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.

May. 09, 2014 @ 09:08 AM

'Crazy idea' results in eye-popping automobiles

To see the sun hit the rich cedar and pine, blazing with each tone of creamy yellow and rich red, it takes a while to register what you're really looking at, and after walking up to it, closely examining the seams and curves, it takes a step back and a chin-scratch before you ask, "So this is all real wood?"

May. 08, 2014 @ 09:32 AM

A 40-year dream comes true

On Saturday, Lem Patterson will walk on stage at North Carolina A&T University, shake a hand or two and grab the diploma for his bachelor’s degree in liberal studies.

It has been 40 years since he first began his journey to complete a college education, one that has twisted and turned, stalled and sputtered, but will ultimately finish in success.

Apr. 26, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

Column: The sky is the limit

First, let’s get the crazy out of the way: What would be great is if someone would build a six-story apartment building downtown with a rooftop-patio restaurant.

That’s not going to happen, but if you could see the view that place would have, you wouldn’t think the rooftop restaurant part of that idea was crazy.

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Lenoir native comes home again

Mark Bumgarner started playing music as a high school student, “beating and thrashing around,” as he describes it, the beginning of a long musical journey.

On Saturday, he’ll come back to his hometown to play a show at 7 p.m. Saturday at 1841 Café with Jaret Carter, Patrick Crouch and Ron Shuffler. The show is also a warm-up for the four musicians before they head off to Merlefest in Wilkesboro, one of the largest music festivals in the country, where they’ll play at the Plaza Stage on April 26 at noon and 6 p.m.

Mar. 28, 2014 @ 08:36 AM

Changing seasons

The Rev. David Smith looked out at the rows of pews on a sunny, brisk Wednesday, four days before he was to deliver his last sermon from the tall, white pulpit of First Baptist Church in Lenoir.

As the sunlight burned through the stained-glass windows of the sanctuary, he remembered the faces and lives that have filed in and out of the rows of burgundy cushions in front of him.

Mar. 24, 2014 @ 01:29 PM

Running in the halls

It’s Saturday, and the halls of South Caldwell High School are quiet.

That is, until a shout of “No running in the halls!” echoes around the corners of shining lockers and squeaky floors as a blur of neon-clad runners whiz by.

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

A man, a community, a century

Amos Rutherford has held many different titles in his lifetime – farmer, soldier, mechanic – but on Saturday, he earned a new one: centenarian.

March 15 was Rutherford’s 100th birthday, a warm day made warmer by the presence of friends and family gathered at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Lenoir to celebrate the life of the man they call Pops. And from his days with the Army to his days working at Don Campbell’s Exxon in Lenoir, Amos has had no shortage of friends.

Mar. 07, 2014 @ 08:31 AM

Building computers; building the future

At each of eight tables, students hovered over a black, metal box, unpacking rainbow-colored wires and shining metal parts, diving in to assemble the pieces, looking more like surgeons on the operating table than students putting together computers.

Thursday was the third annual computer-building workshop with Google, and this year the focus was on teaching kids just what it takes to work in the technology and computer-based fields, including more than just the working parts of a computer.

Feb. 27, 2014 @ 11:57 AM

Blue Ridge Parkway funding falters, but need remains

The Blue Ridge Parkway, lovingly known as “America’s Favorite Drive,” has been riding a roller coaster of funding challenges over the past three years, taking the biggest hit in March 2013 from budget cuts forced by the sequester.

Feb. 19, 2014 @ 09:03 AM

Fit For Work

Raylo Smith hit the gym Tuesday, the first step toward getting his strength back and getting back to the work he knows best – laying brick.

He walked through the lobby of Quest 4 Life Wellness Center and rode up the elevator, receiving waves and brief greetings from people already working out. He climbed on the treadmill and started walking. Easy.