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.

Sep. 21, 2014 @ 11:25 AM

Twisted Vine Winery offers space, spirits to unwind

Nestled among the houses and hills in Cajah’s Mountain sits a picturesque red barn, but it’s not housing horses, farm equipment or produce, but a jukebox, tables and chairs, and racks of wine bottles.

Sep. 20, 2014 @ 04:38 PM

Festival greeted by sunny skies, crowded streets

The belly dancers and most everyone else stayed home during last year’s Granite Falls Merchants Association Festival, perhaps for fear of drowning in the streets.

But this year’s festival opened under warm, sunny skies, and hundreds of people soon filled downtown Granite Falls to shop, eat, drink, listen to the South Caldwell High School band or, among other things, watch The Lost Jewels of the Ghawazee, a group of belly dancers who appear at a number of festivals in the area.

Sep. 20, 2014 @ 02:50 PM

Column: Fall is the time to plant onions for spring

Fall is in the air. With it comes the planting of the fall garden. One of the things I’m looking forward to most is raising onions.

Sep. 20, 2014 @ 02:37 PM

Column: A few thoughts on a few things

It is hard for a lot of people to ask for help. In today’s "self-help" culture, sometimes asking for assistance can display some kind of perceived inherent weakness or give people the wrong impression.

Sep. 19, 2014 @ 02:52 PM

Community calendar for week of Sept. 21

Sep. 23, 2014 @ 08:43 AM

Miss Caldwell Fair Pageant draws near

The Miss Caldwell Fair Pageant, sponsored by the Caldwell County Agricultural Fair, takes place on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Caldwell County Fairgrounds, with the theme "Believing In Yourself.”

Sep. 19, 2014 @ 06:39 AM

Column: Lenoir had 'oldest library in the state'

Recently Forrest Tate, a reference librarian, led one of the Caldwell Heritage Museum’s monthly “Coffee with the Curator” programs relating the history of the Caldwell County Public Library. Part of his presentation included information about the Pioneer Library, but he was unsure when the Pioneer Library ceased to exist. Mike Gibbons found a newspaper item dated Nov. 20, 1923, titled “Library is Given to Davenport College” that answered the question.

Sep. 18, 2014 @ 04:38 PM

Church calendar for week of Sept. 19-25

Sep. 17, 2014 @ 09:45 AM

Column: My summer summary: nothing that unusual

Hard to believe but once again it’s time for my “What I Did This Summer” column. It’s a habit of mine that goes back to my schools days.

Sep. 16, 2014 @ 09:42 AM

Column: A stalled convention, an inspired text

The saying “good things come in small packages” applies to this preserved treasure, a copy of our United States Constitution. How amazing that I held in my hands a document, a few small pages, powerful enough to hold our republic together since 1787. It is the oldest written constitution in use by any country in the world.

Sep. 12, 2014 @ 05:38 AM

Column: A little bit about a noted local historian

Many times in the more than 20 years I have written this column I have reprinted information that was first published by my predecessor, Nancy Alexander. Recently I found an article, written in 1977 by Rozzy Smith, that gave some insight into Alexander’s personal life, including a fact forgotten by me, that she had once been a mayoral candidate.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 07:45 PM

'Losing Patients' is a nuthouse of fun

A thunderstorm starting fires and flooding bridges. A mental patient on the loose. Several characters pretending to be someone else.

The Foothills Performing Arts kicks off its 2013-14 season with the comedy “Losing Patients.” Director Marshall Goff said the play was chosen as a tribute to its writer, V. Cate, who died last December.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 03:37 PM

Column: Making more money isn't rocket science

I read last week about workers at fast-food restaurants walking off the job in an effort to get a pay increase up to $15 per hour. As I understand it, the big walkout thing went over like a screen door on a submarine. Anyone with any notion at all as to how our economy works knows such a pay hike is implausible so actually what we had was a membership drive for the Service Workers Union.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 03:34 PM

Column: Suffering the fear of missing out is nothing new

Americans have no shortage of labels for our various problems, both mental and physical. The other day I ran across another one in a tech article about the potentially addictive nature of Facebook and a condition called FOMO — fear of missing out.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 02:16 PM

Ninth ‘Caldwell is Hiring’ 3 weeks away

For the ninth time, hundreds of jobseekers are expected to pack the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir for the semiannual job fair Caldwell is Hiring.

Sep. 08, 2014 @ 04:58 PM

New generations, beautiful artwork reign at 29th Sculpture Celebration

Amazing artwork, beautiful weather and sculpture lovers came together Saturday at the J.E. Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir for the 29th annual Sculpture Celebration, an exhibition of sculpture unrivaled in the South.


Sep. 07, 2014 @ 06:23 AM

Governor helps Bernhardt commemorate 125 years

Gov. Pat McCrory came to Lenoir on Saturday to congratulate Bernhardt Furniture on its 125 years of manufacturing quality furniture in Lenoir.