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