Caldwell County local briefs for Sept. 8, 2013

Sep. 07, 2013 @ 04:23 AM

The Lenoir High School class of 1948 will celebrate its 65th reunion with a luncheon at AJ's Family Steakhouse in Lenoir at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 11. A class photo will be made, with copies available by the end of the celebration. The class of 1948 invites all who were at any time members of the class to join them. All guests of class members also are welcome. For more information, contact Claudine Goble West at 828-754-3625, or Louise Correll Soots at 828-381-4318.

Elderly citizens who are disabled and homebound urgently need you to volunteer to deliver them a daily meal. Volunteers are needed to deliver mid-day meals Monday through Friday in the Gamewell community, and on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in the Whitnel and Granite Falls areas. It takes only one or two hours to make a difference. Interested individuals, organizations or church groups may contact Mary Wright or Stephanie Abernathy at Blue Ridge Community Action, 828-754-9085 extensions 226, 0 or 399.

Helping Hands Clinic pharmacy at 810 Harper Ave. has extended hours for patient prescription pick-up: Monday-Thursday, 1-5 p.m.; Friday, noon to 3 p.m. Patients needing refills can call 754-5292. The fax number is 754-8567.

Every Tuesday there is a mental health support group by NAMI of Caldwell County that meets at 4 p.m. held at RHA Behavioral Health on Morganton Boulevard near the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department. This group meeting is open to everyone. There is no sign-in, no cost involved, people may remain anonymous, and participation is not required. You can comment and share or just listen.

The Family BirthPlace at Caldwell Memorial Hospital will host childbirth classes for expectant parents. Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in The Family BirthPlace classroom at Caldwell Memorial. Childbirth class sessions are free for parents planning to deliver at Caldwell Memorial’s Family BirthPlace. Call 828-757-5371 to register for the class or to schedule a tour of The Family BirthPlace.

Low-cost spay/neuter transports for Caldwell County offered by Rejondo Valley Animal Society take place on Tuesdays of each month. This transport will take place from Rooster Bush Chevrolet, 2581 Hickory Blvd. SE (U.S. 321) in Lenoir. The transport to Foothills Spay/Neuter Clinic in Catawba County will be at 7 a.m. on Tuesdays. Pets will have their surgery, be monitored at the clinic and returned the next day at 8 a.m. You may drop your pet off between 6-7 a.m. Pets must be picked up at Rooster Bush at 8 a.m. on Wednesdays. Rejondo Valley Animal Society is a non-profit 501c3 animal welfare organization that sees a need for a local transport for area pets to be sterilized. Call 828-640-7700 for additional information on the low-cost spay/neuter transport.

Caldwell Special Families meets the second Thursday of the month from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the Caldwell Family Resource Center, 609 Harper Ave., NW in Lenoir. The group is for families and friends of children with special needs as well as professionals who work with them. Attendance is free. Child care and refreshments will be provided for those who pre-register. Call Elaine Tapper at 267-6471, ext. 232, or Mary Colby at 728-1711, or send an e-mail to

The John E. Ferguson Detachment of the Marine Corps League meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Caldwell County Public Library. Those who currently serve or previously served in the Marine Corps and FMF Navy Corpsman are invited. For more information, call Jimmie Bryant at 828-758-2023.

Coffee Break for Veterans at DAV Chapter #6 Post, 4113 Hickory Nut Ridge Road, is hosted every Monday and Friday from 9 until 11 a.m. Chaplains from the DAV, and Veterans of Foreign Wars invite all veterans to stop for coffee and doughnuts.

American Legion Post 29, North Main Street, Lenoir offers a coffee call for all veterans on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 11 a.m. Veterans will be served with fresh coffee, rolls, biscuits and gravy, sausage and livermush biscuits. A chaplain will be on hand if needed along with a service officer to answer any questions you may have.

Hudson Post 392, The American Legion Inc., will host a coffee call for all of the county’s veterans each Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. at Post 392, 243 Legion Road in Hudson. Coffee and light snacks will be provided free; however, we will have a donation bucket available. For more information, contact Commander Eddie Tapper at 728-2103 Monday-Friday from 5-9 p.m. or via e-mail at Information also may be found at

The Harper/Witherspoon Post 231 American Legion offers a coffee call to veterans on Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. at 510 Hill St. NW, Lenoir.