Flipping the pages through Willie Houck’s photo album, Houck, 96, can tell a story about every photo. In fact opening the photo album helps his memory get going. And on one recent day in the living room of his house on Hartland Road as he flipped the pages, the story of how Pearl Harbor transformed him from a member of a Morganton-based National Guard unit to an engineer building bridges in the battlefield in pursuit of retreating German units began to unfold.
Driving down Interstate 85 last week, I noticed a billboard advertisement for cosmetic dentistry. The text read, “You deserve a beautiful smile.” I wondered about that message for several miles, particularly the “deserve” part. Are there people who don’t deserve a beautiful smile?
My dead mother is more successful on the Internet than I am. It happened Thursday.
It’s a shame that our town no longer has a movie theater. Watching a movie is a great way to relieve stress and goodness knows there’s a lot of that going around.
If you’ve ever cleaned out a home upon the death of the occupant, your view of material things might have changed.
While grabbing a bite to eat last week I overheard two young men talking in the booth just behind me. “Come over tonight,” man one says, “the old lady is working so we can party.”
Lee Carol Giduz, who has been executive director of the Caldwell Arts Council for 21 years, is leaving to become the executive director of the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum.
The Polar Plunge, which takes place each February at the boat ramp of Lakeside Park in Granite Falls, drew 17 people willing to jump into the lake Saturday, co-coordinator Michelle Bumgarner said. There are usually a few more than that, and she thought there would have been a few more if it hadn’t snowed Saturday morning.
Pruning is one of the most challenging and fun tasks of gardening.
Every year at this time Mother Nature pulls the same joke on us. It’s a brilliant stroke on her part that Valentine’s Day coincides with the flu season. When you think about it, which I did, love and the flu have a lot in common.
Emily Aiken, a dance student from Hudson, has scheduled three performances as part of her work toward her master of fine arts degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
As I was thinking of Valentine’s Day and the hearts and flowers surrounding this commercialized version of love in the modern day, I could not help but reflect on my own love story.
Signs of spring are all around us. The daffodils are getting ready to bloom. The buds on trees are swelling. For gardeners, that means one thing — it’s time to plant the spring garden.
It would not surprise me in the least to hear of someone going into a store and raising all kinds of sand because the sleep remedy they bought there caused them to drop off before they could even finish watching an episode of “The Walking Dead.” Remember, this is America 2015, where ignorance shouldn’t be underestimated.
After our grandson was injured in a burn accident, my son-in-law’s sister set up a website of support for my daughter and her husband with their medical bills and with moral support in general. Hundreds of people from all over the country signed on with messages of concern and empathy. We appreciated the generosity and overwhelming expressions of love found on that website, but then the trolls arrived, making horrible comments suggesting that the accident was “suspicious” and questioned whether people so irresponsible should even have children.
As a 23-year-old dressed like a Girl Scout Caramel deLites cookie, smiling and waving Saturday outside Wal-Mart in Lenoir, I garnered a few stares and awkward smiles. On this chilly morning, I joined Girl Scout Troop 10147 from Granite Falls for two hours of cookie-selling.
Second-graders all across the county will be learning about the life cycle this year. I have seen posters and replicas in classrooms of frogs, butterflies, turtles, and chickens. Some students have a bowl of frog eggs or a butterfly hut in their classroom. Caldwell County 4-H Youth Development is partnering with four elementary schools and multiple teachers who will be teaching the life cycle through the study of embryology and embryo growth. Yes, hatching chicks in the classroom!
This is a time of year for making lists and cleaning out. Learn to work smarter! This article is devoted to tips and quick ideas that can make your life simpler and meals easier to prepare.
A total of 240 athletes from 26 schools competed Friday at the Caldwell County Special Olympics Winter Games
Today we present the third and final part of an article entitled “Granite Falls, June 1960," edited from the writings of Steve Yount. The narrator is a 12-year-old boy.
My month’s worth of movies has reminded me about the importance of films and how films can help us come to an understanding of historical eras.
The big question is, should I throw one of my many hats in the ring and run for the office of president of the United States? And if so, which hat should I toss?
Those cakes represented much more than desserts at a meal’s end; they contained care and love for family members.
There’s an online service called Invisible Boyfriend that is intended to help women create a plausible online I wondered if there would be a demand for an online service called Invisible Husband. But then the voices of all the married women I know started up in the back of my head, telling me what an Invisible Husband would be like.
Last week we published the first part of an edited article written by Steve Yount entitled “Granite Falls, June 1960” in which Yount describes his hometown through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy. This is the second part.