Features

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what can’t be seen from miles away is the rusting, 85-foot tower that star is perched on, a maze of frayed wires and outdated bulbs.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


Nov. 11, 2014 @ 04:53 PM

Lenoir honors county veterans

A powerful sun shone on Lenoir’s downtown square Tuesday morning, breaking the early chill and reflecting from white Navy hats and the brass fixtures atop flagpoles as dozens of people filed in for the city’s annual Veterans Day ceremony.

Just as the ceremony started at 11 a.m., corresponding to the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of World War I, Command Master Chief Petty Officer Wayne Mihelich paused to explain a scene set just to the side of the stage.


Nov. 11, 2014 @ 06:44 AM

Student for a Day: Jumping into the deep end at middle college

I never did get my stem right.

My day as a student at the Caldwell Career Center Middle College included an engineering class where the students were using Adobe Autodesk, an engineering design program, to create a 3D pumpkin on their computers for a project with a company creating a new type of toy Jack-O-Lantern.


Nov. 10, 2014 @ 03:20 PM

Sawmills honors America’s veterans

A bright sun began to break the chill Saturday morning in Sawmills as a large crowd silently watched American and POW-MIA flags being lowered, carefully folded and replaced with a new flag.


Nov. 10, 2014 @ 03:18 PM

Success for Lenoir’s first art, beer festival

In downtown Lenoir Saturday afternoon, arts, crafts and paintings mixed with lagers, pale ales and porters in the bright sun, drawing a crowd to taste and see what regional artisans produce.


Nov. 07, 2014 @ 07:30 AM

Wig Bank celebrates stories, legacies

Everyone has a story.

It’s written by the lives they touch, the people they love and the legacies they leave behind.

That’s what was celebrated Thursday night at the Wig Bank of Caldwell County’s 12th Annual Legacy banquet at Mountain Grove Church, the stories of six individuals who lost their battles with cancer but left a story that strings together community, love and family.


Nov. 06, 2014 @ 06:22 AM

Play about undead carries moral message

Yes, a stage full of screaming humans runs from the undead during South Caldwell High School's fall play, but there is so much more to being a zombie, according to the characters in “All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Being a Zombie.”


Nov. 04, 2014 @ 08:03 AM

Celebrating lives of service, love

In 2014, cancer will claim an estimated 585,720 lives, and 1,665,540 new cancer cases will be diagnosed, according to the American Cancer Society.

But what the numbers can’t show are the ripples – all the friends, family, nurses, doctors, civic organizations, schools, sports teams and towns that those lives touched.


Nov. 04, 2014 @ 06:26 AM

Three Sawmills residents raise bucking bulls, host rodeos

Shane Wilson drove his truck over the ditches, creeks and hills of his family's farmland in Sawmills. In the truck bed, his two business partners and dog, Blue, bounced along with sacks of grain. Alongside the truck, cattle with long horns followed as Wilson yelled out the window, “Come on, girls! Come on, girls!”


Nov. 03, 2014 @ 01:14 PM

Eat more pork at Ham Day

Wearing an apron reading “Danger Men Cooking,” Don Turnmire, retired firefighter of the Sawmills Volunteer Fire Department, slowly stirred ham in a pot as steam bathed his face. Under a large blue tarp, Turnmire and several other volunteers cooked as much ham as they could for a long line of people eagerly awaiting breakfast, despite the cold, rainy weather.


Nov. 01, 2014 @ 10:55 AM

Hudson Middle uses dance party as reward

Students wobbled, shuffled and gyrated on the gym floor of Hudson Middle School on Friday at the “Boo Bash,” a party geared toward rewarding students for behaving in class.

Hudson Middle incorporated the Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program into their schools for the first time this year.


Oct. 31, 2014 @ 08:42 AM

Haunted Hudson howls with history

As the sun set and clouds rolled across the sky, people gathered in the parking lot of Community One Bank in Hudson for a set of what organizers called basically true ghost stories about the town.

Sponsored by the Hudson Community Development Association, the Haunted Hudson walking tour featured Grim Reapers leading ghost-seekers around downtown to meet a cast of characters ready to spin a good yarn.


Oct. 30, 2014 @ 10:09 AM

Cabin brings Halloween to life at RV park

A convict grimacing in pain, strapped into an electric chair, a bloody sheet covering a body, tombstones, gruesome clowns and witches are just the tip of the iceberg at a small cabin nestled deep within the winding roads and hills of Green Mountain RV Park outside Lenoir.


Oct. 30, 2014 @ 01:01 AM

German feast on next Caldwell Cuisine menu

Last Thursday the students made a dry run through what they plan to do tonight at the latest Caldwell Cuisine event, which has the theme “Oktoberfest.” The menu will feature five traditional German dishes such as Kartoffelsuppe, or potato-leek soup, and Schweinebraten, a braised pork roast with caraway-cabbage and an apple sauce. Each course will be paired with a beer provided by Howard Brewing Co. in Lenoir.


Oct. 29, 2014 @ 11:25 AM

Googlefest intrigues educators, tech users

It wasn’t difficult to tell which company had taken up residence at the J. E. Broyhill Civic Center on Tuesday. The place was filled with bright blue, green, yellow and red accents, statues of little green “Androids,” free food and massages, and the latest in technology products.


Oct. 26, 2014 @ 08:17 AM

Lenoir gets downtown yoga studio

Dr. Torre Hinnant is a family physician, but once she has left the doctor’s office, she doesn’t head home to unwind, she heads to her yoga studio in downtown Lenoir, In Light Yoga and Wellness.

In Light opened early this month on Main Street in the former home of Carolina Mist Winery. Hinnant has transformed the space from a cluttered retail shop to a wide open room with high ceilings and plenty of room to stretch out on a yoga mat.