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Oct. 17, 2014 @ 06:49 AM

Team scores touchdown for reading

Josh Brackett, a wide receiver for the South Caldwell High School football team, slowly turned the book in his hand to show each of the children at his feet the colorful pictures in “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell!”

He read each word clearly and carefully about an old lady who gobbled up a shell, a gull and a wave.


Oct. 16, 2014 @ 06:43 AM

Student for a day

I braced myself as a pie tin mounded over with fluffy Cool Whip inched toward my face. Principal Craig Styron, his own face already covered in Cool Whip, grinned maniacally as he held the mound near my nose. He asked me if I was ready. I squeezed my eyes shut and pulled in a long breath.


Oct. 15, 2014 @ 06:11 AM

Gamewell woman creates cakes that speak for themselves

Pamela Tayner sprinkled cornstarch across the massive dining room table in her kitchen in Gamewell, preparing to roll out the cake fondant.

“This is where it can get dirty,” Tayner said.


Oct. 12, 2014 @ 07:52 AM

Rain can't dampen spirits at Wilson Creek Festival of Colors

Heavy rains Friday night and more rain Saturday morning may have reduced attendance at the fourth annual Wilson Creek Festival of Colors, but they couldn’t dampen the spirits of those who made it.

The rain also did nothing to dim the pungent shades of yellows, reds and greens that lined the creek and dotted the hills around the Wilson Creek Visitors Center.


Oct. 12, 2014 @ 07:50 AM

32nd Molasses Festival keeps tradition alive

For more than three decades, fall at Sims Country Bar-B-Que has meant cane-cutting, mashing, juicing, boiling and jarring.

The thick smell that wafts over the hills as the large vats bubble and heave is enough to make your stomach rumble and your mouth water, and for the Sims family, it’s a tradition that draws nearly 2,000 visitors to their farm each year.


Oct. 10, 2014 @ 06:29 PM

'Feel the burn' at Gamewell Middle

Before class at Gamewell Middle School, students can choose either to eat breakfast in their homeroom or go to the cafeteria for devotion, a religious service. The devotions leader talked about how if you make a mistake that you need only to ask for forgiveness from God thanks to his Son’s sacrifice on the cross. I was surprised by this open talk in a public school about Christianity.


Oct. 09, 2014 @ 09:57 AM

Hometown, house inspire ‘Laid to Rest’

In a new book, “Laid to Rest,” a funeral home director in Lenoir strikes up a relationship with a pastor, to help him cope with the death of a young girl.

Though the story is fiction, certain recognizable houses, streets and businesses play their parts. All stood out in the memory of the author, Koko Nervelli.


Oct. 09, 2014 @ 06:14 AM

Farming educational seeds for students

“Ms. Lindley, what’s that smell?” said Jasmine Vines, 9, standing in mud and hay.

By the end of School on the Farm Day, she had a better idea.

Fourth-graders from Whitley, West Lenoir, Dudley Shoals and Valmead elementary schools spent Wednesday at MKM Farms near Lenoir as part of National 4-H Club Week.


Oct. 07, 2014 @ 04:39 PM

Different species of songbirds sing to seniors

The singing heard at the Satie and J.E. Broyhill Caldwell Senior Center is not just from songbirds sitting in the trees outside but also the Songbirds inside gathering every Tuesday.


Oct. 05, 2014 @ 06:09 AM

Vet saves swan from hook, line, sinkers

Standing at the edge of Bass Lake in Blowing Rock two weeks ago, Lynne Daughtridge stared at the large white bird, with its graceful neck bent at an awkward angle and, she thought, a look of pain in his eyes. The swan seemed barely able move his neck.


Oct. 04, 2014 @ 11:43 AM

Teens sing anti-bullying message

The students at Gamewell Middle School screamed with excitement as seven young performers brought a musical message against bullying on Friday. The Team Nation Tour travels the United States singing at schools to promote loving who you are and following your dreams.


Oct. 03, 2014 @ 08:10 AM

New group seeking all things tech

A few people will gather Saturday in the back of Highland Coffee House in downtown Lenoir to start a group to advocate, discuss and contemplate all things technological.

It’s the beginnings of the Carolina Technocrat Party, a group formed to sift out the technologically minded people in the area to meet, converse, network, share ideas and more.


Oct. 02, 2014 @ 08:21 AM

Movie 'stars' cruising into Lenoir

This Saturday, downtown Lenoir will play host to a variety of stars from such movies as  “Smokey and the Bandit” and Disney’s “Cars.”

Well, replicas of those stars at least.


Oct. 02, 2014 @ 06:13 AM

Hudson's park now offering disc golf, more additions coming

A state grant is helping pay for recent additions to Hudson’s Redwood Park and McCreary Family Recreation and Fitness Center.

The 38-acre park is getting new playground equipment that will be handicap-accessible, such as a wheelchair swing. A double-tower water slide is planned for the pool, and maple wood floors are planned for the basketball courts.


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.