Jul. 07, 2014 @ 09:41 AM

From unwanted puppy to minor celebrity

Peggy Hatley entered the Tractor Supply Co. of Lenoir late last month with no intention of buying anything, merely tagging along while her roommate, Sharon Bates, picked up dog food. While Bates shopped, Hatley was drawn to the puppies up for adoption through Pet Partners Network.

For four months, Hatley had been searching for a therapy dog to take with her to work at Carolina Rehab Center of Burke. The center used to have a therapy dog, a Labrador retriever, but it left when its owner took another job.

Jul. 07, 2014 @ 09:38 AM

A Fourth of July to remember

When Caldwell County citizens think of Fourth of July, they think about vacation, the history of our country and our independence.

Dottie Lloyd said, “It means celebrating the men who served our country. My husband was one of them. We’ve been married 62 years.”

Jul. 03, 2014 @ 06:31 AM

Hurricane will bring relief from heat

You weren't suffering from blurred vision Wednesday, and there wasn't a forest fire anywhere filling Caldwell County's air with smoke.

That was just a thick haze of ground-layer ozone, said meteorologist Neil Dixon from the National Weather Services in Greenville, S.C.

Jul. 02, 2014 @ 11:16 AM

Embracing the mad scientist within

Liquid oozed. Soda exploded. Balloons floated around the room. On Tuesday afternoon, the Lenoir branch of the Caldwell County Public Library became a laboratory for young mad scientists.

As part of the Fizz, Boom, Read Children’s Summer Reading program, the library’s youth services staff set up several tables with different activities that allowed kids to experiment and tap into their inner scientist.

Jul. 01, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

Lenoir puts spotlight on musical heritage

By late summer, local residents should see tangible evidence of Lenoir's efforts to capitalize on its musical heritage: a historical marker to tell visitors what happened here.

Doc Watson, Etta Baker and Pop Ferguson, all greats in traditional music, have one thing in common – a deep connection with Lenoir.

Jun. 30, 2014 @ 09:25 AM

Amateur Radio Club competes in 2014 Field Day

Hudson’s Redwood Park was much more than a gathering space Saturday, and will be into this afternoon, alive with the sounds of radio static, the quick, intermittent beeping of Morse code, and precise radio call signs sounding from the pavilion and reaching around the globe.

Jun. 29, 2014 @ 06:26 AM

Beekeepers know the buzz

There's a reason beekeeper suits are white, as a photographer in a black shirt learned when he approached Gary Jones’s beehives last week to snap a photo.

As the photographer inched closer, one of the bees got caught in the fine white wisps of hair on his head. The photographer quickly brushed him off, and the bee charged -- right at the photographer’s nose.

Jun. 25, 2014 @ 07:39 AM

WrapAround kids learn the importance of farming

“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.

Jun. 25, 2014 @ 06:48 AM

Cloudy 'Fun in the Sun' still a success

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.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 07:30 AM

Former bank building gets 'facelift'

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.

Jun. 22, 2014 @ 11:03 AM

Column: A well grown garden is meant to be shared

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.

Jun. 22, 2014 @ 10:59 AM

Column: How do you get lost for hours on a 10-minute hike?

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.

Jun. 22, 2014 @ 10:49 AM

Column: A novel birthday anything but quiet

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.

Jun. 22, 2014 @ 07:19 AM

Hospice officials say an hour of your time makes difference

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.

Jun. 22, 2014 @ 06:12 AM

Ethan Crump to kick Lenoir athletics into high gear

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.

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 09:15 AM

Love of speech becomes passion to teach

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.

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 06:46 AM

Blasting off to scientific learning

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.

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 09:32 AM

Man runs shop for 'the love of skateboarding'

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.

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 06:17 AM

New manager says Rhodhiss going strong

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.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 06:32 AM

Caldwell schools lose millennium of experience

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.”

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 07:02 AM

Kids start to learn their way around horses

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.

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 02:16 PM

11-year-old takes on 13-mile race

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.

Jun. 15, 2014 @ 01:15 AM

Column: The sound of unpreparedness

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.

Jun. 14, 2014 @ 12:17 PM

Storyteller encourages love of science, reading

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.

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 12:57 PM

Pop Ferguson Festival features area's top blues acts

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.”