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Sep. 16, 2014 @ 06:39 AM

Granite Falls festival tries something new

The sixth annual Granite Falls Merchant’s Association Festival will offer activities of all types this year, including its first beer garden.

As of last week, 41 vendors had signed up to have booths, food and games for residents and visitors of the festival.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 07:45 PM

'Losing Patients' is a nuthouse of fun

A thunderstorm starting fires and flooding bridges. A mental patient on the loose. Several characters pretending to be someone else.

The Foothills Performing Arts kicks off its 2013-14 season with the comedy “Losing Patients.” Director Marshall Goff said the play was chosen as a tribute to its writer, V. Cate, who died last December.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 02:16 PM

Ninth ‘Caldwell is Hiring’ 3 weeks away

For the ninth time, hundreds of jobseekers are expected to pack the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir for the semiannual job fair Caldwell is Hiring.


Sep. 10, 2014 @ 04:26 PM

Tree going bananas in Lenoir

Behind a blue house on Gingercake Court in Lenoir, a large, leafy plant has grown so tall and large it resembles something from a far off time when dinosaurs stomped across the planet, ripping leaves or each other to shreds. Its leaves are large and leathery, each longer than a grown man’s arm.


Sep. 08, 2014 @ 04:19 PM

Ice buckets for ALS dumped on students, faculty

Under the hot sun, students and teachers of Lower Creek Elementary School gathered on the basketball courts Friday to get soaking wet for a good cause.


Sep. 07, 2014 @ 08:25 AM

Laurel Park celebrates grand opening

Lenoir and Caldwell County’s first one-stop facility for women’s and children’s health care has officially opened.

The Laurel Park Medical Pavilion on College Avenue in Lenoir celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting and open house Saturday morning.


Sep. 08, 2014 @ 04:58 PM

New generations, beautiful artwork reign at 29th Sculpture Celebration

Amazing artwork, beautiful weather and sculpture lovers came together Saturday at the J.E. Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir for the 29th annual Sculpture Celebration, an exhibition of sculpture unrivaled in the South.

 


Sep. 07, 2014 @ 06:23 AM

Governor helps Bernhardt commemorate 125 years

Gov. Pat McCrory came to Lenoir on Saturday to congratulate Bernhardt Furniture on its 125 years of manufacturing quality furniture in Lenoir.


Sep. 04, 2014 @ 06:01 AM

For 25 years she has kept Hibriten band looking snappy

In the belly of Hibriten High School, Dottie Darsie moved through the band supply room Wednesday among a plethora of red and black uniforms with gold buttons. On a table before her, paperwork, cream-colored cloth belts, dull silver belt buckles and her trusty sewing kit were all within arm’s reach.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 04:18 PM

Toe-tappin' under the tent

It’s a festival made for sitting still, other than tapping toes.

Many other summer festivals offer distractions galore, from food booths to children’s games and booth after booth of unrelated crafts for sale, whatever the festival’s featured event may be.

But at the Historic Happy Valley Old-time Fiddlers’ Convention, it’s all about the music.


Aug. 29, 2014 @ 06:58 AM

8-year-old rising to the top in gymnastics

Azalea Miron, 8, stretched and curved her body into positions that looked like she was made out of rubber. With her natural talent for bending her spine into impossible shapes and her dedication to succeed, Azalea quickly moved from beginner gymnastics classes to Level 2 classes at Shooting Stars of Hickory.


Aug. 28, 2014 @ 08:57 AM

Fiddlers' convention to mark decade of celebrating heritage

This weekend, campsites will dot the Yadkin River with firelight, and old-time and bluegrass music will echo across Happy Valley.

The 10th annual Historic Happy Valley Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention starts Friday evening and runs through Sunday, expected to bring thousands to the field of the convention site to celebrate the heritage and culture of old-time and bluegrass music.


Aug. 27, 2014 @ 09:35 AM

Autistic artist speaks out against bullying

D.J. Svoboda will not look you in the eye. He will not reach out to shake your hand when you meet him. He speaks in an upbeat tone similar to that of a young child. However, Svoboda is 31 years old.


Aug. 25, 2014 @ 09:41 AM

Expiration of tax credits could slow local development

Historic properties in Lenoir like the Center Theater and the old Blue Bell factory on College Avenue may be facing tougher paths to rehabilitation, as special tax credits that help property owners are set to expire at the end of the year.

If the state’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits are allowed to expire at the end of this year as planned, it could put a damper on the development of historic buildings all over North Carolina, including Lenoir and Caldwell County.


Aug. 18, 2014 @ 01:47 PM

Race cars soar at Speed Camp

Boys ran alongside a blue toy racetrack set up in the back of a classroom at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, cheering and whooping boisterously as their homemade wooden cars barreled down the track.


Aug. 15, 2014 @ 09:06 AM

Campers perform 'just right'

Chloe Triplett, 8, skipped across the theater stage to a table set with three white bowls. Following Christopher Marsh’s narration, Chloe pantomimed eating porridge out of the bowls. Then, she tried to sit in each of three chairs before trying out three beds and declaring the smallest one “just right.”


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 09:20 AM

Survivors, family share stories of 1940 flood

On Aug. 13, 1940, it was raining in Caldwell County, and had been for about a week.

About 5 p.m., the Johns and Yadkin rivers jumped their banks -- by a wide margin -- and widespread flooding nearly washed away entire communities, sending houses floating downriver and washing out 90 percent of the county’s bridges.


Aug. 13, 2014 @ 11:36 AM

Science, math can lead to hot dogs, digital frogs

Ethan Shuford, James Coffey, Bryan Annas, Samantha Byrd and Ken Dixon made a solar-powered oven out of a Little Caesar’s pizza box and a sour-cream-and-onion Pringles can, then used it to heat s’mores and hot dogs.


Aug. 13, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

Retirement brings man back to area that shaped him

When searching for a new home, a new place in which to retire, Ken Carpenter decided it was time to come back to a place where he spent part of his childhood.

“I was searching in three areas to retire in,” Carpenter said. “For me, I was interested in coming back to the Appalachian Mountains.”


Aug. 11, 2014 @ 01:30 PM

Flying pizza at CCC&TI

Anslie Norris, 9, slid a knife across the measuring cup of flour to make sure her measurements were perfect. Her fellow baker, McKenna Lowe, 10, poured water into cup. From the water and the different jars of ingredients before them, by the end of the day they hoped to have a pizza to devour.


Aug. 10, 2014 @ 06:05 AM

Creative kids dabble with art at college

Ten-year-old Michael Hawkins pummeled a piece of gray clay until it bended to his will. The clay molded into a curve under his fingers. On the rainy Friday, the activity was the perfect way for Michael to release his creative energy.

Michael joined several kids of elementary-school age at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute for Art Expo camp from Monday to Friday last week.


Aug. 08, 2014 @ 08:48 AM

South, West cadets face their fears at camp

West Caldwell High School student Hunter Lambert balanced on a thin rope nearly 25 feet in the air. He had a harness strapped around his waist connected to another rope as he wobbled along. Reaching a platform, Hunter still had another rope to tip-toe across. Down below, other students shouted encouragement.

All of them were Junior ROTC students -- a total of 20 from West Caldwell and South Caldwell high schools were among about 100 from the region who spent the past week at Camp Bud Schiele in Rutherfordton as part of Basic Leadership Training.


Aug. 08, 2014 @ 06:43 AM

Williams brought life to funerals

In the final two years of his life, Norman Williams could be seen zooming down sidewalks and main highways on his way to work at Mackie Funeral Home on Duke Street in Granite Falls in his motorized wheelchair, decked out in stickers, reflectors and flags.

Funeral director Cordell Austin said, “We all thought he would be killed in the wheelchair (by it) turning over and find him in the road somewhere.” He shook his head, laughing.


Aug. 07, 2014 @ 01:19 PM

4-H splishes, splashes at water ecology camp

Ten children strapped on life jackets and pulled on water shoes Wednesday morning before jumping into green canoes for a ride down the Yadkin River. Under the cloudy sky, the weather was chilly, but the excitement was warming.


Aug. 06, 2014 @ 05:56 AM

Market educates kids on earthworms

Slimy, chilly, squishy earthworms writhed in a blue bowl at the Sawmills Farmers Market Kids Corner on Tuesday. Mazes, coloring pages, a book on worms, worm fact pages and a diagram of the worm’s body parts also sat on the table as part of Caldwell County Health Department’s “Earthworm Education” activity.