Jason Howard is a brewer. He handcrafted his own recipes, continuously honing them in his home for more than a decade before making it a career – and making those beers the backbone of a thriving Lenoir brewery.
As they do every year, deal-crazy shoppers lined up early, and this year the first lines formed while some people were still eating their Thanksgiving dinner.
But even as shoppers flooded stores, in interviews the feelings most expressed about the economy weren’t optimistic.
If the Chapel of Rest Preservation Society meets its fundraising goals for 2014, the historic building will have a few new additions – including a new place for people to rest when their lives are through.
The society hopes to add a columbarium, which stores cremated remains, to the Happy Valley chapel on N.C. 268, which already has a cemetery. That will give more people who love the chapel a chance to designate it as their place of burial, society publicist Liza Plaster said.
The body of a 55-year-old Hispanic man was found Thursday around 8:30 a.m. in Lake Rhodhiss, approximately a quarter mile from where his car was found Wednesday night at the Castle Bridge Wildlife Access Area on Connelly Springs Road.
If you get caught fishing without a license, you will no longer be branded a criminal and take time away from work to appear in court, thanks to a reclassification of misdemeanor offenses beginning Dec. 1.
Some came because they were out of work and didn’t have money to put a Thanksgiving meal on their tables. Some came because they were working that day and didn’t have time to cook a meal with all the trimmings. Some came because they’d found themselves with nowhere else to spend the holiday.
“Today, I didn’t have nowhere else to go,” said Bo Spelce Jr. as he ate his meal. “All my family members who did this kind of stuff, they passed away. But so far I’ve had a good time. I’m getting my belly full.”
Dan Bradley, the president of Designer Brands Group since 2008, has resigned effective Dec. 6, Bradley confirmed Wednesday to Furniture Today, an industry trade publication.
Volunteers at a local church-run food pantry have been providing food each month to those struggling to make ends meet. But a recent drop in donations to Second Harvest Food Bank of Western North Carolina had a ripple effect on the amount of food that gets passed on to local groups, so the shelves are often bare.
Brandy Dula got in line at 10:30 Monday morning at Crossroads Church on Morganton Boulevard for a free turkey to cook today for her husband, Jamaine, and two kids, 14-year-old Andrew and 13-year-old Alexia. She will boil some elbow marcaroni noodles, melt down a hunk of cheese and add some evaporated milk and butter. That will be her Thanksgiving meal.
On any other day, the meal might be just the noodles.
Some were families of origin – a mom, a kindergarten sister and a fifth-grade brother all eating together, a grandmother and a granddaughter. Others were the little families that spring up during long days of school – teachers and their pupils, or little groups of fifth-grade friends who may not remember each other in 10 or 20 years, but who might.
All came together in the way families often do: around the table.
On Monday, every eighth-grader in the county took a 112-question survey and chose from the three career options it yielded. They rolled dice to determine whether they’d be married or have kids, and then found out how much money they’d take home each month.
It was, essentially, a giant version of The Game of Life board game. The eighth-graders — more than 1,000 of them — wandered from table to table at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, trying to figure out how to make a life fit within the bounds of their monthly take-home pay.
Plans for a new middle school adjacent to Hibriten High School are back on track with a realigned entrance on Taylorsville Road after the Lenoir City Council approved its conditional use permit Tuesday.
But some people who attended Tuesday's meeting say that the new entrance plan remains unsafe.
Caldwell County residents could see a mix of rain, sleet and snow before noon, but it isn't expected to stick around long, according to the National Weather Service.
More executives have gotten the boot since KPS Capital Partners formed Heritage Home Group from the former parts of Furniture Brands International.
The new owner of Furniture Brands Inc. wasted no time getting started on giving the company a fresh start.
On Monday KPS Capital Partners announced the formation of a new company, Heritage Home Group, to take the place of the Furniture Brands name; the resignation of CEO Ralph Scozzafava; and the appointment of a new CEO and board of directors.
Curlie Washington carefully picked through the clothing, hoping to find something to fit his 6-feet-tall frame. After several minutes, he settled on a black Coors Racing jacket, along with a wool cap and gloves, and a pair of heavy knit socks.
The items were not on a rack at a clothing outlet, nor were they on sale at a thrift store for a good buy. The clothes and blankets, which weighed about 200 pounds, were donated by residents of the Koinonia Apartments on Main Street to the nearby Lenoir Soup Kitchen.
A Lenoir-area man sought by police in an assault at the Days Inn on Saturday morning was arrested Monday in Hudson.
Drivers should be careful this morning because of the chance of icy conditions from a winter storm sweeping across the region last night.
When construction starts on the new Hibriten district middle school early next year, renovations and additions to Granite Falls Middle will become the Caldwell County Schools’ top priority for construction, district officials said at several public meetings last week.
Educators and their supporters waved signs, wore red scarves and gloves, booed, cheered and lit candles at a rally Monday evening in downtown Lenoir, hosted by the local branch of the North Carolina Association of Educators.
The signs and speeches on Monday both illustrated continuing tension between public educators and GOP leadership in Raleigh over issues such as teacher tenure, merit-based pay bonuses, school choice and the effectiveness of teacher assistants in the classroom.
It was Nov. 23, but in between the street barricades that separated the rest of the city from the Lenoir Downtown Christmas Festival, it looked, smelled and tasted like Dec. 25.
Between those barricades, whipped cream sank into Styrofoam mugs of hot chocolate. Moms counted out five-dollar bills, handing them over in exchange for wreaths and ornaments and paintings on wood.
Kids perched on chairs, getting their faces covered in sticky paint or dictating the terms of their balloon animals.
There was some utility involved for the kids running at Granite Falls, of course. They were running to raise money for their school. But the looks on their faces gave them away, whether they were running full-speed or just ambling along the track: They were also just having fun.
Hands raised in the air.
Shoulders tilted against the gray November air.
Palms smacking against their principals’ in a high-five.
Giorgio Corso’s grandfather founded a small, metal-drawing lubricants company called Lubrimetal in Italy in 1959. Today, the company is truly global, with locations in Brazil, India and Caldwell County.
As executive vice president, Corso flies back and forth every few weeks to Italy and Granite Falls, where Lubrimetal’s American manufacturing facility is located.
Lee Sigmon remembers the day four years ago he first set foot inside the First Church of God, situated atop a steep hill off Broadway Street on the outskirts of Lenoir. His future wife, Mary, had been encouraging Sigmon, a confirmed Lutheran, to join the church where she had been a lifelong member. He had heard about Pastor Venoy Pearson, but had never seen him in action.
KPS Capital Partners, approved Friday by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Sontchi as the new owner of Furniture Brands International, does not buy any business to own it for the long haul.
But it buys to rebuild and grow, and its track record may give hope to workers at Furniture Brands’ properties.