Jul. 09, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Column: Fighting the good fight in the garden

Vegetable gardens are going strong. But the weeds are growing well too. If there is bare ground, Mother Nature is going to grow something there. It’s usually a weed.

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 09:18 AM

Column: Why they signed

Fifty-six gentlemen signed the Declaration of Independence, which we commemorate each July 4.

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

Blackberry Festival brings more to the table

Each July, downtown Lenoir gets taken over by the product of a thorny, thicket-growing plant, colonizing the streets and sidewalks and creating a ruckus throughout the city.

This weekend, it will happen again, at the 13th annual North Carolina Blackberry Festival, bringing 150 vendors and nearly 15,000 visitors to celebrate that thorny plant.

Jul. 08, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

‘Showcase’ season begins with Ralph Stanley

Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley will come to Caldwell County to kick off the 2014-15 “Showcase of Stars” at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Jul. 07, 2014 @ 09:41 AM

From unwanted puppy to minor celebrity

Peggy Hatley entered the Tractor Supply Co. of Lenoir late last month with no intention of buying anything, merely tagging along while her roommate, Sharon Bates, picked up dog food. While Bates shopped, Hatley was drawn to the puppies up for adoption through Pet Partners Network.

For four months, Hatley had been searching for a therapy dog to take with her to work at Carolina Rehab Center of Burke. The center used to have a therapy dog, a Labrador retriever, but it left when its owner took another job.

Jul. 04, 2014 @ 01:41 AM

Community events for July 4-5

Jul. 01, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

Lenoir puts spotlight on musical heritage

By late summer, local residents should see tangible evidence of Lenoir's efforts to capitalize on its musical heritage: a historical marker to tell visitors what happened here.

Doc Watson, Etta Baker and Pop Ferguson, all greats in traditional music, have one thing in common – a deep connection with Lenoir.

Jun. 30, 2014 @ 09:25 AM

Amateur Radio Club competes in 2014 Field Day

Hudson’s Redwood Park was much more than a gathering space Saturday, and will be into this afternoon, alive with the sounds of radio static, the quick, intermittent beeping of Morse code, and precise radio call signs sounding from the pavilion and reaching around the globe.

Jun. 29, 2014 @ 06:26 AM

Beekeepers know the buzz

There's a reason beekeeper suits are white, as a photographer in a black shirt learned when he approached Gary Jones’s beehives last week to snap a photo.

As the photographer inched closer, one of the bees got caught in the fine white wisps of hair on his head. The photographer quickly brushed him off, and the bee charged -- right at the photographer’s nose.

Jun. 28, 2014 @ 04:52 PM

Community calendar for week of June 29

Jun. 22, 2014 @ 11:03 AM

Column: A well grown garden is meant to be shared

July, the pinnacle of summer. Whether you are a gardener, farmers market shopper or grateful neighbor, this is the time to enjoy all that the summer garden has to offer: tomatoes, green beans, corn, squash, and cucumbers. Its also time to keep your eye out for berries and other fruits like melons, peaches and plums. Best enjoyed at their peak, these wonderful fruits and vegetables are ready for us to consume and preserve.

Jun. 22, 2014 @ 10:59 AM

Column: How do you get lost for hours on a 10-minute hike?

As is our family custom, we went on a hike and picnic in the mountains for Father’s Day. I am a planner, so it falls to me to pick the spot, scope out the hike to be sure it is not too strenuous for three generations of participants, and prepare the food. It is a well-worn and rewarding ritual.

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 09:32 AM

Man runs shop for 'the love of skateboarding'

As a young skateboarder in Lenoir nearly two decades ago, Drew Lindley had to make the trip to Hickory any time he needed to visit a skate shop.

Today, Lindley just has to go to work.

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 12:57 PM

Pop Ferguson Festival features area's top blues acts

The brainchild of band leader, guitar player and songwriter Terry VunCannon, the band Lawyers Guns and Money has accomplished more in its three years than many bands ever do.

“This weekend, we’re going to hit hard with a tight show,” VunCannon said. “We like to go from one song to another, keeping the action rolling.”

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 03:15 AM

Column: Faucettes once prominent in Caldwell County

In 1965 Nancy Alexander wrote a three-part story on the Faucette family. While that name does not live in Caldwell County today, it was an important one in the mid-1800s, particularly in educational circles. I am reprinting part of the story.

Jun. 12, 2014 @ 11:11 PM

Community calendar for June 13-15

Jun. 12, 2014 @ 10:13 PM

Lenoir-area students at Lenoir-Rhyne University

Graduation, President's List and Dean's List

Jun. 11, 2014 @ 08:08 PM

Public Records roundup

Property transfers, marriages, divorces and incorporations that were filed in the first week of June.

Jun. 11, 2014 @ 01:02 AM

Column: Men stink at shopping

The list of things women can do better than men is long and astonishing. Somewhere near the top of that list you’ll find the word “shopping.” A few weeks ago my wife and I were in Hickory trying to find some graduation gifts, so I had the opportunity to just observe men as they milled around attempting to shop. It was not pretty, and in fact, it was somewhat painful to watch.

Jun. 10, 2014 @ 05:05 PM

Community calendar for June 11, 2014

Jun. 10, 2014 @ 05:26 PM

Sixth Pop Ferguson blues festival 'branches' out

This year, the annual Pop Ferguson blues Heritage Festival is shaking things up a bit, adding variety and expanding its scope of music.

This year’s theme of “Roots, Branches and Stems” pays homage to the foundations and the distant horizons of the Piedmont Blues -- from the foundations of Pop Ferguson, Phil Wiggins and John Dee Holman, expanding to influence bluegrass and rock and roll, and even further out to hip hop and popm said Clyde Ferguson Jr., organizer of the festival named for his 86-year-old father.

Jun. 05, 2014 @ 08:21 AM

Boat that inspired 'Jaws' will help veterans

When Joe DiBella was 8 years old, he spent his summers prying shark teeth from the deck of the Cricket II, a charter fishing boat that would later be the inspiration for the movie "Jaws."

DiBella, whose wife, Lorraine, is from Hudson, now is working to restore the storied boat, but he's changing its mission. Instead of charging hundreds of dollars to take people fishing, he wants to take wounded veterans to fish the coastal waters of North Carolina for free.

May. 20, 2014 @ 08:40 AM

History, family and love at Betsey's Ole Country Store

In 1924, when Mortimer was a booming logging town, a small store was built at the corner of what are now N.C. 90 and Brown Mountain Beach Road, serving as a general store and post office.

Betsey's Ole Country Store is perched deep in the woods of the Wilson Creek area, a short distance from Mortimer campground and the previous Civilian Conservation Corps headquarters there.

May. 18, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Collettsville principal a man of his word

As students arrived at Collettsville School Friday morning, their principal, Craig Styron, greeted them just like he has every other day, except for the bright blonde wig, tiara, black dress, high heels, bracelets, rings, necklace, makeup and lipstick. He even had his nails painted.

May. 16, 2014 @ 08:31 AM

Brewing wine and faith at Six Waterpots

A house that looks like it would fit nicely on a postcard sent home from the English countryside sits just as comfortably on the rolling hills of Hudson, surrounded by rows of vines, standing tall and distinct with its timber and plaster, Tudor-style construction.