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.

Jun. 15, 2015 @ 04:40 PM

Column: Painting pictures of fatherhood

As Fathers’ Day draws near, I’m remembering one of Norman Rockwell’s most popular paintings, “Breaking Home Ties,” the picture of a college-bound farm boy and his father. They sit on the running board of an old truck, the boy expectant and hopeful while the father holds his weathered hat in hand, eyes cast down.

Jun. 14, 2015 @ 08:36 AM

Tiny donkey's cute -- unless you're a coyote

Coco stands only waist-high to a man, but don't let her stature, hunger for attention or big, brown eyes fool you. Jack Adams didn't bring her home to his farm on Colonial Acres Road east of Lenoir because she's cute.

Two years ago, Adams decided to adopt Coco because at night he had been hearing the howling of nearby coyotes. Coco is there to protect Adams' cattle.

Jun. 11, 2015 @ 11:58 AM

CCC&TI to offer weekend culinary classes

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Continuing Education Division will offer several weekend culinary classes this summer.

Jun. 11, 2015 @ 11:02 AM

19th-century tale of romance, betrayal, murder lives on

Local interest in the famous, 19th-century love triangle of Tom Dula, Ann Melton and Laura Foster, and the question of who killed Foster, continues to draw attention.

Jun. 09, 2015 @ 05:38 PM

Column: It takes a lot to get me to a doctor

Last week I was forced to do one of my least favorite things in life. I absolutely abhor seeing a doctor. I suppose that explains why I haven’t seen one in nearly a decade. But all good things must come to an end, and this time the end came because of a case of sinusitis.

Jun. 09, 2015 @ 05:33 PM

Irish folk duo to play benefit for Chapel of Rest

Whether it’s respect for a folk singer or just the similar acoustic sounds found in banjo strings, the bluegrass musicians in this community have discovered a common ground with Irish performer Pat Kelleher, who with his son, Ricky Kelleher, will perform folk songs and contemporary music from Ireland and other English speaking countries in a free concert at the Chapel of Rest in Happy Valley at 7 p.m. on June 26.

Jun. 08, 2015 @ 08:13 PM

CCC&TI honors lists

Jun. 07, 2015 @ 10:07 AM

Column: Seasonal issues include carpenter bees, fungi

This spring has been very dry. Rain over the last two weeks have been spotty. Hopefully you have received some of the moisture to help your landscape and garden. Below are some questions that have been posed to the Caldwell Extension Center.

Jun. 08, 2015 @ 10:22 AM

Man begins 5-month run across U.S.

A stroller filled with his belongings is all 55-year-old Alan Barlow, a Lenoir native who now lives in Concord, New Hampshire, plans to bringing with him on a 3,200-mile run across the country.

Jun. 04, 2015 @ 10:38 AM

CCC&TI recognizes students for academic honors

Community College and Technical Institute has released its President’s, Dean’s and Honors lists for the Spring 2015 semester. Following are the students from Caldwell County on those lists.

Jun. 07, 2015 @ 09:17 AM

Blues festival no longer a free, downtown event

The main event, a full day of music from noon to after 11 p.m., will be Saturday, June 13, in the back area of the Exela Pharma Sciences property on U.S. 321, which is north of Wal-Mart in Lenoir. Tickets are required.

Jun. 03, 2015 @ 02:12 PM

Column: Now that you are leaving

Every June it seems we begin to hear the perennial advice of people speaking from podiums at commencement addresses. Many of them are well done, and I usually find myself making an advice and quote list too.

Jun. 02, 2015 @ 04:32 PM

Column: You can have the 'good old days'

An older gentleman commenting on my some of my columns the other day told me, “You write a good many pieces about the good old days, but did you know the good old days weren’t all that good?”

Jun. 01, 2015 @ 05:45 PM

Column: Could be a lord-of-the-flies kinds of summer

Our summertime uninvited guests have begun arriving, and already I’m working on getting rid of them. Don’t think me inhospitable since none of you would want to host these guests. With such company around, a meal may be interrupted as people at the table begin to fight with them. One evening I actually left the table to get a weapon — my fly swatter.

May. 27, 2015 @ 04:37 PM

Column: They helped change the course of history

Sociologist James Loewen calls Augustus St. Gauden’s monument to Col. Robert Gould Shaw and the all-black 54th Massachusetts Regiment on Boston Common the defining Civil War monument. In his words, it represents “what a Civil War monument should be.”

May. 27, 2015 @ 04:32 PM

Ron Beane reels in memories of fly fishermen

Caldwell County fly fishermen may know the name Ron Beane well, but they’re about to learn many, many more anglers names thanks to his new book about notable local fly fishermen.

May. 26, 2015 @ 03:22 PM

Column: The scarring process continues

Since December I’ve pondered the how’s and why’s of suffering and pain. No one has the answers to those hard questions, but I do know that the awful things in our lives are just that — simply awful — but we make it through by the grace of God. We come through changed and view life from a new perspective, one that may be for the better or the worse.

May. 23, 2015 @ 04:01 PM

Column: Tips to help you care for tomatoes all season

Tomatoes are the most popular summer vegetable grown in gardens. Whether your tomatoes are in the ground or still waiting to be planted, you can follow these tips for tasty tomatoes all season.

May. 23, 2015 @ 04:00 PM

Column: What's on your watch list?

I am a Netflix hoarder. My watch queue has 383 selections in it. Hope, shall I say, springs eternal. Granted, not all of the movies, documentaries and television shows waiting in line to be viewed are mine. Some belong to my husband, but nearly all of them are something I would like to watch if and when two uninterrupted hours of mind-numbing tedium ever beset me.

May. 21, 2015 @ 03:04 PM

Column: More memories of Buffalo Cove School

Last week I shared a few of my memories of attending a two-room country school in Buffalo Cove. Today I am sharing a few more.

May. 21, 2015 @ 02:59 PM

Column: A medal to a soldier, long time passing

The shooting stopped 40 years ago. Now, more than 58,000 names are etched on the Vietnam War Memorial in the nation’s capital.

May. 12, 2015 @ 05:42 PM

Column: Parenting ought to be hardest thing you do

In order to lead a child down the paths we deem prudent and right requires we spend a lot of our time with them. And there is the rub. In a world where it takes a lion’s share of our day to just eeek out a living, where do we find the time to nurture and teach our children? Parents who care worry about things like this.

May. 11, 2015 @ 05:24 PM

Patterson summer classes look at farming, gardens, health

A schedule of summer classes at The Patterson School will include classes on farming, canning, crafts, and a week-long retreat based on eating and health.