“I’ve got cucumbers!” shrieked a young boy who is part of the Caldwell WrapAround program, holding his plastic bag of cucumbers high in the air as he streaked across the grass. He wasn't the only one among about 200 students visiting the Sawmills Farmers Market who were excited as they bustled from vendor to vendor to buy produce and crafts just like adults. They perused carrots, cumcumbers, squash, peaches and more, picking out the perfect ones to bring home for dinner.
Young school children raced between the craft booths along the sidewalk at the Granite Falls branch of the Caldwell County Public Library under dark, foreboding clouds at Tuesday's "Fun in the Sun" event.
A large building that formerly was a Bank of Granite between the post office and Granite Falls Middle School off of Main Street used to be a big, plain rectangle of brownish-tan brick. The parking lot was full of fading yellow lines. The building's interior was as ragged as the outside, with torn-up flooring.
July, the pinnacle of summer. Whether you are a gardener, farmers market shopper or grateful neighbor, this is the time to enjoy all that the summer garden has to offer: tomatoes, green beans, corn, squash, and cucumbers. Its also time to keep your eye out for berries and other fruits like melons, peaches and plums. Best enjoyed at their peak, these wonderful fruits and vegetables are ready for us to consume and preserve.
As is our family custom, we went on a hike and picnic in the mountains for Father’s Day. I am a planner, so it falls to me to pick the spot, scope out the hike to be sure it is not too strenuous for three generations of participants, and prepare the food. It is a well-worn and rewarding ritual.
One of the big themes in “All Quiet on the Western Front” is the loss of innocence experienced by the men who went to war in the supposed "war to end all war" between 1914 and 1918. In a few months, we will be remembering the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of hostilities.
Imagine being unable to leave your bed or your home. It’s not your fault. You can’t help growing older or becoming sick. Every day is the same. Except when your hospice volunteer comes to visit. He or she makes you lunch, reads your favorite book and tells you about everything that is going on in the community. The hours he or she gives help you feel better, energetic and loved.
Ethan Crump likes to get people active. He likes to encourage kids and their parents alike to get out on the basketball court, baseball field or soccer pitch, helping them fight obesity, stay active and keep healthy.
Crump, 25, is the new athletic programs supervisor with Lenoir Parks and Recreation, a newly created position that oversees all the department's sports programming.
Matthew Malloy wanted to be a teacher since he was in first grade. In fact, he didn’t understand then why he could not successfully teach kindergarten since he had already learned all there was for kindergartners to know.
Pop! Plunk! Plink!
Empty pill bottles rained down on the hot sidewalk. Gleefully, kids raced to pick up the bottles and begged for more water and Alka-Selzter so they could make the bottles pop again.
As a young skateboarder in Lenoir nearly two decades ago, Drew Lindley had to make the trip to Hickory any time he needed to visit a skate shop.
Today, Lindley just has to go to work.
Arthur “Art” Delaney drives an hour and 15 minutes to work as the new town manager of Rhodhiss because he believes the town has a bright future, despite significant budgetary challenges. He said he would not have taken the job if there was no hope.
Lorrie Spencer, a teacher from Collettsville Elementary School, put it best when summing up how she shall spend her free time now that she is retiring after nearly 26 years in the classroom.
“In retirement, I plan to continue tending gardens, only gardens of a different type,” Spencer said. “I will no longer be a gardener of third-graders, who need love and nurturing in order to grow and blossom, but rather roses and vegetables shall be in my garden.”
Cinnamon the quarter horse and Cheyenne the appaloosa nervously took in the group of 12 kids circling them. The children held a variety of brushes in their hands and moved around impatiently, eager to get closer to the horses. Still, Cinnamon and Cheyenne were used to this type of attention. They had worked at 4-H camps before, particularly because their owner, Katelyn Hodge, started riding seven years ago thanks to her own experiences at a 4-H camp.
Caleb Rash, 11, started running for the opportunity to go to a party, but instead he found a passion. On June 1, he tackled his first half-marathon, the Charity Chase in Hickory, where he placed fourth in his age category and 280th out of 500 overall. He was the youngest participant.
With summer thunderstorms rumbling through town nearly every afternoon or evening, it is important to have on hand several items in the house. Things like flashlights, candles and matches are all important, but I learned there is one more: nine-volt batteries.
Before the start of her show, “The Idea Machine,” Vicky Town is a happy-go-lucky, polite storyteller originally from Philadelphia who loves nothing more than interacting with kids of all ages. However, as the show begins, Town transforms into a clumsy, energetic scientist with a big, white coat and safety goggles who just cannot seem to make her great invention work. Through the help of her audience members, she uses clues and stories to teach kids about great scientists and eventually help her machine working.
The brainchild of band leader, guitar player and songwriter Terry VunCannon, the band Lawyers Guns and Money has accomplished more in its three years than many bands ever do.
“This weekend, we’re going to hit hard with a tight show,” VunCannon said. “We like to go from one song to another, keeping the action rolling.”
Jerry Henline was speechless when Gamewell Elementary School's principal announced he had won a trip to Orlando. He went to the stage to pose with the giant ticket-shaped banner announcing his prize, and he was still stunned and too shy to say much after the awards ceremony Wednesday morning.
Dayden Miller, 11, helped his 3-year-old cousin, Keilee White, cover bingo squares with clear pebbles. After sniffing a paper bag, he whispered in White’s ear what the scent was and place a pebble on a square with the name of what he smelled. It wasn’t long before he told White to shout out “Bingo!” when five squares of different scents were filled. White excitedly received a pack of stickers.
This year, the annual Pop Ferguson blues Heritage Festival is shaking things up a bit, adding variety and expanding its scope of music.
This year’s theme of “Roots, Branches and Stems” pays homage to the foundations and the distant horizons of the Piedmont Blues -- from the foundations of Pop Ferguson, Phil Wiggins and John Dee Holman, expanding to influence bluegrass and rock and roll, and even further out to hip hop and popm said Clyde Ferguson Jr., organizer of the festival named for his 86-year-old father.
“Fizz Boom Read” is this year’s theme for the Summer Reading Program for kids at the Caldwell County Public Library.
On Saturday, kids and their parents came out for the Children’s Summer Reading Program Kick-off at the Lenoir branch for games, prizes, crafts and to pick up their reading log sheet.
Wally Avett is used to seeing his name in print. As a columnist for a weekly paper in Murphy, Avett’s name has been published for years.
But, that did not stop him from bubbling with excitement and pride at seeing his name attached to his first published novel, “Murder in Caney Fork,” which was released on March 15.
When Joe DiBella was 8 years old, he spent his summers prying shark teeth from the deck of the Cricket II, a charter fishing boat that would later be the inspiration for the movie "Jaws."
DiBella, whose wife, Lorraine, is from Hudson, now is working to restore the storied boat, but he's changing its mission. Instead of charging hundreds of dollars to take people fishing, he wants to take wounded veterans to fish the coastal waters of North Carolina for free.
The basement in the Kardol household is split into two studios for two very different artists. One side has a simple work table with brushes, paints and an easel. The other side has an array of tools, two large tables, a saw, and tubs of bottle caps organized by color. A world map hangs on the wall overlooking the two studios. Red, green and clear thumbtacks mark trips to more than 50 countries and nearly all 50 U.S. states that Cor Kardol has taken with his wife, Marti.