Everyone has a story.
It’s written by the lives they touch, the people they love and the legacies they leave behind.
That’s what was celebrated Thursday night at the Wig Bank of Caldwell County’s 12th Annual Legacy banquet at Mountain Grove Church, the stories of six individuals who lost their battles with cancer but left a story that strings together community, love and family.
Yes, a stage full of screaming humans runs from the undead during South Caldwell High School's fall play, but there is so much more to being a zombie, according to the characters in “All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Being a Zombie.”
In 2014, cancer will claim an estimated 585,720 lives, and 1,665,540 new cancer cases will be diagnosed, according to the American Cancer Society.
But what the numbers can’t show are the ripples – all the friends, family, nurses, doctors, civic organizations, schools, sports teams and towns that those lives touched.
Shane Wilson drove his truck over the ditches, creeks and hills of his family's farmland in Sawmills. In the truck bed, his two business partners and dog, Blue, bounced along with sacks of grain. Alongside the truck, cattle with long horns followed as Wilson yelled out the window, “Come on, girls! Come on, girls!”
Wearing an apron reading “Danger Men Cooking,” Don Turnmire, retired firefighter of the Sawmills Volunteer Fire Department, slowly stirred ham in a pot as steam bathed his face. Under a large blue tarp, Turnmire and several other volunteers cooked as much ham as they could for a long line of people eagerly awaiting breakfast, despite the cold, rainy weather.
Students wobbled, shuffled and gyrated on the gym floor of Hudson Middle School on Friday at the “Boo Bash,” a party geared toward rewarding students for behaving in class.
Hudson Middle incorporated the Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program into their schools for the first time this year.
As the sun set and clouds rolled across the sky, people gathered in the parking lot of Community One Bank in Hudson for a set of what organizers called basically true ghost stories about the town.
Sponsored by the Hudson Community Development Association, the Haunted Hudson walking tour featured Grim Reapers leading ghost-seekers around downtown to meet a cast of characters ready to spin a good yarn.
A convict grimacing in pain, strapped into an electric chair, a bloody sheet covering a body, tombstones, gruesome clowns and witches are just the tip of the iceberg at a small cabin nestled deep within the winding roads and hills of Green Mountain RV Park outside Lenoir.
Last Thursday the students made a dry run through what they plan to do tonight at the latest Caldwell Cuisine event, which has the theme “Oktoberfest.” The menu will feature five traditional German dishes such as Kartoffelsuppe, or potato-leek soup, and Schweinebraten, a braised pork roast with caraway-cabbage and an apple sauce. Each course will be paired with a beer provided by Howard Brewing Co. in Lenoir.
It wasn’t difficult to tell which company had taken up residence at the J. E. Broyhill Civic Center on Tuesday. The place was filled with bright blue, green, yellow and red accents, statues of little green “Androids,” free food and massages, and the latest in technology products.
Dr. Torre Hinnant is a family physician, but once she has left the doctor’s office, she doesn’t head home to unwind, she heads to her yoga studio in downtown Lenoir, In Light Yoga and Wellness.
In Light opened early this month on Main Street in the former home of Carolina Mist Winery. Hinnant has transformed the space from a cluttered retail shop to a wide open room with high ceilings and plenty of room to stretch out on a yoga mat.
Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute students, faculty and staff brought out their party hats and noisemakers at the annual Fall Festival, which had the theme of a birthday party.
Across the nation, students created artwork in the theme of “My Favorite Story” as part of a project that celebrates the need for students to learn about arts in their schools.
Dressed in colorful, ornate robes and wearing decorative metal figures on his forehead and chest, Josh Trindade clearly was not from Lenoir as he addressed the city council Tuesday night.
Trindade and countryman Marco Lapaz crossed half the globe to be here.
Each day, Randy Dellinger’s plant on Virgina Street in Lenoir churns out about 7,000 gallons of diesel fuel, ready to be pumped into any diesel engine.
But Dellinger’s diesel isn’t made from fossilized carbon. It’s made from soybean and canola oil, and poultry and pork fat. It’s biodiesel, and Dellinger’s company is Foothills Bio-Energies.
The criteria for the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year Award include attributes like staying power, growth, commitment to community and responding to adversity.
Carolyn Icard pushed aside a large set piece designed to look like the exterior of a home, revealing an expansive living room and kitchen with a fireplace and family photos on the other side. They are all the result of 15-hour days and sleepless nights, multiple set pieces for the dinner theater production of “The Fiddler on the Roof” at the Hudson Uptown Building.
Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute’s cosmetology department put on a stylish fundraiser complete with haircuts, waxing and manicures.
Lisa Rector, director of cosmetology, said she came up with the idea so the students could have a fun, hands-on learning experience while giving back with their first-ever fundraiser, to raise money to fight breast cancer.
The closer the calendar creeps to Oct. 31, the more tombstones start popping up in front yards, spider webs cloak boxwood bushes, and the more the streets of Lenoir will convert to the creepy, festive and scary.
Next weekend, the last before Halloween, Howl-O-Palooza will help complete that transformation, celebrating the dark and spooky with art, and especially film.
Last year his family learned that Matthew suffers from type 4 Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a disorder that makes the tissues in his small body thin, meaning even a small scrape requires two or more adhesive bandages. A fall or bump could rupture anything in Matthew’s body, such as his arteries or any of his organs, said his mother, Stachia Hagaman.
The Town of Hudson’s dinner theater strikes again with a large musical, “The Fiddler on the Roof,” with a cast nearly overflowing the stage and a message that, even though the play is set many decades ago, carries meaning in Caldwell County today.
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.
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.
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.
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.