Posted on: November 23, 2020
Last month, Main Street America interviewed three Downtown Lenoir business owners as part of the Business Spotlight: Women-Owned Businesses on Main Street series.
Main Street America talked with Jennifer Sime, owner of Doodle Bugs; Iris Bender, owner of Taste of Havana; and Heather Bryant, owner of High Country Herbs. Doodle Bugs, located at 106 Main St. NW, is a boutique specializing in children's clothing and gif...Read on...
Posted on: November 20, 2020
Public Works staff have prepped a new section of greenway at T.H. Wilson Park. Workers plan to pave the new section Monday, weather permitting.
Public Works Street Division staff have already graded the new section and put down stone base. The section will add about 700 feet to the greenway and create a loop around the park. The loop will be just over 3,000 feet or about .56 miles long.
Parks and ...Read on...
Posted on: November 19, 2020
The City of Lenoir extends our condolences to the family of Mr. Warren Harper, who passed away Saturday Nov. 14, 2020. Mr. Harper served as the City of Lenoir's first African American firefighter.
Mr. Harper retired from the City of Lenoir Fire Department in 1999 after 30 years of dedicated service. Fire Department Chief Ken Hair, then an engineer, worked with Mr. Harper for the last seven years of Mr. Harper's career with the City.
Posted on: November 18, 2020
How lovely are your branches!
City of Lenoir staff from several departments put up and decorated the City's 20-foot-tall, 1,000-light, supersize Christmas tree Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2020.
Public Works delivered and placed the tree on the southwest corner of the square ...Read on...
Posted on: November 13, 2020
City Building Maintenance staff have spent the last few months installing more than 900 new, LED lights in several City facilities. The LED lights are brighter, more energy efficient, and they are already returning savings.
Public Works Director Jared Wright said the lighting upgrade was a project waiting for the right time and the right price.
"Earlier this year, we were buying new lights for a couple parks, so we decided to check on prices and possible incent...Read on...
Posted on: November 13, 2020
Below is a joint statement from Mayor Pro Tem Crissy Thomas and Councilmember Ike Perkins regarding Turkey Tuesday.
"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with all the City of Lenoir facilities closed, Turkey Tuesday, which is hosted at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center has been cancelled. We pray and look forward to giving out Turkeys next year, 2021. Everyone contin...Read on...
Posted on: October 23, 2020
The Public Works Department has started collecting leaves in hot spots across the City of Lenoir. All residents will get at least three leaf pickups between November and January.
Residents should rake or blow leaves into piles behind the curb or ditch line. Be sure to remove all bricks, rocks, sticks, or glass. Those items can injure employees and damage equipment.
Residents will get three leaf pickups - one pickup in November, one...Read on...
Posted on: October 23, 2020
Workers will start paving Mulberry Street Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, weather permitting. On-street parking will not be permitted on Mulberry Street during paving. Drivers should expect delays.
Earlier this week, contractors paved Greenhaven Drive from Blowing Rock Boulevard to Arlington Circle and Industrial Court from Morganton Boulevard to Polychem Court. Workers will restripe the lanes on the streets once paving is complete for all three roa...Read on...
Posted on: October 23, 2020
The City of Lenoir City Council honored retired employees Jeff Hayes and Roger Barlow Tuesday night, Oct.20, 2020, during the City Council meeting.
Jeff Hayes retired Sept. 1, after 36 years of service with the City. Mr. Hayes started his career with the City of Lenoir in 1984 as a Water Plant Operator. He was promoted to Chief Water Plant Operator in 1989.
Roger Barlow retired Aug. 1, after 30 years ...Read on...
Posted on: October 20, 2020
Workers started a paving project this week, and the first street to be resurfaced was Greenhaven Drive. Greenhaven Drive now offers a smooth ride from from Blowing Rock Boulevard to Arlington Circle.
Industrial Court should be paved this week from Morganton Boulevard to Polychem Court, and Mulberry Street will be paved next week from Morganton Boulevard to College Avenue, weather permitting and barring any unforeseen issues. On-street parking on Mulbe...Read on...
Posted on: October 12, 2020
The City of Lenoir plans to hold some holiday events this year and cancel some others based on Centers for Disease Control and State guidelines.
The City is moving forward with the Downtown holiday light show. Staff plans to place a massive Christmas Tree in Downtown, and the City will also hold the Luminary Display at Blue Ridge Memorial Park in December.
"Due to state and federal guidelines,...Read on...
Posted on: October 9, 2020
The City of Lenoir City Council honored long-time Planning Board member Richard Hedrick Tuesday night, Oct. 6, 2020, during the City Council meeting.
Mr. Hedrick served 23 years on the Planning Board, first as the Extraterritorial representative, then as a regular member. He also was an inaugural member of the Lenoir Historic Preservation Commission. Mr. Hedrick retired off the Planning Board in August...Read on...
Posted on: September 23, 2020
The City of Lenoir has several online services available through the City website. We also have plenty of ways to get in touch with City staff.
Our most popular online service is Pay Online. Customers can pay their City utility bills and tax bills via our payment portal. Residents can also set up an automatic bank draft to pay bills. That way, customers don’t have to bother wi...Read on...
Posted on: September 23, 2020
A couple key thoroughfares in the City of Lenoir will get a fresh layer of asphalt during the next few weeks.
Sections of Greenhaven Street, Industrial Court, and Mulberry Street should be paved by the end of October, weather permitting and barring any unforeseen issues.
Mulberry Street will be paved from Morganton Boulevard to College Avenue. Greenhaven Street wi...Read on...
Posted on: September 17, 2020
City of Lenoir residents can keep backyard chickens as long has they apply for and receive a permit, but backyard roosters aren't very welcome.
City of Lenoir Code allows for up to four backyard chicken hens. Roosters are not allowed under the Backyard Chicken Permit. Residents must apply for a permit and follow the rules outlined in Sec. 3-2 of the City Code:
- Hens must be kept within an enclosed ...
Posted on: September 3, 2020
In response to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper's Executive Order 163 (EO163), the City of Lenoir is opening City playgrounds and picnic shelters at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020.
The City’s outdoor basketball court, tennis courts, and skate park will be open as well.
Governor Cooper recently announced that the state will move into Phase 2.5 starting tomorrow. Mask mandates and other prevention methods remain in effect and...Read on...
Posted on: September 1, 2020
The City of Lenoir recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has created financial hardships for some of our residential utility customers.
In an effort to provide a way for customers to bring their balances up to date, the City will offer payment plans for customers who were unable to pay their utility bills since March, April, May, June, and July this year. Customers will have to meet the f...Read on...
Posted on: August 26, 2020
The City of Lenoir and Caldwell County Yokefellow, Inc., are partnering to provide utility bill assistance for City water, sewer, and solid waste fees.
The help only applies to City of Lenoir bills, not any other type of bill such as power, phone, or internet.
Funds are available to residents who live inside the city limits of the City of Lenoir and meet the income requirements. To qualify, gross househol...Read on...
Posted on: August 6, 2020
American Legion Post 29 Commander Wayne Mihelich honored and recognized a City of Lenoir Firefighter and Police Officer Tuesday night Aug. 4, 2020, during the City Council meeting.
Mihelich recognized James Greer as Firefighter of the Year and Chris Maher as Police Officer of the Year for the City of Lenoir.
"Lt. Greer is an integral part of the Fire Department’s success internally and externally," Fire Chief Ken ...Read on...
Posted on: August 4, 2020
With the retirement of Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention Roger Barlow, several opportunities for promotion within the Fire Department opened up.
Fire Chief Ken Hair has made the following promotions from within the department that will be effective later this month.
Chris Jacobs has been promoted to Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal effective Aug. 24. Jacobs has served the department since Sep...Read on...
Posted on: July 9, 2020
One of the foundations of modern civilization is indoor plumbing. Running water and flushing toilets make life better. In a city, everything flushed down a toilet doesn't magically disappear. It all gets treated at a sewer plant.
This week, workers started installing a new treatment system at the Lower Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Staff have nicknamed the new equipment "the poop dryer." The new system will replace the plant’s old treatment process, "t...Read on...
Posted on: July 1, 2020
The City of Lenoir was among 21 North Carolina governments to earn recognition in the North Carolina City & County Communicators’ (NC3C) 2020 Excellence in Communications Awards.
The City of Lenoir won First Place in Digital Technology - Audio, and Second Place in Digital Technology - Website.
Local government communicators from across North Carolina submitted 192 entries in the 2020 NC3C award program. All entries were judged by p...Read on...
Posted on: June 23, 2020
The City of Lenoir Fire Department will perform a controlled burn at 213 Sunset St. tomorrow, June 24, 2020. Residents will see smoke in the area.
The house located at 213 Sunset St. caught fire a couple years ago and has been vacant since. Recently, the property owner asked if the City’s firefighters would use the structure for training purposes. The burn will allow the City’s f...Read on...
Posted on: June 3, 2020
As the Mayor of the City of Lenoir, I wish to express my thoughts regarding the tragic and unnecessary death of Mr. George Floyd that occurred in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
I join many of our neighbors across our communities and our country who are hurting and angry regarding the senseless brutality that led to the death of Mr. Floyd. I am disturbed and saddened by these actions and the tragic loss of life. There are no excu...Read on...
Posted on: June 2, 2020
A small section of the City of Lenoir greenway near Days Inn on US 321 has been closed due to a sink hole.
City staff will repair the sinkhole as soon as possible. Until then, the public should avoid this section of the greenway.
More parking and access points are listed on the greenway page. Click here to visit the Greenway page.Read on...
Posted on: May 29, 2020
A Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) horticulture student delivered nearly 1,000 plants to the Community Garden Friday, May 29, 2020. Community garden volunteers will tend the plants this summer and donate the harvest to local ministries.
Brandy Richthammer is a horticulture program student at WPCC. To help raise money for the program, students and staff hold an annual plant sale where they sell plants that have been raised by the spring semester students. Due to COVID-19 lock downs, the p...Read on...
Posted on: May 26, 2020
City of Lenoir facilities, including the outdoor pool, will remain closed through Safer At Home Phase 2. Staff, with the approval of City Council, also canceled the July 4th celebration.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued his Safer At Home Phase 2 executive order Friday, May 22, 2020. Phase 2 limits mass gatherings to no more than 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors in most circumstances. Click here to read the press release. S...Read on...
Posted on: May 20, 2020
City of Lenoir City Manager Scott Hildebran presented his 2020-2021 proposed budget to City Council Tuesday night, May 19, 2020. There is no increase in taxes or fees in the proposed budget.
The proposed budget and presentation are available online at www.cityoflenoir.com/budgetproposal. City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget during the June 2, 2020, regular meeting. After the public hearing, Council will vote on the b...Read on...
Posted on: May 15, 2020
The City of Lenoir Finance Department has again received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).
Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Award (PDF)
The GFOA presented the award to the City for its latest comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). A CAFR is a set of financial statements that contains a wide variety of infor...Read on...
Posted on: May 4, 2020
The City of Lenoir is distributing new, roll-out garbage carts this week. The Sanitation Division plans to start automated garbage collection on the Monday route next week. The remaining routes will be phased in during the next two months.
Contractors are delivering the new carts this week. The carts are a warm gray and have the City of Lenoir seal impressed on the sides in white. There is also a link to the garbage collection page on the City website. The carts are bar coded so staff know ...Read on...
Posted on: April 10, 2020
The City of Lenoir Public Works Department is moving to automated garbage collection this year. On Tuesday, City Council adopted a new sanitation ordinance as part of the move.
Public Works Director Jared Wright said the move will improve the City’s garbage collection service in a few different ways.
"We’ve been planning to move to fully automated collection for a while, and we started the process last ye...Read on...
Posted on: March 31, 2020
Caldwell County Sheriff Alan Jones and Police Chiefs Brent Phelps, City of Lenoir; Richard Blevins, Town of Hudson; and Chris Jenkins, Town of Granite Falls, issued the following joint statement regarding Governor Roy Cooper's Stay At Home Order.
Caldwell County Law Enforcement Agencies statement regarding the recent Stay At Home Order
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued a Stay At Home Order effective at 5:00 p.m. yesterday, March 30, 2020. The order was included in the Governor’s E...Read on...
Posted on: March 20, 2020
Earlier this week, the Caldwell County Health Department opened its Health Information Line to answer questions and provide information about COVID-19. Call the health information line at 828-426-8456.
828-426-8456 - Caldwell County Health Information Line
If a person believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 and develops a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, they should call their healthcare provider, urgent care, or the health ...Read on...
Posted on: March 18, 2020
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Mar 12, 2020 4:36 PM
Lenoir again has won awards at an annual state conference of downtown development officials.
The North Carolina Gravity Games was chosen in the category of Best Downtown Event or Series, and the reconstruction project of 122 Boundary St. was chosen in Best Endangered Properties Rescue Effort at the 2020 North Carolina Main Street Conference in Ne...Read on...
Posted on: March 18, 2020
In response to the recent declarations by NC Governor Roy Cooper and the Federal government, and to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Coronavirus, City of Lenoir Mayor Joe Gibbons officially declared a state of emergency for the City of Lenoir.
Mayor Gibbons declared the state of emergency Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The declaration allows the City Manager to take proactive measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 including altering the way City services are delivered to residents. In addition t...Read on...
Posted on: March 14, 2020
Given the executive order of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on Saturday, March 14, 2020, the City of Lenoir will close all City recreational facilities through March 29.
On Saturday, Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order to stop mass gatherings of more than 100 people and to close K-12 public schools for at least two weeks. To abide by the Governor’s order and help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Ci...Read on...
Posted on: March 13, 2020
In accordance with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recommendations, the following City events have been canceled:
- Leprechaun Leap 5k/10k
- West End Plan Community Workshop
- Carolina Sweetheart 4 Miler
- Lenoir Downtown Cruise In (April 4)
- Easter Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza
- Bootlegger 100 Cycle Race
- 10th Annual NC Gravity Games & Street Fest
In addition to canceling these events,...Read on...
Posted on: March 13, 2020
The City of Lenoir is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and working in partnership with local and state agencies to address community and employee safety.
Staff has developed a flexible action plan to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to provide essential City services to our residents.
“The safety of our community is our top priority,” City of Lenoir Mayor Joe Gibbons...Read on...
Posted on: March 4, 2020
If you want to stay in the loop about what's happening in the City of Lenoir, you need to sign up for CodeRED and Notify Me.
CodeRED and Notify Me serve two different communication functions. Staff uses CodeRED to send out emergency alerts and general announcements to all residents. Notify Me is a subscription service. Residents can sign up to receive notifications about City n...Read on...
Posted on: March 3, 2020
City Council reviewed the past year's economic progress during a planning retreat last month. Councilmembers were impressed with the number of new businesses and the amount of new investment in Lenoir.
City Council held their annual Planning Retreat Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at the Blue Ridge Energy Caldwell District Office. To kick off the retreat, City Manager Scott Hildebran and Mayor Joe Gibbons gave a state-of-the-city update. The presentation include...Read on...
Posted on: February 20, 2020
Due to the weather, City of Lenoir City Hall and other facilities will open at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.
The start of the City Council Planning Retreat tomorrow has been delayed as well. The retreat will be from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Energy Caldwell District Office Community Room. Click here to visit the Agenda Center and download the ret...Read on...
Posted on: February 19, 2020
Becky Gibbons received the first Gibbons Award Tuesday night, Feb. 18, 2020. The award is named in honor of Mayor Joe Gibbons and his wife, Becky.
Main Street staff and volunteers presented the award during the "I Heart Main Street" celebration held at 1841 Cafe. The celebration is a way to show appreciation for the time and hard work volunteers and staff invest in Downtown Lenoi...Read on...
Posted on: February 12, 2020
City of Lenoir Mayor Joe Gibbons gave a Key to City to Police Department Chaplain Larry Smith last week. Gibbons and Police Chief Brent Phelps thanked Smith for his many years of service to the City and to the Lenoir Police Department.
Smith worked as a telecommunicator for the department for several years, and he has served as a Volunteer Chaplain since 2004. Smith and his wife plan to move out of the area later this year, so he will no longer be able to serve as a Chaplain.
Mayor Gibbo...Read on...
Posted on: February 6, 2020
Due to recent heavy rain, the City of Lenoir is experiencing localized flooding on some city streets.
If you see a barricade, do not move the barricade or drive around the barricade. Also, never drive through flood water.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than half of all flood-related drownings occur when...Read on...
Posted on: January 15, 2020
The City of Lenoir Police Department is launching a voluntary alarm registration program to help reduce the number of false alarm calls in the city.
City of Lenoir Police Capt. Couby Stilwell said sending officers to false alarms takes up time that could be spent patrolling the city or answering other legitimate calls. He hopes the new Alarm Reduction Program will help reduce false alarm calls and hel...Read on...
Posted on: January 3, 2020
City Attorney T.J. Rohr has been appointed to serve on the National League of Cities (NLC) 2020 Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR) federal advocacy committee.
The FAIR committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC’s federal policy positions on issues involving national economic policy, general financial assistance programs, liability insurance, intergovernmental relations, census, municipal...Read on...
Click here to visit the FAIR Committee website.
Posted on: December 20, 2019
Although many City facilities will be closed during Christmas and New Year's Day, there will still be plenty of City employees patrolling the streets, responding to emergencies, picking up trash, and keeping the water running.
City of Lenoir City Hall and recreational facilities will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24, through Thursday, Dec. 26, in celebration of Christmas and Wednesday, Jan. 1, in celebration of New Year's Day. During both weeks, the Sanitation Division will collect W...Read on...
Posted on: December 12, 2019
Due to the forecast for 100% chance of rain tomorrow, the Luminary Display at Blue Ridge Memorial Park is postponed to Friday, Dec. 20.
Every December, City staff make and light thousands of luminaries to display on the graves at Blue Ridge Memorial Park to honor families whose loved ones are buried in the cemetery.
Lighting generally starts around 4:30 p.m., and the Luminary Display start...Read on...
Click here to go to the calendar event.
Posted on: December 4, 2019
Fire Department Chief Ken Hair presented plaques of appreciation to Lenoir Police Department Corporal Joe Hamrick and Caldwell County Sheriff's Office Deputy Paul Exon Tuesday night, Dec. 3, 2019, for their lifesaving efforts during a recent house fire.
Deputy Exon was the first to arrive on the scene of the house fire on Bradford Mountain Road in the early morning hours of Nov. 16. Deputy Exon was driving near the home when he heard the call for the fire. He immediately drove to the location. Deputy Exo...Read on...
Posted on: November 27, 2019
Lenoir Police Detective Stella January shared some holiday safety tips with Communications Director Joshua Harris.
Click here to watch the Holiday Safety Tips video on YouTube.
If you see something, say something. Call the City of Lenoir Police Department at 757-2100 to report suspicious behavior. Call 911 if you have an emergency or see someone committing a crime.