Features

Apr. 24, 2015 @ 06:47 AM

Longtime Granite Falls fire chief stepping down

Chief Thomas Laws sat behind his desk in an office cluttered with boxes one day recently and reflected on his 33 years as a firefighter for the Granite Falls Fire Department, nearly 30 as chief. At the end of the month, Laws is retiring for a relaxed life with his family.


Apr. 24, 2015 @ 06:42 AM

Hall of Honor: Musician credits Caldwell schools for his success

P. Patrick Crouch said he believes that if it weren’t for Caldwell County Schools, he could not have had the amazing career in music he has enjoyed, including helping start the Caldwell County Traditional Musicians Showcase.


Apr. 22, 2015 @ 06:59 AM

Blasting off at Valmead

Kindergarten, first- and second-grade students gathered in the Valmead Elementary School gym on Tuesday to listen to someone who had traveled farther than anyone else the children had ever seen.

Duane Carey's presentation took students to beyond Caldwell County, beyond the United States. He took them all the way to space.


Apr. 16, 2015 @ 02:45 PM

Hudson Elementary School goes hog wild

Tiny, fuzzy mechanical pigs filled the Hudson Elementary School gym on Wednesday, along with their student owners ready to race the pigs against each other.

All decked out in fancy costumes, the pigs were lined up behind wooden boards in a line with the students behind them. On the count of three, the boards were lifted and the pigs took off! Well, not quite.


Apr. 13, 2015 @ 05:13 PM

Student for a Day: Warriors working with STEM

Tyler Bentley, 16, and I sat on wooden stools in a classroom at West Caldwell High School leaning over a Dell laptop using a program to draw electrical engineering projects. Tyler jerked the mouse pointer left and right to drag lines and boxes into the center of the screen.


Apr. 10, 2015 @ 06:26 AM

April is tick and skeeter month

This is tick- and mosquito-borne disease awareness month in North Carolina — the second year of the observance proclaimed by Gov. Pat McCrory in April 2014.


Apr. 09, 2015 @ 11:48 AM

Caldwell students help lead national organization

Two Caldwell County students were elected by other students as high-ranking officers in a national group that promotes career and technical education.

Dalton Crump, 18, of West Caldwell High School was elected national vice president for SkillsUSA, and Rachael Robinson, 18, of the Caldwell Career Center Middle College was elected a state officer for North Carolina.


Apr. 08, 2015 @ 11:43 AM

Raby becomes new director

Caldwell County native Chad Raby is already diving in with a pool project, beach volleyball and more as the new director of the Granite Falls Parks and Recreation Department.

Raby took over March 2 after the retirement of the former director, Tim Cooke, who had the position since 1987.


Mar. 31, 2015 @ 06:28 AM

Great Dane steals the show at dinner theater

Henry Starnes, 7, took to the stage for the first time in the Town of Hudson’s dinner theater production of “No Time for Sergeants” at the Hudson Uptown Building, which ended its run Saturday. He played a small role in a single scene that required him to lie on the stage and watch the actors around him, kind of like an extra in the background. But, Henry was anything but unnoticeable.


Mar. 30, 2015 @ 05:20 PM

If all of Caldwell County is a stage, play on

Marcus Hughes, a senior at Hibriten High School, dramatically flailed his hands and laughed with gusto in front of a small audience at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center on Saturday. He was one of 19 high school students who performed the words of the Bard in the third annual High School Shakespeare Monologue Contest.


Mar. 29, 2015 @ 06:28 AM

Kids 'hop down the bunny trail' at Sawmills

Children lined up with brightly colored baskets ready to take off in order to grab as many eggs as possible on the soccer field at Sawmills Veterans Park.

The third annual Sawmills Easter Egg Hunt took place on Saturday in the blustery, chilly weather, but families still brought their children to scoop up hollow plastic eggs filled with candy, and rubber ducks in the grass.


Mar. 27, 2015 @ 06:16 AM

Easter comes early to Lenoir library

Deckland O’Neal, 3, pulled out two long pieces of white and pink foam while sitting at a table in the library. He stared at them with a curious expression.

“This looks like a surfboard,” Deckland said.


Mar. 25, 2015 @ 06:55 AM

Student for a Day: Feeling the impact of Oak Hill School

Eighth-grade students stood against opposite walls at Oak Hill School, tense with anticipation. At the center of the gym sat their targets, a neat row of squishy, colorful balls. The two sides would be competing to get as many as we could for a game of dodgeball.


Mar. 24, 2015 @ 06:17 AM

Schools hatch a lesson on life

For the next few days the cheeping of newly hatched chicks will mingle with the sounds of students in top floor hallway of West Lenoir Elementary School.

Cherisse Christian, a third-grade teacher at West Lenoir, orders a set of ready-to-hatch chicken eggs for her students to care for every year.


Mar. 20, 2015 @ 06:35 AM

'Sergeants' marches to the sound of laughter

The Town of Hudson’s 19th dinner theater production brings home the familiar accents, ways of life and mannerisms of the South.

Playing at the Hudson Uptown Building, “No Time for Sergeants” tells the story of Army Pvt. Will Stockdale, played by Randall Norman, who narrates how he won a medal from the United States Air Force. From the moment he is drafted to the minute he receives his medal, Will Stockdale’s story is filled with a never-ending parade of accidents and miscommunications.


Mar. 19, 2015 @ 06:21 AM

Collettsville sweeps Battle of the Books

Collettsville School made it two in a row two ways.

The school took the top prize at the Middle School Battle of the Books for the second year in a row, and that was the day after after also winning first place at the Elementary School Battle of the Books. William Lenoir Middle School came in second and Hudson Middle School third.


Mar. 18, 2015 @ 06:29 AM

Students go head to head over books

Bookworm– n. a person who likes to read books and who spends a lot of time reading and studying

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of “bookworm” could add “especially the elementary school students of Caldwell County."


Mar. 16, 2015 @ 11:46 AM

Erby salutes committee after memorial success

Sam Erby, Jr. would rather be known as “the anonymous chairman” — not only for his role in the Granite Falls Veterans Monument project but also the many other accomplishments throughout his life.

“(The monument project) was not something that was self-serving to me. This project, what we’re doing, if you could write this article without mentioning my name, I wish you would,” Erby said.


Mar. 12, 2015 @ 12:03 PM

On the record with Davenport A+

Tatiyanna Patterson, 10, snapped photos with her digital camera. Zerden Keller, 10, and Sarah Summers, 10, debated different positions on topics like candy in schools and Duke vs. UNC-Chapel Hill. Nick Smith, 11, wrote about the upcoming fifth-grade play. These students and a handful more at Davenport A+ School are part of the new school newspaper that began in early February.


Mar. 12, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Louisiana comes to Caldwell in musical performance

On Wednesday, the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center stage was alive with the sounds of Louisiana thanks to Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience.

As part of the Artists-in-Schools program sponsored by the Caldwell Arts Council, Simien returned to Lenoir for a second time in his production “Creole for Kidz” to entertain the auditorium full of elementary, middle and high school students.


Mar. 10, 2015 @ 06:15 AM

Club gathers students to click and create

Hudson Elementary School student Noah Reeves, 10, clicked on different menus on the computer screen in front of him and, like magic, the blank white background behind his characters, a prince and a knight, turned into beautiful red and blue castle doors. With a few more clicks, Noah made his characters talk to each other through speech bubbles above their heads.


Mar. 06, 2015 @ 06:16 AM

Students rock out at 'Wonderland' musical

The musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland” presented Thursday to about 2,000 Caldwell County students presented Alice as a British teenager with blue streaks in her hair and wearing ripped stockings.


Mar. 06, 2015 @ 06:14 AM

Collettsville School teams with library

As third-grade students followed a tour thought the Caldwell County Public Library in Lenoir, some raised their hands, asking “Is a library card free?” “Is there a tax involved?” “Do you have ‘Harry Potter?’”

Amy McMasters, media coordinator for Collettsville School, said she wanted to the students to be involved in the community while promoting a love for reading.


Mar. 03, 2015 @ 06:01 AM

Schools celebrate Seuss books

Ignoring the advice of Sam I Am, a few third-grade students at Kings Creek School refused to try the green eggs and ham served in class Monday morning.

However, Mabry Land, who was dressed as Cindy Lou Who, said she tried them all in the spirit of Kings Creek’s Dr. Seuss Day.


Feb. 26, 2015 @ 06:34 AM

Student for a Day: Fun challenges await at South Caldwell High

“Does everyone have their cellphones?” teacher Tamara Hines asked the students in her AP calculus class at South Caldwell High School.

Throughout class, Hines had used an iPad to show math problems on a screen at the front of the room. In fact, Hines said she records the class through an app and uploads each recording on her teacher website so that students who missed class can keep up with work or go back and review.