Jul. 30, 2015 @ 02:41 PM

Davenport College had demanding schedule

Recently the Caldwell Heritage Museum was given a copy of the Davenport College Handbook for Students for the school year 1927-28. I have written about Davenport before, but I don’t recall ever seeing one of their handbooks. I will be sharing information both today and in next week’s column as well.

Jul. 28, 2015 @ 04:25 PM

Column: Summer goes, but not fast enough

“How’s your summer going, Mr. Watts?” a total stranger asked me right out of the blue last week. People I’m not at all familiar with are always talking to me. I’m not certain why. Some even pat me on the back as if we had been friends since birth. I hate that. At any rate, I answered the stranger’s question as politely and honestly as I could.

Jul. 23, 2015 @ 05:07 PM

Column: Evolution of drug store recounted

During my tenure as director of the Caldwell Heritage Museum, I saw references to Marley Drug Store. I didn’t know very much about it until Mike Gibbons shared items with me that are the basis for this article.

Jul. 22, 2015 @ 04:39 PM

Column: Hanging out at the 'Young Ladies Club'

There are other activities going on in the pool beside the swim team. A few members are swimming laps and a group of ladies are usually gathering in the middle of the remaining swim lanes. They huddle up there a few mornings each week. I have found myself watching them work through their water aerobics class sponsored by the center. They circle up near the lifeguard stand halfway down the length of the pool. According to the lifeguards, this is their spot. They have claimed it.

Jul. 16, 2015 @ 03:52 PM

Church calendar for July 17, 2015

Jul. 16, 2015 @ 02:30 PM

Column: Finishing Reconstruction ... maybe?

Sadly, the renewed controversy over the Confederate flag in the last few weeks has brought up an important point. People do not really know their history and are often duped by advertising and the media. There are a large proportion of individuals who could not provide one ounce of historical information regarding Southern history or the Civil War and have simply bought products with the symbol on it because it was “cool” or the flag seemed to make the product somehow more important.

Jul. 13, 2015 @ 06:19 PM

Column: A little knowledge is a dangerous thing

When speaking on the spur of the moment, it’s easy to fall into that humiliating place. I can have mercy on the ridiculed ones since I remember my own blunder around 10 years of age when I ventured into a conversation with a little bit of knowledge.

Jul. 12, 2015 @ 08:53 AM

Summer brings the best tomatoes

The summertime tomato really is the only one worth eating. Those cardboard cutouts that parade through the grocery stores all winter long aren’t worth bothering with.

Jul. 12, 2015 @ 08:51 AM

Tomato flavor comes from the 'shoulders'

Scientists have been studying tomatoes for decades. Fairly recently, they discovered something interesting about the flavor of tomatoes.

Jul. 09, 2015 @ 08:23 AM

Books tell story of Spanish in Catawba Valley

A Morganton man has self-published two books that describe the earliest colonial history of America when Spain attempted to add North America to its empire.

Jul. 06, 2015 @ 08:43 AM

Column: A letter to poet Linda Ellis

As you search the Internet for mention of your poem, “The Dash,” perhaps you will find this letter. I do hope so. After your recent lawsuit against the Caldwell County Schools for copyright infringement, you might want feedback about how people now perceive you, and you might find some things to contemplate in light of the message of your popular poem.

Jul. 05, 2015 @ 06:59 AM

Column: Bugs in garden may be good or bad

All bugs serve an essential function in the ecosystem, even if it is difficult to sometimes see their immediate benefit. Some bugs decompose plants, giving us compost. Most are a food source for something higher up on the food chain.

Jul. 05, 2015 @ 01:03 AM

There's nothing like a tree-ripened plum

When I eat a plum, I always go back in my mind to my grandparents’ house. They had plum trees that had been allowed to spread into a thicket that ran the length of the front yard at the road. It was in that yard that I fell head-over-heels in love with plums.

Jul. 05, 2015 @ 01:03 AM

Fruit syrup 101

This is the time of year when a cold, fruity drink is most welcome. It's also the time of year when fruits are the freshest and will make the best syrup.

Jul. 01, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

Column: This week, the wisdom of 70 years ago

President Harry Truman and Eleanor Roosevelt made statements on July 4, 1945, commemorating Independence Day. Much was decided in those weeks that changed the fate of the nation and the world.

Jun. 30, 2015 @ 03:55 PM

Column: Times have changed for the worse

I grew up in the old America, where you spoke you mind openly and without fear. In the old America you could disagree with someone’s lifestyle, opinions, religious beliefs, or political leanings without being accused of hating that person just because of your disagreements. Ironically, the same people who rush to label you a hater are the very ones who preach tolerance.

Jun. 25, 2015 @ 03:44 PM

Adrienne Roellgen to lead Caldwell Arts Council

Adrienne Roellgen, who has been with the arts council for four years, becomes executive director on Wednesday. She replaces Lee Carol Giduz, who resigned March 31 after 21 years at the arts council to become executive director of the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum.

Jun. 23, 2015 @ 04:14 PM

Column: No telling what you'll find in this fridge

Thursday I was looking in the refrigerator for some whipped topping to plop atop my pancakes. I counted seven plastic containers in there. All were the same size, the same color, and with the exception of one with the word “Blackberries” scribbled on top, none had any marking on the outside to denote what was inside. Using the time-tested process of elimination I began opening each one to see what may be lurking inside.

Jun. 23, 2015 @ 01:08 PM

How pretty is your horse?

Johnson’s Milling & Feed Inc. is hosting the Best-Looking Horse photography contest.

Jun. 22, 2015 @ 05:03 PM

Column: Letting light overcome the darkness

In the days since the deaths of nine people in Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, I’ve cringed at the vitriolic statements, political posturing, and general ugliness in factions taking stands on issues within hours of the mass murder.

Jun. 25, 2015 @ 04:58 PM

Fort Defiance plans special events for July 4

Fort Defiance, the 1792 home of Gen. William Lenoir, will host a day of old-fashioned family fun with homemade ice, watermelon and hands-on history Saturday, July 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Jun. 19, 2015 @ 08:42 AM

Course sends runners up a mountain -- eight times

An extreme running event set for Saturday in Alexander County will send runners on what is intended to be a 16-mile run that varies in elevation by a mile from its highest point to its lowest.

Jun. 17, 2015 @ 04:32 PM

24-hour drill will demonstrate ham radio abilities

The Lenoir Amateur Radio Club “hams” will join with over 50,000 other amateur radio operators showing their emergency capabilities at Field Day 2015 at Redwood Park in Hudson from 2 p.m. Saturday, June 27, through the night until 2 p.m. Sunday, June 28. The public is invited.

Jun. 17, 2015 @ 04:15 PM

Column: Great times with Dad

Next to being present at his ordination to the ministry when I was a teenager, watching the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates come back from being down 3-1 to win the championship has to be the greatest time we have spent together, but there are so many other good times.

Jun. 17, 2015 @ 09:58 AM

Strictly Clean and Decent to tour Germany

The local band Strictly Clean and Decent will tour Germany for three weeks this summer, participating in a Western Piedmont Sister Cities Association cultural exchange tour.