Oct. 19, 2014 @ 08:37 AM

Howl-O-Palooza creeps up Lenoir

The closer the calendar creeps to Oct. 31, the more tombstones start popping up in front yards, spider webs cloak boxwood bushes, and the more the streets of Lenoir will convert to the creepy, festive and scary.

Next weekend, the last before Halloween, Howl-O-Palooza will help complete that transformation, celebrating the dark and spooky with art, and especially film.

Oct. 19, 2014 @ 05:30 AM

Column: Between the 'was' and the 'is'

William Faulkner, the great Southern writer, once said, “History is not WAS, but IS.”

Not a day goes by in which I am not reminded of the power of the past and the ability of history to constantly transform our daily lives. There is so much we can learn between the "was" and the "is." And, if we are wise, we pay attention to those markers and try to glean what we can from them.

Oct. 19, 2014 @ 01:38 AM

Column: A timely tip arrives for avoiding Ebola

As I sat at the office daydreaming about a coming shipment of fresh, raw Liberian monkey meat – it’s Africa’s sushi, you know – a friend posted a link on Facebook to a list from Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper of the top 10 tips for avoiding catching the Ebola virus.

Oct. 15, 2014 @ 08:23 AM

Column: Talking a lot runs in the family

All my life I’ve been accused of talking too much. The accusers are absolutely wrong, and I plead innocent to the charges and deny them out of hand. I do not talk excessively; I talk just the right amount, which is to say that in general, I say as much as I want. I say what I want to say, when I want to say it, and to whom I want to say it.

Oct. 14, 2014 @ 06:26 PM

Column: Explaining the deal about pink ribbons

A student at school quipped, “What’s the deal with all the pink ribbons lately?” That person’s life had not been touched by the disease. She wasn’t aware of the annual October Breast Cancer Awareness Month or Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The student wasn’t being disrespectful; she honestly didn’t know what the pink ribbon represented.

Oct. 12, 2014 @ 07:52 AM

Rain can't dampen spirits at Wilson Creek Festival of Colors

Heavy rains Friday night and more rain Saturday morning may have reduced attendance at the fourth annual Wilson Creek Festival of Colors, but they couldn’t dampen the spirits of those who made it.

The rain also did nothing to dim the pungent shades of yellows, reds and greens that lined the creek and dotted the hills around the Wilson Creek Visitors Center.

Oct. 12, 2014 @ 07:50 AM

32nd Molasses Festival keeps tradition alive

For more than three decades, fall at Sims Country Bar-B-Que has meant cane-cutting, mashing, juicing, boiling and jarring.

The thick smell that wafts over the hills as the large vats bubble and heave is enough to make your stomach rumble and your mouth water, and for the Sims family, it’s a tradition that draws nearly 2,000 visitors to their farm each year.

Oct. 09, 2014 @ 09:57 AM

Hometown, house inspire ‘Laid to Rest’

In a new book, “Laid to Rest,” a funeral home director in Lenoir strikes up a relationship with a pastor, to help him cope with the death of a young girl.

Though the story is fiction, certain recognizable houses, streets and businesses play their parts. All stood out in the memory of the author, Koko Nervelli.

Oct. 04, 2014 @ 11:54 AM

School lunch menus for Oct. 6-10

Oct. 04, 2014 @ 11:51 AM

Column: Weighing in on domestic violence

I want to quanlify this article at the beginning by stating I will not have a lot of facts and figures to back up my argument. I do not believe they are needed here. Let’s just be honest and real.

Oct. 03, 2014 @ 08:10 AM

New group seeking all things tech

A few people will gather Saturday in the back of Highland Coffee House in downtown Lenoir to start a group to advocate, discuss and contemplate all things technological.

It’s the beginnings of the Carolina Technocrat Party, a group formed to sift out the technologically minded people in the area to meet, converse, network, share ideas and more.

Oct. 03, 2014 @ 01:00 AM

Column: Interest in geneaology comes from Grandmother

My grandmother Hawkins was born 137 years ago today. The name she was given at birth was Ida Adelaide Pipes, and she was the fourth child and third daughter of William (called Bill) and Nancy (Robbins) Pipes. She was born in Buffalo Cove. Another son and another daughter would be born after Grandmother, but all except Grandmother and one of her sisters would die young without leaving offspring. Her own mother would die giving birth to the last sister, who did not survive.

Oct. 02, 2014 @ 04:58 PM

Church calendar for week of Oct. 3-10

Oct. 02, 2014 @ 08:21 AM

Movie 'stars' cruising into Lenoir

This Saturday, downtown Lenoir will play host to a variety of stars from such movies as  “Smokey and the Bandit” and Disney’s “Cars.”

Well, replicas of those stars at least.

Oct. 01, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

Weekend events honor city's musical heritage

Music has a special place in Lenoir’s history, from folks listening to music at Tucker’s Barn before Lenoir was even a town to the nationally recognized prestige of the Lenoir High School band.

For the fourth year, Loving Lenoir will spend a weekend celebrating that heritage.

Sep. 29, 2014 @ 06:49 PM

Living History Days return to Happy Valley

The grounds and house of Fort Defiance, the 1792 home of Gen. William Lenoir, will be open to the public for the annual Living History Days this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sep. 28, 2014 @ 09:02 AM

Column: Do you remember prune cake?

While most cafeteria food stories are about the “yuck” factor, there were a few items that I especially enjoyed — those long, rectangle pizza pieces, the orange French dressing for salad, which incidentally was served only on pizza day, the hot yeast rolls and, when I got to high school, cinnamon rolls. One of my all-time favorites, though, was prune cake.

Sep. 28, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Column: Butternuts and acorns and pumpkins, oh my

Fall is here. The days are getting shorter, and the nights cooler. Traditional fall crops, like winter squash, are ripening in gardens all over the county.

Sep. 28, 2014 @ 08:54 AM

Column: Around the world in 175 days

Ninety years ago, a few pilots from the United States Army Air Service accomplished the unthinkable, but not the impossible. On Sept. 28, 1924, three of the four pilots and their accompanying navigators completed an aerial circumnavigation of the globe.

Sep. 26, 2014 @ 08:28 AM

Cool, sunny summer to yield cool colors

Thanks to a cool and sunny July and August in the Western North Carolina mountains this year, experts are optimistic about a vibrant fall leaf color season.

Sep. 25, 2014 @ 08:43 AM

Local sites added to Revolutionary War trail

This week in 1780, patriots from around the Blue Ridge Mountains were marching through the wilderness on their way to a battle that would change the course of the Revolutionary War.

Along the way, some stopped at Fort Defiance in what is now Happy Valley, where William Lenoir gathered local men to join the patriots, and at Fort Crider, at what is now the former Lenoir High School, before marching on to Quaker Meadows in Morganton to meet with fighters trekking in from Tennessee.

Sep. 23, 2014 @ 08:04 AM

New rides, energy for 2014 county fair

With what are billed as bigger and better rides, a renovated exhibition hall and a brand new marquee sign, organizers for this year’s Caldwell County Agricultural Fair say they expect to see great things this week at the fairgrounds.

Sep. 23, 2014 @ 06:57 AM

UK trip changes students' views on life

Over the summer, 18 Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute students traveled to the United Kingdom for an eye-opening experience in different cultures. Even though the language was the same, the lifestyles could not be more different.

Katherine West, a student studying Web design, said the 10-day trip was the first time she had ever ridden on a plane.

Sep. 21, 2014 @ 02:49 PM

Public records for Sept. 21, 2014

Sep. 21, 2014 @ 02:48 PM

Column: Gifts for the person who has everything

We get a lot of mail at the News-Topic that is addressed to people who haven’t worked here in many years. Last year there was one addressed to the man who was editor here in 1988.

Most of it is public-relations materials, but now and then a catalog comes, usually an office-supply catalog.

But this one was more of a lifestyle catalog. What kind of lifestyle it targets is a little hard to figure out.