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.
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.
On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., three Hudson Middle School students and their principal participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a representation of every soldier missing in action.
Thomas Beane, a senior at South Caldwell High School, already has a job lined up with a local masonry company after he graduates.
Wearing a knit beanie on her head, Makenzie Helms slowly made her way down the paved walking trail at T.H. Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir. At 16, she is battling acute promyeloid leukemia. A walk around a big lake is difficult for her, but she would not miss the walk that is held in her honor along with the many other community members with cancer.
A day that started with lessons on Letterland and how to read a clock ended with studying the metric system and what it has to do with a monarch’s fatal affection for milk.
To really experience Granite Falls Elementary School, Principal Chris Greene said I should spend time in first-grade classes and then fifth-grade classes.
Barbecue lovers, your time is coming.
Downtown Lenoir will host a two-day barbecue competition in October carrying a nationally sanctioned status that organizers expect to bring up to 20,000 visitors to town.
If you pass by Dudley Shoals Elementary School on a Tuesday afternoon, you will see a large group of students walking or jogging around the expansive track on the schools grounds. But, those kids aren’t in PE class. No, they are choosing to exercise in the fresh air.
Dr. Janet Land was told she could never get a job in the field of English, but after serving as an English professor at Garner-Webb University, chair of the university's English Department and being named Garner-Webb's Teacher of the Year in 2011, she can confidently say they were wrong.
Hudson Middle School sixth-grade students tasted a bit of long-ago culture late last week when the Exploring Joara Foundation visited the school then invited the students out to the Joara archeological site at Catawba Meadows Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.