May. 11, 2015 @ 05:22 PM

Column: Don't let the well go dry

Water, a most precious resource, is in the news lately, from the severe drought in California to the precipitation generated by Tropical Storm Ana. Whether we have too little in drought or too much in flooding, water can have devastating effects in our lives. I’ve never experienced a real ground-cracking drought, nor have I been through a flood evacuation. Like most of us here in the Southeast, I’ve always had water in normal abundance and tend to take it for granted.

May. 05, 2015 @ 05:12 PM

Column: Moments when you would like to disappear

It doesn’t matter who you are, how smart you are, how pretty you are, or how much money you have, at some point in your life you’re going to suffer an embarrassing moment. You know what I’m talking about. You do something so dumb you just want to suddenly become invisible to others and maybe even to yourself.

May. 05, 2015 @ 07:11 AM

Column: Making efforts to age gracefully

With a birthday drawing nigh, I’m reflecting on this stage of life where I’m wondering if people think I look as old as some of the women I see in public.

May. 01, 2015 @ 07:34 AM

Hudson dinner theater dates announced

The two Hudson dinner theater shows for the upcoming year are the classic musical “Guys and Dolls” in the fall and the classic comedy “Harvey” in the spring.

May. 01, 2015 @ 07:32 AM

Column: Life in early 20th-century Caldwell County

Back in 1983, Nancy Alexander had an interview with 90-year-old Ellis Craig, who talked about what life was like when he was growing up in Caldwell County. Today we are reprinting the interview, slightly edited, for your edification and enjoyment.

Apr. 30, 2015 @ 06:50 AM

Column: Welcome to 'Camp Cupcake'

Alderson Federal Prison Camp is considered the largest minimum-security federal prison in the United States. It began in April 1927 as an experiment in incarceration. Since then, many of the country’s most interesting female prisoners have stayed there.

Apr. 30, 2015 @ 06:46 AM

Hibriten choir goes to Disney

Members of the Hibriten High School Concert Choir and Honors Ensemble recently participated in Festival Disney, the national middle school/high school music competition in Walt Disney World. Hibriten's "Festival" Choir received three straight superior ratings from all three judges. Students performed "Salmo 150" by Ernani Aguiar and "Sing Me to Heaven" by Gawthrop, both Grade V pieces.  Aside from the competition, students, chaperones and the director enjoyed a fun week in the Walt Disney World parks.

Apr. 29, 2015 @ 07:28 AM

Column: Cutting back where I can

I lack the will power to give up smoking entirely. I’m a total wimp where will power is concerned. I find it difficult giving up habits I don’t enjoy having so you can imagine what it would be like for me to quit something I do enjoy.

Apr. 29, 2015 @ 07:27 AM

John Coffey lives life by band teacher's words

“In high school, there was a bulletin board ... and the bulletin board said, ‘Results, not excuses,’ and that’s something I’ve always tried to live by.”

Apr. 28, 2015 @ 05:21 PM

'The Other Group' exhibits work at Caldwell Arts Council

The exhibit includes work by Andrew Atkin, Victoria Bauer, Jean Cauthen, Vae Hamilton, Jane Harrison, Deborah Klein, Bobbi Miller, Tom Oakley, Ellen Schwarzbek, Charlie Frye, Thomas Thielemann and Lynda Lea Bonkemeyer.

Apr. 25, 2015 @ 11:54 AM

Column: Understanding spring allergies, and what you can do about them

After a cold winter, we appreciate the following spring, with milder temperatures and longer days. However, many people with seasonal allergies are concerned about exacerbations of their symptoms, resulting from exposure to airborne pollen.

Apr. 25, 2015 @ 11:53 AM

Column: Don't let cold snap wipe out garden

Data shows that April 15 is our average last frost date. But keep in mind that this is just an average, so 50 percent of the time, we’ll have a frost later than this.

Apr. 21, 2015 @ 04:27 PM

Column: April -- nothing gold can stay

This spring-green color that’s growing out everywhere won’t last long, so enjoy it now. Certain shades of green, like tender new leaves and grass, appear at no other time of year, something I love about spring.

Apr. 21, 2015 @ 04:17 PM

Column: Life is too short to worry

One of the few advantages that come with growing older is that over the years, you learn things.

Apr. 17, 2015 @ 03:16 AM

Column: Coffee talks on history have proven popular

One of the most popular things that the Caldwell Heritage Museum has done is a program called “Coffee with the Curator.”

Apr. 15, 2015 @ 08:22 AM

Column: To clarify, summer used to be fun

I ran into an old buddy from my boyhood days on Setzers’ Creek just last week. He gave me an earful of honesty.

“I read where you said you didn’t like summer,” he told me, “but I remember we had some pretty good times during the summer when we were just kids. Have you forgotten?”

Apr. 14, 2015 @ 10:04 AM

Column: Historian imparted love of N.C.'s story

North Carolina lost a state treasure last Friday when historian William S. Powell died at 95 years of age. This beloved Tar Heel, born and raised in the Piedmont, devoted his life to telling the story of the Old North State.

Apr. 09, 2015 @ 01:10 AM

Column: Why we are failing

Americans are angry people these days.

Apr. 08, 2015 @ 01:43 AM

Column: Burgers on the grill are on good thing about summer

After speaking with such negativity about spring and summer a while back, I thought I could ease my guilt over that column by listing all the positive things that come with the advent of summer. It was a short list.

Apr. 07, 2015 @ 11:38 AM

'Dukes of Hazzard' actor dies

James Best, an actor best known for a role on TV’s “The Dukes of Hazzard” and who had a part-time home in the Bethlehem area of Alexander County in recent years, died Monday night.

Apr. 03, 2015 @ 01:27 AM

Column: Area's earliest 'churches' were shared

Many of Caldwell County's current churches had their beginnings in what are known as “Free Meeting Houses.” A free meeting house was a building, many not more than four walls, a roof, and maybe a floor. Itinerate ministers of whatever denomination visiting the community would preach at these places. Sometimes there might be an organized congregation, but it was not necessarily true.

Apr. 02, 2015 @ 05:17 PM

Students face 'reality' in exercise

At the annual Reality Store event, every middle and K-8 school in the county explored the “adult world” and how to effectively budget a month’s worth of expenses. Each student was assigned a career and an income based on his or her preferences and had to visit booths to pay for things such as housing, groceries and student loans, along the way calculating how much money they could spend.

Trying for the first time to make ends meet, some students had a heap of trouble real quick.

Apr. 02, 2015 @ 06:32 AM

Column: Easter memories of colored eggs, one-legged duck

So here it is, Easter again. This has to be the most confusing holiday of all for kids because Easter has two very different meanings. To the religious folks it marks the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. To the not-so-religious, Easter means rabbits, new clothes, and brightly colored eggs.

Apr. 01, 2015 @ 04:15 PM

Column: Things that linger and mean everything

As I reflect on Good Friday and what it means, I am reminded of several American Good Fridays and their historical importance. Beyond the examples, I recognize there are greater truths at hand, as well as, significant meaning.

Mar. 31, 2015 @ 08:17 AM

Searching memories, one frame at a time

Flipping the pages through Willie Houck’s photo album, Houck, 96, can tell a story about every photo. In fact opening the photo album helps his memory get going. And on one recent day in the living room of his house on Hartland Road as he flipped the pages, the story of how Pearl Harbor transformed him from a member of a Morganton-based National Guard unit to an engineer building bridges in the battlefield in pursuit of retreating German units began to unfold.