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.

Aug. 30, 2014 @ 04:21 PM

Column: Peering into two American lives

Harry Butters was just 22 when he went off to serve in the British Army in Europe’s Great War, which began in 1914. Alan Seeger, an American poet, was writing in Paris at the time Harry Butters went off to war.

Aug. 30, 2014 @ 04:18 PM

Toe-tappin' under the tent

It’s a festival made for sitting still, other than tapping toes.

Many other summer festivals offer distractions galore, from food booths to children’s games and booth after booth of unrelated crafts for sale, whatever the festival’s featured event may be.

But at the Historic Happy Valley Old-time Fiddlers’ Convention, it’s all about the music.

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 06:58 AM

8-year-old rising to the top in gymnastics

Azalea Miron, 8, stretched and curved her body into positions that looked like she was made out of rubber. With her natural talent for bending her spine into impossible shapes and her dedication to succeed, Azalea quickly moved from beginner gymnastics classes to Level 2 classes at Shooting Stars of Hickory.

Aug. 28, 2014 @ 08:57 AM

Fiddlers' convention to mark decade of celebrating heritage

This weekend, campsites will dot the Yadkin River with firelight, and old-time and bluegrass music will echo across Happy Valley.

The 10th annual Historic Happy Valley Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention starts Friday evening and runs through Sunday, expected to bring thousands to the field of the convention site to celebrate the heritage and culture of old-time and bluegrass music.