Housing Month in Lenoir

City Council and Lauren Hart pose the the Fair Housing Month Proclamation, April 4, 2023

Mayor Joe Gibbons and City Council proclaimed April 2023 to be Fair Housing Month in Lenoir. Mayor Gibbons presented the proclamation to Lauren Hart, a member of Catawba Valley Association of Realtors, on Tuesday, April 4, 2023.

"I just want to say, on behalf of the Catawba Valley Association of Realtors, that we appreciate your continued commitment to fair housing," Hart said. "For so many, it means reduced barriers to homeownership which is life altering. So, tha...

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Posted on: April 3, 2023

City facilities closed for Good Friday

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City Hall and recreational facilities will be closed this Friday, April 7, 2023, in honor of Good Friday. Garbage collection will be affected.

In addition to being closed Friday, the Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center will be closed Saturday, April 8, as well. Click the following links to see the normal schedules for the City's recreation facilities -  Lenoir Aquatic & Fit...

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Posted on: March 31, 2023

Families asked to clear items not in vases at Blue Ridge Memorial Park

Staff mowing at Blue Ridge Memorial Park

Staff at the Blue Ridge Memorial Park in Lenoir are asking that family members clear grave markers of all items not in vases before Monday, April 3, 2023.

Cemetery staff will start mowing the Blue Ridge Memorial Park property in April. Items stuck in the ground near graves such as wreathes, flower pots, solar lights, etc., impede mowing and weed eating at the cemetery. When items are placed outside of the g...

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Posted on: March 31, 2023

Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow at Mulberry Recreation Center

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The City of Lenoir's annual Easter Egg Hunt is tomorrow, April 1, 2023, at the Mulberry Recreation Center.

The egg hunt starts at 10:00 am sharp, and participants have to bring their own baskets. The event ends at noon. In the event of rainy weather in the morning, staff will hold the egg hunt inside the Mulberry Recreation Center at the same time. 

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Posted on: March 24, 2023

Council welcomes German exchange students, recognizes WPSCA

Council, Tracey Trimble, and German Exchange students and staff, March 21, 2023

The City of Lenoir Council welcomed a group of German exchange students and recognized the 30-Year Anniversary of the Western Piedmont Sister Cities Association during the Council meeting Tuesday, March 21, 2023.

Twelve German students and two chaperones are currently staying in Lenoir as part of the German American Partnership Program (GAPP). Sascha Sanderlin, a German and Spanish language teacher at Hibriten High School (HHS), manages the program here in Lenoir....

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Posted on: March 23, 2023

Downtown Lenoir wins Main Street award, Liquid Roots owners honored as Main Street Champions

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Downtown Lenoir recently won another North Carolina Main Street Award for Best Economic Recovery Initiative, and the owners of Liquid Roots were honored as Downtown's 2022 Main Street Champions.

The City's Main Street Department received the 2022 Award of Merit in the Best Economic Recovery Initiative for staff's "Pivots, Participation, & Patronage (PPP) with Digital Platforms Initiatives" program during the N.C. M...

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Posted on: March 20, 2023

Hannah Williams hired as Planning Director

Hannah Williams

The City of Lenoir has hired Hannah Williams as the new Planning Director. Williams has been working in the City Planning Department for more than five years, and has served as Interim Planning Director since January this year.

City Manager Scott Hildebran said Director Williams is very familiar with the city’s planning efforts and current projects and has the skill, ability, and connections to be a successful department director.

“Hannah has worked with the C...

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Posted on: March 9, 2023

Council honors Fire Chief Ken Hair, Director Kenny Story, and Police Lt. Chris Mills

Council Ken Hair, Kenny Story, and Chris Mills retirement at City Council meeting, Feb. 21, 2023

The City of Lenoir City Council honored retiring Fire Chief Ken Hair, retiring Parks & Recreation Director Kenny Story, and retiring Police Lieutenant Chris Mills during a City Council meeting last month.

Mayor Joe Gibbons read and presented Lt. Mills' retirement resolution first during the regular Council meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023. After reading the resolution, Mayor Gibbons gave Lt. Mills a Key to the City of Lenoir.

Lt. Mills started servi...

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Posted on: March 7, 2023

Youth baseball and softball registration ends Friday

Boys holding bats during App State baseball clinic at Mulberry Recreation Center, Oct. 17, 2022.

Registration for City of Lenoir youth baseball and softball ends this Friday, March 10, 2023.

The City Parks & Recreation Department offers t-ball for young boys and girls and various baseball and softball leagues for older children. Parents can register their kids for the following leagues:

  • Co-Ed 4- to 5-year-old t-ball
  • Boys 6- to 8-year-old co...
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Posted on: March 7, 2023

Google and Betabox Learning launching STEM Tour at Martin Luther King Jr. Center

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Google is teaming up with Betabox Learning, a leading provider of mobile STEM labs, to launch a STEM tour of North Carolina school districts. The kick off will be Saturday, March 11, 2023, at the City of Lenoir's Martin Luther King Jr. Center.

The Saturday event will take place from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Kids will get to participate in various interactive activities and experiments including coding, artificial intelligence, robotics, and 3D printing. The first 300 attendees will get free food fr...

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Posted on: February 23, 2023

Phil Harper hired as next Parks & Recreation Director

Phillip Harper

The City of Lenoir has hired Phil Harper to serve as the next Director for the City's Parks & Recreation Department. Harper was born and raised in Lenoir, and he has more than 24 years of experience in the Parks & Recreation field.

Candidates had to complete a multi-step interview process, which included completing a written exercise and budget exercise, giving a community presentation, and completing a formal interview. City Manager Scott Hildebran said management had several great...

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Posted on: February 22, 2023

City seeking input on Downtown Master Plan

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The City of Lenoir will hold several community engagement meetings in March to gather ideas and get public feedback for the City's new Downtown Master Plan.

The Downtown Master Plan will establish goals for redevelopment and improvements in Downtown Lenoir during the next 10 years. The plan will likely recommend changes and additions to public infrastructure such as sidewalks, common areas, lighting, and stre...

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Posted on: February 20, 2023

City Council extends condolences to family of Senator James T. Broyhill

Senator Broyhill

The City of Lenoir City Council extends condolences to the family of Senator James T. Broyhill, who passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023, at the age of 97 years old.

Statement from City of Lenoir Council

"We were sad to hear of the passing of Senator James Broyhill, and we extend our condolences to his family and close friends. Senator Broyhill was a pillar of Lenoir, Caldwell County, and North Carolina. He starte...

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Posted on: February 8, 2023

The Leprechaun Leap is March 18

Runners get ready to start the Firecracker run June 30, 2018.

The Leprechaun Leap 5k &10k, the first yearly footrace sponsored by the City of Lenoir, is next month. Registration is open for the race, so sign up soon to get the early bird rate.

The Leprechaun Leap will be Saturday, March 18, 2023. Both the 5k and 10k races start and finish at the Lenoir Rotary Soccer Complex, located off Zacks Fork Road. The route follows the City of Lenoir Greenway. A 5k run covers 3.10 miles and a 10k run is 6...

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Posted on: February 2, 2023

Show some love to local businesses

Love Letters for Local neon heart with Downtown Lenoir banner in background

This February, let our Downtown businesses know how much they are loved and appreciated with Love Letters for Local.

City Main Street staff have declared that February will be “LOVE LOCAL” month in Downtown Lenoir. Residents are encouraged to write a love letter to a Downtown business and drop it off in one of the Love Letters for Local boxes located at the entrance to ...

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Posted on: February 1, 2023

Celebrate Black History Month in Lenoir

Black History Month

Staff at the City of Lenoir Martin Luther King Jr. Center will host several Black History Month events in February. The kickoff is Saturday, and all events are free to the public.

Concert and Vendors

The Place Church Praise Team out of Charlotte will put on a concert Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center. In addition to great music, attendees can visit several vendors that will be on site including Mee Mee&...

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Posted on: January 27, 2023

Council honors Capt. Brian Smith and Lt. Brett Ingram

City Council and Capt. Brian Smith and Lt. Brett Ingram, Jan. 17, 2023

The City of Lenoir City Council honored retiring Police Captain Brian Smith and retiring Lieutenant Brett Ingram during a City Council meeting last week.

Mayor Joe Gibbons read and presented retirement resolutions to Capt. Smith and Lt. Ingram during the regular Council meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. Family members and dozens of fellow officers attended the meeting to show their thanks and support.

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Posted on: January 26, 2023

Swimming, lessons, lifeguard course, kayaking at the Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center

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

City staff are hosting lifeguard classes, swimming lessons, and kayaking practice at the Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center in February. Recreational swim is increasing next month, too.

Swimming lessons are available for four to 12 year olds starting in February and going through April.

Swimming lessons are six days spread over two weeks, Tuesday through Thursday each week. Daily lessons last a minimum of 30 minutes. Staff use the America...

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Posted on: January 12, 2023

City installing lights at Mack Cook Stadium

Close up of LED lights on the poles waiting to be installed at Mack Cook Stadium

Contractors have started installing new lights at Mack Cook Stadium in Downtown Lenoir. The lights will help the city bring more events to the location and build on improvements to The Campus at the Historic Lenoir High School.

City Council approved the project in August last year. The City was able to raise all the funds for $213,522 project via grants and private donations.

"The new lights will allow the City to hold evening events including sports games, concerts, communi...

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Posted on: January 12, 2023

Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration

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City of Lenoir Parks & Recreation staff are hosting a Martin Luther King. Jr. Day celebration Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Lenoir.

The celebration, "Reclaiming the Dream," will start at 3:00 pm. The event will feature keynote speaker Rev. Charlie Rivens and will include a reading of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, music, poems, and more. Check out the...

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Posted on: December 30, 2022

Know who to call for City services

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Have a question about a garbage pickup, a utility bill, or water and sewer service? Phone numbers to get in touch with City of Lenoir staff about various City services are located on the Contact Us page on the website.

City of Lenoir staff are available to answer questions during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. City Hall is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. The Public Services Department (garbage, streets, water, sewer, storm drains) is open from 7:30 am to 4...

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Posted on: December 22, 2022

Santa Claus bringing free toys to the MLK Jr. Center tonight!

Santa holds a baby during the 2021 toy giveaway at the MLK Jr. Center in Lenoir

Santa Claus is bringing lots of toys to give away tonight at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Lenoir. The doors open at 4:30, and the first 100 children ages 4 to 12, will get a free toy.

Martin Luther King Jr. Center Director Lester Whittington said that Toni Carlton will sing Christmas songs, and the children will get to visit Santa and pick a free toy based on their age. 

Toys include games, dolls, basketballs, footballs, remote...

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Posted on: December 20, 2022

Christmas and New Year's closings

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City Hall and recreational facilities will be closed Friday, Dec. 23, through Tuesday, Dec. 27, in celebration of Christmas, and Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in celebration of New Year's Day. Garbage collection will be affected.

The Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center will also be closed Saturday, Dec. 31.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Holiday Garbage Collection

Generally speaking, when a garbage collection day falls on a holiday, pickup for that day will be moved to Wednesday...

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Posted on: December 15, 2022

Tap water in Bushtown now safe to drink

Boil Water Advisory Canceled, Tap Water Safe to Drink

The boil water advisory issued yesterday, Dec. 14, 2022, for the Bushtown area in Lenoir has been lifted. Water consumers in Bushtown, as well as affected areas of Caldwell County, can resume normal water use as of 1:41 pm, today, Dec. 15, 2022.

It is no longer necessary to boil your water before ingesting. All leaks and pressure challenges have been repaired in the distribution system, and no bacteria were detected as a result. 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during the last...

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Posted on: December 15, 2022

Council meeting canceled

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Due to scheduling issues, the City Council meeting planned for Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, has been canceled.

The quasi-judicial public hearing scheduled for the proposed Hillhaven Place Subdivision will be held at the next City Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. in the City County Chambers located at 905 West Avenue.

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Posted on: December 14, 2022

Boil water advisory issued for Bushtown area of Lenoir

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A water line break around 4:00 am this morning drained a City water tank and left about 300 customers without water in the Bushtown area of Lenoir. Once water pressure returns, those customers will need to boil their water before use.

The affected customers currently do not have water service. They are the only customers who will need to boil water when pressure returns to the system.

"If you don't have water right now, you'll need to boil your water before using ...

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Posted on: December 9, 2022

Christmas events and activities in Lenoir

A bright, lighted snowflake in Downtown Lenoir, Nov. 17, 2022

There are a lot of things to do in Lenoir this Christmas season including carriage rides, Christmas shows, visits with Santa, and more!

Christmas at The Campus

Join Foothills Performing Arts for "Merry & Bright" during the 2nd Annual Christmas at The Campus in Downtown Lenoir! This free, community show will bring Christmas cheer and song to Downtown Lenoir. Pick up FREE ticke...

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Posted on: December 2, 2022

Volunteers wanted to help light luminaries

A girl lights a luminary at Blue Ridge Memorial Park, Dec. 17, 2021.

The City of Lenoir's annual luminary display at Blue Ridge Memorial Park will be Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, and staff could use some help lighting the thousands of candles in the luminaries.

Blue Ridge Memorial Park staff have been working for the past couple of weeks to fill about 8,000 bags with sand and a candle. On Friday, Dec. 9, City staff from several departments will sit a luminary on each grave in the cemetery, and lighting will star...

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Posted on: December 1, 2022

MLK Jr. Center staff seeking donations for toy giveaway

Santa holds a baby during the 2021 toy giveaway at the MLK Jr. Center in Lenoir

Staff at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center is asking for toy donations to give away during this year's Santa Claus is Coming to Town event held just before Christmas.

"We're looking forward to having this year's event inside," MLK Jr. Center Director Lester Whittington said. "We'll have Santa here, and Toni Carlton will perform Christmas songs. It'll be fun."

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Posted on: November 29, 2022

Sturgis and Edmisten to serve as Grand Marshals in Christmas Parade

Sam Sturgis and Buddy Edmisten, Nov. 29, 2022

The 2022 City of Lenoir Starry Night Christmas Parade is this Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, and the Grand Marshals for the parade will be Mack. W. "Buddy" Edmisten and Samuel T. Sturgis, Jr.

Staff selected Mr. Sturgis and Mr. Edmisten as Grand Marshals to thank them and honor them for giving many decades of service to the City and residents of Lenoir. Mr. Edmisten worked 43 years in the City Public Utilities Department and Mr. Sturgis worked ...

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Posted on: November 28, 2022

GivingTuesday in Lenoir

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Mayor Joe Gibbons, on behalf of City Council, proclaimed Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, as GivingTuesday in Lenoir. GivingTuesday is a day set aside to encourage residents to give back to their community any way they can.

Mayor Gibbons read and presented a GivingTuesday proclamation to Jamie Willis, Executive Director of United Way of Caldwell County, during Council's regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.

"GivingTuesday is much in the same spirit [of United Way],"...

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Posted on: November 23, 2022

Shop Small this Saturday in Lenoir

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Small Business Saturday is this weekend in Lenoir. Come get your Christmas shopping started and help support local business owners.

Mayor Joe Gibbons, on behalf of City Council, proclaimed Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, to be Small Business Saturday in the city. Read the full proclamation below. Founded by American Express in 2010 and officially cosponsored by U.S. Small Business Administra...

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Posted on: November 21, 2022

Turkey Tuesday tomorrow at the MLK Jr. Center

Mayor Pro Tem Crissy Thomas and Councilman Ike Perkins get ready to hand out turkeys, Nov. 23, 2021

Mayor Pro Tem Crissy Thomas and Councilman Rev. Ike Perkins will be handing out FREE turkeys during the Drive-Thru Turkey Tuesday tomorrow, Nov. 22, 2022, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center.

This is the 8th Annual Turkey Tuesday event. Mayor Pro Tem Thomas, Councilman Perkins, and volunteers will hand out free turkeys to local families in need while supplies last. Turkey Tuesday starts at 5:00 pm.

Residents can drive (or walk) to the Martin Lu...

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Posted on: November 18, 2022

City facilities closed for Thanksgiving

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City of Lenoir City Hall and recreation facilities will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 25, 2022, in celebration of Thanksgiving. Garbage collection will be affected.

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Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

GARBAGE PICK-UP SCHEDULE

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Posted on: November 10, 2022

Light Up Lenoir next week in Downtown

Santa listens to the Christmas wishes of a young girl during Light Up Lenoir, Nov. 21, 2019

Come to Downtown Lenoir Thursday, Nov. 17, for Light Up Lenoir and enjoy music, hot coco, and beautiful holiday lights.

Light Up Lenoir will start at 5:00 pm, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, on the square in Downtown Lenoir. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be available while supplies last.

Santa will be listening to children's Christmas wishes from 5:00 to 7:30 pm, an...

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Posted on: November 8, 2022

City facilities closed for Veterans Day

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City of Lenoir City Hall and recreational facilities will be closed Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in honor of Veterans Day. Garbage collection will be affected.

GARBAGE PICK-UP SCHEDULE

Sanitation will not operate Friday, Nov. 11. Garbage normally picked up on Friday will be picked up on Wednesday, Nov. 9. All other household garbage pickups will remain on a normal schedule. There will be no bulk collections this ...

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Posted on: November 8, 2022

Youth basketball registration open

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Registration for the City of Lenoir youth basketball league is open now through Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. The league is open to boys and girls, ages 4 to 13.

Practice for the league will be in December, and games will be played in January and February.

There are seven different age divisions in the youth basketball league: 4 Year Old Co-Ed, 5-6 Year Old Co-Ed, 7-8 Year Old Co-Ed, 9-10 Year Old Boys, 9-10 Year O...

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Posted on: November 4, 2022

Mayor proclaims National Hospice & Palliative Care month in Lenoir

City Council presents National Hospice Month proclamation to Rev. Curtis Singleton, Nov. 2, 2022

Mayor Joe Gibbons, on behalf of City Council, proclaimed November 2022 to be National Hospice & Palliative Care Month in the City of Lenoir.

Mayor Gibbons read and presented the proclamation to Reverend Curtis Singleton with Amorem during Council's regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.

"I have served at hospices across the southeast for nearly 15 years. I’ve never seen a community support...

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Posted on: November 3, 2022

City installs new outdoor lights at Mulberry Recreation Center

Shelter and playground at Mulberry Recreation Center at night, Nov. 1, 2022

If you've driven by the Mulberry Recreation Center at night recently, you may have noticed some bright lights shining on the pickleball and tennis courts.

Staff worked with a local electric contractor to take advantage of a Duke Energy incentive to replace all the lights around the playground, skate park, and tennis and pickleball courts at the center. The contractor installed more than 50 new, 300-watt LED...

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Posted on: November 1, 2022

City removing old clock tower

A close up of the City Clock in Downtown Lenoir, Oct. 31, 2022

The City of Lenoir will remove the old Clock Tower on the Downtown square this week. Staff will store the City Clock until a new tower is designed and built.

The current clock tower has deteriorated and become unsafe. Sections of the façade on the clock tower are cracking and pulling away from the brick underneath, and some of the brick structure is weakening as well. 

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Posted on: October 31, 2022

Trunk-or-Treat tonight at the MLK Jr. Center

2022 Trunk or Treat Car

The City of Lenoir Martin Luther King Jr. Center is hosting a drive-thru trunk-or-treat event at 5:00 pm tonight, Monday, Oct. 31, 2022.

Sponsors will park and decorate cars and hand out candy in bags to visitors as they drive (or walk) through the MLK Center parking lot. 

If it's raining, the event will be held inside in the multipurpose room. Trick-or-treaters can park and walk i...

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Posted on: October 28, 2022

City paving streets next week

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Contractors working for the City of Lenoir plan to pave three streets around town next week.

Contractors will pave Swanson Drive from Norwood Street to Central Drive, Ronquil Park Place, and Stage Street.

The paving company plans to start on Swanson Drive on Tuesday, Nov. 1, weather permitting, and then move to Ronquil Park Place and Stage Street....

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Posted on: October 19, 2022

City developing new Downtown Master Plan

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City staff will soon start developing a new Master Plan for Downtown Lenoir. The Downtown Master Plan will establish a cohesive vision for Downtown Lenoir and guide future development in the heart of the city.

"We are genuinely excited to be embarking on this project," Main Street Director Kaylynn Horn said. "Many surrounding cities and many more across the state have completed one, two, and in some cases, three Downtown Master Plans. Creating ou...

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Posted on: October 17, 2022

Leaf collection starts in November

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The City of Lenoir Public Works Department will start leaf collection in November. Residents will get three pickups between November and January 2023.

Residents should rake leaves into piles behind the curb or ditch line, and remove all bricks, rocks, sticks, or glass. Such items may cause personal injury to employees and damage equipment.

Depending on their location in the City, residents will get one c...

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Posted on: October 12, 2022

Free App State baseball clinic at Mulberry Recreation Center

Boys catch grounds at free App State baseball clinic, Sept. 29, 2021

Appalachian State University Baseball coaches and players are bringing a free baseball clinic to Mulberry Recreation Center Monday, Oct. 17, 2022.

The baseball clinic is for second to eighth graders and will be from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The clinic is FREE for participants!

"We're looking forward to having App State back at Mulberry Recreation Center ," Athletic Director Katelin Harmon ...

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Posted on: September 29, 2022

Be prepared for flooding, power outages

NWS Hurricane Ian track as of 11:34 am Friday, Sept. 29, 2022

The latest storm tracker update predicts that Tropical Storm Ian is headed for western North Carolina tomorrow. The storm could bring heavy rain and wind that might cause flooding and power outages in Lenoir and the region.

City of Lenoir staff is preparing to respond as needed. 

Public Utilities staff is checking generators to keep water and sewer service running. Public Works and the Fire Department are testing chain saws and getting prepared to clear or close City...

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Posted on: September 29, 2022

Due to pending storm, NC Brass Band cancels concert

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Due to the inclement weather forecast for tomorrow evening brought about by Hurricane Ian, the North Carolina Brass Band has elected not to travel to Lenoir for its scheduled concert.

Several band members are from Georgia and South Carolina as well as coastal areas in North Carolina, and the approaching hurricane/tropical storm is of great concern to the band members.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, declared a State of Emergency due...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

Christmas parade application online

Santa Claus with dancers in the 2021 Starry Night Christmas Parade in Downtown Lenoir

Want to be a part of the 2022 City of Lenoir Starry Night Christmas parade? The application is now online.

The Starry Night Christmas Parade happens on the first Friday in December in Downtown Lenoir, NC! This much-loved holiday tradition features high school bands and dancers, and numerous community groups and businesses enter floats. Plus, Santa visits every...

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Posted on: September 26, 2022

Wood, Fire, Smoke Festival coming to Downtown Lenoir

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If you like barbecue, artisan crafts, steel creations and fall weather, you're going to love the Wood, Fire, Smoke Festival in Downtown Lenoir, North Carolina.

The Wood, Fire, Smoke Festival is happening from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, in the lots between Hog Waller Stage and the Golden Cardinal Gallery (old William's Produce building) in Downtown Lenoir. Church Street and Boundary Street will b...

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Posted on: September 22, 2022

National Night Out is next month in Downtown Lenoir

People on Main Street at dusk during National Night Out in 2019

The City of Lenoir Police Department will host National Night Out in Downtown Lenoir Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022.

National Night Out is an annual event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

This year's event will include live music by Darren Bryant, Patrol Vehicle Best...

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Posted on: September 21, 2022

Free brass band concert at The Campus at Historic Lenoir High School

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Did you know that Lenoir High School's 100-year anniversary is this year? To celebrate that milestone, the North Carolina Brass Band will perform a free concert at the LHS auditorium Friday, Sept. 30.

The North Carolina Brass Band (NCBB) is a 28-member ensemble composed of brass players and percussionists. The band includes symphony orchestra musicians, leading soloists, chamber music professionals, jazz artists, brass and percussion professors at univ...

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Posted on: September 19, 2022

Tomorrow's City Council meeting canceled

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The City of Lenoir Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, has been cancelled due to not having a quorum. The next City of Lenoir Council meeting will be Oct. 4, 2022.

The Committee of the Whole will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at City Hall.

Council meeting agendas are online at www.cityoflenoir.com/councilagendas

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Posted on: September 9, 2022

Council honors Patriot Day in Lenoir

American Flag, Photo by David Dibert

The City of Lenoir City Council commemorated Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, to be Patriot Day in the City of Lenoir during the recent City Council meeting.

Patriot Day occurs on September 11 each year in memory of the people killed during the September 11 attacks in 2001.

"The September 11 attacks, also called 9/11 attacks, [were] a series of airline hijackings and suicide attacks committed in 2001 by 19...

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Posted on: September 8, 2022

Council honors Caldwell Rotary Club

Council presents the 40th Anniversary resolution to Caldwell Rotary Club, Sept. 6, 2022

City Council congratulated the Caldwell Rotary Club on its 40th anniversary during the Council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, and thanked Caldwell Rotary for the club's many positive impacts to the community.

Mayor Joe Gibbons presented a resolution on behalf of Council to Caldwell Rotary Club member and Councilman Ralph Prestwood. The resolution highlighted many of the club's important programs during the past four decades. (The resolution is below.)...

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Posted on: September 7, 2022

City mountain biking trail provides off-road adventure

Mountain biker heads to the Zacks Fork Trail from the Lenoir Rotary Soccer Complex

There's a three-plus mile mountain biking trail tucked away here in Lenoir. It's a great place to learn how to ride, and it's just a few miles from downtown.

The Zacks Fork Mountain Biking Trail is located in the wooded area around the Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center. The trail is purpose built for mountain bikes, but all users are welcome to use the trail. Most riders access the trail from the northeaster...

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Posted on: September 2, 2022

City Hall and recreation centers closed Monday, garbage pickup affected

Sorry, We're Closed graphic

City of Lenoir City Hall and recreational facilities will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in observance of Labor Day. Garbage pickup will be affected.

Holiday Garbage Collection

Sanitation will not operate Monday, Sept. 5.  Garbage that is normally picked up on Monday will be collected Wednesday, Sept. 7.  All other household garbage pickups will remain on a normal schedule. There will ...

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Posted on: September 2, 2022

New sculptures on display in Downtown Lenoir

A sculpture in Tucker's Gallery in Downtown Lenoir

Did you know that there are a dozen pieces of outdoor sculpture on display in Downtown Lenoir, and most of them are for sale? The rotating art collection is part of Tucker's Gallery, a partnership between the City of Lenoir and the Caldwell Arts Council.

Local residents created Tucker's Gallery more than 15 years ago. The gallery is named for the town’s historical Tucker family, who settled in the area in 1797. The Tucker Family barn was located near the Caldwell Arts Council and served...

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Posted on: September 1, 2022

City awarded $500K grant for new splash pad, other amenities at aquatic center, soccer complex

Exterior view of the Lenoir Aquatic and Fitness Center

The City of Lenoir was recently awarded a $500,000 grant from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) to build a new splash pad and make other improvements at the Lenoir Aquatic and Fitness Center and Lenoir Rotary Soccer Complex.

The grant requires a local match, so the City will spend another $500,000 on the project, bringing the total investment to just over $1,000,000.

In addition to the new splash pad, which will replace the kiddie pool, the grant money will be used to build an...

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Posted on: August 23, 2022

Stormwater project underway at J.E. Broyhill Park

A view of the stormwater system from the lower end of the park

Contractors have started building a new stormwater feature at J.E. Broyhill Park. The Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance will slow down rain water at the lower end of park and reduce erosion.

Stormwater runoff has been an issue in J.E. Broyhill Park for many years. Parts of the park stay wet due to poor drainage, and the stream bank at the southern end of the park is eroding.

The City of Lenoir partnered with the local Cooperative Extension Off...

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Posted on: August 22, 2022

Lenoir Police restart bike patrols around the city

Bike Patrol Officer Steve Moulten

Officer Steve Moulton has been making rounds around town for the past few months on two wheels instead of four, thanks to the Lenoir Police Department's efforts to refresh the Bike Patrol program.

The department has had certified bike patrol officers on the force since Moulton started the program back in the early 2000s. But often, it's difficult for officers to switch from patrolling in a car to patrolling on a bike and vice-versa.

This year, Polic...

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Posted on: August 18, 2022

Dysart-Kendall American Legion Post 29 recognizes Officer and firefighter of the year

Lt. Scott Brawley and Sgt. Martin Crisp pose with their awards

Dysart-Kendall American Legion Post 29 recognized Lieutenant Scott Brawley as Firefighter of the Year and Sergeant Martin Crisp as Police Officer of the Year during the regular City Council meeting Tuesday night, Aug. 16, 2022.

Post 29 started the Firefighter and Officer of the Year to recognize local emergency services members and thank them for their contributions to keep the community safe. Post 29 also recognizes the Sheriff's Deputy of the Year and the Emergency Me...

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Posted on: August 17, 2022

Fall baseball registration ends Friday

Baseball glove, baseball and bat

Registration for City of Lenoir Parks and Recreation fall baseball ends this Friday, Aug. 19, 2022. The league is open to boys ages six through 13 years old.

Skills assessment for fall baseball starts next week. Teams usually practice twice a week until the regular game season, which starts in mid-September. Then teams generally play one game a week through the end of October.

"It's about a six-week regula...

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Posted on: August 10, 2022

Swanson Road closed to through traffic next week

road closed sign

Swanson Road in the Joyceton area of Lenoir will be closed to through traffic all next week. Public Works staff are replacing a storm drain across the road.

The storm drain, located at 413 Swanson Rd., is old and needs repair. The road will be closed at that location from 8:00 am Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, to Friday, Aug. 19, weather permitting. Drivers will not be able to cross this section of road while staff a...

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Posted on: August 8, 2022

City opens four, new outdoor pickleball courts

People play pickleball doubles on an outdoor court at Mulberry Rec Aug. 8, 2022

In celebration of National Pickleball Day, the City of Lenoir Parks & Recreation Department opened four, new outdoor pickleball courts today at Mulberry Recreation Center.

In 2018, staff opened three indoor pickleball courts at Mulberry Recreation. Due to local demand the growing popularity of the sport, Parks & recreation Director Kenny Story recently installed four, new outdoor courts.

"Pickleball is the number on...

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Posted on: August 5, 2022

Finance receives Certificate of Achievement from GFOA

GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The City of Lenoir Finance Department received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 31st consecutive year from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

The GFOA presented the award to the City for its most recent comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) - Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Fiscal Year Ended June 30 2021 (PDF). An impartial panel judged the CAFR to meet the high standards of the pr...

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Posted on: August 3, 2022

Council honors Dysart-Kendall American Legion Post 29

City Council and Post 29 members with 100-year anniversary resolution

The City of Lenoir City Council honored members of the Dysart-Kendall American Legion Post 29 Tuesday night and recognized the post's 100-year anniversary.

Mayor Joe Gibbons, on behalf of City Council, read and presented a resolution (see below) to Post 29 Commander Irv Eurto and post members Wayne Mihelich, Mike Mizak, and Bill Oxford. Mr. Oxford is a former American Legion National Commander. Mayor Gibbons...

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Posted on: August 1, 2022

City extends condolences to family, friends, coworkers of Matt Powell

Matt Powell staff photo

City of Lenoir staff extends our condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the family, friends, and coworkers of Matt Powell, who recently passed away.

Matt, 33, passed away unexpectedly Friday, July 29, 2022. He worked for the City's Parks and Recreation Department and has been a loyal and dedicated employee for the past 15 years.  He will be greatly missed by his fellow employees, the City of ...

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Posted on: July 27, 2022

Harambee Arts Festival starts this Saturday

Martin Luther King Jr Center in Lenoir, N.C.

The totally free, multi-day, and always fun Harambee Arts Festival starts this weekend at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Lenoir.

The festival starts at 11:00 am this Saturday, July 30, 2022, with a Family Fun Day.

Family Fun Day activities will include a sketch artist, face painters, a bungee trampoline, climbing wall, a train ride, foam cannon, food, a book bag giveaway, and more. ...

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Posted on: July 21, 2022

Council honors Central Barber Shop centennial

Mayor Joe Gibbons presents a framed City flag to Alan Hall on July 19, 2022

The City of Lenoir City Council recently honored Central Barber Shop for the business' centennial celebration and thanked Terry and Alan Hall for building their business in Downtown Lenoir.

Mayor Joe Gibbons read and presented a resolution to Alan Hall during the City Council meeting Tuesday, July 19, 2022. Mayor Gibbons also gave Mr. Hall a framed City of Lenoir flag. Central Barber Shop has been operating in Downtown Lenoir since May 1922....

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Posted on: July 21, 2022

Jump Street Drive Band Music Festival this weekend

Artists playing at the festival

Come to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center this Saturday, July 23, 2022, and enjoy the free Jump Street Drive Band Music Festival. Four bands will be performing blues, jazz, R&B, soul, and funk!

The lineup for the night includes LaRhonda "Toni" Carlton from Lenoir, and the Groove Masters Band, Reggie Graves & Jazz Theory, and Bryan Anderson, all from Charlotte. 

In addition to the music, staff will be giving away door prizes...

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Posted on: July 2, 2022

Mayor presents Independence Day resolution to local DAR members

Mayor Joe Gibbons poses with the Tucker's Barn DAR members at the Charters of Freedom

Mayor Joe Gibbons read and presented an Independence Day resolution today, Saturday, July 2, 2022, during a Fourth of July Celebration held by the Tucker's Barn Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

The Tucker's Barn DAR members held the event at the Caldwell County Charters of Freedom in Downtown Lenoir. The celebration included the reading of the resolution by Mayor Gibbons (full text below), readings from President George Washington&a...

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Posted on: July 1, 2022

Weekend events in Lenoir

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A free movie night, a fun run, fireworks, and more! Check out the events happening this weekend in Lenoir.

Movie Night in Downtown

Come watch Sing 2 at the Downtown Lenoir stage tonight, Friday, July 1, 2022. Sing 2 is the second movie that is part of this year’s Summer Music Madness Series. The movie starts at 9:00 pm. Bring a comfy chair and grab so...

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Posted on: June 30, 2022

Two Lenoir Parks & Recreation teams win tourneys

The Lenoir Blue Hurricanes 2022 team holding their championship trophies

The Lenoir Rockies 10U baseball team and the Lenoir Blue Hurricanes 10U softball team recently won their respective championship games in the Foothills Athletic Association summer tournaments.

The Blue Hurricanes beat the Granite Falls Bruins 10 to 5 during their championship game held Thursday June 16, 2022, in Morganton. The Rockies beat the formerly undefeated Sawmills Reapers 7 to 3 during their championship game the same day at the Mulberr...

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Posted on: June 29, 2022

Fire Department receives improved rating

The Fire Rescue 1 truck sits in Station 1 in Lenoir, NC

The City of Lenoir Fire Department recently earned a Class 2 rating from the NC Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM). Lenoir Fire joins the 3.9% of fire departments across the state with a rating of Class 2 or better.

The rating is based on scores for the fire department (50%), the city's water supply (40%), and emergency communications (10%). State inspectors look for proper staffing levels, sufficient equipment, proper maintenance of equipment, communication...

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Posted on: June 29, 2022

July 4th fireworks and closings

Fireworks explode during the 2018 July 4th Fireworks show

The City of Lenoir Fireworks show will be Monday night, July 4, 2022, at the Lenoir Optimist Park across from Mulberry Recreation Center. The outdoor pool will be open from 1:30 to 5:30 pm for recreational swim.

July 4th Fireworks

The Optimist Park will be closed all day Monday, July 4, while the fireworks show is being set up. Mulberry Street in front of Mulberry Recreation Center will be closed around 4:00 pm Monday.

Waterlife Church's July 4th Celebration will b...

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Posted on: June 28, 2022

Main Street receives 2022 Main Street America Accreditation

Downtown Lenoir logo square

The City of Lenoir Main Street Department has been designated a Main Street America 2022 Accredited program. This accreditation status is Main Street America’s top-tier recognition.

“We are proud of our North Carolina Main Street programs that have met the criteria for National Main Street Center,” said N.C. Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “North Carolina’s economy depends on the thr...

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Posted on: June 17, 2022

Movie night and Juneteenth events this weekend

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The City of Lenoir is hosting a movie night on the square this evening, and Juneteenth events start tomorrow at The Campus at the Historic Lenoir High School.

Summer Madness Series

The Downtown Lenoir Summer Madness Series continues Friday night, June 17, 2022, with a free showing of Encanto. Bring a comfy chair and blanket to the square and watch Encanto with your friends and neighbors! The movie starts at 8:30...

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Posted on: June 16, 2022

Neon Night Ride draws large, glowing crowd

A mom and daughter at the Neon Night Ride

More than a hundred riders came out earlier this month for the first Neon Night Ride on the City of Lenoir Greenway.

Community Engagement Coordinator Matthew Anthony organized the event to celebrate World Bicycle Day. The ride was held on Friday June 3, 2022, and one goal of the event was to highlight the City's greenway.

"The Neon Night Ride had an amazing turn out...

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Posted on: June 10, 2022

City hires Public Utilities Operations Manager

Dr. Jeff Church

The City of Lenoir has hired Dr. Jeffrey Church as the first Public Utilities Operations Manager in the new Public Services Department.

As Operations Manager, Dr. Church will be responsible for the day-to-day activities of the Public Utilities section of Public Services. Public Utilities is responsible for providing water and sewer services to City of Lenoir and Town of Hudson residents, ...

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Posted on: June 9, 2022

Council honors CCC&TI Cobras Baseball Team

Council presents CCC&TI Cobras Baseball Team resolution to Athletic Director Jeff Link

The City of Lenoir City Council honored the Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCC&TI) Cobras Baseball Team Tuesday night and congratulated them on an amazing 2022 season.

Mayor Joe Gibbons read and presented a resolution to Athletic Director Jeff Link during the regular City Council meeting, June 7, 2022. 

"We have a long baseball history in Caldwell County. We have champions in Little League, Senior League, &...

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Posted on: June 9, 2022

City hires Public Works Operations Manager

Jon Hogan

The City of Lenoir has hired Jonathan Hogan as the first Public Works Operations Manager in the new Public Services Department.

As Operations Manager, Mr. Hogan will oversee the day-to-day activities of the Public Works section of Public Services. Public Works is responsible for sanitation and solid waste collection, the Recycling Center, streets and right-of-ways, building mainte...

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Posted on: June 8, 2022

Council honors Mac Martin

Council presents a resolution to Mac Martin honoring 17 years of service on the Planning Board

The City of Lenoir City Council honored long-time Planning Board Member Mac Martin Tuesday night and thanked him for his many years of service to the City.

Mayor Joe Gibbons read and presented a resolution to Mr. Martin during the regular City Council meeting, June 7, 2022. Mr. Martin has served on the City of Lenoir Planning Board since 2005. Mayor Gibbons also gave Mr. Martin a City flag framed with two Ci...

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Posted on: June 8, 2022

Thomas promoted to Public Services Director

Radford Thomas

Radford Thomas is being promoted to director of a new department at the City of Lenoir, the Public Services Department.

Public Services will consolidate Public Utilities and Public Works into one department. Public Utilities provides water and sewer services to city residents, the Town of Hudson, and several other water and sewer utilities in the county. Public Works handl...

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Posted on: June 1, 2022

1st Neon Night Ride happening Friday

Neon Night Ride graphic

The first ever Neon Night Ride in Lenoir is happening this Friday, June 3, 2022, at the Lenoir Rotary Soccer Complex on Zacks Fork Road.

The event will start at 8:30 pm at the soccer complex. Staff will have a couple thousand free, 8-inch and 22-inch glow sticks for participants who need some extra neon glow on their bikes. There will be water available on site and cookies donated by Chick...

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Posted on: May 27, 2022

Outdoor pool opens tomorrow

Kids swimming in the outdoor pool at the Lenoir Aquatic and Fitness Center

The outdoor pool at the Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center (LAFC) will be open tomorrow, Saturday, May 28, 2022, from 1:30 to 5:30 pm for recreation swim. The slides will be closed.

Parks and Recreation Director Kenny Story said staff are waiting on the North Carolina Department of Labor to inspect the slides.

"The state inspectors are supposed to come Tuesday, so hopefully the slides will be open the following weekend," Sto...

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Posted on: May 25, 2022

City receives second, larger $500K EPA grant

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The City of Lenoir has received its second Brownfield Assessment grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this time for $500,000.

Lenoir received its first EPA Brownfield grant in 2018 in the amount of $300,000. The City used those funds to perform assessments on several commercial and industrial properties around town. Brownfield assessments are the first step to safely clean up an...

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Posted on: May 20, 2022

First Lenoir Bicycle Festival a success

A boy finishes one of the obstacle courses at the Lenoir Bicycle Festival May 14, 2022

The first Lenoir Bicycle Festival was a success according to volunteers and participants who brought their bikes to Downtown Lenoir and road around on our streets.

The festival was held this past Saturday, May 14, 2022, from 10:00 to 3:00 pm. About 300 people attended the event including kids, parents, and younger and older adults.

The festival offered a free ride lane around Downtown on Main Street, West Avenue, Chu...

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Posted on: May 18, 2022

Registration still open for youth summer basketball

Kids play basketball in the summer league at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center

Registration is still open for both City of Lenoir youth summer basketball leagues.

The deadline to sign up for the co-ed J.H. Jones Summer Basketball League is tomorrow, May 19. The J.H. Jones league is open to boys and girls ages 8 to 12. Players must turn 8 years old on or before May 23. Games are played at the Martin Luther King Jr. ...

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Posted on: May 16, 2022

Finance director receives Local Government Finance Officers certification

Donna Bean

City of Lenoir Finance Director Donna Bean was recently certified as a Local Government Finance Officer by the North Carolina Government Finance Officers Association.

Finance Director Bean achieved the certification after completing more than 150 hours of instruction from the UNC School of Government and passing exams related to the courses of study. The five core courses are Introduction to Local Government Finance, G...

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Posted on: May 13, 2022

Registration still open for summer swim club

Woman swimming backstroke, Photo by SHVETS production

Registration is still open for the City of Lenoir Summer Swim Club. Summer Swim Club will help participants become better swimmers and learn more strokes. The club will also compete in swim meets.

"If your child can doggy paddle and swim in the pool, but they need help to learn different strokes like the backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly, this program will teach them those strokes," said Mikayla Gayheart, Senior Aquatic Specialist a...

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Posted on: May 13, 2022

Lenoir makes more greenway connections

A photo of where the new section of greenway connects to the current greenway

City of Lenoir Public Works staff recently made two more greenway connections near the Lenoir Rotary Soccer Complex. The connections increase access to the greenway in the area.

Last week, Public Works staff paved a section of greenway that connects the westernmost parking lot at the soccer complex to the greenway. The new section is about 425 feet long and goes south from the parking lot and intersects with the current ...

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Posted on: May 10, 2022

City wins communications awards

City of Lenoir 2020 NC3C Excellence in Communications Awards

The City of Lenoir recently won two Excellence in Communications Awards from North Carolina City and County Communicators (NC3C).

Lenoir won second-place in "General Composition – Writing" for the article “Single-family homes going up in Lenoir.” The City also won second place in "Social Media – General Use on a Single Platform&...

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Posted on: May 6, 2022

Raffles, prizes, and a backwards bicycle coming to the Lenoir Bicycle Festival

Raffle bikes

The Lenoir Bicycle Festival is next Saturday and the event planners have some fun activities on the schedule including the Impossible Backwards Bicycle Challenge.

The Lenoir Bicycle Festival will be from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Downtown Lenoir. 

Festival activities will include a free-ride lane around downtown, obstacle courses, a time trial course with five age brackets and prizes do...

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Posted on: May 5, 2022

Mayor proclaims "Celebrate Drinking Water Week" in Lenoir

2022 Drinking Water Week logo

On behalf of the City Council, Mayor Joe Gibbons proclaimed the week of May 1 to 7, 2022, as “Celebrate Drinking Water Week” throughout the City of Lenoir.

Mayor Gibbons presented the proclamation to Public Utilities Director Radford Thomas Tuesday, May 3, 2022, during the City Council meeting.

City of Lenoir Public Utilities staff operate the City’s water treatment plant 24/7/365. Staff at the plant produces...

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Posted on: May 5, 2022

Mayor Gibbons selected as Chair of NC Mayors Association

Mayor Gibbons speaks during at City Vision 2022 in Wilmington, NC

Mayor Joe Gibbons has been selected as Chair of the NC Mayors Association Board of Directors and will serve a one-year term helping to lead the organization and its 11-member board.

The NC Mayors Association (NCMA) is an affiliate organization of the North Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM). NCMA provides a platform for all the state’s mayors to work together on goals of cities and towns and the challenges they face. ...

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Posted on: May 4, 2022

Mayor proclaims International Firefighters' Day in Lenoir

City Council presents the International Firefighters' Day proclamation to Fire Chief Ken Hair

On behalf of the City of Lenoir City Council, Mayor Joe Gibbons proclaimed Wednesday, May 4, 2022, as “International Firefighters’ Day” throughout the City of Lenoir.

Mayor Gibbons presented the International Firefighters' Day proclamation to Fire Chief Ken Hair Tuesday, May 3, 2022, during the City Council meeting.

International Firefighters' Day is observed each year on May 4. The public is encourage...

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Posted on: May 4, 2022

Council honors Telecommunicators

City of Lenoir Police Telecommunicators Rhonda Hollowell and Dustin Eller

City Council and Mayor Joe Gibbons honored the City's telecommunicators last month with a proclamation naming April 10 to 16, 2022, as "National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week" in the City of Lenoir.

Mayor Joe Gibbons read and presented the proclamation to Police Chief Brent Phelps during the City Council meeting held Tuesday, April 19, 2022. Read the full proclamation below.

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Posted on: May 4, 2022

Finley Avenue to be paved tomorrow

road work ahead sign

Contractors will be paving Finley Avenue from Main Street to Arlington Circle tomorrow and Friday. Drivers traveling the area should expect delays.

Finley Avenue will not be closed during paving, but travel will be reduced to one lane. 

Contractors expect to start paving tomorrow, Thursday, May 5, 2022, and hope be finished with the project by end of day Friday, May 6, barring any unforeseen ...

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Posted on: April 22, 2022

City staff clean up Lenoir during Litter Sweep

Two Police department staff pick up litter on Greenhaven Drive Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

About 35 City staff, including the Mayor and a Councilman, picked up dozens of bags of litter Wednesday, April 20, 2022, during the City of Lenoir Spring Employee Litter Sweep.

City staff have been participating in Litter Sweep every spring and fall the past few years. In addition to staff from City Hall, Fire, and Police, Mayor Joe Gibbons and Councilman Jonathan Beal and his wife and daughter helped pick up trash along several...

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Posted on: April 19, 2022

Compost giveaway #2 this Saturday

City worker loads compost into a trailer

The City of Lenoir is holding another leaf compost giveaway this Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The compost if free if you load up your bins or trailers yourself. It's $5 a scoop to have City staff load your trailer.

The compost area is located off Fairview Drive behind the Caldwell County Animal Shelter.

The rain date will be April 30.

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Posted on: April 14, 2022

Get your tickets for Rejoice! A Celebration in Song Community Event

2022 Rejoice Easter concert flyer

The Freedman Cultural Center is presenting "Rejoice! A Celebration in Song Community Event" this Saturday at The Campus at the Historic Lenoir High School in Downtown Lenoir. Tickets are $10 per person and are presale only.

Mayor Pro Tem Crissy Thomas, who is helping to organize the event, said the concert and performances will represent a diverse group of people from across the City.

"We’ll have choirs, we’ll have soloists, and some dancers. We&r...

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Posted on: April 8, 2022

Bicycle festival coming to Downtown Lenoir

Lenoir Bicycle Festival logo

Planning is underway for a new event in 2022, the Lenoir Bicycle Festival.

The Lenoir Bicycle Festival will be from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Downtown Lenoir. Festival activities will include a street ride around downtown, obstacle courses, time trial, safety and maintenance classes, The Impossible Backwards...

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Posted on: April 7, 2022

Council and staff cut ribbon on Hotel Street

Hotel Street sign

City Council and staff held a ribbon cutting to officially open Hotel Street yesterday, April 6, 2022.

Hotel Street connects Linkside Court to Hibriten Drive. The road was paved in January and the fence between the road and the golf course was completed in February.

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Posted on: April 6, 2022

Mayor proclaims April to be Fair Housing Month

Mayor Joe Gibbons presents the Fair Housing Month Proclamation to Lauren Hart

City of Lenoir Mayor Joe Gibbons proclaimed April 2022 to be Fair Housing Month in Lenoir during the Council's regular meeting Tuesday night.

Mayor Gibbons read and then presented the proclamation on behalf of City Council to Lauren Hart with the Catawba Valley Association of Realtors.

PROCLAMATION FAIR HOUSING MONTH

WHEREAS, April 11, 2022 marks the 54th anniversary of the passage of the U.S. Fa...

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Posted on: April 4, 2022

Section of Lower Creek Drive to be closed again

Sign announcing the road closure on Lower Creek Drive

A section of Lower Creek Drive will be closed again this Saturday. Contractors are installing a water line connection to the new Kattz Corner apartments.

Lower Creek Drive NE between Eastover Circle NE and Tywood Street NW will be closed to through traffic starting at 7:00 am, Saturday, April 9, 2022. Contractors hope to have the road back open by 2:00 pm in the afternoon, barring any unforeseen problems. ...

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Posted on: April 1, 2022

Master Gardeners hosting free gardening program

first Saturday gardeners

The first First Saturday in the Garden program is tomorrow, Saturday, April 2, 2022, at the Unity Park Community Gardens in Lenoir.

Local Master Gardeners and volunteers will present a free education program to the public the first Saturday of every month through October. The program runs from 8:00 to 11:00 am. The First Saturday programs will follow this schedule:

  • 8:00 am - Get your h...
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Posted on: April 1, 2022

Easter Egg Hunt next Saturday

Easter Eggs of various colors

The City of Lenoir Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 9, 2022, at Mulberry Recreation Center. The hunt is open to kids 10 and younger.

There will be games including a sack race, egg and spoon race, raw egg toss, and coloring station. Staff also plan to give out door prizes including Easter baskets, gift cards and items donated by sponsors.

The Easter Egg Hunt will be in three age groups -...

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Posted on: March 31, 2022

Compost giveaway this Saturday

City worker loads compost into a trailer

The City of Lenoir leaf compost giveaway is this Saturday, April 2, 2022, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The compost if free if you load up your bins or trailers yourself. It's $5 a scoop to have City staff load your trailer.

The compost area is located off Fairview Drive behind the Caldwell County Animal Shelter.

After turning off Fairview Drive, follow the p...

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Posted on: March 30, 2022

Parks & Recreation seeking community input

Lenoir Parks and Recreation Something for Everyone

The City of Lenoir Parks and Recreation Department is seeking community input through a brief survey.

The survey is online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/LenoirRecSurvey

The survey asks questions such as "How far do you live from a park?", "What recreational activities do you participate in frequently?", and  "How wo...

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Posted on: March 29, 2022

Families asked to clear graves before mowing season

Staff mowing at Blue Ridge Memorial Park

Staff at the Blue Ridge Memorial Park in Lenoir are asking that family members clear grave markers of all items not in vases before Friday, April 1, 2022.

Mowing season at the cemetery runs from April 1 to October 30. Items stuck in the ground near graves such as wreathes, flower pots, solar lights, etc., impede mowing and weed eating at the cemetery. Such items not in vases make it difficult for staff to m...

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Posted on: March 28, 2022

Paving on Beall Street tomorrow

road work ahead sign

Contractors plan to pave Beall Street from Harper Avenue to Holly Court tomorrow, Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Residents have been asked to not park on the street.

Contractors milled Beall Street last week in preparation for repaving. Milling removes the top layer of asphalt. 

Staff have already placed door hangers on homes on the street notifying residents and asking them to not park on the street. Any cars...

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Posted on: March 22, 2022

No parking on Beall Street Thursday

Beall Street and Holly Court street sign

Contractors will be milling a section of Beall Street Thursday morning, March 24, 2022, and residents have been asked to not park on the street that day from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

In order to pave Beall Street, workers have to take off the top layer of road. That process is called "milling." Workers will be milling Beall Street from Harper Avenue to Holly Court. 

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Posted on: March 16, 2022

Duke Energy clearing rights-of-way around Lenoir

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Duke Energy has started clearing rights-of-way along some of their electrical lines in Lenoir and Caldwell County. The work should be done by the end of the month.

"We have a responsibility to deliver power safely and reliably," said Robin P. Nicholson, Duke Energy District Manager, Government and Community Relations. "Trees around our lines are a major contributor to customer outages, so we must trim...

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Posted on: March 15, 2022

Police Dept. recognizes female staff during Women's History Month

Female staff at the Lenoir Police Department

In honor of Women's History Month, the City of Lenoir Police Department wants to recognize and thank the female staff who help the department succeed in enhancing public safety and improving the quality of life in Lenoir.

Currently, women occupy 14 full-time and seven part-time positions in the Police Department including Patrol Officer, Crime Scene Investigation, Emergency Communications, Evidence Technician, Crime Analyst, Records Personnel, and Secretary to the Chief of...

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Posted on: March 10, 2022

Leprechaun Chase back for round two

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Downtown Lenoir's Leprechaun Chase Scavenger Hunt is back for round two, and the game starts today. It's free to play, so don't miss your chance to win!

The City of Lenoir Main Street Department organized the first Leprechaun Chase Scavenger Hunt last year as part of a pandemic pivot to new and different events. The chase was very popular, so staff decided to bring it back again in 2022.

"We had more ...

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Posted on: March 9, 2022

Section of Lower Creek Drive closed Saturday

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A section of Lower Creek Drive will be closed this Saturday morning and afternoon. Contractors are installing a water line connection to the new Kattz Corner apartments.

Lower Creek Drive NE between Eastover Circle NE and Tywood Street NW will be closed to through traffic starting at 7:00 am, Saturday, March 12, 2022. Contractors hope to have the road back open by 2:00 pm in the afternoon, barring any unforeseen problems....

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Posted on: March 7, 2022

Lifeguard certification classes available

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The City of Lenoir Parks & Recreation Department is offering two lifeguard certification classes this month and next. Students must complete the pretest for the first class by tomorrow.

Parks & Recreation staff are offering lifeguard certification classes March 11-13 and April 18-20. Students who successfully complete the course may be offered employment with the Lenoir Aquatic and Fitness Center.

Participants must be 15 years old on ...

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Posted on: March 7, 2022

Youth baseball and softball registration ends Friday

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Parents have until Friday, March 11, 2022, to sign their kids up for City of Lenoir youth baseball and softball.

The City Parks & Recreation Department offers t-ball for young boys and girls and various baseball and softball leagues for older children. Parents can register their kids for the following leagues:

  • Co-Ed 4- to 5-year-old t-ball
  • Boys 6- to 8-year-old co...
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Posted on: February 18, 2022

Grand Manor Receives Rural Economic Development Grant

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The North Carolina Department of Commerce announced that Grand Manor Furniture is a recipient of the Rural Economic Development Division Building Reuse grant award.

The $400,000 grant will assist the company with renovations to the vacant Thomasville Furniture plant in Lenoir.

“We appreciate the partnership and support from the NC Department of Commerce, Caldwell County Commission and EDC and the City of Len...

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Posted on: February 11, 2022

Water line break on US 321

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City of Lenoir Public Utilities staff are currently working to repair a water line break on US 321 in front of Burger King. Several businesses are affected and will be without water for several hours.

Public Utilities staff are on scene and should have the water line repaired by 11 pm, barring any unforeseen issues.

The businesses affected include Burger King, Hannah's Bar-B-Q, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Nara Express, and Aldi.

Update: Staff r...

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Posted on: February 10, 2022

Do you heart a local business? Send them a valentine.

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The City of Lenoir Main Street Department is sponsoring a Love Letters for Local campaign this month. Staff are asking residents to grab a pen and piece of paper and take a few minutes to show their love for small businesses in downtown.

How it works:

  • Write a love letter for a Downtown Lenoir business during the month of February. Visit the Love Local page for a list of businesses.
  • Make sure to include the BUSINESS NAME on the outside of your letter or envelope.
  • Drop it in one of our special...
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Posted on: February 3, 2022

Council selects Kent Greer to fill vacant seat

Kent Greer

The City of Lenoir City Council selected Kent Greer to fill the vacant seat on Council Tuesday night, Feb. 1, 2022. The vote was unanimous.

Mr. Greer will fill the vacant seat left by former Councilman Ben Willis, who resigned to take a job with the Western Piedmont Council of Governments. 

Council announced the vacancy during its Jan. 4 meeting and asked interested residents to submi...

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Posted on: February 1, 2022

City honoring black American firsts in Lenoir and Caldwell County

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In celebration of Black History Month, the City of Lenoir will honor black American firsts that happened here in Lenoir and Caldwell County via several social media posts throughout February.

The first post of this series was published today and features Thomas Scott Jr., the first student to integrate Lenoir City Schools. According to the news article, "On Sept. 3, 1964, Thomas A. Scott, Jr., walked into Lenoir High School as the first b...

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Posted on: January 26, 2022

Sign up for WaterSmart before a leak catches you by surprise!

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When the ground freezes and thaws over and over, there's a better chance for water line breaks. Sign up for WaterSmart today to get notified of possible water leaks!

When the ground freezes, it can expand. When it thaws, the dirt around water lines can contract leaving gaps around the line. If the ground freezes and thaws enough, water lines can shift and break. City staff work hard to repair broken lines on the City ...

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Posted on: January 24, 2022

City Council honors Ben Willis

Ben Willis

The City of Lenoir City Council honored Councilman Ben Willis last week during the Jan. 18, 2022, City Council meeting. Councilman Willis is resigning from the Council at the end of the month.

Mayor Joe Gibbons read a resolution honoring Councilman Willis' service during his 10 years on City Council and then presented Councilman Willis with a key to the city.

"Thank you to Ben for all of his service on the council and across the st...

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Posted on: January 21, 2022

City Council honors Sgt. James Moore

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The City of Lenoir City Council honored retiring Police Sergeant James Moore Tuesday night, Jan. 18, 2022, during the City Council meeting.

Mayor Joe Gibbons read and presented a resolution to Sgt. Moore honoring his years of service to the City of Lenoir. Mayor Gibbons also gave Sgt. Moore a Key to the City.

"It’s bitter sweet. We hate to see Sgt. Moore leave our department after so many...

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Posted on: January 18, 2022

City facilities opening on delay Wednesday

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Due to expected icy conditions on the roads tomorrow morning, City Hall and Parks & Recreation facilities will open at 10:00 am Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022.

Be sure to sign up for Notify Me and CodeRED to stay up-to-date on service notifications and emergency alerts.

Notify Me informs subscribers about information posted to the City website such as upcoming events, news, service alerts, youth sports, and more....

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Posted on: January 18, 2022

Tuesday garbage collection postponed

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Due to road conditions this morning, Tuesday's garbage route will be collected this Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, weather permitting. Staff still plan to collect Monday's route tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 19.

All other household garbage pickups will remain on a normal schedule.  There will be NO bulk collections this week.

For more information about trash pickup, click the following link, Garbage Collection

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Posted on: January 13, 2022

Are you ready for snow? City prepping for winter weather.

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Weather forecasters are saying snow is likely this weekend. City staff is prepping to respond, and residents should take precautions as well, including moving vehicles off the streets if it does start snowing.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS) Greenville-Spartanburg office, "Confidence continues to increase for a significant winter storm across the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia Saturday afternoon through Sunday night. Please continu...

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Posted on: January 12, 2022

Martin Luther King Jr. Day closings and info

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City of Lenoir City Hall and recreational facilities will be closed Monday, Jan. 17, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Garbage collection will be affected.

Garbage Collection Schedule

Sanitation will not operate Monday, Jan. 17. Garbage normally picked up Monday will be collected Wednesday, Jan. 19.  All other household garbage pickups will remain on a normal schedule. There will be NO bulk collectio...

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Posted on: January 10, 2022

Gardeners grow thousands of pounds of produce at Community Gardens

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Gardeners working the beds at the Unity Park & Community Gardens pulled and picked more than 5,000 pounds of produce last year, and much of that was donated to the community.

Garden Coordinator David Horn said production at the Community Gardens in 2021 totaled 5,137 pounds of produce. Gardeners grew 2,996 pounds in the private beds, 1,164 pounds in the Community Share beds, and 977 pounds in the demonstration beds. For refere...

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Posted on: January 7, 2022

Council recognized for HOME program, Foothills Veterans Stand Down

City Council and WPCOG staff posing with the award

The City of Lenoir City Council was recognized Tuesday for the City's involvement in the Unifour Consortium HOME Program. Three councilmembers were recognized for participating in the recent Foothills Veterans Winter Stand Down.

Anthony Starr, Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) Executive Director presented Council with the Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award. The award is given by the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and honors NADO members for th...

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Posted on: January 5, 2022

Job openings with the City of Lenoir

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The City of Lenoir has several job openings available for anyone looking for a new opportunity or a change in career.

The City is looking to fill the following positions:

  • Auto Mechanic in the Vehicle Services Division of Public Works
  • Custodian at the MLK Jr. Center in Parks & Recreation
  • Equipment Operator in the Cemetery Division of Public Works
  • Patrol Officer in the Pol...
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Posted on: January 5, 2022

Notice of vacancy on the Lenoir City Council

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Notice is hereby given that the Lenoir City Council is seeking interested individuals to fill a vacancy on the City Council created by the resignation of Councilman Ben Willis.

The successful candidate will be formally appointed by City Council at their regular scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, and will serve until Tuesday, December 5, 2023.

Any potential candidate should submit a letter of interest outlining qualificat...

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Posted on: December 29, 2021

City, contractors working to repair water line break

City of Lenoir Public Utiliities

City staff and contractors are working today to repair a break on a 20-inch water main that has caused low pressure in certain parts of the city.

Public Utilities staff detected the break early Monday morning and found the break Monday night. The break is located on a 20-inch main that runs under Lower Creek between Quest4Life and Harrisburg Drive SW. 

The line is the primary feed for the F...

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Posted on: December 20, 2021

Christmas closings, garbage collection, and Christmas tree pickup

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City Hall and recreational facilities will be closed this Thursday, Friday, and Monday, Dec. 23, 24, and 27, in celebration of Christmas. Garbage collection will be affected.

Garbage Pickup Schedule

Sanitation will not be operating on Friday, Dec. 24 or Monday, Dec. 27. Garbage normally collected on Friday, Dec. 24, will be picked up this Wednesday, Dec. 22. Garbage normally collected on Monday, Dec. 27, will be picked up Wedne...

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Posted on: December 15, 2021

Renovations continue at the Lenoir High School Auditorium

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City Council recently approved more renovations at the Lenoir High School Auditorium. The improvements will help the City rebrand the venue as The Campus at the Historic Lenoir High School and bring more events into Downtown Lenoir.

Council approved the first round of improvements in January this year. Phase one included gutting and rebuilding two bathrooms on the lower floor of the facility. The new bathrooms will only be used during events at the auditorium. Phase one also included...

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Posted on: December 14, 2021

State and local burn bans lifted

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The N.C. Forest Service lifted the burn ban affecting Caldwell County and the region effective at noon Monday, Dec. 13. The City of Lenoir also lifted the local burn ban at the same time.

"Following the Forest Service’s recommendations, we are also rescinding the City of Lenoir’s open burning ban," Fire Chief Ken Hair said. "We will go back to normal operations in accordance with the City of Lenoir’s Code of Ordinances on op...

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Posted on: December 10, 2021

Council approves bid to replace sewer line

City of Lenoir Public Utiliities

The City of Lenoir City Council approved a bid to replace more than 3,800 feet of sewer line that runs from Mayflower Seafood Restaurant to the Lenoir Golf Club parking lot.

Public Utilities Director Radford Thomas said the project will replace an old 12-inch sewer pipe with a new 20-inch pipe. The section between Mayflower Seafood Restaurant and the golf course is one of the City's main sewer lines. The project will...

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Posted on: December 9, 2021

Council members swear oaths of office, Thomas reelected as Mayor Pro Tem

Mayor Pro Tem Crissy Thomas and Judge Brady, Dec. 7, 2021

Councilmembers David Stevens, Crissy Thomas, Ike Perkins, and Jonathan Beal swore their oaths of office Tuesday night, Dec. 7, 2021, during the regular City Council meeting. Councilmember Thomas was reelected to serve another term as Mayor Pro Tempore.

Councilmembers Stevens, Thomas, Perkins, and Beal were all reelected during the November municipal election and will serve another four-year term on the City of Lenoir City Council.

Caldwell County Magistrate Greg Cornett administered the oath of office to...

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Posted on: December 8, 2021

Walking Park closed today, tomorrow, and Monday

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The T.H. Broyhill Walking Park will be closed today, Wednesday, Dec. 8, tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 9, and Monday, Dec. 13, 2021.

A property owner adjacent to the park is cutting down trees near the park entrance, so the  road is closed for safety.

The Walking Park will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Dec. 10 through 12.

Commonly referred to as the "Walking Park,&q...

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Posted on: December 8, 2021

Luminary display postponed to Dec. 17

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Due to the current dry conditions and the state and local burn bans, the Luminary Display at Blue Ridge Memorial Park will be postponed to Friday, Dec. 17.

If the weather doesn't cooperate, and the City doesn't get substantial rainfall that will lift the burn bans before Dec. 17, staff will reschedule the event sometime in January 2022.

Every December, City staff make and light thousands of ...

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Posted on: December 7, 2021

Howard promoted to Police lieutenant

Lieutenant John Howard

John Howard has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant in the Lenoir Police Department Patrol Division.

"I am honored to announce that John Howard has accepted promotion to the rank of Police Lieutenant," Police Chief Brent Phelps said. "This was an extremely competitive process in which all the candidates did an outstanding job.  I ...

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Posted on: December 3, 2021

Foothills Performing Arts giving free Christmas shows in Downtown Lenoir

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The City of Lenoir is hosting a Foothills Performing Arts (FPA) production of two Christmas shows next week at The Campus at the Historic Lenoir High School in Downtown Lenoir. And, as an early Christmas present, the shows are FREE!

Dubbed "Christmas on the Campus at the Historic Lenoir High School," this premier event will feature Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman Smells!, The Story of Christmas performed by the Campus Christmas Choir, and musical performances. The show date...

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Posted on: December 3, 2021

City of Lenoir issues burn ban

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The City of Lenoir has issued a burn ban prohibiting all outdoor open burning, including within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling.

The ban is in effect as of today, Dec. 3, 2021, and applies to all open burning regardless of the issuance of a permit, including recreational fires, portable outdoor fireplaces, and outdoor fire pits.

The burn ban is issued under the authority of North Ca...

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Posted on: December 3, 2021

Mayor Gibbons elected as WPCOG Board Vice-Chair

Joe Gibbons, Mayor

The Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) elected Jill Patton, Hickory City Councilmember, as the new WPCOG Board Chair, and Joseph L. Gibbons, Mayor of Lenoir, as vice-chair at the November meeting of the WPCOG Policy Board.

The Policy Board serves as the governing board for the agency.

Mayor Gibbons has served as a WPCOG Policy Board member since 2019 and an Executive Committee Member since 2019. In addition, Mr. Gibbons has served as the Mayor of Lenoir since 2011. Before se...

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Posted on: December 2, 2021

City honoring frontline and healthcare workers in Christmas parade

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A dozen frontline and healthcare workers will serve as the Grand Marshals during the City of Lenoir Starry Night Christmas Parade tomorrow night.

The Grand Marshals will be Dr. Sarah Young - ICU MD, Jerrell Suddreth RN, ICU Manager, and Kelli Ace, Respiratory Therapist, representing healthcare workers; City of Lenoir Police Sergeant James Moore; City of Lenoir Firefighter Cassidy Auton; Caldwell Co...

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