Jun. 19, 2015 @ 06:49 AM

Band camp prepares students for middle school

McKenna Lowe looked down at her fingers draped across the long, silver flute she held to make sure she got them in the right place. Then, she hovered her lips over its small opening and gently blew a single note.

Jun. 19, 2015 @ 06:24 AM

4-H campers climb into cave, uncover crystals

Wearing a yellow hardhat and large goggles, Ben Abee, 9, dug into the side of a cave with a screwdriver, scratching at the dirt, which fell away to his feet. Behind him, Anya Blackwelder, 13, used a large pickax to hammer into the cave wall.

Jun. 05, 2015 @ 06:04 AM

'A' for effort

Hibriten High School students decided instead of going home and relaxing Wednesday they would rather stay extra hours after school in order to get one last review session in before the big exams they were to begin taking Thursday.

Jun. 03, 2015 @ 06:13 AM

Student for a Day: In preschool for the first time at Gamewell Elementary

Wearing pink shorts and a white shirt with a horse on the front, Ella Frizsell, 5, sat down at a small table in her preschool classroom with her friends. They all had breakfast in front of them and were engaged in important conversation.

“The only pet I have is a duck. It walks around the yard,” Harley Bryant, 5, said.

May. 29, 2015 @ 08:57 AM

Historic house in search of right owner

The second-oldest house in Caldwell County, behind only Gen. William Lenoir’s Fort Defiance, remains for sale after three years on the market.

May. 29, 2015 @ 06:31 AM

Collettsville student wins poetry contest

Collettsville School student Alex Enloe took a stand against bullying when his teacher asked her class to write poetry for a national contest.

Seventh-grade teacher Jenny White ran across the website for 7GP, which stands for seventh-grade poetry, and saw that the organization hosts an annual poetry contest.

May. 28, 2015 @ 11:14 AM

Happy Valley student wins state essay contest

To Happy Valley School student Mallory McGee, wetlands are not only wonderful but worth saving. Because of her convictions, her essay on wetland conservation won first place in a statewide contest.

May. 24, 2015 @ 07:49 AM

Remembering veterans in words and deeds

The Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard is a group of 19 veterans who have served this country and continue to provide service in the community.

May. 21, 2015 @ 06:41 AM

County students unite in ogre of musical

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.

May. 15, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

Caldwell County boy clogging across the country

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.

May. 14, 2015 @ 09:03 AM

Hudson Middle participates in D.C. wreath ceremony

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.

May. 12, 2015 @ 08:50 AM

Mortar, brick, trowel ... go!

Thomas Beane, a senior at South Caldwell High School, already has a job lined up with a local masonry company after he graduates.

May. 12, 2015 @ 08:47 AM

Wig Walk - New location, same fun atmosphere

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.

May. 12, 2015 @ 08:42 AM

Student for a Day: Going from first-grade to fifth in one day at Granite Falls Elementary

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.

May. 07, 2015 @ 04:02 PM

Barbecue festival to be held in October

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.

May. 07, 2015 @ 03:39 PM

Dudley Shoals students exercising bodies and minds in club

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.

Apr. 28, 2015 @ 06:47 AM

Driven by love of English, Land proved them wrong

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.

Apr. 28, 2015 @ 06:43 AM

Hudson students dig into history

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.

Apr. 24, 2015 @ 06:47 AM

Longtime Granite Falls fire chief stepping down

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.

Apr. 24, 2015 @ 06:42 AM

Hall of Honor: Musician credits Caldwell schools for his success

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.

Apr. 22, 2015 @ 06:59 AM

Blasting off at Valmead

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.

Apr. 16, 2015 @ 02:45 PM

Hudson Elementary School goes hog wild

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.

Apr. 13, 2015 @ 05:13 PM

Student for a Day: Warriors working with STEM

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.

Apr. 10, 2015 @ 06:26 AM

April is tick and skeeter month

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.

Apr. 09, 2015 @ 11:48 AM

Caldwell students help lead national organization

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.