Features

Feb. 22, 2015 @ 08:44 AM

Polar weather precedes plunge

The Polar Plunge, which takes place each February at the boat ramp of Lakeside Park in Granite Falls, drew 17 people willing to jump into the lake Saturday, co-coordinator Michelle Bumgarner said. There are usually a few more than that, and she thought there would have been a few more if it hadn’t snowed Saturday morning.


Feb. 12, 2015 @ 06:05 AM

Local musician played with Hendrix, Williams Jr

David Lovatto, 66, walked behind his keyboard setup wearing a T-shirt with a vintage Pepsi logo on it, a black Fedora pulled down over his face and long, white hair.

His hands fluttered over the electronic keys, which played notes that sounded like an electric guitar.


Feb. 11, 2015 @ 06:48 AM

Hudson Elementary staying in shape with new club

A line of Hudson Elementary School students passed a ball down the line, alternating between over their heads and between their legs. A few yards away, another group of students tossed basketballs to each other on the court. And in the grass, young girls flipped head-over-heels in endless cartwheels. They are all members of the new Fitness Club at Hudson Elementary.


Feb. 10, 2015 @ 06:33 AM

Student for a Day: Finally learning math, but stumped by science

The only reason I finished in fifth place in a sixth-grade science contest was because I copied an 11-year-old’s answers.

The students in Katie Soots’ science class at Hudson Middle School competed through an electronic game called Kahoot! that gives you points based on answering correctly and how quickly you answer.


Feb. 09, 2015 @ 02:14 PM

Celebrating Caldwell, now and then

Scrolling through Facebook, between the innumerable posts about the latest celebrity weddings and cute kitten videos, Caldwell County natives may also find a photo of their great-grandfather sitting on a horse and buggy in downtown Lenoir at the turn of the 20th century.


Feb. 06, 2015 @ 07:47 AM

New shelter on the horizon for animal rescue group

After wishing, praying and finger-crossing, volunteers with Pet Partners Rescue finally found the perfect site to build a planned no-kill animal shelter, which the volunteers hope to open in one to two years.


Jan. 27, 2015 @ 06:45 AM

Lenoir man rockin' and rollin' gems

Harry Polly sat hunched over a machine of spinning wheels in the large basement of his house in Lenoir. He wore a heavy, green apron over his clothes and held a stick that had a small stone to the end with black wax. He pressed the stone against one of the wheels, making a noise like a monstrous dentist's drill.


Jan. 25, 2015 @ 06:57 AM

Reading has tails wagging at Happy Valley

Victoria James, 7, walked through the shelves of books in the Happy Valley School Media Center and picked out “The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy” by Jane Thayer. She then curled up in the Reading Corner on a fuzzy blue rug in front of a shelf covered in recognizable plush characters like Clifford The Big Red Dog and Curious George. Beside her, a companion sat calmly wagging her tail.


Jan. 25, 2015 @ 06:25 AM

10-year-old finds relief from disorders through art

Brandi Rabon currently lives in Matthews, but she said that her upbringing in Caldwell County prepared her for the trials she has faced as a mom caring for a daughter who has two rare medical conditions.

Addison Rabon, 10, suffers from congenital sucrase-isomaltase deficiency, which means that her body cannot process sugar.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 07:05 AM

Local students join global video project

Granite Falls Elementary School second-graders gathered in Andrea Evans’s music classroom, hopping and wiggling in their places. With three cameras trained on them, they seemed eager to get started. Evans started the music, and the students burst into song, dancing with hands in the air and heads rocking.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 06:20 AM

Alcohol vote may bear fruit in wine shop

Thanks to the recently passed alcohol referendum, a building on Fairway Avenue in Hudson that used to be home to a flower shop may soon sell craft beers, local wines and cheeses.

Owner Billy Mullis said it will be a longtime dream come true.


Jan. 20, 2015 @ 07:44 AM

Largest crowd in years gathers to celebrate King's legacy

Monday afternoon, a bright sun and warm January day welcomed hundreds of people to the square in downtown Lenoir for the annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Tunes of all kinds carried at Open Mic Night

John Mann, 88, slowly made his way to the stage at The Local Bean Coffee Shop in Hudson, where his karaoke machine already was waiting. He turned and stood in front of windows with large, decorative snowflakes and faux frost around the edges, pressed a few buttons on his machine and burst into song.


Jan. 16, 2015 @ 09:39 AM

Hickory Hall healing to former glory thanks to fundraiser

Standing as a pillar of history, Hickory Hall is an empty, quiet building on the Patterson School’s old campus in the wilds of Caldwell County. However, within in the last few months, the building obtained a new roof, and now renovations are taking place inside.


Jan. 16, 2015 @ 09:35 AM

Nutrition program branches into headwear

With her dark hair up in a bow, Navaeh Monk, 3, walked slowly toward a board covered in knit hats, a few scarves and a multi-colored purse with a matching scarf. She seemed surprised and unsure what to do when told to pick out one she wanted to have because she was a winner.


Jan. 11, 2015 @ 08:22 AM

Gallery brightens normal hospital routine

When you walk into the front doors of Caldwell Memorial Hospital from Mulberry Street, the fluorescent lights and shiny tile floors eschew sterility and coldness, but if you walk a bit further, that façade is broken by paintings of goats, photos of smiling interns, a brightly-colored quilt and a wide, warm landscape.


Jan. 06, 2015 @ 06:51 AM

Making a baby horse the hard way

Jennifer Burns hopes her horse will soon be visited by the stork with a special baby delivery.

But instead of delivering a baby, it will bring a package on dry ice.

That package will make a baby horse, but exactly how that will work is not for the squeamish.


Jan. 01, 2015 @ 06:31 AM

Meeting like-minded friends with Meetup

After Angela Skibo's mother moved to Lenoir about six years ago, Skibo began falling in love with her mom's new home.

Eventually sick of the city life, she picked up to Lenoir too.


Dec. 30, 2014 @ 08:50 AM

Remembering a life of music

Friend, mentor, active, caring, professional, knowledgeable, warm and one-of-a-kind are all ways that friends, colleagues and former students described a prolific area choral director, but perhaps the one that transcends them all is musical.


Dec. 29, 2014 @ 12:37 PM

Student for a Day: Welcomed like family at Hibriten High

My classmates in Kimberly Morgan’s math class at Hibriten High School — something called “discrete math” — begged to work with partners or use the study guide for their test. I sat in the back of the classroom shaking with nerves. If the regular students were worried about passing the test, how would I fare without having been taught math of any kind in a few years? And, what was discrete math?


Dec. 28, 2014 @ 02:16 PM

Spreading love, nourishment at the traffic light

Friday morning, the corner at North Main and Finley transformed into a corner bakery of sorts, with racks and boxes of bread neatly arranged on the sidewalk and the smell of a kitchen thick around the open door of Love Walk Ministries.


Dec. 26, 2014 @ 01:23 PM

Longtime local media fixture Little retires

After a long career in local media, including nine years working for Caldwell County, Charley Little is retiring.

An extensive career in radio, newspapers and television has given him a rare perspective on Caldwell County, North Carolina and its people, he said.


Dec. 25, 2014 @ 07:54 AM

A different Christmas wish

There’s no Christmas tree in the corner, no presents waiting for the grandchildren, no stockings hung waiting to be filled – only a small but festive candle on the corner of the coffee table.

But Wednesday, Patricia B. Austin, 68, cooked Christmas dinner anyway, ready to celebrate the holiday with family.

She wants something different for Christmas this year – she wants to be fired.


Dec. 24, 2014 @ 06:22 AM

Trash bins form special holiday display

If you drive along Norwood Street near the Hudson city limit, four steel, industrial trash bins form a colorful, eye-catching holiday display, especially at night.


Dec. 23, 2014 @ 06:23 AM

Teacher for a Day: Musical emerges from mayhem at Happy Valley School

Just hours before the big annual Christmas musical at Happy Valley School, art/drama teacher Melissa Jaroszewski fretted over everything from the students forgetting their lines, missing costumes and the possibility that there would be no functioning spotlight until the matinee performance in front of family members. Not least of her worries, several students with speaking roles were home sick with the stomach flu, and more were turning pale.