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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Caldwell County, North Carolina A Christmas Of Long Ago The snow is falling softly outside my window as I sit gazing at the feathery snowflakes coming down. Another Christmas is near, and my mind journeys back in time to a snowy Christmas some seventy years ago when I was a small child. It was Christmas Eve and my family was going to my uncle's home for an old-fashioned Christmas gettogether. My family lived only a short distance from my uncle and near an old millpond. We were soon chugging and bouncing along the winding, dirt road in our Model T Ford. When we arrived at my uncle's house, my aunt greeted us warmly, and we gathered with other relatives around the warm and inviting fire. I looked around and wondered where my uncle was but I soon forgot about him and began playing with my friends. Suddenly, Santa Claus came bursting into the room with a big sack on his back. He had a white beard and was wearing a red suit. He was very jolly, and had the merriest eyes. Santa was laughing boisterously and saying loudly "Ho! Ho! Ho!" Santa looked vaguely familiar, and then all of a sudden I knew instinctively that he was my uncle. My mother sensed my concern and leaned down and whispered that my uncle was just playing Santa for us children. She quickly assured me the real Santa would visit me on Christmas morning. Santa began pulling toy’s from his sack for all the children. When he handed me a miniature ivory and green cook stove and tiny pots and pans. I was filled with indescribable joy I glanced around at my brother Joe and he had that little smile hovering around his mouth and was busy playing with a shiny red car. I don't remember what Santa gave my cousins but they all looked happy. Later my aunt served us delicious goodies. All too soon it was time to go home. I was reluctant to leave because I was having such a good time. Upon our arrival at home, mama and dad said it was time for bed if we wanted the real Santa to visit us on Christmas morning. I padded barefoot to the icy, cold bedroom and snuggled way down deep in the feather bed and soon was fast asleep. Very early on that cold Christmas morning Joe and I bounded out of bed and rushed to the sitting room where a warm and crackling fire was blazing in the fireplace. There was such a warm Christmassy atmosphere that filled the room. I could not contain the joy that flooded my heart when I saw the small gifts from Santa Claus, and in my stocking were oranges and other goodies. (We only got oranges at Christmas.) Joe and I were so happy and contented playing with our toys that time literally stood still for us on that unforgettable Christmas Day of so long ago. By Vera Richards...Christmastime 2002

Caldwell Men’s Chorus Christmas Concert HUDSON, NC (December 5, 2017)...The Caldwell Men’s Chorus Christmas Concert will be presented in the Sanctuary of Hudson First Baptist Church, 345 Main Street, Hudson NC 28638 this Sunday, December 10th at 3:00 PM. The concert is free and is open to the public. The music includes an array of secular and sacred music, including “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” “Deck the Halls,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire), “Still, Still, Still,” “Ave Maria,” “Lay Up Your Treasures in Heaven” and several other selections. You do not need tickets, just show up at the door. Director Keith Smith says, “This music is guaranteed to put you in the Christmas Spirit!” The Caldwell Men’s Chorus is a non-profit 501c3 organization that sings throughout Caldwell County and the Unifour area. The group consists of 25 singers between the ages of 16 and 80. The accompanist is award winning pianist, Greg Knight, who will also be performing special music. For more information, please call 322-3169.


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Gamewell Fire Dept Presents “Of the Year” Awards 2017 LENOIR, NC (December 2, 2017)…Gamewell Volunteer Fire Dept. met for their annual Christmas dinner. Family and friends enjoyed the meal as well as fellowship. The following awards were presented: 30 years of service- Asst. Chief Tracy Huff-

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Caldwell Journal Weather Periods of clouds & sun. High 49 Low 33 Precipitation: 0.00 in. High 41 Low 24 Precipitation: 0.01 in. High 45 Low 24 Precipitation: 0.00 in. Cold with sunshine High 41 Low 18 Precipitation: 0.00 in. High 51 Low 25 Precipitation: 0.00 in. A couple of showers possible. High 51 Low 20 Precipitation: 0.00 in. High 42 Low 19 Precipitation: 0.00 in.

man and Lt. Sam Smith; Firefighter of the Year- JR Hahn; First Responder of the Year- Tracy Hawkins; Officer of the Year- Capt. Alex Smith; Howard Kincaid Award- Jeff Smith and the Chief’s Award was presented to Lt. Randy Faw. Chief Keith Owens has been with Gamewell Fire Dept for 46 years. He was presented with a Phenix leather fire helmet with his last name stamped in the back brim in honor of his many years of dedication. Gamewell Fire/ Rescue has 58 members and they are very involved their community and the community supports the department!! For 2017, the department has already run over 1,000 calls. GFD recently had its new Engine 51 in the Lenoir Christmas parade as well as a float. There were thirty-five participants.

Left to Right- Lt. Randy Faw, FF JR Hahn, Asst. Chief Tracy Huffman, Chief Keith Owens, Capt. Alex Smith, Lt. Sam Smith and FF Tracy Hawkins. Photo provided by Leslie Hawkins. Caldwell County Emergency Management sent out a Code Red message stating that citizens may burn vegetative storm debris after obtaining a burning permit from the Forest Service. This does not apply to residents of the Town of Granite Falls. The Granite Falls Code of Ordinances prohibits burning inside the Town limits.

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Sheriff Alan Jones announces bid for re-election LENOIR, NC (December 6, 2017)…Sheriff Alan Jones would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of Caldwell County for their support of him and his staff during his tenure as Sheriff of Caldwell County. Today Sheriff Jones would like to announce that he will file for re-election for the Office of Caldwell County Sheriff. “It has been an honor and privilege to lead this department, and I would like to continue the work we have started. During my career, I have learned that Law Enforcement has become more than enforcing laws. We are first responders and partners with all emergency services in the county. Understanding the needs of the citizens and having access to available resources has given us the opportunity to help people in situations that go far beyond traditional law enforcement work,” stated Sheriff Jones.


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Newcomers of Catawba Valley to Host Program on "Miracle on the Hudson" US Airways Flight 1549 HICKORY, NC (December 3, 2017)‌A survivor of USAirways Flight 1549 that crash landed on New York's Hudson River will share her experience with Newcomers of Catawba Valley on December 13. Elizabeth McHugh was a passenger on the flight home to Charlotte when the plane collided with a flock of Canadian geese, forcing an emergency landing that has come to be known as the Miracle on the Hudson. McHugh will speak at 10:30 a.m. at the Hickory Regional Airport, 3101 9th Ave. Dr. NW. She was one of 155 passengers, all of whom survived, many of them from the Charlotte area. Ms. McHugh is now retired and volunteers at the Carolinas Aviation Museum, near CharlotteDouglas International Airport, where the airplane is on display. The public is invited and welcome to attend this program. Newcomers of Catawba Valley is primarily a social organization that enables new and long-time residents of the region to meet, make friends and participate in a variety of activities, including support of area charities and service programs. The club is made up of men and women and does not limit how long a member may belong. Monthly general meetings are usually held at the Hickory Regional Airport at 10:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of every month. For more information, visit


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Valmead Fire Department announce Officer of the Year and Fireman of the Year LENOIR, NC (December 3, 2017)‌ Valmead Fire Rescue announced AJ Musto as Officer of the year and Matt Tester as Fireman of the year at their annual Christmas Party. "A firefighter's leadership, training and technical ability are tested each and every day", said Chief Yates, "both these men not only associate with a great fire department, but they make this fire department great!" These men (along with many others) put their lives on the line to serve and protect this community. Board member Larry Tuttle commented, "All our firefighters give exemplary service and are dedicated to their training and the department. This department has really shown award winning service in the past few years and our community should be proud!" This year, Valmead Fire Rescue has responded to around 400 calls. Interested in helping out? Come by our station on Monday nights to learn about how you can serve your community!



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Old Mill Pond bridge project in Granite Falls in the home stretch GRANITE FALLS, NC (December 4, 2017)…It is looking more likely that Granite Falls residents may be receiving a new bridge for Christmas. Travel times will go back to normal and congestion on Dudley Shoals Road will be greatly decreased as a result. The NCDOT told us that the Old Mill Pond bridge will “more than likely be opened for traffic before the end of the year.” There is still more concrete work to be done on the bridge deck as well as off the bridge which includes barriers, sidewalks, curbing and driveways. Guardrail and striping will also need to be completed. There will also be work that needs to be done on the approaches to the bridge, some of which has been already started. Opened for traffic does not mean that the project will be 100% complete as other parts of the project will need to be completed such as landscaping which may require lane closures to do so. A project of this scope and size could have taken another year to complete according to the NCDOT.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Hudson Lions Club donates scholarship funds to CCC&TI HUDSON, NC (December 4, 2017)…The Hudson Lions Club recently presented the Foundation of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute with $1,500 to provide scholarships for three

students enrolled in the college’s Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program. The donation was given in memory of Lucy Wagoner, wife of Carl Wagoner, a long-time Hudson Lions Club member. Wagoner also expressed his appreciation for the OMA program’s ongoing partnership with the Lions Club’s free monthly eye care clinics at Caldwell County Department of Social Services. OMA faculty and students have been assisting Dr. Richard Griffin with eye exams since 2001. Pictured, from left to right, are: Hudson Lions Club President Rick McRary, OMA Program Clinical Coordinator Faith Race, Foundation of CCC&TI Executive Director Marla Christie, OMA Program Director/Health Sciences Department Chair Barbara Harris and Hudson Lions Club Member Cecil Clark.



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Bethlehem Baptist Invites Community to Celebrate the Savior’s Birth! BETHLEHEM, NC (December 3, 2017)… Bethlehem Baptist Church, 7500 NC Hwy 127, Taylorsville, NC, invites the community to celebrate our Savior’s birth during the upcoming Christmas season. A full calendar of events is available online at, and here are some highlights of several opportunities to celebrate Christmas with family and friends: Christmas Caroling l December 13, 2017, at 6:30pm...Please join us for Christmas Caroling through the Bethlehem community, as well as area nursing homes. Join us at 5:30pm for a delicious meal and time of fellowship before caroling. Cost for the meal is $5 for adults and $3 for children with a $15 family max.

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BBC Kids Christmas Play l December 16, 2017, at 6:30pm & December 17, 2017, at 10am...You are invited for two opportunities to enjoy a BBC Kids presentation of “A Country Christmas with a City Twist-mas”, a humorous and heartfelt musical that follows siblings Hannah Grace and Will on a holiday adventure in which they leave the big city for a Christmas family reunion with their lovable—but strange—country cousins. Together, the two experience culture shock, mishap, laughter, and ultimately joy when they realize that God’s love in the birth of Christ is what brings families together. Enjoy a Saturday evening performance on December 16 at 6:30pm, along with hot chocolate and deserts, as well as a Sunday morning performance on December 17 at 10:30am, followed by a churchwide Christmas lunch. Both performances will be at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Bethlehem Baptist Church is located at 7500 NC Hwy 127N, Taylorsville, NC. For more information, call 828.495.7250 and visit or Facebook.

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SugarFest; Bring on Winter Fun! SUGAR MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT, NORTH CAROLINA (December 4, 2017)...This weekend, December 8 through 10 visit Sugar Mountain Ski Resort, located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, for its annual SugarFest celebration. Participants can expect to rub shoulders with Olympians Paul Wylie & Marco Sullivan, test drive this season’s skis & snowboards, view a wintery fireworks show, listen to the Shelby Rae Moore band, and partake in an après ski/snowboard party or the mini snowboard games. An intensive three-day ski clinic shakes campers into physical shape. Lodging deals are abundant. A hot chocolate with whipped cream bar and North Carolina BBQ headline SugarFEAST. And of course, Sugar Mountain Ski Resort features skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, tubing, and snowshoeing, Southern Style.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

“Movies with Mike� Tapped Out in Noir City by Mike Holsclaw (December 5th, 2017) I walked into the joint along with an arctic cold blast that wrapped itself around my chest and under the edge of my snap-brim fedora. As I shook the snow off my overcoat, I did a quick, lazy-eyed scan of the place; the lamps on the tables were of such low wattage that the few people seated there seemed more like shadows than substance. The smoke from their cigarettes slowly formed a billowy cloud above their heads that only added to the general murkiness. Sinatra was on the jukebox but the volume was turned down so low that, instead of a song, it sounded like the warm, mumbled drawl from the voice of an old friend. I spotted a portly fellow behind the bar whose hair was a deep shade of red; this was my tell but I didn't want to be obvious about it so I slowly ambled over to him and, stopping in front of where he stood polishing a glass with a comparatively clean rag, I murmured "Pinky?" "Yeeaah...", the word leaked out of his mouth like air from a balloon; not unfriendly, exactly, but more than a little bit dubious. He seemed to be waiting for me to say the right thing before he would continue to converse; I tried to comply: "Movie lovers will do anything,..." I started and waited, "...anything for a good film" he finished and we looked each other full in the face for the first time. He gave a curt little nod and motioned toward a short hallway at the back of the bar. I followed him into a cramped little room at the end of the hall. He sat down behind a cluttered desk and turned on a desk lamp that was slightly more luminescent than the light out in the bar. There were movie posters on the wall behind his head and, though I might not have admitted it to him, I was impressed by how eclectic the variety was; there was a one sheet from Herk Harvey's "Carnival of Souls" parked directly beside the glorious technicolor explosion of Vincente Minnelli's "The Bad and The Beautiful". Jules Dassin's "Rififi", or rather, as the poster put it, "Du Rififi Chez Les Hommes" was lounging next to Hammer's "Dracula", the original British version of the poster with Christopher Lee leaping off the paper with all his feral intensity, not the watered down American "Horror of Dracula". Whatever else you might say about Pinky Carruthers and his questionable business practices, he had good taste. "So", I began, not seeing any use in wasting time, "I understand you have some new (he noticed just the hint of ironic inflection I gave to the word 'new') films that you might be looking to sell. What can you tell me about what you've got?" "Whoa, Whoa, buckaroo!" he said, "Not so fast! Tell me who you represent and I might give you some idea what I presently have in stock." I knew that he would never fall for an opening gambit as ham-fisted as what I had just tried but I had to see if he was willing to give anything away in the beginning. Plus, I would have preferred postponing a discussion of who I was working for but he made it perfectly obvious he wanted to force the issue. Letting him know just who it was who wanted to buy his wares was a tricky proposition; if he got even the slightest hint that there was any real wealth on the part of the buyer he would overestimate the value of his goods two or three times their actual worth; of course, with the kinds of rarities he might have in his possession, the question of "actual worth" was entirely subjective. Still, it didn't hurt to try and be a little cagey; after all, I knew he wouldn't be completely transparent in just how he acquired some of the materials he had to sell either. "Let's just say that the person I represent is an avid collector who, within reason, is interested in acquiring, for the right price, a few things that are slightly less common than the usual run of collectibles. That's assuming of course, that you truly deserve the reputation you've acquired..." "Why don't you give me a few examples of what you're interested in and I'll show you just how well-deserved my reputation really is!" Continued on page 15...

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Tapped Out in Noir City by Mike Holsclaw (December 5th, 2017) Continued from page 14‌

There was just a suggestion of annoyance in his voice which he and I both knew was a hint of weakness on his part but, even I couldn't fault him overly much; Pinky was one of the most resourceful brokers of films that were considered, far and wide, to be either missing or lost forever and he took a justifiable pride in the fact. If you traced the history of some of the most spectacular re-discoveries of misplaced cinematic gems for the last fifteen years or so, more often than not, Pinky or one of his associates were involved in the reclamation process somewhere along the way. Since, however, they weren't always overly concerned about the legal niceties involved, they didn't usually receive any public acknowledgement for the part they had played; they didn't miss the limelight too much, though; they considered the mountains of filthy lucre they had accumulated over the years as an ample compensation for their shadowy efforts. My client, though an avid cinephile, had never resorted to Pinky's services in the past; heretofore, he had always liked to pursue legitimate means for his acquisitions so that, when he dealt with any questions as to their provenance, he didn't have to be evasive. Yet, he had recently heard, through back channels, of something so amazing that Pinky Carruthers had acquired that, if there was even a chance that the rumor was true, he would do almost anything to have it. He contacted me two days ago and directed me to travel to Borden's Wire as quickly as possible to scout out the territory, making sure to keep his identity a well-kept secret. And so, here we were. I handed Pinky my business card and when he saw the name, "Dirk Dagger", his affect changed; he might not know who I was working for but, based on what he knew of my own past history in the rare film trade, he knew that big time operators were involved. His posture straightened and his attention became noticeably more focused; it was time to get serious. "Alright, Mr. Dagger, obviously your reputation precedes you so I'm willing to hear you out. Let's not play any more cat and mouse; what is it that your client is looking for?" I steeled myself internally because I knew what I was about to say smacked of lunacy but I had consulted several reliable sources who had confirmed that what we had been hearing was, indeed, within the realm of the possible. "It's come to our attention," I began, "that when the government in Brazil was experiencing its most recent unpleasantness, and some of its more financially independent families decided to relocate, at least temporarily, that a vault was opened for perhaps the first time in almost a century..." I trailed off because I wanted to gauge how Carruthers reacted to word "Brazil"; he leaned forward in his desk chair and stared a little more intently at me, "Go on", he said. "Well, when the vault was opened, some film canisters were discovered. This wasn't completely unexpected because the family in question was known for its devotion to cinema history; they owned a private theatre and would often screen some of the best of Hollywood's Golden Age, those films that they were most proud of owning a copy. It was taken for granted that they must have some temperature- and moisture-control facility for preserving their treasures because the films they showed were almost always in pristine condition. The canisters in this particular vault, though,...", Pinky nodded, almost as if he were eager that I should go on, "had not been opened since the day they had been locked away in late 1942. Upon examination, it became obvious why this was so.� Pinky said, "You seem to have been in touch with some reliable sources; please continue". "Before I do, I should say that this particular family was known for its patronage of the arts and, for several generations, they had cultivated friendships with some of the most talented individuals, from various artistic disciplines, in the world. During the 1940's, for example, they had provided a sort of 'home away from home' for many members of the creative community in Hollywood's film colony. As a matter of fact, when one director came to Brazil in the mid-forties to film a documentary for America's war department, he had stayed with this family for several weeks. That director's name was...", the air hung heavy between us; both Pinky and I knew that when I spoke that name, it was the equivalent of crossing the Rubicon; there would be no going back. Continued on page 16...


Thursday, December 7, 2017 Tapped Out in Noir City by Mike Holsclaw (December 5th, 2017) Continued from page 15‌

"Orson Welles". Pinky sat back in his chair as though some tension between us had finally broken; the features of his face relaxed and he crossed his hands over his ample stomach. "Tell me, Mr. Dagger, are those canisters of film you've been talking about related to Mr. Welles in some way?" He knew what the answer was; he obviously had decided that now that the cat was out of the bag he could afford to play with it a little bit. "Why, yes, Mr. Carruthers, as a matter of fact, there is a connection. As you're no doubt well aware, while Welles was in Brazil, RKO sent him a rough cut of the film he had been working on immediately prior to his leaving the states. For years, that rough cut has been presumed missing but now, it appears that Welles' Brazilian benefactors might have been in possession of the film all along. If that is indeed the case, this would be a find of stupendous significance; even without the scenes contained in those canisters, the film is considered perhaps his second greatest work, after 'Kane'. If there was even the slightest chance that a restored, complete copy of the movie could be assembled... well, there are members of the film collecting community that would kill for the opportunity to be involved in such a project.� Pinky sensed it was time for the denouement; he said, with mock innocence, "And what, pray tell, is the name of this film?" "Please,", I said, "don't be a child; you and I both know that we're talking about 'The Magnificent Ambersons'". As soon as the words left my mouth, a couple of arms reached around the chair I was sitting in and encircled me in a death-like grip. Apparently, while Pinky and I had been talking, someone had stealthily, and in near total silence, walked up and stood behind me. Despite my predicament, I had to give them rueful credit for how neatly they had pulled off the trick; at no time had I sensed that anyone beside myself and Carruthers was in the room. As I struggled inside the python-like grasp of my unseen assailant, somewhat to my surprise, Carruthers came around the corner of his desk and slipped a black cloth bag over my head. For the briefest of seconds, I was bemused by the melodramatic aspect of what had just happened but, before I could even smile at the absurdity of the situation, someone clouted me on the top of my head. As I went down into the darkness, my last thought was the memory of a line from a short story that had appeared in "Black Mask" magazine eighty plus years ago; "then, some idiot turned out all the lights..." When I regained consciousness, my position had not become any less surreal; I was standing against a stone wall, my arms suspended in air and pinioned to the wall above my head. There was a wooden torch burning in a stanchion a few yards away from where I was standing and, as I got my bearings and started to look around, it looked for all the world as though I was confined in the dungeon from "Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein"! Suddenly, the door at the top of the rickety stairs creaked open and Pinky Carruthers, looking as though he were taking a leisurely Sunday stroll, came casually down the steps. "Ah, Mr. Dagger, I see you've decided to rejoin us! Perhaps we can pick up where we left off?" To say that I was exasperated would be to seriously understate my condition; I started to rant: "Carruthers, I don't have the faintest idea what took place inside your twisted mind to make you think that this little episode of sturm und drang could in any way be appropriate but I'll be dam..." He cut me off short, "Now really, Mr. Dagger, I think that before you continue this little tirade you might want to consider what I'm about to show you next", upon which he took up a position directly in front of me, assumed a wide-legged stance, placed his hands on his hips, and jutted his face out at me like he was aiming a cannon. He opened his mouth and his lower jaw dropped; the odd thing was that it didn't just drop the way a normal persons would have. After it got to that place where most people's mouth would be fully extended, the point of his chin continued to descend until it was located somewhere around the center of his chest. The skin around his mouth had become rubbery, like taffy after it first starts to get soft. By this point, his face was seriously distended; he looked more than a little like the man in Edvard Munch's "The Scream" and the hole where his mouth should have been was about three times its normal size. It was then that I noticed that something was beginning to protrude from that tremendous chasm in the center of his face... From this moment on, things began to become seriously weird...To Be Continued!

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Celebrate Handwashing Awareness Week ATLANTA, GA (December 5, 2017)…The holiday season is here, and with it comes cold and flu season, too. This week is Handwashing Awareness Week – the perfect time to remind children, students, parents, and caregivers about the importance of handwashing to help ensure that everyone stays healthy through the holidays. Handwashing is the single most important thing you can do to help prevent the spread of germs that can make you and others sick. Here’s what you can do to help spread the word during Handwashing Awareness Week: • Download CDC’s new handwashing posters to help remind kids that germs are everywhere, and a healthy future is in their hands. • Watch and share this handwashing demonstration video to make sure you and your loved ones are maximizing germ removal when washing hands. • Spread the word on social media with this message: "Handwashing is one of the most important things you can do to avoid getting sick! Start making handwashing a habit this #HandwashingAwarenessWeek" Create a Handwashing Campaign for Your School Community...You can also help promote handwashing in your community by entering your school into the Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP handwashing recognition program. Schools can submit a one-page summary of their handwashing project to apply for national recognition and an all-expense paid trip for 3 to Washington, DC, or Atlanta, GA. The deadline to apply for national recognition is January 31. Learn more at

Winter Tree Identification

Date: 12-17-17 Time: 1pm Location: Profile Trail (4198 Hwy 105 S.) Join a Ranger for a short hike along the Profile Trail to learn how to identify local trees without the aid of leaves. Participants should be dressed for the weather conditions and are encouraged to bring field guides and binoculars. This hike is appropriate for all ages but please leave pets at home. Grandfather Mountain State Park Office: 828-963-9522



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Shirley Stamey Classroom Dedication LENOIR, NC (December 4, 2017)…Caldwell County Health Department would like to invite you to the Shirley A. Stamey classroom dedication. The reception will be held in the 3rd floor conference room at Caldwell County Health and Human Services (2345 Morganton BLVD Lenoir), starting promptly at 4pm on Thursday, December 7, 2017. A brief program will be held prior to a tour of the classroom. Shirley Stamey began her nursing career at Grace Hospital in June of 1986. She began working as a Public Health Nurse for Caldwell County Health Department in August 1987. In 1999, she became Clinic Nursing Supervisor followed by Clinic Nursing Director in 2003. Shirley served loyally and faithfully until her passing on May 22, 2017. At age 62, she had dedicated her entire adult life to Public Health and serving her community. During her nearly 30 years of service, she provided compassionate care to the citizens of Caldwell County. Her love of public health was portrayed in everything she did. Not only was she an advocate for her patients, but she was an advocate for her coworkers and employees as well. Shirley worked whole heartedly until she physically could no more, and then continued to work from home. We would like to take this opportunity to remember Ms. Stamey and dedicate our Women’s Health classroom in her honor. For questions regarding the classroom dedication, please contact (828) 426-8506.

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To Build a Fire

Date: 12-10-17 Time: 1pm Location: Profile Trail (4198 Hwy 105 S.) Fire is one of the cornerstones of human civilization that many of us take for granted in today’s modern lifestyle. Could you build a fire if necessary? Join a Park Ranger at Grandfather Mountain State Park to learn techniques on fire building and emergency fire starting for camping, heating or survival. Appropriate for age 7 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult and please leave pets at home. Free to public. Grandfather Mountain State Park Office: 828-963-9522

First Baptist Church 8 Crestview St, Granite Falls

Open Monday - Friday - 7:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. Serving Coffee and Coffee House Beverages Begin the day with a hot or cold beverage and a Word from the Master


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Caldwell Journal 12 07 2017