Features

May. 09, 2014 @ 09:08 AM

'Crazy idea' results in eye-popping automobiles

To see the sun hit the rich cedar and pine, blazing with each tone of creamy yellow and rich red, it takes a while to register what you're really looking at, and after walking up to it, closely examining the seams and curves, it takes a step back and a chin-scratch before you ask, "So this is all real wood?"


May. 09, 2014 @ 06:48 AM

Event celebrates students' innovations

Robots, Eggbots, tie-dye T-shirts, a display on taste preferences in rats and various other projects decorated the American Legion Post 93 in downtown Lenoir on Thursday for the 2014 Showcase of Student Success Luncheon.


May. 08, 2014 @ 02:57 PM

Swallowed up in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

The talking plant known as Audrey II has taken up residence in Hibriten High School’s theatre, currently known as “Skid Row.” The gigantic flora with razor sharp teeth and a wide mouth is gobbling up Skid Row residents left and right, and all because Seymour, played by Isaac Tuttle, wanted to impress a girl.


May. 08, 2014 @ 09:32 AM

A 40-year dream comes true

On Saturday, Lem Patterson will walk on stage at North Carolina A&T University, shake a hand or two and grab the diploma for his bachelor’s degree in liberal studies.

It has been 40 years since he first began his journey to complete a college education, one that has twisted and turned, stalled and sputtered, but will ultimately finish in success.


May. 05, 2014 @ 11:43 AM

Students let it fly

Purple, gold, white, green and blue discs flew through the air at Veterans Park in Sawmills on Friday, soaring up, down and sideways, flung by about three dozen ninth-graders.

Some students were naturals. Their tosses at the goals of the park’s disc golf course flew straight and true, even if they just missed. Other students had a bit more difficulty, sending discs left or right or just a few feet in front of their shoes.


May. 01, 2014 @ 02:57 PM

French invade Caldwell County — 12 of them

Since Sunday, Melchior Belin has seen students wearing flip-flops during school, tasted the spicy sauces at Buffalo Wild Wings and walked for the first time around the massive superstore that is Walmart. It is all part of a nearly two-week-long adventure for the high school student, visiting here from France.


Apr. 30, 2014 @ 07:13 AM

Youth chorus makes debut Saturday

The group is the Youth Ensemble Singers, recently created by director Keith Smith for girls from upper elementary to high school to sing a traditional style of music. Their debut will be in a free concert Saturday night alongside the Caldwell Men's Chorus, also directed by Smith.


Apr. 25, 2014 @ 09:19 AM

Book club wakes up with Coffee Talk

Every third Thursday of the month at Highland Coffee House, the Coffee Talk Book Club gathers to discuss the month’s book selection.

Emily Gibbons, reference desk librarian at the Caldwell County Library Lenoir branch, started the Coffee Talk Book Club three years ago.


Apr. 25, 2014 @ 09:17 AM

Volunteers gear up to ramp up

If Mamie Cannon, 78, visited her home in Lenoir today, she would only be able to look at it from outside.

Recently confined to a wheelchair after surgery on her back and leg, she cannot make it up the three steps leading to the mudroom of her house. And the bills for her surgery mean she can’t afford to have a wheelchair ramp built. So for now, she has to stay in a nursing home, Carolina Rehab Center in Burke County, far away from her own bed, the babbling brook in the yard and her beloved pet dachshund, her son Doug Cannon said.


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 08:36 AM

Candidates for County Board of Commissioners see differing challenges

The News-Topic sent each of the candidates for Caldwell County Board of Commissioners the same set of questions. Over the coming days we will run their answers.

Question 1: What do you see as the county’s main challenge right now and how would address it?


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 06:14 AM

Caldwell Cuisine offers community India-themed night out

Chopping peppers, squeezing lemons, dicing onions, about a dozen Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute Culinary Arts students hustled around the different stations in the kitchen during a practice run of their big night cooking Thursday for the India-themed Caldwell Cuisine dinner. Some students read the recipes while others weighed cup after cup of slippery black-eyed peas. Still others bustled from table to table with freshly washed vegetables ready to be sliced.


Apr. 19, 2014 @ 04:04 PM

Column: Facebook's too much in my face already

Item in the news last week: “Facebook is rolling out a new tool that allows its users to track their friends in real time.

“Flipping on the feature in the Facebook mobile app lets you share your general or specific location with friends.”


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 11:20 AM

Area Easter services

This is a listing of all of the Easter Sunday church events that have been submitted to the News-Topic.


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 06:45 AM

Hungry for science at the Patterson Science Center

Walking through the trees, crunching dead leaves underfoot, you are overcome with the feeling of being watched. Jumping over streams and hiking up hills, you search for food, water and shelter while watching your back for any predators when suddenly, a bear, a wolf and a bobcat burst from the dense foliage. They rush forward, and as you turn and run, you hope you won’t feel their teeth and claws grabbing the tag dangling around your neck reading “Vole.”


Apr. 16, 2014 @ 09:09 AM

Lenoir native leads testing of NASA's latest, greatest rocket

Ashley Lee never really had an interest in computers and engineering while he was a student at Hibriten High School and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, focusing more on sports and martial arts.

Today, Lee is an engineer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., where he is leading work on ARTEMIS, a simulator designed to test flight control systems for the on-board computer flight programming for the largest, most powerful rocket ever built – NASA’s Space Launch System.


Apr. 16, 2014 @ 08:48 AM

Jessie Bowman — ‘Just older than youth’

Jessie Bowman sat on a couch surrounded by photographs of smiling family members and laminated newspaper clippings about his life and various awards. Recently, he has been in the news for receiving the National Order of the Legion of Honour medal, the highest decoration that recognizes service to France, in February and receiving a second key to the city of Granite Falls in March.


Apr. 13, 2014 @ 06:35 AM

Lenoir Woman's Club hailed for service, sisterhood

Members of the Lenoir Woman’s Club say they were drawn to the group because of its community service projects, but once there they found amazing fellowship.


Apr. 11, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Lenoir native comes home again

Mark Bumgarner started playing music as a high school student, “beating and thrashing around,” as he describes it, the beginning of a long musical journey.

On Saturday, he’ll come back to his hometown to play a show at 7 p.m. Saturday at 1841 Café with Jaret Carter, Patrick Crouch and Ron Shuffler. The show is also a warm-up for the four musicians before they head off to Merlefest in Wilkesboro, one of the largest music festivals in the country, where they’ll play at the Plaza Stage on April 26 at noon and 6 p.m.


Apr. 10, 2014 @ 01:59 PM

Kirby uses his Caldwell County education every day

Dr. Lyndon Craig Kirby thinks about his teachers from Hibriten High School every now and again. Whenever he uses a skill that he learned in class, he wishes he could phone them and tell them he still remembered that from high school.


Apr. 10, 2014 @ 01:49 PM

Bolick never meant to be a bishop, yet received the call

Bishop Leonard Homer Bolick did not originally want to be a pastor. Even though he went to seminary and studied ministry, he continued to tell God it was not going to work out.

“I never wanted to work in a church,” Bolick said. “It was something that I really struggled against. That was the last thing I wanted to do. But when I was getting ready to graduate from Appalachian [State University], there was just a sense of a call to serve in the church. I didn’t want to do it, but I thought I’ll go to seminary because I felt this overwhelming call to go into ministry. I couldn’t ignore that.”


Apr. 08, 2014 @ 02:08 PM

Bernhardt’s roots lie deep in Caldwell County

John Christian Bernhardt’s love of learning was surpassed only by his love for people, said his son.

“No one worked for him. They worked with him,” Alex Bernhardt Sr. said. “He loved the people. He loved the customers. He treated everybody as equals.”


Apr. 05, 2014 @ 12:32 PM

A show full of Southern heart


Apr. 05, 2014 @ 12:14 PM

Education in rural schools prepared Whisnant well

James Miller Whisnant walked into his first class at North Carolina State University nervous and concerned. He wondered how he would stack up against students from cities like Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh. Born and raised in a rural, country setting between Whitnel and Baton, Whisnant thought that maybe his education at Hudson High School wouldn’t stack up at N.C. State. He couldn’t have been more wrong.


Apr. 03, 2014 @ 06:45 AM

Little's big footsteps forward for Robin's Nest

Alisha Little says she has always been running. It's one of the things she does for herself. Her job, and one of the things she does for others, is working with children who have been victims of physical or sexual abuse. On April 24, she will blend the two and take on the Boston Marathon while wearing colors in support of Robin’s Nest Children’s Advocacy Center in Lenoir.


Apr. 03, 2014 @ 06:40 AM

Adaptation of "Alice" gives monster more time

Though film versions of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" focus much attention on the Queen of Hearts, the mythical monster the Jabberwock takes center stage in the adaptation that opens tonight at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.