Music has a special place in Lenoir’s history, from folks listening to music at Tucker’s Barn before Lenoir was even a town to the nationally recognized prestige of the Lenoir High School band.
For the fourth year, Loving Lenoir will spend a weekend celebrating that heritage.
The grounds and house of Fort Defiance, the 1792 home of Gen. William Lenoir, will be open to the public for the annual Living History Days this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
While most cafeteria food stories are about the “yuck” factor, there were a few items that I especially enjoyed — those long, rectangle pizza pieces, the orange French dressing for salad, which incidentally was served only on pizza day, the hot yeast rolls and, when I got to high school, cinnamon rolls. One of my all-time favorites, though, was prune cake.
Fall is here. The days are getting shorter, and the nights cooler. Traditional fall crops, like winter squash, are ripening in gardens all over the county.
Ninety years ago, a few pilots from the United States Army Air Service accomplished the unthinkable, but not the impossible. On Sept. 28, 1924, three of the four pilots and their accompanying navigators completed an aerial circumnavigation of the globe.
Thanks to a cool and sunny July and August in the Western North Carolina mountains this year, experts are optimistic about a vibrant fall leaf color season.
This week in 1780, patriots from around the Blue Ridge Mountains were marching through the wilderness on their way to a battle that would change the course of the Revolutionary War.
Along the way, some stopped at Fort Defiance in what is now Happy Valley, where William Lenoir gathered local men to join the patriots, and at Fort Crider, at what is now the former Lenoir High School, before marching on to Quaker Meadows in Morganton to meet with fighters trekking in from Tennessee.
With what are billed as bigger and better rides, a renovated exhibition hall and a brand new marquee sign, organizers for this year’s Caldwell County Agricultural Fair say they expect to see great things this week at the fairgrounds.
Over the summer, 18 Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute students traveled to the United Kingdom for an eye-opening experience in different cultures. Even though the language was the same, the lifestyles could not be more different.
Katherine West, a student studying Web design, said the 10-day trip was the first time she had ever ridden on a plane.
We get a lot of mail at the News-Topic that is addressed to people who haven’t worked here in many years. Last year there was one addressed to the man who was editor here in 1988.
Most of it is public-relations materials, but now and then a catalog comes, usually an office-supply catalog.
But this one was more of a lifestyle catalog. What kind of lifestyle it targets is a little hard to figure out.
Nestled among the houses and hills in Cajah’s Mountain sits a picturesque red barn, but it’s not housing horses, farm equipment or produce, but a jukebox, tables and chairs, and racks of wine bottles.
The belly dancers and most everyone else stayed home during last year’s Granite Falls Merchants Association Festival, perhaps for fear of drowning in the streets.
But this year’s festival opened under warm, sunny skies, and hundreds of people soon filled downtown Granite Falls to shop, eat, drink, listen to the South Caldwell High School band or, among other things, watch The Lost Jewels of the Ghawazee, a group of belly dancers who appear at a number of festivals in the area.
Fall is in the air. With it comes the planting of the fall garden. One of the things I’m looking forward to most is raising onions.
It is hard for a lot of people to ask for help. In today’s "self-help" culture, sometimes asking for assistance can display some kind of perceived inherent weakness or give people the wrong impression.
The Miss Caldwell Fair Pageant, sponsored by the Caldwell County Agricultural Fair, takes place on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Caldwell County Fairgrounds, with the theme "Believing In Yourself.”
Recently Forrest Tate, a reference librarian, led one of the Caldwell Heritage Museum’s monthly “Coffee with the Curator” programs relating the history of the Caldwell County Public Library. Part of his presentation included information about the Pioneer Library, but he was unsure when the Pioneer Library ceased to exist. Mike Gibbons found a newspaper item dated Nov. 20, 1923, titled “Library is Given to Davenport College” that answered the question.
Hard to believe but once again it’s time for my “What I Did This Summer” column. It’s a habit of mine that goes back to my schools days.
The saying “good things come in small packages” applies to this preserved treasure, a copy of our United States Constitution. How amazing that I held in my hands a document, a few small pages, powerful enough to hold our republic together since 1787. It is the oldest written constitution in use by any country in the world.
Many times in the more than 20 years I have written this column I have reprinted information that was first published by my predecessor, Nancy Alexander. Recently I found an article, written in 1977 by Rozzy Smith, that gave some insight into Alexander’s personal life, including a fact forgotten by me, that she had once been a mayoral candidate.
A thunderstorm starting fires and flooding bridges. A mental patient on the loose. Several characters pretending to be someone else.
The Foothills Performing Arts kicks off its 2013-14 season with the comedy “Losing Patients.” Director Marshall Goff said the play was chosen as a tribute to its writer, V. Cate, who died last December.
I read last week about workers at fast-food restaurants walking off the job in an effort to get a pay increase up to $15 per hour. As I understand it, the big walkout thing went over like a screen door on a submarine. Anyone with any notion at all as to how our economy works knows such a pay hike is implausible so actually what we had was a membership drive for the Service Workers Union.
Americans have no shortage of labels for our various problems, both mental and physical. The other day I ran across another one in a tech article about the potentially addictive nature of Facebook and a condition called FOMO — fear of missing out.