Jul. 05, 2015 @ 01:03 AM

There's nothing like a tree-ripened plum

When I eat a plum, I always go back in my mind to my grandparents’ house. They had plum trees that had been allowed to spread into a thicket that ran the length of the front yard at the road. It was in that yard that I fell head-over-heels in love with plums.

Jul. 05, 2015 @ 01:03 AM

Fruit syrup 101

This is the time of year when a cold, fruity drink is most welcome. It's also the time of year when fruits are the freshest and will make the best syrup.

Jul. 01, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

Column: This week, the wisdom of 70 years ago

President Harry Truman and Eleanor Roosevelt made statements on July 4, 1945, commemorating Independence Day. Much was decided in those weeks that changed the fate of the nation and the world.

Jun. 30, 2015 @ 03:55 PM

Column: Times have changed for the worse

I grew up in the old America, where you spoke you mind openly and without fear. In the old America you could disagree with someone’s lifestyle, opinions, religious beliefs, or political leanings without being accused of hating that person just because of your disagreements. Ironically, the same people who rush to label you a hater are the very ones who preach tolerance.

Jun. 25, 2015 @ 03:44 PM

Adrienne Roellgen to lead Caldwell Arts Council

Adrienne Roellgen, who has been with the arts council for four years, becomes executive director on Wednesday. She replaces Lee Carol Giduz, who resigned March 31 after 21 years at the arts council to become executive director of the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum.

Jun. 23, 2015 @ 04:14 PM

Column: No telling what you'll find in this fridge

Thursday I was looking in the refrigerator for some whipped topping to plop atop my pancakes. I counted seven plastic containers in there. All were the same size, the same color, and with the exception of one with the word “Blackberries” scribbled on top, none had any marking on the outside to denote what was inside. Using the time-tested process of elimination I began opening each one to see what may be lurking inside.

Jun. 23, 2015 @ 01:08 PM

How pretty is your horse?

Johnson’s Milling & Feed Inc. is hosting the Best-Looking Horse photography contest.

Jun. 22, 2015 @ 05:03 PM

Column: Letting light overcome the darkness

In the days since the deaths of nine people in Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, I’ve cringed at the vitriolic statements, political posturing, and general ugliness in factions taking stands on issues within hours of the mass murder.

Jun. 25, 2015 @ 04:58 PM

Fort Defiance plans special events for July 4

Fort Defiance, the 1792 home of Gen. William Lenoir, will host a day of old-fashioned family fun with homemade ice, watermelon and hands-on history Saturday, July 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Jun. 19, 2015 @ 08:42 AM

Course sends runners up a mountain -- eight times

An extreme running event set for Saturday in Alexander County will send runners on what is intended to be a 16-mile run that varies in elevation by a mile from its highest point to its lowest.

Jun. 17, 2015 @ 04:32 PM

24-hour drill will demonstrate ham radio abilities

The Lenoir Amateur Radio Club “hams” will join with over 50,000 other amateur radio operators showing their emergency capabilities at Field Day 2015 at Redwood Park in Hudson from 2 p.m. Saturday, June 27, through the night until 2 p.m. Sunday, June 28. The public is invited.

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.