Features

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.


Jun. 19, 2015 @ 06:49 AM

Band camp prepares students for middle school

McKenna Lowe looked down at her fingers draped across the long, silver flute she held to make sure she got them in the right place. Then, she hovered her lips over its small opening and gently blew a single note.


Jun. 19, 2015 @ 06:24 AM

4-H campers climb into cave, uncover crystals

Wearing a yellow hardhat and large goggles, Ben Abee, 9, dug into the side of a cave with a screwdriver, scratching at the dirt, which fell away to his feet. Behind him, Anya Blackwelder, 13, used a large pickax to hammer into the cave wall.


Jun. 05, 2015 @ 06:04 AM

'A' for effort

Hibriten High School students decided instead of going home and relaxing Wednesday they would rather stay extra hours after school in order to get one last review session in before the big exams they were to begin taking Thursday.


Jun. 03, 2015 @ 06:13 AM

Student for a Day: In preschool for the first time at Gamewell Elementary

Wearing pink shorts and a white shirt with a horse on the front, Ella Frizsell, 5, sat down at a small table in her preschool classroom with her friends. They all had breakfast in front of them and were engaged in important conversation.

“The only pet I have is a duck. It walks around the yard,” Harley Bryant, 5, said.


May. 29, 2015 @ 08:57 AM

Historic house in search of right owner

The second-oldest house in Caldwell County, behind only Gen. William Lenoir’s Fort Defiance, remains for sale after three years on the market.


May. 29, 2015 @ 06:31 AM

Collettsville student wins poetry contest

Collettsville School student Alex Enloe took a stand against bullying when his teacher asked her class to write poetry for a national contest.

Seventh-grade teacher Jenny White ran across the website for 7GP, which stands for seventh-grade poetry, and saw that the organization hosts an annual poetry contest.


May. 28, 2015 @ 11:14 AM

Happy Valley student wins state essay contest

To Happy Valley School student Mallory McGee, wetlands are not only wonderful but worth saving. Because of her convictions, her essay on wetland conservation won first place in a statewide contest.


May. 24, 2015 @ 07:49 AM

Remembering veterans in words and deeds

The Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard is a group of 19 veterans who have served this country and continue to provide service in the community.


May. 21, 2015 @ 06:41 AM

County students unite in ogre of musical

South Caldwell High School student Jimmy Kurts, 18, looked into the mirror while applying brown stripes to his already heavily made up face with white and black paint. Beside him, Hibriten High School student Bergsvein Toverud, 18, pulled a hard green helmet over part of his unruly brown hair. Bergsvein wore a large, shaggy shirt and vest.


May. 15, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

Caldwell County boy clogging across the country

Camden Woodie, 12, also known as “Cloggin’ Cam,” has clogged his way around from competition to competition so much you might think he had been doing it since he could move his feet.

But his mother, Kellie Woodie, said it started when the family decided to take a beginner clogging class together as something fun to do in spring of 2012 with Sims Country Cloggers.