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.

Jan. 21, 2015 @ 04:04 PM

Column: The crazy things we remember

Most of our past is locked away in our brains, inaccessible; sometimes, though, a memory will just bubble up from deep in our minds somewhere and surprise us.

Jan. 18, 2015 @ 09:45 AM

Column: Applications now being accepted for master gardener program

Are you an avid gardener? Would you like to improve your understanding of plants and soil?

Jan. 17, 2015 @ 07:32 PM

Column: Misunderstandings can doom a romance

When the news came out last week that NASCAR driver Kurt Busch testified in court that his ex-girlfriend was a trained assassin, and he cited the things that made him think so, like a lot of people I had one thought: There are perfectly reasonable explanations for each of those things.

Jan. 11, 2015 @ 08:22 AM

Gallery brightens normal hospital routine

When you walk into the front doors of Caldwell Memorial Hospital from Mulberry Street, the fluorescent lights and shiny tile floors eschew sterility and coldness, but if you walk a bit further, that façade is broken by paintings of goats, photos of smiling interns, a brightly-colored quilt and a wide, warm landscape.

Jan. 05, 2015 @ 09:27 AM

Yellow Chevy is local icon

A yellow car with red lips, black eyelashes and a toothy smile greets everyone driving by on U.S. 321 in Sawmills. The 1985 Chevrolet Chevette in front of Dale Recycling & Used Auto Parts came to the property back when the site was a junkyard 30 years ago, employee Buster Heskett said.

Jan. 05, 2015 @ 09:26 AM

Caldwell County social club celebrates 100 years

In 1914, The Priscilla Club began as a circle of ladies who came to together to play cards, knit and chitchat. Eventually, the club progressed into a fun get-together with lunches served and members trading favorite books.

Dec. 28, 2014 @ 02:16 PM

Spreading love, nourishment at the traffic light

Friday morning, the corner at North Main and Finley transformed into a corner bakery of sorts, with racks and boxes of bread neatly arranged on the sidewalk and the smell of a kitchen thick around the open door of Love Walk Ministries.

Dec. 28, 2014 @ 10:36 AM

Column: Fruitcake: Will it last forever?

How many of you have asked the same question as you enjoyed or politely declined a slice of fruitcake?

Dec. 27, 2014 @ 10:34 AM

Column: Cocktail cookies for the post-Christmas period

What do we do now that the rush to get to all the events, the crazy shopping, wrapping and stocking stuffing is over? I have a suggestion for this year. Make a list of all of your friends and folks who have been waiting for a long overdue visit or invitations that you never got around to. A great solution would be baking up a batch of my easy cocktail cookies.