Jul. 13, 2014 @ 02:56 PM

Column: Summer fun filled with deep meaning

Ben and Olivia are on a local summer swim team, and we go to practice a few mornings and afternoons a week. Olivia is 5 and is finding her first year on the swim team a great adventure.

Jul. 12, 2014 @ 04:37 AM

4-H goes crazy making cobbler

Celia Chimento, 8, chopped a stick of butter into uneven slices in a baking sheet, which was put in the oven for the butter to melt. In a separate bowl, she carefully stirred together flour, sugar and milk alongside her 4-H Club friends on Friday. Chimento tried whisking the mixture and abruptly leaned back as the liquid sloshed against the sides of the bowl.

She and 10 other children were busy Friday making blackberry cobbler to be part of the cobbler patchwork at the North Carolina Blackberry Festival.

Jul. 11, 2014 @ 08:45 AM

A closet for more than clothes

The first day that a child spends with a new foster parent can be hectic, lots to do and little time for the two to get acqainted, but at Caldwell County Department of Social Services, there's a second-floor room that can take away some of that pressure and even provide the first foundations of a new relationship.

Jul. 10, 2014 @ 05:11 PM

Church calendar for week of July 11-18

Jul. 12, 2014 @ 07:17 AM

First county mountain biking trail nears completion

On weekends for about the past six months, volunteers have been making their way to Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir, hauling shovels and picks and rakes in the woods, working to create a first for Caldwell County — a trail built specifically for mountain-biking.

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 09:36 AM

Column: Discretion is the better part of marriage

Okay all you June brides and grooms, you’ve had some time now to experience the reality of living with someone who you just couldn’t live without. At this point your opinion of married life probably falls into one of these three categories.

1. This is great, I wish I had done it sooner.

2. I can deal with this four, maybe five days a week.

3. Shoot me now!

Well, here are a few notes that may help you marriage rookies.

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 09:32 AM

Column: Don't tell me you're bored to death

July holds the distinction of being National Anti-boredom Month, an unofficial declaration someone invented, mostly likely, because they were bored. When I discovered that month-long emphasis last week, I cringed remembering a previous reference to boredom brought up by one of our children.

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