Every Monday and Wednesday, just after dark, the doors at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church in Lenoir are opened, and kids start to file in. They find their seats around tables set in a horseshoe, waiting for the evening’s activities to start.
I stood on my knees next to Genesis Guzman, 7, in Julia Youngsmith’s first-grade drama class with a paper bag decorated like a turkey and waddling my body side to side, experiencing a new side of education as a student at Davenport A+ School.
Chilly, wet weather couldn’t dampen the holiday spirit in Caldwell County this weekend as the area’s four parades heralded the holiday season up and down the county Friday and Saturday.
The eighth-grade students at Collettsville School have never met Lauren Hill, a college basketball player from Indiana. However, when four students saw a special on ESPN about her fight with inoperable brain cancer, they went to Principal Craig Styron and asked if they could hold a special pep rally and fundraising event in her honor.
For most people, it’s hard to conceptualize a century – 100 years, 10 decades, 1,200 months, 36,524 days.
Today, one Caldwell County matriarch celebrates her 100th birthday, looking back on a century of caring and loving for her family and community.
Hudson and Sawmills set its towns aglow with Christmas lights Tuesday night alongside bonfires, Santa, wagon rides and lots of free food.
The house is of expert construction, three stories, complete with upper and lower porches on the front, ornate railings and hanging flower pots.
Just inside the front door hangs a photo of an older couple, seemingly in the middle of a laugh. Named “Emma’s Place,” the house is 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide — a dollhouse.
Every month, boys hustle into the library at Valmead Elementary School to dive into their love of reading.
The boys gather at two tables, one for younger students and one for the three upperclassmen. Librarian Ann Lipford helps run the Boys Only Book Club along with Principal Carol Sturgis.
The turkey is a symbol of Thanksgiving, the integral part of a classic meal that commemorates communities coming together to count their blessings.
This year, the Lenoir/Caldwell County Interdenominational Black Ministerial Alliance is starting what officials hope becomes a new Thanksgiving tradition bringing communities together.
Students from eight Caldwell County elementary schools and home school students gasped with delight as 9-foot-tall body puppets took the stage Friday at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.
Through the streets of downtown Lenoir, children raced Thursday afternoon to decorate Christmas trees lining the street as part of Light Up Lenoir. In the nippy wind, kids waited for adults to string the lights, then rushed in with gingerbread men, presents, glittery stars and Popsicle-stick reindeer ornaments.
Griffith, who has written four books, spent 30 years teaching in Caldwell County Schools but is now retired. This year, two of Griffith’s books earned her three awards from the North Carolina Society of Historians.
I never thought I’d do jumping jacks in math class.
At Granite Falls Middle School, I jumped with my arms flailing, crouched down in squats or bounced like a bunny, depending on the answers to algebra problems.
Wayne and Codie Mask of Lenoir have purchased tents, backpacks, hiking shoes and a whole assortment of supplies to take with them on an 11-month mission trip around the world.
On Thanksgiving night, the tower on top of Hibriten Mountain will alight in the shape of a star, signaling the start of the holiday season to anyone within view, the same as it has for more than half a century.
But what can’t be seen from miles away is the rusting, 85-foot tower that star is perched on, a maze of frayed wires and outdated bulbs.
Was it the romancing nephew? The simple-minded handyman? The uptight nurse? The audience gets to decide.
Hibriten High School’s theater company opened “Murder’s in the Heir,” a whodunit mystery that allows the audience to vote to choose the murder suspect, yesterday.
The dramatic play “Defiance” is a conversational piece sucking in the audience with its dissecting of social issues in the Vietnam War era, including race and feminism.
Produced by the Foothills Performing Arts, and directed by David Kerley, the play features a small cast of five characters.
Sam Steffey spun the top of a glass table, which is rimmed in bicycle chain and sitting on a base of car parts.
“I like to make them spin,” Steffey said.
A powerful sun shone on Lenoir’s downtown square Tuesday morning, breaking the early chill and reflecting from white Navy hats and the brass fixtures atop flagpoles as dozens of people filed in for the city’s annual Veterans Day ceremony.
Just as the ceremony started at 11 a.m., corresponding to the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of World War I, Command Master Chief Petty Officer Wayne Mihelich paused to explain a scene set just to the side of the stage.
I never did get my stem right.
My day as a student at the Caldwell Career Center Middle College included an engineering class where the students were using Adobe Autodesk, an engineering design program, to create a 3D pumpkin on their computers for a project with a company creating a new type of toy Jack-O-Lantern.
A bright sun began to break the chill Saturday morning in Sawmills as a large crowd silently watched American and POW-MIA flags being lowered, carefully folded and replaced with a new flag.
In downtown Lenoir Saturday afternoon, arts, crafts and paintings mixed with lagers, pale ales and porters in the bright sun, drawing a crowd to taste and see what regional artisans produce.
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.