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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Johnson’s Milling & Feed Inc. is hosting the Best-Looking Horse photography contest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Continuing Education Division will offer several weekend culinary classes this summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.