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Hudson Middle School reads to the top HUDSON, NC (March 10, 2017)…Hudson Middle School Battle of the Books team won first place among eight competing teams of voracious readers in grades 6 through 8 who labored over 27 books in preparation for the annual Caldwell County Middle School Battle of the Books Competition. Collettsville School place 2nd in the competition and the Gamewell Middle School team placed third, with a onepoint difference between the ranking.

Congratulations to Hudson Middle School team members Riley Barr, Sarah Brown, Connor Broyhill, Gracie Chester, Chloe Greene, Hayley Hartley, Evan Lewis, TJ Tramble, and Alissa Taylor, coached by Christinia Davis, Media Coordinator. “Starting the 2nd 9-week grading period, we met daily in the library for 30 minutes poring over each book and the students would ask, ‘What can I read next,’ as they put forth every effort to do their best,” said Coach Davis. “They really became great competitors when it was critical for the win. Now it’s more reading and getting ready for the next level.” Continued on page 4…


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Be careful when burning debris in spring RALEIGH, NC (March 9, 2017)…The N.C. Forest Service is urging residents across the state to think safety and exercise caution during the spring fire season, which typically lasts from March to May. Wildfire risk typically higher from March to May… “During the spring fire season, people do a lot of yard work that often includes burning leaves and yard debris,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “There are many factors to consider before doing any burning.” North Carolinians thinking about burning debris should contact their county ranger for advice first, Troxler said. “The ranger can help maximize safety for people, property and the forest.” Follow guidelines to reduce risk of wildfire For people who choose to burn debris, the NCFS urges them to adhere to the following tips to protect property and prevent wildfires: • Consider alternatives to burning. Some yard debris, such as leaves and grass, may be more valuable if composted. • Check with your county fire marshal’s office for local laws on burning debris. Some communities allow burning only during specified hours; others forbid it entirely. • Make sure you have an approved burning permit, which can be obtained at any NCFS office, countyapproved burning permit agent, or online at • Check the weather. Don’t burn if conditions are dry or windy. Continued on page 3...

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• Only burn natural vegetation from your property. Burning household trash or any other man-made materials is illegal. Trash should be hauled away to a convenience center. • Plan burning for the late afternoon when conditions are typically less windy and more humid. • If you must burn, be prepared. Use a shovel or hoe to clear a perimeter around the area where you plan to burn. • Keep fire tools ready. To control the fire, you will need a hose, bucket, a steel rake and a shovel for tossing dirt on the fire. • Never use flammable liquids such as kerosene, gasoline or diesel fuel to speed burning. • Stay with your fire until it is completely out. In North Carolina, human carelessness leads to more wildfires than any other cause. In fact, debris burning is the No. 1 cause of wildfires in the state. • These same tips hold true for campfires and barbecues, too. Douse burning charcoal briquettes or campfires thoroughly with water. When the coals are soaked, stir them and soak them again. Be sure they are out cold and carefully feel to be sure they are extinguished. Never dump hot ashes or coals into a wooded area. • Burning agriculture residue and forestland litter: In addition to the guidelines above, a fire line should be plowed around the area to be burned. Large fields should be separated into small plots for burning one at a time. Before doing any burning in a wooded area, contact your county ranger, who will weigh all factors, explain them and offer technical advice. For more information on ways you can prevent wildfires and loss of property visit http://

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Hudson Middle School reads to the top Continued from page 1…

Middle school students participating in the Battle of the Books program read books from a list established by the state Battle of the Books committee, and then compete in quiz-bowl-style tournaments to test their knowledge of these books. The regional competition, sponsored by the North Carolina School Library Media Association, will be held March 30 at the First United Methodist Church in Taylorsville. The public is invited to attend and support the Hudson School Middle School Battle of the Books team, Caldwell County’s winning team for 2017.

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Citizen Science Program needs your help observing the weather! NEWPORT, NC (March 13, 2017)...Do you ever wonder how much rainfall you received from a recent thunderstorm? How about snowfall during a winter storm? If so, an important volunteer weather observing program needs your help! The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network, or CoCoRaHS, is looking for new volunteers across North Carolina. The grassroots effort is part of a growing national network of homebased and amateur rain spotters with a goal of providing a high density precipitation network that will supplement existing observations. CoCoRaHS came about as a result of a devastating flash flood that hit Fort Collins, Colorado, in July 1997. A local severe thunderstorm dumped over a foot of rain in several hours while other portions of the city had only modest rainfall. The ensuing flood caught many by surprise and caused $200 million in damages. CoCoRaHS was born in 1998 with the intent of doing a better job of mapping and reporting intense storms. As more volunteers participated, rain, hail, and snow maps were produced for every storm showing fascinating local patterns that were of great interest to scientists and the public. Recently, drought reporting has also become an important observation within the CoCoRaHS program across the nation. In fact, drought observations from CoCoRaHS are now being included in the National Integrated Drought Information System. North Carolina became the twenty-first state to establish the CoCoRaHS program in 2007, and by 2010, the CoCoRaHS network had reached all 50 states with nearly ten thousand observations being reported each day. Through CoCoRaHS, thousands of volunteers, young and old, document the size, intensity, duration and patterns of rain, hail, and snow by taking simple measurements in their own backyards. Volunteers may obtain an official rain gauge through the CoCoRaHS website (http:// for about $30 plus shipping. Besides the need for an official 4 inch plastic rain gauge, volunteers are required to take a simple training module online and use the CoCoRaHS website to submit their reports. Continued on page 7...

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Early Spring Planting Is Upon Us Stop by and see us for: Cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower plants Seed potatoes, onion sets, and garden seed Peas, Beets, Greens, etc. Bonnie Plants have started arriving also Citizen Science Program needs your help observing the weather! Continued from page 6...

Observations are immediately available on maps and reports for the public to view. The process takes only five minutes a day, but the impact to the community is tenfold: By providing high quality, accurate measurements, the observers are able to supplement existing networks and provide useful data to scientists, resource managers, decision makers and other users. "Monitoring weather and climate conditions in North Carolina is no easy feat," said Heather Dinon Aldridge, assistant state climatologist and interim associate director of the State Climate Office, based at North Carolina State University. "CoCoRaHS volunteers help by painting a better picture of precipitation patterns across North Carolina, filling in data gaps where there are no nearby stations."

“An additional benefit of the program to the National Weather Service is the ability to receive timely reports of significant weather (hail, intense rainfall, localized flooding) from CoCoRaHS observers that can assist forecasters in issuing and verifying warnings for severe thunderstorms,” says David Glenn, CoCoRaHS State Co-coordinator and meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Newport/ Morehead City. How does one become a CoCoRaHS observer? Go to the CoCoRaHS website above and click on the “Join CoCoRaHS” emblem on the upper right side of the main website. After registering, take the simple online training, order your 4 inch rain gauge and start reporting! “We are in need of new observers across the entire state. We would like to emphasize rural locations, areas of higher terrain, and areas near the coast,” added Glenn. North Carolina CoCoRaHS can also be reached on Facebook and through Twitter.

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LENOIR, NC (March 8, 2017)…The Patterson School Foundation has chosen a new fulltime Farm Manager to manage the 1400 acre property and to assist with a neIncubator Farmer Program which will begin this spring. Ian Driscoll is a 2014 graduate of Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC with a major in History and Political Science. He lives and farms in Happy Valley, just three miles from the historic Patterson School campus, and is experienced in many of the necessary aspects of farming – compost production, planting / tending / harvesting crops, greenhouse building, fencing, animal husbandry, swine and poultry production, grazing systems, mowing and operation of farm implements, haymaking, water drainage systems, lumber grading and general farm maintenance. Explaining why he came to North Carolina from his home in Chicago, Ian said “I moved to North Carolina because I had received a flier from Warren Wilson College and was interested in the area. Although I grew up in Chicago, I did not like the city and was eager to leave. It didn’t take much for me to want to move here after visiting.” “I had ties to farming growing up through friends and family members; my parents owned an 80acre farm at one time that we lived on part time. I like to work and provide for myself; farming is hard work and you see your reward with what you grow and eat.” “Reviving the farm at Patterson School will be good for the community. Working there will be a good opportunity for new and old generations to get involved with the community and learn about farming. I hope that within the first year at Patterson we can develop a successful Incubator Farm Program, and other than that, I would like to hold workshops at Patterson that get the community, especially school children, involved in farming.” The Incubator Farm Program will invite new and experienced organic farmers to lease up to half an acre to farm at Patterson, with the availability of farm equipment and mentorship, and with access to farm-related workshops through the farming season. Ian can be contacted for more information about the Incubator Farm Program and about raised bed gardening opportunities for children on campus during the growing season at

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Dr. Herb Says….Stay healthy with nature Magnesium: The Calcium Problem Excess calcium is a vastly widespread problem, as Excess calcium DEPLETES magnesium from the body, and as a result brings about all of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency. At this point, it will be unimportant how much magnesium you consumed, but how much is left in your body. If you feel your body is out of balance and isn’t functioning right (with some symptoms and manifesting), I would suspect excess calcium especially if you have been supplementing it. Remember, calcium and magnesium need to be in the correct proportions for your own needs, otherwise the calcium turns from a nutrient into a pollutant causing heart disease, arthritis, hardening of the arteries, senility, osteoporosis and calcification of organs and tissues that eventually completely degenerate. For this very reason excess calcium can become a real problem, while excess magnesium, on the other hand, is not of any concern. Unlike calcium, magnesium does not build up in the body, as excess is eliminated. Take the following example: What country has the highest rate of pasteurized milk consumption? That’s right: America. Now, what country has the highest rate of consuming calcium supplements? Correct again: America. So, America must have the lowest occurrence of osteoporosis (calcium loss & bone fragility) of all countries? Right?... Wrong! We have the highest rate! Why? Excess calcium combined with low magnesium. A lethal combination indeed. Taking more calcium will not fix a calcium deficiency, which is quite evident from the statistics. It is magnesium that will handle the calcium deficiency as well as the magnesium deficiency itself (it w ill dissolve any excess calcium from the body, while helping any needed calcium to assimilate.) The Heart Connection Did you know that without sufficient magnesium you would actually die? Your heart will stop beating and the doctors will then call it “a heart attack” (#1 cause of death in America). Never do they say, “He died from a Magnesium Deficiency.” This is how critical it is to have proper magnesium levels in the body. The early signs of such terminal extinction are racing heart-beats, or any unusual change in heart beats, angina pains, collapsing from exhaustion after heavy physical exercise or work such as running a race, playing football or basketball. Due to lack of magnesium the heart muscle develops a spasm or cramp and stops beating. This is because there is insufficient magnesium to relax the heart ready for the next contraction. Irregular heartbeats are also caused by magnesium deficiency. Drink some magnesium and it will go away. PMS & Osteoporosis PMS is mostly a magnesium deficiency. Too much calcium and not enough magnesium causes PMS. Instant relief can be obtained by taking the magnesium drink. When it comes to Osteoporosis, magnesium is crucial in regulating bone density, as it is magnesium, which allows calcium to assimilate. Calcium alone is useless and potentially harmful.

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Dr. Herb Says….stay healthy with nature Minerals and Trace Minerals Minerals are essential to human life. Minerals help the body to quickly and accurately perform its activities. They are needed for proper composition of body fluids, the formation of blood and bone, and the maintenance of healthy nerve function. Unfortunately, studies show that 92% of our population is mineral deficient. According to Dr. R. Schiffer, in Las Vegas, NV, “In the research I have conducted as a doctor of Chiropractic and my knowledge gained over the years, I have found that trace minerals are very important in every chemical reaction that takes place in the human body. They either take active part in the reaction or act as a catalyst to a reaction. When the body becomes depleted in minerals, these reactions also slow down and allow a disease process to take over, destroying the physical structure. I have also found that the way food crops are being raised today depletes the soil of life giving minerals more so than vitamins. Forty years ago, farmers used to rotate their crops and allow soil to be refurbished. Today this crop rotation is forgotten to the point that our food supply is being devitalized in even fresh foods. Food no longer tastes the same as it did even twenty-five years ago because of the mineral content being absent. Mineral supplementation with an active trace minerals would be of great benefit to the human race forced to live in this stress filled environment we have.” Dr. Schiffer first used a liquid trace mineral concentrate from the Great Salt Lake on his wife when she shattered bones in her spine in a car accident. He found that her bones healed faster. Dr. James Balch, author of Prescription for Nutritional Healing says, “These minerals are fundamental to the healing of all kinds of different diseases, and more importantly, keep us well so we don’t get sick.” Mental stability, thought process, and reaction to stressful situations appear to be greatly dependent on proper trace mineral balance in the body. Vitamins appear to function better if proper mineral are present. Children need minerals to develop strong teeth, bones and bodies. Adults need minerals to remain active, healthy, and full of energy. It is important that mineral supplements be water soluble to be absorbed. Many people have used the popular liquid colloidal mineral products. While these are generally well absorbed, ionic minerals on the other hand, are much smaller; therefore, more easily absorbed. Minerals must enter the blood stream in order to work. One authority compares colloidal minerals to the size of a baseball and ionic minerals to a pea. Ionic minerals are found in the waters of the Great Salt Lake. The history behind using trace minerals from salt or sea waters began with the Shoshone Indians. They used the waters of the Great Salt Lake for medicinal purposes and strongly believed in its healing powers. They depended on the minerals in the lake, not on the white doctors to heal them. For 30 years, manufacturers have tapped in to the water of the Great Salt Lake to produce mineral supplements. The vast lake has accumulated minerals for hundreds of years. If a container of water from the lake is allowed to evaporate, ¼ of the container will still be crystalline minerals and trace minerals. Continued on page 11... Sun 7 to 6 M-T 7 to 6

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Dr. Herb Says….stay healthy with nature Minerals and Trace Minerals Dr. Car Jelstrup of Bellevue, WA, says, “We have found the Trace Minerals to be very effective in a wide range of stress and pollution related diseases. They are also very effective in stabilizing spinal problems, especially low back conditions. From Scandinavia we have had favorable reports about their effect on osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. This has also been the experience of this clinic. In short, we consider the liquid trace minerals to be by far one of the most effective single food supplements on the market. This is an assessment based on fourteen years of work with the Minerals.” “We cannot ignore Minerals assimilative abilities to prevent against such mineral-related applications as osteoporosis, muscle problems, and glandular disorders such as seen in clinical practice. These minerals should always be used in preventative health programs for all individuals.”

Fasting One or two days of fasting per week will do more good than all the medicine in the world. Many people take bunches of medicine and still have no relief from their symptoms. A person who eats until ill should fast until well. Fasting is a wonderful, inexpensive benefit to your health. Just relax and rest and with no cost nature will do all the repairs necessary if you will only consent. Many people think that they cannot fast, they have to eat. Jesus never sinned, and He fasted. The first test given to Mankind, Adam and Eve, was about eating. The first temptation presented to Jesus was about eating. Moses fasted, Elijah fasted, David fasted, Daniel fasted, Paul fasted, if Adam and Eve had fasted that day, we would not be in this sinful mess we are in. Most regular drug doctors will tell you that fasting is starvation. Thinking that fasting is starvation reveals ignorance of the functions of the human body. Fasting is allowing the body to rest from continuously processing food, and catch up on elimination. Most people put more into the body than comes out. There is an accumulation of toxins in the body. Imagine over many years how many toxins get in the glands, joints, and all throughout the body. People are faithful to take showers, and clean the outside of the body, but seldom ever clean the inside. If you decide to fast, and it is a decision, mind over the body, who is boss your mind or your stomach? It is important that you do not put anything into your mouth until the fast is broken, but water. The first three days the body is adjusting and just getting used to the idea. Day four and onward, the body begins to clean the toxins out. The body will devour from one to one-half pounds of toxins per day. It begins with unwanted materials first such as tumors, pimples, cysts, etc. This is bloodless surgery. Then the body will begin to work on the adipose or fat deposits. This is where the over-weight person becomes happy. If you are one hundred percent faithful and do not even taste or chew on anything but water until your fast is finished, you will have success. In other words, do not cheat. Your body is either processing food, or cleaning itself. If you continuously eat, it is continuously processing food, and never gets a chance to cleanse itself. Fasting can bring about healing and weight loss, whichever is needed. When fasting, your body now has no food to process, so it gets busy with the long-over-due house cleaning. This throws a lot of toxic materials out of the cells into the blood stream. In the beginning you may experience headache, dizziness and weakness. Continued on page 12...

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Dr. Herb Says….stay healthy with nature Fasting Continued from page 11... This is not from the lack of food but from the toxic blood. If you do not let this get you down, and continue, in about one week or ten days you will feel better than you have ever felt before. The largest part of cleansing has passed by and you feel great.

Osteoporosis Most every person has bone deterioration; some worse than others. We have all been brain-washed to take calcium, and/or drink milk. Milk is designed for an animal growing bones, but not sustaining bones. Once a person gets the bones growing, we need sunshine, exercise, and hormones to sustain healthy bones. When you start growing; start living. Do something; get exercise. Get outside and get some sunshine. Interact with people. In other words, LIVE! Do not just stay cooped up in a box called a house, and do nothing, and let yourself deteriorate. There are other things besides lack of living that cause you to deteriorate. Watching the world and all that the devil is doing in the world, can dry up your spirit, keep you depressed and will take a toll on your body. Watch God: He has a great future for everyone who wants it. He will lift your spirit and give you hope. Also, there are some physical things you can do that can cause you to deteriorate. Eating animal protein actually wears your digestive system down. Eating sugar destroys nutrients and can add to the deterioration of your body. Alcohol, caffeine, drugs, smoking all take a toll on helping your body to go downhill, and take away your health. Eating too much physical food and not enough spiritual food will cause to deteriorate.

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Encaustic Workshop to be Taught on Historic Patterson School Campus by Jane Wells Harrison LENOIR, NC (March 9, 2017)‌Jane Wells Harrison will offer a compact three-day workshop, suitable for all levels, on using encaustic paint to create lustrous and layered works of art. The workshop will be held on April 20, 21 and 22, 2017 and will cover studio requirements, safe practices, paint and medium characteristics and behavior, tools and various methods. Working on wood, students will explore the use of applied texture, collage and incising techniques as well as compatible media which can be used with encaustic. Tuition is $225 / student for the three-day workshop, and affordable housing is available on campus at the historic Wiese Hall Dorm for those who are interested in overnight lodging; email for details. A supply fee of $50 to $75 will be charged in addition to the tuition, to cover instructor-supplied consumables, and a student supply list will be provided to those who register. The class will make with a minimum of five students, and there is space for eight students in the Wiese Dorm Art Studio. Jane Harrison earned her MFA in painting and drawing from East Carolina University (ECU) and has had residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and at Penland School of Craft’s Winter Residency. She has taught at Penland School of Crafts, Pocosin Arts Center, Turchin Center for the Arts, ECU and Caldwell Community College. Her studio is in Happy Valley, north of Lenoir in Caldwell County, NC. Her encaustic paintings are currently on display at Caldwell Arts Council Gallery in Lenoir through March 31, 2017. Registration deadline is April 12, 2017 and students can register by calling the Caldwell Arts Council at 828 / 754-2486 or, or by calling Jane at 828 / 729-2980 or

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“Movies with Mike� A Statute of Limitations for Art? by Mik e Holsclaw (M ar ch 8th , 2017) I'm about to dive into some murky waters and I'm not sure exactly how I'm going to swim to the other shore so, if you see the chance to throw me a life preserver, please do so! This weekend, I read about an intriguing kerfuffle that took place on the campus of Wesleyan University; Connor Aberle, a sophomore at the school and a member of the staff on the campus newspaper, "The Wesleyan Argus", wrote an editorial last week criticizing the University's communications office for mailing a newsletter that promoted the school as the institution which could boast director Kenneth Lonergan and musical playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda as being among its alumni; he argued that, because Lonergan had used Casey Affleck in "Manchester by the Sea" that Wesleyan should no longer broadcast the fact that Lonergan had matriculated there; in effect, in Aberle's opinion, Lonergan was tainted by association and should no longer be viewed with pride for his attendance at Wesleyan. The interesting thing is that, because he is an alumni, Lonergan receives a copy of the "Argus" and, on Saturday, he fired back a blistering reply to Aberle, which the paper printed. Before I discuss his response, let me provide a bit of context for anyone who may be coming late to this bit of protracted drama; in 2010, two former employees of Casey Affleck, in a civil lawsuit for breach of contract, accused him of sexual harassment. Affleck denounced the allegations as totally fabricated and, ultimately, all of the parties involved settled out of court by mutual consent on undisclosed terms. As Lonergan observes, in his reply, "...nothing was proved or disproved." Yet, with dismal consistency, ever after, when Affleck's mentioned in the media, those accusations are invariably resurrected and repeated. As a matter of fact, Aberle, in mentioning Affleck, makes the sloppy mistake of starting by referring to him as someone accused of sexual harassment, only to later casually describe him as "A perpetrator of sexual violence." Now, two things before I continue: thing one, I pride myself on being as pro-female as any comparatively enlightened man can be; just last week, to give a trivial example, during our after movie discussion, I mentioned that every time I see an old episode of "I Dream of Jeanie", I cringe whenever Barbara Eden says "master". So, without unduly tooting my own horn, I feel fairly confident that my feminist bona fides are in good standing and that I'm relatively "woke", as the kids say. Thing two, however; I also feel that, as imperfect as the American legal system is, it means something that Affleck's case was adjudicated and resolved in a way that all the parties signed off on. I frankly don't know if Affleck did anything inappropriate and the only three people who do know are legally constrained not to say anything about it. As frustrating as that is, this should be the end of that case. Now, if he should do anything in the future that indicates that he has committed sexual harassment, you could, perhaps, point back to this case and say that it implies a pattern but, at the moment, it just feels wrong for the court of popular opinion to continually re-try him and, while usually being careful to avoid any words that are truly libelous, continue to imply his guilt. Without tarring too many people with the same brush, this feels like something of a millennial thing; as well-intentioned as many twentysomethings are, I sometimes think they equate the reality of unfairness with a need to dispense cosmic justice. If, as many of them apparently think, Casey Affleck was unfairly able to get away with sexual harassment, then it behooves them to publicly shun him in a variety of different ways such as, for instance, not applauding for him when he won his Academy Award. If our institutions have failed to address a wrong, they seem to say, then we'll balance the scales in its place. Continued on page 15...


Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Statute of Limitations for Art? by Mik e Holsclaw (M ar ch 8th , 2017) Continued from page 14‌

This, to me, feels like misplaced idealism; the intention may be good, but the way that it winds up overshooting its goal is, if you'll forgive my saying so, a little bit Robespierre in its omniscient attitude of moral authority. They want to show their support for women and their disapproval for inappropriate behavior, but the ubiquity of their approach inevitably leads to collateral damage. But I digress; let's return to Lonergan's reaction to Aberle's editorial. The general level of muddled thought on display in the piece provoked Lonergan to an explosion of verbal pyrotechnics; he described the editorial as, to quote: "... such a tangle of illogic, misinformation and flat-out slander that only the author's presumed youth can excuse his deeply offensive display of ignorance, and warped PC-fueled sense of indignation." Lonergan took no prisoners; he mercilessly deconstructed Aberle's work by outlining his flaws in logic and language and then went on to defend Affleck by making the same points I did earlier. Overall, Lonergan brought such a concentrated dose of withering disdain to his refutation of Aberle's argument that some critics have accused him of bringing an elephant gun to a mosquito hunt but, I disagree. Some might view an accomplished writer and director taking on a college sophomore journalist as an instance of "punching downward" but I think that the seriousness of Aberle's assertions warrants a serious response in kind. Plus, I really think that we need to stop infantilizing college students; ostensibly, a twenty year old is an adult and should be able to engage in an adult form of give-and -take on something this important. I hesitated to even discuss this issue but I've been thinking about these sorts of things for some time; I can't help feeling that, in their pursuit of ideological purity, some young idealists are willing to overlook the real world consequences of reckless accusations. If I've acquired any small measure of wisdom over the years, I've learned that life is messy and there are usually unforeseen side effects on the road to perfection. Ultimately, I think that Lonergan, and I, are just urging everyone to practice a little more humility and compassion. Not every situation can be broken down into a narrative of heroes and villains, and realizing that fact is the beginning of maturity. At least that's my two cents worth‌ Learn more about classic films and enjoy the magic of movies at Movies with Mike. Held the 1st Thursday of each month at 6:00pm downstairs at the Lenoir Library. This program is free and popcorn is provided! For more information, please call 828-728-4207. Caldwell County Public Library website: The Pot of Gold Celebration to benefit the patients served at Helping Hands Clinic will be Friday, March 24 at 6pm at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. Event tickets are $50 per person to include dinner, music by Kay and Patrick Crouch, silent auction and $5000 Grand Prize giveaway. For information or tickets call 754-8565, ext. 313 or email Setzer Creek Baptist Church is looking for a pianist. If interested please contact Ryan Greene at 758-9336. Flemings Chapel Baptist Church is seeking a part-time Worship Leader. Please send resume to Personnel Committee, 4430 Littlejohn Church Rd, Lenoir, NC 28645.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

N.C. Forest Service’s Linville River Nursery to close June 30 RALEIGH, NC (March 13, 2017)…After 47 years of production, the N.C. Forest Service’s Linville River Nursery in Crossnore will cease operations June 30. James West, head of the Nursery and Tree Improvement Program, said it was a difficult but necessary decision. The program’s input costs remain too high, making the mountain nursery unsustainable. “Since all our nurseries must generate their own income, this decision had to be made to keep the overall nursery program more financially sound,” West said. When the nursery first began production of Fraser fir seedlings in 1970, almost all the seedlings planted in North Carolina were coming from the Linville River Nursery. In 2016, less than 9 percent of the Fraser fir seedlings planted in the state were produced by the N.C. Forest Service. The Linville Nursery is a small operation funded by the sale of Fraser fir and eastern white pine seedlings. The NCFS decided to stop growing seedlings at the location because sales income was not covering production costs, West said. The nursery had an average shortfall of $104,000 in each of the last four years. The production of eastern white pine seedlings will be relocated to Claridge Nursery in Goldsboro, where all other species grown by N.C. Forest Service are produced. This move will use available staff and facilities, while combining resources for more efficient operations, West said. Three staff members will be affected by the Linville nursery’s closure. Two will be transferred to other positions within the NCFS, and a position for the third person is being sought. Until then, affected employees will be involved in relocating equipment and resources to Claridge Nursery. The Linville Nursery is located at the NCFS Mountain Training Facility, and the nursery’s lands and buildings will be transferred to that program. The remaining Fraser fir seed in storage will be offered for sale to the public over the next several years to maintain market stability.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Obituaries The Good Word from the Bible ...a weekly Inspirational Message for today’s life-styles...

Romans 8:34 “It is Christ who is even at the right hand of God, who maketh intercession for us.” Christ is the connecting link between God and man. He has promised His personal intercession by employing His name. He places the whole virtue of His righteousness on the side of the suppliant. Christ pleads for man, and man, in need of divine help, pleads for himself in the presence of God using the power of the influence of the One who gave His life for the world. As we acknowledge before God our appreciation of Christ’s merits, fragrance is given to our intercessions. Oh, who can value this great mercy and love! As we approach God through the virtue of Christ’s merits, we are clothes with His priestly vestments. He places us close by His side, encircling us with His human arm, while with His divine arm, He grasps the throne of the infinite. He puts His merits, as sweet incense, in a censer in our hands, in order to encourage our petitions. He promises to hear and answer our supplications. Jesus has opened the way to the Father’s throne, and through His mediation the sincere desire of all who come to Him in faith may be presented before God.

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Dannie “Wayne” Wilcox Wayne Wilcox, age 70, of Granite Falls went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Frye Regional Medical Center. He was born August 26, 1946, son of the late Sam and Coleane Wilcox. Wayne was a member of Clover Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher. He enjoyed working with the food ministry of First Baptist Church, Whitnel. Wayne worked for Broyhill Furniture for 40 years as a long distance truck driver. Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Linda Annas Wilcox of the home; two daughters, Kim Sparks and husband Mike of Granite Falls and Holly Hall and husband Chad of Hickory; one son, Shannon Wilcox and wife Kimberly of Taylorsville; five brothers, Earl Wilcox, R.G. Wilcox, Dale Wilcox all of Hudson and Larry Wilcox of Whitnel and Ned Wilcox of Taylorsville; two sisters, Shirley Sparks of Toccoa, GA and Mary Warren of Whitnel; six grandchildren, Cody and Joshua Wilcox, Adam Sparks, Davis and Dean Hall and Sydney Hall. The family will receive friends Sunday, March 12, 2017, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM at Clover Baptist Church in Granite Falls with the service to follow at 3:00 PM. Rev. Keith Childers and Rev. Edd Warren will officiate. Burial will be at Sunset Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Clover Baptist Church Building Fund, 100 Pinewood Road, Granite Falls, NC 28630 Mackie Funeral Home of Gr an ite Falls, NC is serving the family. You may view the obituary online at Billy Benge Billy Benge age 70, of Granite Falls went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, Hudson. He was born November 26, 1946, son of the late Lonnie and Laura Anderson Benge. Mr. Benge is survived by his daughter, Katrina Greene and husband, Kevin of Granite Falls; two sisters, Judy Mackie and husband John of Hickory and Geraldine Dillard of Granite Falls; two brothers, Lon Benge and wife Diane of Columbia, SC and Continued on page 19...

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Obituaries Billy Benge Continued from page 18… Donald Benge of Granite Falls; one granddaughter, Brittany Moretz; one great-granddaughter, Khloe Riddle; five nieces and one nephew. The family will receive friends Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at Dry Ponds Baptist Church. The service will follow at 2:00 PM with Rev. Rob Evans and Rev. Floyd Perry officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Mackie Funeral Home of Gr an ite Falls, NC is serving the family. You may view the obituary online at

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Fire in Hickory consumes mobile home HICKORY, NC (March 14, 2017)…At approximately 20:24 Tuesday night, Hickory firefighters were dispatched to a reported fire located at 2805 8th Ave SE. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and two command units. Upon arrival, firefighters reported the mobile home completely involved in fire. One occupant had escaped the fire and was treated for non-life threating injuries and later transported to a local hospital by Catawba County EMS. After ensuring there were no other occupants in- Caldwell County Safe Kids Coalition is to reduce the side the home, firefighters quickly extinguished the number of children hurt and killed due to unintentional and preventable injuries. The coalition focuses on fire, which was reported controlled at 20:44. Child Passenger Safety (bicycle and pedestrian), fires/

Damages to the mobile home were considered burns, drowning, choking/suffocation, poisonings, gun heavy. Fire investigators from Catawba County Fire safety and falls. Marshal's Office are working to determine the cause of the fire, which is under investigation.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Upcoming Clover Baptist Church Easter Events GRANITE FALLS, NC (March 13, 2017)...In celebration of the message of Easter, the choir and congregation of Clover Baptist Church is planning special opportunities for worship. On Good Friday evening, April 14 an Easter Drama will be presented at 7 pm and all seating is free for this worship event. Then, on Saturday evening, April 15 the drama will be presented in the form of a Dinner Theatre at 6 pm.


Caldwell Pregnancy Care Center is in n eed of dedicated, faithful volunteers who are willing to share Christ and what He has done in their lives with young women in our community. You would be working one on one with young mothers who need extra support throughout their pregnancies and until their babies are 6 months old. If you have a few hours per week to donate your time, please contact us to sign up for our next volunteer training. The training will be held on Thursday, March 9th from 8:30am-3:00pm at the center. Email or call 7579555 for more information or to sign up for the training.

The meal will feature pork barbeque or chicken breast along with baked beans, cole slaw, roll, dessert, coffee, tea or water and the cost will be $9 for Miller Hill Baptist Church is loo king for a adults and $7 for children under age 12. Seating Choir Director/Song Leader. If interested please will be limited for the dinner theatre and reservacontact Pastor Doug Prevette at 828-442-8032. tions are required. This year the drama will take our minds back to many of the events in Jesus’ earthly ministry as remembered by Simon Peter and re-enacted by various Bible characters. A new script for the drama, written by the church pastor, incorporates some beautiful pieces of music including O How He Loves You And Me, Here Comes A Miracle, Redeemed, Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone, and Forever. Reservations for the Dinner Theatre may be made by stopping by the church office or calling 828 396 2417 Monday – Thursday between the hours of 8 am and 2:30 pm. In addition, an Easter Sunrise Service is planned for 6:45 Easter Sunday morning to be followed by a fellowship breakfast and Sunday School at 9:45 am and morning worship at 11 am. Everyone is encouraged to accept the opportunity to join in celebration and worship as we focus on the victory Christ won at Calvary. Clover Baptist Church is located at 100 Pinewood Road in Granit Falls just one mile off of Hwy 321 between Hickory and Lenoir. For additional information you may visit the church website at or call the church office.

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