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Aug. 27, 2015 @ 06:34 AM

Lenoir man seeks help from kidney coach

In 2014, George Milton Foster of Lenoir walked up the hill in his backyard to where his beehives sit and noticed that it took more effort than usual to get up the slope.

“I climb these hills with my bees, and I noticed a little shortness of breath. I didn’t think anything of it because I’m 72,” Foster said.


Aug. 24, 2015 @ 04:24 PM

Caldwell students go back to school

Kindergarten teacher Allyson Davis pointed at a letter on a piece of paper in front of her at a table separated from the rest of the students. Across the table, Peyton Webb, 5, her head buried under her arms, shyly peeked out and softly made the sound of a lowercase A. Davis congratulated her and marked out the “A” on the sheet with a yellow highlighter.


Aug. 19, 2015 @ 04:00 PM

Woman returns to beautifying neighbors

After eight years, Diane Smith is returning to her roots of caring for people’s hair by re-opening her salon.

“I realized how much I missed it. I just kind of quit my state job and opened a salon,” Smith said.


Aug. 18, 2015 @ 06:09 AM

Harper School changes summer camp, hits high note with kids

Every summer since opening in 2006, The James C. Harper School of Performing Arts in Lenoir offers a summer camp for students. This year, they changed the schedule to make camp longer and give students more freedom to try new instruments.


Aug. 17, 2015 @ 04:13 PM

14-year-old battles brain tumors for second time

In May 2010, when he was in the third grade, Aaron Laws started blacking out. At first, it appeared Aaron suffered from heat stroke, but then blacking out turned into seizures and uncontrollable fits involving only the left side of his body. After lots of testing, his neurologist found a tumor on his brain called an oligodendroglioma, a cancer involving one of the types of cells that make up the supportive tissue of the brain.


Aug. 13, 2015 @ 05:14 PM

Ranger remembered on anniversary of death

Emma, 3, and Coleman, 1, needed a lot of help from the rangers at Tuttle Educational State Forest to push dirt over the roots of a small peach tree and a small Golden Delicious apple tree planted Thursday in memory of the children's father.


Aug. 13, 2015 @ 07:54 AM

Lenoir man had pigs in his heart

The photo Doug Oakley's family used for his obituary shows him sitting in the back seat of a car, a tiny black-and-white pig peering out from the collar of his coat. To Oakley's family, it just felt wrong to use a photo of him without a pig.


Aug. 12, 2015 @ 01:22 PM

4-H learns journey of food

Caldwell County 4-H Club members spent a week learning about where food comes from and how to cook healthy meals during Farm to Fork Week.


Aug. 03, 2015 @ 05:23 PM

Speed needed to succeed in library games

It was a 60-second rush of madness in several different games at the Caldwell County Public Library's Hudson branch on Monday. In less than a minute, children were turned into unicorns, sucking up Skittles and balancing balloons in the air in the hopes of winning a prize at the end of the challenge.


Aug. 03, 2015 @ 05:05 PM

General had lasting impact with friends, App State

Furman “Bodie” Bodenheimer became a brigadier general in the National Guard but remained grounded to the friends he made in Caldwell County and at Appalachian State University.

He made lasting friendships, said friend Jack Pennell of Lenoir.


Jul. 29, 2015 @ 06:25 AM

Actress driven to deliver uplifting messages

In high school, Jenn Gotzon’s drama teacher told her she did not have enough talent to become an actress and to give up her dreams.

Gotzon, now 36, has been the leading lady for several feature films and performed alongside film giants including Michael Sheen and Frank Langella in Ron Howard’s “Frost/Nixon.”


Jul. 29, 2015 @ 05:28 AM

Kids get sugar high at candy cooking camp

Dru Wilson, 10, of Baton dipped a measuring cup into a giant bowl full of white sugar. He poured the cup of sugar into another bowl where he was starting to make peanut brittle.

“This is the first cooking camp I’ve gone to,” Dru said.


Jul. 28, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Lenoir man coaches organ donors

During the day, Rob Smitty of Lenoir paints houses for his business, Smitty’s Restoration Services. But as soon as he gets home from work, his real job begins: making sure people who need organ transplants get that transplant before it is too late.


Jul. 24, 2015 @ 08:17 AM

Growing up to be a cowboy

Bryson Anderson, 7, of Statesville wore one thick glove, a straw cowboy hat and large cowboy boots with spurs around the heels. Around the sole of both boots were strips of bright pink duct tape to keep his boots together after much wear and tear.


Jul. 23, 2015 @ 05:59 AM

Sawmills welcomes new principal

Sporting the school colors, Principal Courtney Wright greeted her students for the first time at Sawmills Elementary School at a meet-and-greet event on Tuesday evening.


Jul. 22, 2015 @ 03:53 PM

Kids build robots 'to take over the world'

A large cardboard box covered in tin foil sat at the end of a table in the engineering classroom at Caldwell Career Center Middle College. On the front, two orange pipe cleaners made eyes, and on its head green pipe cleaners stuck up like antennae, along with two pieces of paper decorated to look like light bulbs.


Jul. 21, 2015 @ 06:25 AM

Hibriten chorus teacher changes lives through music

Dalton Ryder, 18, joined Hibriten High School’s chorus class in his sophomore year. He sang quietly and mostly allowed everyone else around him to shine brighter than he did. But, chorus teacher Alyssa Lowe changed that one day when rehearsing for a musical.


Jul. 17, 2015 @ 06:26 AM

Children cheer for camp

Celia Chimento, 9, raced across the gym floor, then vaulted, landing on her hands on a large black and red mat, and then bouncing to land right-side-up again. Her smile beamed from ear to ear.


Jul. 16, 2015 @ 06:11 AM

Sharing the dream of farm living

The Snyder family welcomed the Caldwell County 4-H to their farm in Dudley Shoals for three days of learning how a farm operates.


Jul. 09, 2015 @ 04:46 PM

Summer camp focuses on robotics

Children immersed themselves in building things that fly or swim at the Patterson Science Center this week as part of the Seas to Skies Submersed and Robotics Summer Camp.

By making their own flying drones and underwater robots, the campers learned about water quality, marine biology, geography, underwater volcanoes, agriculture and more through the eyes of the robots they created.


Jul. 07, 2015 @ 04:36 PM

Kids get 'superhero training'

Ariel Dush, 10, rushed around with several other children trying to sort the good guys from the bad guys -- all of them being balloons, the big difference being whether they had a mean or happy face drawn on them.


Jun. 30, 2015 @ 06:06 AM

Teacher for a Day: A teacher's day involves superpowers, poetry, crafts

Angela Steele wrote “Superheroes” on the SmartBoard at the front of a first-grade classroom. She asked the students what superheroes do.


Jun. 28, 2015 @ 06:57 AM

Camp leavens kids' summer

DJ Dimichele, 10, packed up a mountain of cupcakes into a large white box. Then, he put several yeast dinner rolls in a different box. All of these goodies he was able to take home after just baking them himself.

“I learned a lot of things,” DJ said.


Jun. 26, 2015 @ 06:40 AM

STEAM camp heats up with cool science

Outside in the suffocating heat Thursday, a handful of middle school students conducted some science.

The students gathered around a soda bottle rocket launcher in the parking lot.


Jun. 26, 2015 @ 06:39 AM

Kountry Kitchen closes its doors

Marcie Brown whipped about the kitchen of her restaurant as usual Thursday morning, scrambling eggs on the griddle and moving the sizzling bacon with a large pair of tongs. Dark hair piled high on her head, Brown turned around and pulled out two pieces of bread. She arranged the eggs and bacon on the bread and called, “Order up!” to her waitress.