May. 19, 2014 @ 01:15 PM

Kids learn the fun of fishing

A cry of joy rang out over the waters of a small pond at Tuttle Educational State Forest as 8-year-old Jonathan Bugg caught his first fish.

Holding up the fish as it tossed and flopped on his fishing hook, Bugg called over his grandfather to take a picture for Facebook.

May. 19, 2014 @ 01:07 PM

Volunteers clean up Wilson Creek

Phil Phellan walked Saturday down the gravelly road overlooking Wilson Creek, far below in the ravine.

Over his shoulders, a backpack bounced on his spine as he bent over again and again. Each time, he picked up a different piece of trash, such as a squashed soda can or a plastic Solo cup.

May. 18, 2014 @ 09:02 AM

Bridge bicycle race is over

For 25 years, a bicycle race known as "the Bridge" led thousands of cyclists from downtown Lenoir to the top of Grandfather Mountain, winding along more than 100 miles of around Caldwell County's roads.

But this year's Bridge Incredible Challenge, which had been planned for June, isn't happening, and it looks like the race may never be ridden again.

May. 18, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Collettsville principal a man of his word

As students arrived at Collettsville School Friday morning, their principal, Craig Styron, greeted them just like he has every other day, except for the bright blonde wig, tiara, black dress, high heels, bracelets, rings, necklace, makeup and lipstick. He even had his nails painted.

May. 16, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

Gibbons wins Broyhill Lifetime Achievement

Becky Gibbons received the Satie Broyhill Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday for her volunteer work and love of Caldwell County.

Gibbons, wife of Mayor Joseph Gibbons of the City of Lenoir, was born and grew up in Caldwell County. She was an elementary school teacher for 35 years. Now, she volunteers with and serves on boards for numerous organizations such as the Caldwell County Schools system, the Wig Bank of Caldwell County, Robin’s Nest and Communities in Schools.

May. 16, 2014 @ 08:31 AM

Brewing wine and faith at Six Waterpots

A house that looks like it would fit nicely on a postcard sent home from the English countryside sits just as comfortably on the rolling hills of Hudson, surrounded by rows of vines, standing tall and distinct with its timber and plaster, Tudor-style construction.

May. 15, 2014 @ 01:49 PM

Science and sunshine

David Brotherton’s students gathered in the parking lot of Caldwell Career Center Middle College under the sweltering sun. Their foreheads glistened with sweat, but they had smiles on their faces. The hot sun is exactly what they want.

May. 15, 2014 @ 09:43 AM

School resource officer called ultimate role model

School Resource Officer Jon Hawn tussled the furry mane of a stuffed lion on his desk.

“That is the name he comes with,” Hawn said. “Darren the lion. Darren is kind of like me. He’s getting thin on top.”

Joking, Hawn grinned before tugging a baseball cap back over Darren’s yellow ears and wild brown hair. He gave the lion a squeeze.

May. 11, 2014 @ 08:11 AM

Family and Caldwell history for sale

Like most folks, Cecil and Agnes Scroggs accumulated a lot of things by the time they died, some of them boxed up and squirreled away so long that they didn’t even remember them.

Some of those things, at least a couple dating from before the Civil War, are about to go up for sale.

May. 09, 2014 @ 12:25 PM

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. 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.