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.

Aug. 27, 2014 @ 08:59 AM

Column: Pushing buttons keeps pushing me

From time to time you’ll read or hear of fun “facts” that speculates as to the number of miles a person will walk in a lifetime or how maybe how many gallons of water a person night drink in his life. Of course, these are just calculated guesses, but they’re still fun to ponder. But what I’m waiting to hear is an estimate of just how many buttons the average American will push in a lifetime.

Aug. 25, 2014 @ 07:19 PM

Column: Ain't got no pencil and it don't matter

I love my native language, English in substandard Southern dialect. Those of us classified as substandard put the short “i” sound in hen and pen. We also tend to drop “-ing” endings as in “fishin’and huntin’.”

Aug. 24, 2014 @ 04:45 AM

Column: Ready to get back at it

I have talked to a number of colleagues recently, and they are ready to get back to work. The notion that teachers have their summers off is not really correct. A good teacher is always teaching in some fashion. It does not matter the time of year.

Aug. 20, 2014 @ 04:34 AM

Column: New wheels needed, not new ladies

Recently I harped on the fact that I need a car to replace the old Dodge minivan that is still hobbling along like your Aunt Elsie after her hip-replacement surgery. The other night my wife and I were spending a few minutes in conversation just before our arbitrary 9 p.m. bedtime. The subject of acquiring more reliable transportation came up.

Aug. 19, 2014 @ 05:03 PM


Thirteen-year-old Acacia Scott gets some public practice in Monday afternoon on the Hogwaller Stage in Lenoir. Scott plays with the band "Columbus Agenda."

Aug. 19, 2014 @ 04:35 AM

Column: Changing seasons, changing lives

The inevitable is upon us: Summer season giving way to autumn. Here in the foothills, around this time of year, summer takes on a tired look like someone at the end of a long work shift. Vines turn brown and dry; gardens are mostly spent. I always watch for that certain leaf green, a dusty tint that the hardwood trees turn in late August, a subtle palette change signaling the season’s approaching end.

Aug. 16, 2014 @ 04:40 AM

Column: How quickly we forget

In 1969, more than 400,000 people gathered on a 600-acre dairy farm in New York state to attend a three-day concert billed as The Woodstock Music and Art Fair and a time of "peace through music."

Aug. 15, 2014 @ 02:47 PM

Community calendar for week of Aug. 17

Aug. 14, 2014 @ 09:20 AM

Survivors, family share stories of 1940 flood

On Aug. 13, 1940, it was raining in Caldwell County, and had been for about a week.

About 5 p.m., the Johns and Yadkin rivers jumped their banks -- by a wide margin -- and widespread flooding nearly washed away entire communities, sending houses floating downriver and washing out 90 percent of the county’s bridges.

Aug. 13, 2014 @ 09:50 AM

Column: Romance in August -- be aware of it

North Carolina’s mandatory seat belt law is almost 30 years old, so you must have a few years behind you to remember a common sight that disappeared under threat of DMV fines: an earlier generation’s public display of affection. Before the seat belt law, some romantic couples made their relationships obvious in traffic by the position of the woman hip-to-hip next to her man. Drivers behind the couple’s car would see two people on the driver’s side, an indication that the occupants were “courting.”

Aug. 13, 2014 @ 09:48 AM

CCC&TI honors lists

Aug. 13, 2014 @ 09:45 AM

Column: 'Premium' just another word for 'junk'

The company that provides my satellite television service gave its customers a free weekend of what they call their “premium services” recently. That’s good because like my mom always says, “If it’s free, it’s for me.” I had the idea that since the free channels were described as “premium” there might be some really good movies on that the family could watch without the aggravation of those annoying commercials.

Aug. 06, 2014 @ 10:18 AM

Harambee honors seniors at banquet

Throngs of senior citizens attended the Senior Citizens Appreciation Banquet on Tuesday evening at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Lenoir.

Aug. 04, 2014 @ 04:09 PM

Column: Our troubled tobacco heritage

In our tobacco farming community, smoking was a normal part of adult life. On Sundays, as soon as the preacher said the benediction, the men of the church would all congregate under the mimosa tree in the churchyard to smoke and talk about their tobacco crops. At the gas station, my daddy would buy me candy cigarettes, little white sticks with red food-coloring tips.

Aug. 03, 2014 @ 08:59 AM

Harambee kickoff unfettered by cloudy skies

Cloudy skies couldn’t dampen the spirit of Harambee Saturday, as the 42nd annual festival kicked off with Family Fun Day at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Lenoir.

Aug. 03, 2014 @ 04:36 AM

Column: What summer memories will you make?

Fourth of July fireworks have been lit and tomatoes are plentiful, but summer is not over. If you are seeking to make some special summer memories there is still plenty of time. Some recent 4-H programs have reminded me of all the special memories that can be made in the summer.

Aug. 03, 2014 @ 04:32 AM

Column: Good nutrition doesn't skip a beet

I am usually trying to find creative ways to use all the tomatoes we’ve grown, but this year, I am focusing on another deep-red vegetable, BEETS.

Aug. 03, 2014 @ 04:19 AM

Column: Liberating Kuwait and ourselves

To the surprise of the United States government, two seemingly American allies were fighting one another by August 1990. Iraq quickly took over Kuwait, to the dismay and anger of many of the world’s leaders. President George H.W. Bush summed up the feelings of many with his famous sound bite, “This will not stand.”

Aug. 03, 2014 @ 01:35 AM

Public records for Aug. 3, 2014

Aug. 03, 2014 @ 01:33 AM

Community calendar for week of Aug. 3

Aug. 02, 2014 @ 01:25 AM

4 to compete in Miss Harambee Pageant

The City of Lenoir and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center will present the 2014 Miss Harambee Pageant Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Lenoir High School Auditorium.

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 04:04 PM

Column: 'Kissing cousins' used to be common

I recently found an article on the Internet that stated that chances are if you are married, you and your spouse were related before you tied the knot. That didn’t surprise me.

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 04:03 PM

Church calendar for week of Aug. 1-8