Features

Dec. 18, 2014 @ 04:20 PM

West Lenoir Elementary offers free ‘bookstore’ to students

The back room in West Lenoir Elementary School’s Media Center has been transformed into a jungle of books complete with monkeys, lions, elephants and giraffes. On Tuesday evening, the school celebrated the ribbon cutting of its new It’s Free to Read program.


Dec. 16, 2014 @ 12:02 PM

Granite Falls house shines with holiday cheer

In Mark Kiser’s backyard are wooden reindeer 10 feet tall with LED reins leading back to a towering wooden ark. An inflatable Santa Claus sits on top where typically one would expect to find Noah. The ark is the newest addition to the Christmas extravaganza Kiser sets up in his front and back yards every year.


Dec. 12, 2014 @ 03:10 PM

Antique nativity scene gains notice

Along Hartland Road, motorists are slowing down to catch a glimpse of a nativity scene that is back on display after more than 50 years in storage.


Dec. 11, 2014 @ 06:19 AM

'Personal experience' for parents at Toy Store

Toys of all sizes, shapes and colors fill nearly every inch of what used to be a bomb shelter underneath the First Baptist Church in Hudson and is now called the Toy Store. Today, the church opens the doors to parents who have signed up to pick out eight items for each of their kids to leave a special surprise under the tree on Christmas morning.


Dec. 11, 2014 @ 06:17 AM

Arts Council wishes students Merry Christmas with 'Christmas Carol'

Jeremy Webb morphed from narrator to Ebenezer Scrooge to Bob Cratchit and most of the other characters from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center on Wednesday in a show for students, who laughed, screamed and applauded this version's fun, upbeat retelling of the famous seasonal story.


Dec. 10, 2014 @ 06:32 AM

Hibriten student turns around school's landscaping

When Will Rice signed on to beautify Hibriten High School for his Eagle Scout project, he originally thought he would fix the entrance sign at the head of the parking lot on Panther Trail and call it a week. However, fueled by his passion for Hibriten and encouragement from community members, the project ballooned into an adventure in rehabilitating a range of worn-out landscaping features.


Dec. 10, 2014 @ 06:13 AM

Caldwell graduates march in Macy's Parade

On Thanksgiving Day, the marching band known as The Pride of the Mountains from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee took center stage at the start of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Nine band members are from Caldwell County.


Dec. 09, 2014 @ 08:23 AM

Program helps lift kids up

Every Monday and Wednesday, just after dark, the doors at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church in Lenoir are opened, and kids start to file in. They find their seats around tables set in a horseshoe, waiting for the evening’s activities to start.


Dec. 09, 2014 @ 06:39 AM

Student for a Day: Arts soar at Davenport A+

I stood on my knees next to Genesis Guzman, 7, in Julia Youngsmith’s first-grade drama class with a paper bag decorated like a turkey and waddling my body side to side, experiencing a new side of education as a student at Davenport A+ School.


Dec. 08, 2014 @ 11:27 AM

Dreary weather can't stop holiday spirit

Chilly, wet weather couldn’t dampen the holiday spirit in Caldwell County this weekend as the area’s four parades heralded the holiday season up and down the county Friday and Saturday.


Dec. 05, 2014 @ 09:18 AM

School takes to the court to help fight cancer

The eighth-grade students at Collettsville School have never met Lauren Hill, a college basketball player from Indiana. However, when four students saw a special on ESPN about her fight with inoperable brain cancer, they went to Principal Craig Styron and asked if they could hold a special pep rally and fundraising event in her honor.


Dec. 04, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

Celebrating a century of love

For most people, it’s hard to conceptualize a century – 100 years, 10 decades, 1,200 months, 36,524 days.

Today, one Caldwell County matriarch celebrates her 100th birthday, looking back on a century of caring and loving for her family and community.


Dec. 03, 2014 @ 04:10 PM

Hudson, Sawmills light up for Christmas season

Hudson and Sawmills set its towns aglow with Christmas lights Tuesday night alongside bonfires, Santa, wagon rides and lots of free food.


Dec. 01, 2014 @ 03:05 PM

Big love comes in small package for ‘Emma’s Place’

The house is of expert construction, three stories, complete with upper and lower porches on the front, ornate railings and hanging flower pots.

Just inside the front door hangs a photo of an older couple, seemingly in the middle of a laugh. Named “Emma’s Place,” the house is 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide — a dollhouse.


Nov. 28, 2014 @ 06:46 AM

Club is school's way to get boys to read more

Every month, boys hustle into the library at Valmead Elementary School to dive into their love of reading.

The boys gather at two tables, one for younger students and one for the three upperclassmen. Librarian Ann Lipford helps run the Boys Only Book Club along with Principal Carol Sturgis.


Nov. 23, 2014 @ 08:18 AM

Turkey drive aims to feed, bring together

The turkey is a symbol of Thanksgiving, the integral part of a classic meal that commemorates communities coming together to count their blessings.

This year, the Lenoir/Caldwell County Interdenominational Black Ministerial Alliance is starting what officials hope becomes a new Thanksgiving tradition bringing communities together.


Nov. 23, 2014 @ 06:24 AM

Giant puppets teach students to learn, study

Students from eight Caldwell County elementary schools and home school students gasped with delight as 9-foot-tall body puppets took the stage Friday at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.


Nov. 21, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

Lenoir shines with Christmas lights

Through the streets of downtown Lenoir, children raced Thursday afternoon to decorate Christmas trees lining the street as part of Light Up Lenoir. In the nippy wind, kids waited for adults to string the lights, then rushed in with gingerbread men, presents, glittery stars and Popsicle-stick reindeer ornaments.


Nov. 20, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

'Catching stories' catches historians' attention

Griffith, who has written four books, spent 30 years teaching in Caldwell County Schools but is now retired. This year, two of Griffith’s books earned her three awards from the North Carolina Society of Historians.


Nov. 20, 2014 @ 06:12 AM

Student for a Day

I never thought I’d do jumping jacks in math class.

At Granite Falls Middle School, I jumped with my arms flailing, crouched down in squats or bounced like a bunny, depending on the answers to algebra problems.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 06:21 AM

Couple racing to raise funds for mission Race

Wayne and Codie Mask of Lenoir have purchased tents, backpacks, hiking shoes and a whole assortment of supplies to take with them on an 11-month mission trip around the world.


Nov. 17, 2014 @ 04:10 PM

Hibriten Mountain star, cross still in need of repair

On Thanksgiving night, the tower on top of Hibriten Mountain will alight in the shape of a star, signaling the start of the holiday season to anyone within view, the same as it has for more than half a century.

But what can’t be seen from miles away is the rusting, 85-foot tower that star is perched on, a maze of frayed wires and outdated bulbs.


Nov. 14, 2014 @ 04:07 PM

Murderer decided by audience at Hibriten play

Was it the romancing nephew? The simple-minded handyman? The uptight nurse? The audience gets to decide.

Hibriten High School’s theater company opened “Murder’s in the Heir,” a whodunit mystery that allows the audience to vote to choose the murder suspect, yesterday.


Nov. 14, 2014 @ 06:51 AM

'Defiance' demands attention

The dramatic play “Defiance” is a conversational piece sucking in the audience with its dissecting of social issues in the Vietnam War era, including race and feminism.

Produced by the Foothills Performing Arts, and directed by David Kerley, the play features a small cast of five characters.


Nov. 13, 2014 @ 03:40 PM

Hudson resident transforms recycled items into art

Sam Steffey spun the top of a glass table, which is rimmed in bicycle chain and sitting on a base of car parts.

“I like to make them spin,” Steffey said.