Mar. 29, 2015 @ 01:52 AM

Column: From beyond the grave, Mom wins the Internet

My dead mother is more successful on the Internet that I am. It happened Thursday.

Mar. 24, 2015 @ 05:53 PM

Column: This town needs a place to watch movies

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.

Mar. 10, 2015 @ 08:14 PM

Column: Letting go of things -- even the sewing machine

If you’ve ever cleaned out a home upon the death of the occupant, your view of material things might have changed.

Mar. 10, 2015 @ 08:09 PM

Column: Young man has a lot to learn

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.”

Mar. 06, 2015 @ 04:11 PM

Caldwell Arts Council's Lee Carol Giduz resigns

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.

Feb. 22, 2015 @ 08:44 AM

Polar weather precedes plunge

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.

Feb. 15, 2015 @ 04:27 PM

Column: Practice makes for perfect pruning

Pruning is one of the most challenging and fun tasks of gardening.

Feb. 11, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Column: Love is much like violent illness

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.

Feb. 10, 2015 @ 04:59 PM

Hudson dancer plans show in Greensboro

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.

Feb. 08, 2015 @ 11:41 AM

Column: The perfect Valentine's gift -- oil and flour

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.

Feb. 08, 2015 @ 11:38 AM

Column: It's time to start digging for spring

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.

Feb. 04, 2015 @ 06:42 AM

Column: No instructions are too dumb or obvious in America

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.


Feb. 02, 2015 @ 04:11 PM

Column: 'Trolls' are sick symptom of society

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.

Feb. 02, 2015 @ 11:27 AM

Girls learn confidence by selling cookies

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.

Feb. 02, 2015 @ 11:16 AM

Column: Lessons from a lifetime ...

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!

Feb. 02, 2015 @ 11:15 AM

Column: Make your life simpler - working smarter in the new year

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.

Feb. 02, 2015 @ 11:11 AM

A day for competing and belonging

A total of 240 athletes from 26 schools competed Friday at the Caldwell County Special Olympics Winter Games

Jan. 30, 2015 @ 05:19 AM

Column: The end of the tour of 1960 Granite Falls

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.

Jan. 29, 2015 @ 03:18 PM

Column: It has been a good month for movies

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.

Jan. 29, 2015 @ 03:17 PM

Column: Vote for President Benjie

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?

Jan. 29, 2015 @ 03:15 PM

Column: Remembering made-from-scratch cakes

Those cakes represented much more than desserts at a meal’s end; they contained care and love for family members.

Jan. 25, 2015 @ 05:52 AM

Column: Men in your phone, women in my head

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.

Jan. 23, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

Column: A walk through downtown Granite Falls, 1960

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.

Jan. 22, 2015 @ 03:15 PM

Column: Why we cannot do what Lindbergh suggested

On Jan. 23, 1941, Charles Lindbergh, flying ace and world celebrity, suggested the United States sign a neutrality pact with Nazi Germany.

Jan. 21, 2015 @ 04:05 PM

Column: I once had quite a way with the ladies

Hose Nose notwithstanding, I held my own with the ladies in those days. They loved the way I made them laugh.