Last night, as the first city council meeting in nearly 15 years started without him sitting on the council, Lewis Price’s tenure with the city of Lenoir came full circle.
As they do every year, deal-crazy shoppers lined up early, and this year the first lines formed while some people were still eating their Thanksgiving dinner.
But even as shoppers flooded stores, in interviews the feelings most expressed about the economy weren’t optimistic.
In Meleah Mikeal’s bedroom, framed photos of her crossing finish lines with a paper number pinned to her shirt, exausted from miles of continuous running, share wall space with the numerous medals she won.
On Saturday, she crossed the finish line of a half-marathon named in her honor, but this time she crossed the line in her wheelchair.
Ester Farthing, 67, began working in cotton and hosiery mills in her 20s. Day in and day out, loud machines touted high-frequency noise as she worked for years, mostly without hearing protection.
Over the nearly 40 years working with the noise, her hearing deteriorated until she was nearly deaf in her right ear, and could hardly hear her daughter’s words when they spoke.
Hundreds of people filed into pews Thursday night, gathered with one thing in common: They were touched by a person who was taken in the past year by cancer, and those in the pews were there to celebrate the legacies those people left behind.
At The Wig Bank of Caldwell County’s 11th annual Legacy Banquet, Greg Barrett, Ruth Bolick, Walter Soots, Betty Storie, Kylee Walker and Jerry Woods were celebrated and remembered for the lives they affected pacted and the brightness and joy they gave to the world.
The bright November sun shone on a table set for one, an empty chair, a slice of lemon and a sprinkling of salt on the lone plate that adorned the white tablecloth, accented with an upside-down glass and a single rose, its vase tied in a red ribbon.
Behind the table, a Navy veteran spoke of the sacrifices of veterans and explained the empty table: signifying prisoners of war and those service members who remain missing in action.
Joseph Earp has been the band director at Cox Mill High School in Concord for all five years of its existence, building the program from a small group of 30 students who struggled to play the B-flat scale, to a group that has grown to 200 young musicians who have won consecutive superior ratings and numerous first place awards.
On Sunday, he’ll bring the “Spirit of Cox Mill” symphonic band to perform in Lenoir, and learn about the history of school bands in Lenoir, which he said helped to shape school bands across the state and greatly affected hiw own life and music. Earp is a Lenoir native and graduate of West Caldwell High School.
An oxen walked up the hill toward the old plantation house in the frosty Saturday morning, a potter sat in the sun, crafting pinch pots, women cooked over an open fire and girls made cornhusk dolls.
As the sun began to break the cold, it looked like nothing had changed at the homestead of William Lenoir, surveyor, politician, war hero and namesake of the city of Lenoir, who completed construction of his iconic house in 1792.
The house still stands as it did then, with the original beams, bricks and floors. Not to mention the more than 300 original pieces in the home – not just original to the time period but original to the Lenoir family, even the furniture and bedspreads.
Fort Defiance, Gen. William Lenoir’s 1792 home in the Yadkin Valley, hosts its annual Living History Days event this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
The public will have the opportunity to tour the general’s 1792 home and see numerous items used by the Lenoir family throughout their six generations of occupying the house. Fort Defiance is considered to be one of the most unique restorations in the country and boasts of more than 300 pieces of original furnishings and artifacts, making the home unlike any other in western North Carolina.
William Jackson and Grainne Hambly, considered the foremost harpers of Ireland and Scotland, will be in concert at the Chapel of Rest in Happy Valley on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m.
The Caldwell County Agricultural Fair started in 1946 when a group of county farmers joined together to celebrate their harvest but has grown into one of the largest annual events in the county, drawing some of the largest crowds.
The fair has not lost its connection to those first farmers, though. This year’s theme, “Reap What You Sow, Eat What You Grow,” focuses on values, "being good, honest, caring people, especially during difficult socioeconomic times, and preserving a lifestyle that is prominent in many counties of Western North Carolina,” president Janice Moses wrote in this year’s fair program.
The T.H. Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir transformed Saturday into a massive outdoor sculpture gallery as the 28th annual Sculpture Celebration featured 55 sculptors displaying their work around the sidewalks, streams and pond.
Just inside the front door of JoAnn Nichols' home sits a gray recliner, a half-finished quilt furled at its feet. A large, surgical-looking lamp reaches above the chair from an end table, and a bag of needles and thread sits beside it.
This is the chair where Nichols quilts. Mostly. She has a sewing room with machines, fabrics and all the works, but the chair, beside an identical one where husband, Lloyd, sits, is where most of the work on her quilts is done, some of them taking up to two years to complete.
The T.H. Broyhill Walking Park will be abuzz Saturday with artists registering and setting up for the Sculpture Celebration, which opens to the public at 9 a.m. The event is free. The judge's walking tour of the winners starts at 3:30 p.m.
Following a community dance on Friday and a slate of competitions on Saturday, the Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention will present a lineup of nine bluegrass acts on Sunday. Here's a little bit about three of them, the South Carolina Broadcasters, The Edwards Family, and the David Wiseman Band, in a question-and-answer format. Learn about more in the Friday and Saturday editions.
Before Caron Baker Wike was a full-time potter, she made pottery as a hobby. Before that, it was an interest. Even before that, she played in the mud.
“It was just a natural thing,” she said. At a year old, she was tagging along with her grandmother to sculpture class.
Today, Baker Wike spends her time at her studio in the old Lenoir High School creating, teaching and firing up kilns in what used to be the boys locker rooms, looking down on the old football field.