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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Caldwell County, North Carolina Grace Chapel United Methodist Church Back To School Bash

4336 Grace Chapel Road, Granite Falls, North Carolina 28630

14th Annual Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention set for Labor Day 2 Smith promoted to Captain at Lenoir Police 3

Short Term Health Insurance Changes Are 4 Caldwell Hospice Welcomes 17 11


Thursday, August 9, 2018

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14th Annual Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention set for Labor Day Weekend

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LENOIR, NC (August 8, 2018) -- Experience a perfect Labor Day Weekend on the banks of the Yadkin River being surrounded by mountain music, dance, food and beautiful scenery. Festival music begins at 7:00 PM Friday featuring Pam and Brett Riggs, The Sunny Mountain Serenaders, and Jason Cade along with cakewalks and simple mountain dances ($5 adults, 15 & under free). Gates open for primitive camping on Thursday. Saturday is packed with great entertainment! The music competition begins at 10:00 AM and includes 12 separate categories. The Youth Tent offers music performances by some extremely talented youngsters. Non-music and children’s activities include hayrides, storytelling, children’s crafts, and rock stacking in the river. The weekend ends with a Sunday concert starting at 10:00 AM featuring an all-star lineup of folk, blues, gospel, old-time, Cajun and bluegrass musicians including the Kruger Brothers, The Harris Brothers, Strictly Clean and Decent, Irish folk music plus other performances and workshops. This fantastic weekend ends approximately 5:00 PM on Sunday. Friday $5, Saturday $10, Sunday $15, $25 for Weekend Pass, children under 16 free. When was the last time you had the privilege of sitting on the banks of a mountain river with music echoing throughout the hills around you? So, come for a day or camp for the weekend. Check out the details and directions at Learn about the historic Happy Valley at http://

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Caldwell Journal Weather High 88 Low 66 Precipitation: 0.04 in. High 85 Low 66 Precipitation: 0.08 in. High 84 Low 65 Precipitation: 0.09 in. Some sun, a t-storm in spots High 85 Low 64 Precipitation: 0.08 in. High 83 Low 62 Precipitation: 0.20 in. High 85 Low 62 Precipitation: 0.00 in.


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Smith promoted to Captain at Lenoir Police Department LENOIR, NC (August 8, 2018) -- Brian Smith has been promoted to Captain of the Support Services Division of the Lenoir Police Department.

Chief Brent Phelps made the announcement yesterday, Aug. 7, 2018. “The opening in the Support Services Division gave us the opportunity to promote one of our own into the next phase of their law enforcement career,” Phelps said. “Captain Smith will make an excellent division commander for his people, this department, and our community.” Smith is a 24-year law enforcement veteran, and he has served more than 21 years with the Lenoir Police Department. During his career with Lenoir, Smith has served as a Patrol Officer, K-9 Officer, Narcotics Investigator, Police Corporal, Narcotics Sergeant, Investigations Lieutenant, Training Lieutenant, and Special Response Team member. Smith also earned the Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate, which is the highest police recognition awarded by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission. The Support Services Division of the department provides Emergency 911 services for police, medical, fire, and rescue needs within the city. The division oversees records management, logistics, finances, and training. Support Services also implements professional standards policies for all employees within the department, works to obtain state and federal grant funding, and ensures officers have the best technology possible to provide the best service possible to the City of Lenoir. Find out more about the department at

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1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar 1/4 c. brown sugar 2 tbsp. grainy mustard 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 4 pork chops Instructions

In a large bowl whisk all ingredients together and season with salt and pepper. Pour marinade over pork chops and refrigerate at least 2 hours. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil and cook pork chops until golden and cooked through, 7 minutes per side.


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Short Term Health Insurance Changes Are Coming LENOIR, NC (August 9, 2018 by Laura Sedlacek) -- On August 3, 2018, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury published a Final Rule responding to the Administration's Executive Order of October 2017. The Final Rule addresses the plan term length and also includes language for a required notice that has to appear on Short Term Limited Duration Insurance aka STLDI contracts and application materials. Effective October 2, 2018, these changes must be applied. What is Short Term Health insurance? It's currently a temporary health insurance policy with a policy limit of what it will pay of usually 30 days plus for no more than 90 days. Some can offer Rx cards and/ or primary care doctor copays depending on the plan and company. They require medical underwriting consisting of health questions, and they do not cover pre-existing conditions. They are not considered minimum essential coverage, so they do not technically satisfy the mandate that requires all Americans to carry health insurance. (Note: this mandate is due to expire in 2019.) Sometimes, offerings of Short Term Health coupled with a Hospital Indemnity plan will be offered as if it is minimum essential coverage (major medical) but it is not. It does have limitations. The new Short-Term Final Ruling will now allow a policy of up to 364 days (currently it's up to 90 days) and allow a 36-month maximum duration. States have the final authority on applying this federal rule or to create their own regulations around the STLDI plans. Short Term Health or STLDI plans can be a viable option for folks needing coverage for a limited time such as graduating from school, turning age 26 and going off a parent's plan, moving, changing jobs, etc. when access to traditional coverage (major medical) is not possible. Until our state makes a decision on this coverage, currently you can buy a plan for up to 90 days with some companies offering two 90-day consecutive plans at the same time. For more information, please contact Laura at Bush and Associates (828) 754-2601 or ~Laura Sedlacek is an Agent with Bush and Associates insurance in Lenoir, NC. Bush and Associates has been offering Medicare Supplements, Other Medicare Products, Dental, Vision, Individual Health, Short Term Health, Long Term Care, Life, Group and other products since 1980.

Fatz Southern Kitchen Thanks Teachers By Offering Half Price Meals To Teachers In August LENOIR, NC (August 2, 2018) — Fatz Southern Kitchen is offering teachers a 50% discount from August 1-31 to thank educators during the back-to-school season. Any teacher that dines in-restaurant with Fatz for either lunch or dinner will receive 50% off of his or her meal. To redeem, teachers need only mention the offer to their server and present school identification, such as a school I.D. badge. “Often, teachers dig in their own pockets to purchase supplies. Now, Fatz gives back to teachers with delicious food at half price,” said CEO Jim Mazany. “This is a small way to say thank you for all that teachers do for our communities. It also fits our year-long 30th anniversary celebration, focused on giving back to our guests and the communities we serve.” Fatz will additionally give all school personnel $25 off catering and ToGo orders of $100 or more for the entire month of August. Fatz offers fundraising opportunities to support schools, teachers, clubs, sports teams and PTAs. These fundraisers include Pancake Breakfasts and Chicken for Charity events, where tickets are sold, and proceeds split with the organization, as well as Spirit Night events where 10%-20% of sales go back to the organization. To spread the word about these programs, Fatz offers Tea & Cookie Drop-ins at schools in its communities. A Fatz representative sets up a complimentary tea & cookie station at the school’s front office for teachers to visit and learn more about programs that support local schools. Principals and administrators can schedule these by emailing

Thursday, August 9, 2018


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South Caldwell to close one entrance during school operating hours beginning this fall HUDSON, NC (August 8, 2018) -- In an effort to create a safer school campus, South Caldwell High School will implement new traffic safety procedures at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. The road on South Caldwell’s campus connecting Spartan Drive and Bert Huffman Drive entrances is often used as a cut-through by many drivers during school hours. To limit road traffic while school is in session, the entrance gate on Bert Huffman Drive – the Granite Falls entrance - will be closed from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm when students are in school. The gate on the Granite Falls side will be reopened from 2:30 pm until 8:30 am throughout the week and will remain open on weekends and holidays. The Hudson gate on Spartan Drive will continue to be open at all times. “We feel that this adjustment will greatly increase our knowledge of who is on campus and why they are here,” said South Caldwell principal Chad Smith. “We understand that this decision will cause some extra travel time for some; however, we want to have a safe and secure campus at all times, especially when our students are in class. We appreciate the support and understanding from our parents and community with this much needed change.” For additional information, contact the South Caldwell High School administrative office at 828-3962188.


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Troxler encourages horse owners to vaccinate against EEE

Granite Drug Center 828.212.1066

RALEIGH, NC (August 9, 2018) -- The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently confirmed a sixth positive case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis for 2018. In the last month there have been confirmed cases in Richmond, Onslow, Duplin, Craven and Carteret counties. In all cases, the equines had no records of vaccinations or were not vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian. Cases on the rise; mosquito-borne disease usually deadly to equine… “Last year we didn’t reach six cases of EEE in the state until October,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The excess rain this year, or just an increase in mosquito population, could be attributing to the early onset of cases. “EEE is a mosquito-borne disease that causes inflammation or swelling of the brain and spinal cord in equine and is usually fatal,” he said. “The disease is preventable by vaccination. If you haven’t already vaccinated your horses, mules and donkeys, contact your veterinarian to make sure your animals are protected.” Symptoms of EEE include impaired vision, aimless wandering, head pressing, circling, inability to swallow, irregular staggering gait, paralysis, convulsions and death. Once a horse has been bitten by an infected mosquito, it may take three to 10 days for symptoms to appear. If your horses or other equine animals exhibit any symptoms of EEE, contact your veterinarian immediately. Troxler recommends that equine owners talk to their veterinarians about an effective vaccination protocol to protect horses from EEE and another mosquito-borne disease, West Nile virus. There is a combination vaccine for these two diseases that initially requires two doses, 30 days apart, for horses, mules and donkeys that have no prior vaccination history. Troxler recommends equine owners work with their veterinarian to develop an appropriate plan for booster vaccinations. People, horses and birds can become infected from a bite by a mosquito carrying the diseases, but there is no evidence that horses can transmit the viruses to other horses, birds or people through direct contact.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018


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We are now featuring work from local Artisans Celebrate A Joyous Holiday Season With The Family At Tweetsie Christmas BLOWING ROCK, NC (August 6, 2018) — The High Country’s newest and most popular holiday tradition returns in 2018! Celebrate the joy of the season when Tweetsie Railroad transforms into a winter wonderland for Tweetsie Christmas. On Friday and Saturday evenings from November 23 through December 29, 2018, families can experience countless holiday delights and create treasured memories at North Carolina’s first theme park. Tweetsie Christmas tickets went on sale Monday, August 6, 2018… At Tweetsie Christmas, experience an evening full of holiday festivities that the whole family will enjoy. Santa Claus will be in his very own Gingerbread House, where children can share their Christmas wishes and have their photos taken with Old Saint Nick. Steam locomotive No. 12, fondly known as “Tweetsie,” will take guests on a nighttime train ride along a route decorated with a spectacular display of twinkling lights. Some guests may even be lucky enough to experience a train ride through the snow! The holiday magic will continue throughout the park, where guests can watch a heartwarming live Christmas Show, step into a giant snow globe, ride the Carousel, and even roast s’mores by a fire pit. Visitors can also spend time selecting the perfect Christmas tree to bring home for the holidays. Tweetsie Railroad will be open for Tweetsie Christmas from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings November 23 through December 29. Tickets are $38 per person and are being offered for a designated night with a specific train ride time. Children 2 and under are always admitted free. A limited number of guests will be admitted each evening, so visitors are urged to purchase tickets in advance.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Sounds Of Hope Benefit Concert For Caldwell County Yokefellow LENOIR, NC (August 7, 2018) — Sounds of Hope 2018 is the second annual event in support of Caldwell County Yokefellow, a faith-based emergency crisis agency in the business of providing Hope to Caldwell County households every day. Quite simply, Yokefellow provides food, clothing, shelter and financial assistance to more than 13,000 households in their database. Since 1969, Yokefellow has provided assistance to those in need and in 2015 added a community based homeless shelter – LEOS – to its list of services provided. Yokefellow is in the Hope business! But HOPE for 13,000 households carries a significant price tag. This Annual benefit concert will benefit all programs and families served by Yokefellow. This SOUNDS OF HOPE 20178 concert is being held Saturday, August 18th, beginning at 7pm in the historic Lenoir High School auditorium. The 2018 Voices of Hope are: Strictly Clean & Decent, Donna Minton, Shelby Rae Moore, Tim Greene and Ridgeline, Harper School students Trevor and Bailey Woods. Event Chairperson Scott Pennell will again emcee this event and will also perform. Admission at the door is $10 donation for Adults, and under 12 years $5.00. Group sales are also being offered, call Yokefellow for those details. There will also be some Caldwell County favorite refreshments and lemonade available during intermission times. For more information call Yokefellow, 828- 7547088.


Thursday, August 9, 2018


We Buy, Sell & Trade Tues thru Fri 9 to 5 Sat 9 to 1

YESTERYEARS Antiques & Collectibles

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Vintage Café (Café & Bakery)

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The Local Bean (Coffee shop)

536 Central Street Hudson, NC 28638 (828) 726-3888

Blanca’s Cakes

534B Central Street Hudson, NC 28638 (828) 640-7701

State Farm Insurance

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Just Roll With It (Food, Wine & Beer)

107 Fairway Ave Hudson, NC 28638 (828) 572-5588

Cornered Hill Firearms Training

524 Central Street Hudson, NC (828) 221-2900

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Thursday, August 9, 2018


Caldwell Hospice Welcomes 17 VolunTEENs LENOIR, NC (August 8, 2018) -- Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care trained 17 teenagers to serve as VolunTEENs during its recent workshops. Pictured are (standing, l to r) Caden Crowe, Jonas Doll, Madison Hartley, Kara Greene, Nolan Wallace, Caroline Oswald, Montana Nichols, Haylee Ledbetter, Maggie Helderman, Brianna Berry, Abby Grant, and Abigail Hewitt; and (seated, l to r) Kaydenc Turner, Kaydin Ford, Esmeralda Nolasco, and Natalie Garcia. Not pictured: Brandon Manrique.

“We trained a good group of teens, and they are already involved in our ambitious summer schedule,” said Volunteer Support Specialist Crystal Burch. “VolunTEENs have so many opportunities to serve; among them are preparing our newsletter for mailing; baking cookies and making ice cream sundaes with residential hospice patients at our patient care units and helping with yard work for some of our hospice patients at their homes.”

Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care accepts applications each year for participation in the VolunTEEN program, with training workshops held in May or June. VolunTEENs from West Caldwell, South Caldwell, and Hibriten High Schools, as well as the Early College High School and the Career Center Middle College, help with patient-centered projects during the school year and in the summer months. To learn more about the Caldwell Hospice VolunTEEN program, visit or contact Volunteer Support Specialist Crystal Burch at 828.754.0101 or Lower Creek Baptist Church was blessed with more upholstery fabric than they can use. They would like to pass it along to other churches or sewing circles. They make drawstring bags and Tic-TacToe games for Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. Please bring boxes or bags to take the material. Contact Angela Gilbreath or Tara Smith to arrange a pick up time (828) 758-2315. The church is located at 633 Lower Creek Dr, NE, Lenoir.


Thursday, August 9, 2018

9th Annual Bethlehem Day Festival has new location!!!...September 15th, 2018 10am-4pm food-live music-kid’s stuff-arts-crafts BETHLEHEM, NC (August 8, 2018) -- The Bethlehem Community Development Association’s 9th Annual Bethlehem Day Festival is set for Saturday, September 15th, 2018 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM features FUN FOR EVERYONE! Located at the Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Bethlehem (Alexander County), the annual fall event features live music all day, inflatable entertainment and activities for children, more than 50 arts, crafts and information vendors, all kinds of food & drinks. For information call 828-234-6690 or or

9th Annual Bethlehem Day Festival September 15th, 2018 Seeking Food and Arts & Crafts Vendors BETHLEHEM, NC (August 8, 2018) -- The Bethlehem Community Development Association is now accepting applications for the 9th Annual Bethlehem Day Festival to be held on September 15th, 2018 at NEW LOCATION Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Bethlehem (Alexander County). Applications fees are $30 for craft and information vendors and $45 for food vendors and MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED by September 8th. For more information contact Donna Reid 828-234-6690 or applications are available at or can be requested at Union Grove Baptist Church will have the Triumphant Quartet in concert on Saturday, August 11 at 7:00pm. Everyone is invited and a love offering will be taken. The church is located at 1808 Union Grove Road, Lenoir. Foothills Tent Crusade will be held August 617, 7:00pm Monday - Friday with choir practice at 6:30 at the Caldwell County Fair Grounds. The theme is "Revive Us Again" and features Dr. Ralph Sexton.

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