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Sep. 30, 2014 @ 09:20 AM

Discovering the joys

Last Tuesday, I woke bright and early at 6 a.m., well, not bright. You need the sun for it to be bright, and when I was staggering out of bed, the sun was telling its mom, “Ten more minutes, please. I don’t want to get up!”

As I headed to Baton Elementary School to start my day as a fifth grade student, I was surprisingly nervous.


Oct. 01, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

Weekend events honor city's musical heritage

Music has a special place in Lenoir’s history, from folks listening to music at Tucker’s Barn before Lenoir was even a town to the nationally recognized prestige of the Lenoir High School band.

For the fourth year, Loving Lenoir will spend a weekend celebrating that heritage.


Sep. 30, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

Prosecutors say Nelson appeal flawed

Alex Nelson, former administrator of Foothills Regional Airport, must find a new reason to argue that he deserves a shorter prison sentence, federal prosecutors said in court documents filed last week.

Nelson is currently serving 37 months at a federal prison near Beckley, W.Va., after pleading guilty to conspiracy, embezzlement and money laundering in September 2012.


Sep. 30, 2014 @ 06:44 AM

Student for a Day

Last Tuesday, I woke bright and early at 6 a.m. — well, not bright. You need the sun for it to be bright, and when I was staggering out of bed, the sun was telling its mom, “Ten more minutes, please. I don’t want to get up!”

But I got up and went to fifth grade.


Sep. 26, 2014 @ 08:28 AM

Cool, sunny summer to yield cool colors

Thanks to a cool and sunny July and August in the Western North Carolina mountains this year, experts are optimistic about a vibrant fall leaf color season.


Sep. 25, 2014 @ 08:43 AM

Local sites added to Revolutionary War trail

This week in 1780, patriots from around the Blue Ridge Mountains were marching through the wilderness on their way to a battle that would change the course of the Revolutionary War.

Along the way, some stopped at Fort Defiance in what is now Happy Valley, where William Lenoir gathered local men to join the patriots, and at Fort Crider, at what is now the former Lenoir High School, before marching on to Quaker Meadows in Morganton to meet with fighters trekking in from Tennessee.


Sep. 25, 2014 @ 08:20 AM

Adam Windmiller gets wet for ALS

Principal Adam Windmiller looked nervously at the Hudson Fire Department truck in the Hudson Elementary School parking lot. As firefighters unrolled the hose across the large field, Windmiller shook his head, laughing.

“I just hope they have the pressure down on that hose,” Windmiller said. “I’m hoping it’s warm water in that hose.”

It wasn’t.


Sep. 23, 2014 @ 06:57 AM

UK trip changes students' views on life

Over the summer, 18 Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute students traveled to the United Kingdom for an eye-opening experience in different cultures. Even though the language was the same, the lifestyles could not be more different.

Katherine West, a student studying Web design, said the 10-day trip was the first time she had ever ridden on a plane.


Sep. 22, 2014 @ 11:16 AM

Mom looks to Web to help epileptic son

Seven-year-old Sammy Rutledge excels at school, and when he gets home he runs and plays like any other child in his Collettsville neighborhood.

But Sammy has heteroptopia, a form of epilepsy, so sometimes he has seizures, which leave him too tired and drained to do much more than lie down.


Sep. 21, 2014 @ 11:25 AM

Twisted Vine Winery offers space, spirits to unwind

Nestled among the houses and hills in Cajah’s Mountain sits a picturesque red barn, but it’s not housing horses, farm equipment or produce, but a jukebox, tables and chairs, and racks of wine bottles.


Sep. 21, 2014 @ 06:39 AM

Social media a miracle for neglected puppy

Miracles come in all shapes and sizes, but this one came in the form of a puppy with a gimpy leg.

The lab/husky puppy had been found wandering, the person who found it posted a "found puppy" status on Facebook, and the puppy's owner saw it and claimed the puppy.


Sep. 23, 2014 @ 08:43 AM

Miss Caldwell Fair Pageant draws near

The Miss Caldwell Fair Pageant, sponsored by the Caldwell County Agricultural Fair, takes place on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Caldwell County Fairgrounds, with the theme "Believing In Yourself.”


Sep. 19, 2014 @ 06:58 AM

Hospital Gala raising money for birthing center

On Saturday evening, the Caldwell Memorial Foundation will host an event that spans the state — at least in decoration.

The 16th Annual Gala, being held this year at Exela Pharma Sciences' headquarters on Blowing Rock Boulevard at 6 p.m., has the theme “A Carolina Evening” to embrace every part of North Carolina.


Sep. 19, 2014 @ 06:03 AM

Theater will be comin' 'round the mountain

Two American Suffolk horses named Maple and Maggie will slowly plod into Lenoir on Saturday, pulling behind them a large, old-fashioned wagon that serves as home for an old-fashioned theater troupe.


Sep. 18, 2014 @ 07:28 AM

Lenoir tries to encourage more recycling

The small, blue bins that Lenoir once used to pick up recycling door-to-door can now be found around the city, stuffed in basements full of old sports equipment or under the kitchen sink holding cleaning supplies.

But waning use of the center has city officials gearing up for a new campaign to get residents back in the habit of recycling, said Kaye Reynolds, Lenoir's communications and resource director.


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.