In our tobacco farming community, smoking was a normal part of adult life. On Sundays, as soon as the preacher said the benediction, the men of the church would all congregate under the mimosa tree in the churchyard to smoke and talk about their tobacco crops. At the gas station, my daddy would buy me candy cigarettes, little white sticks with red food-coloring tips.
Cloudy skies couldn’t dampen the spirit of Harambee Saturday, as the 42nd annual festival kicked off with Family Fun Day at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Lenoir.
Fourth of July fireworks have been lit and tomatoes are plentiful, but summer is not over. If you are seeking to make some special summer memories there is still plenty of time. Some recent 4-H programs have reminded me of all the special memories that can be made in the summer.
I am usually trying to find creative ways to use all the tomatoes we’ve grown, but this year, I am focusing on another deep-red vegetable, BEETS.
To the surprise of the United States government, two seemingly American allies were fighting one another by August 1990. Iraq quickly took over Kuwait, to the dismay and anger of many of the world’s leaders. President George H.W. Bush summed up the feelings of many with his famous sound bite, “This will not stand.”
The City of Lenoir and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center will present the 2014 Miss Harambee Pageant Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Lenoir High School Auditorium.
I recently found an article on the Internet that stated that chances are if you are married, you and your spouse were related before you tied the knot. That didn’t surprise me.
Growing up on a farm is an experience set apart from growing up in a home with a few cats and dogs as pets. According to siblings Clay Wilson and Olivia Wilson Ford, growing up on a bona-fide farm involves learning at an earlier age than most about the circle of life, how to drive, the value of agriculture and the importance of hard work.
In 1972, a group of community leaders in Lenoir started a small festival to showcase local talent – The Black Arts Festival, presenting paintings, drawings, sculptures, dancing and more.
Over the years it grew and gained traction, growing into a weeklong celebration of community in Caldwell County, changing its name to Harambee, a Swahili word meaning “all pull together.”
This Saturday, the 42nd Annual Harambee Arts Festival kicks off, and for nearly a week will feature events and activities that folks in Caldwell County have come to look forward to each summer.
At times change comes upon us so quickly and so unexpectedly that the entirety of our world is rocked and shaken to its very core. There are times when change can bring untold joy. Other times it can bring pain unbearable. You can fight change, you can embrace change, but the one thing you cannot do is avoid change.
Then there’s gradual change. It’s the type of change that hits you right in the face one morning as you get out of bed.
Twenty-eight years ago, the Vietnam War movie “Platoon” ruined an entire genre of film for me. I do not do war movies. As the women of a certain generation would say, “They tear my nerves up.” And now it looks like I’m going to have to give up nature-watching. It’s too stressful.
Last week, I took a trip with my son to a swim meet out of town. We left the house early in the pouring rain. I made up my mind we were going to have an important talk about manhood at some point along the journey – as Robert Frost writes – either going out or coming back.
If you want to make teenagers think twice about having unprotected sex, all you really need is access to the Facebook posts of young parents.
In a classroom at the Patterson Science Center this week, everywhere you looked there were robotics in the making — Lego robotic puppies, copper spiders and moving paper hands.
The first SunTrust Summer Bash will bring a bit of the coast to the foothills, complete with sand, beach music and shag dancing.
Elizabeth Norris pointed through walls made only of two-by-fours, telling a group of visitors that this space, now only concrete and bare walls, will be a kitchen, a dining room, a sleeping area — a home for Lenoir’s homeless.
Norris led a tour Tuesday evening of the new LEOS Place, or Lenoir Emergency Outreach Shelter, the only homeless shelter in the area.
The old Lenoir bus station on Harper Avenue has sprung back to life in recent weeks, with interior walls coming down and new equipment going up, transforming the building into what its owner hopes will be a first-rate gastropub.
In the 1920s, Bill Crump ordered a packet of seeds from a Sears Roebuck catalog to help him stave erosion after a flood washed through his woodworking mill in Cary’s Flat, near the headwaters of Wilson Creek.
In the 70 years since then, the plant that grew from those seeds, Japanese knotweed, has multiplied exponentially, migrated down the creek and taken up residence along uninhabited stream banks.
This time of year leyland cypress shed their older needles. Needle drop, or needle shedding, is more pronounced this year than in past years.
Regardless of your motivation, there are many opportunities for you to enjoy gardening while enjoying the benefits of a community activity.