This article was published in the Lenoir News-Topic and was double-bylined with Derek Lacey. If you’ve read my stuff before, you can probably guess which bit is mine…yes, it’s the anecdote about the curious fifth-graders and awed kindergarteners at the end.
The congressman who represents Caldwell County used stops in Lenoir to fill most of the last day of a tour that featured stops in all 17 counties he represents, before ending the tour last night with a town hall meeting in Morganton.
U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-11th, stopped by a number of downtown businesses and spoke with the owners. He also tried his hand at tossing pizza dough with Octavio Piccolo, owner of Piccolo’s Pizza. Meadows noted how much more activity downtown has now than it did years ago.
“The exciting thing is seeing the revitalization of a city,” he said. Continue reading