Oct. 09, 2014 @ 09:57 AM

Hometown, house inspire ‘Laid to Rest’

In a new book, “Laid to Rest,” a funeral home director in Lenoir strikes up a relationship with a pastor, to help him cope with the death of a young girl.

Though the story is fiction, certain recognizable houses, streets and businesses play their parts. All stood out in the memory of the author, Koko Nervelli.

Oct. 04, 2014 @ 11:54 AM

School lunch menus for Oct. 6-10

Oct. 04, 2014 @ 11:51 AM

Column: Weighing in on domestic violence

I want to quanlify this article at the beginning by stating I will not have a lot of facts and figures to back up my argument. I do not believe they are needed here. Let’s just be honest and real.

Oct. 03, 2014 @ 08:10 AM

New group seeking all things tech

A few people will gather Saturday in the back of Highland Coffee House in downtown Lenoir to start a group to advocate, discuss and contemplate all things technological.

It’s the beginnings of the Carolina Technocrat Party, a group formed to sift out the technologically minded people in the area to meet, converse, network, share ideas and more.

Oct. 03, 2014 @ 01:00 AM

Column: Interest in geneaology comes from Grandmother

My grandmother Hawkins was born 137 years ago today. The name she was given at birth was Ida Adelaide Pipes, and she was the fourth child and third daughter of William (called Bill) and Nancy (Robbins) Pipes. She was born in Buffalo Cove. Another son and another daughter would be born after Grandmother, but all except Grandmother and one of her sisters would die young without leaving offspring. Her own mother would die giving birth to the last sister, who did not survive.

Oct. 02, 2014 @ 04:58 PM

Church calendar for week of Oct. 3-10

Oct. 02, 2014 @ 08:21 AM

Movie 'stars' cruising into Lenoir

This Saturday, downtown Lenoir will play host to a variety of stars from such movies as  “Smokey and the Bandit” and Disney’s “Cars.”

Well, replicas of those stars at least.

Oct. 01, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

Weekend events honor city's musical heritage

Music has a special place in Lenoir’s history, from folks listening to music at Tucker’s Barn before Lenoir was even a town to the nationally recognized prestige of the Lenoir High School band.

For the fourth year, Loving Lenoir will spend a weekend celebrating that heritage.

Sep. 29, 2014 @ 06:49 PM

Living History Days return to Happy Valley

The grounds and house of Fort Defiance, the 1792 home of Gen. William Lenoir, will be open to the public for the annual Living History Days this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sep. 28, 2014 @ 09:02 AM

Column: Do you remember prune cake?

While most cafeteria food stories are about the “yuck” factor, there were a few items that I especially enjoyed — those long, rectangle pizza pieces, the orange French dressing for salad, which incidentally was served only on pizza day, the hot yeast rolls and, when I got to high school, cinnamon rolls. One of my all-time favorites, though, was prune cake.

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.