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Navy Seaman Recruit Aliyah Shakir, daughter of Jahid Shakir, of Gastonia, and Sabretta Spann, of Iron Station, graduated from the United States Navy’s basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. Training included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations,” an exercise that gives recruits the skills and confidence needed to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize in each recruit the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance through the practical application of basic U.S. Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly “Navy’’ flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor. Aliyah Shakir is a 2012 graduate of East Lincoln High School in Denver.


Leadership Scholarship

Grace Thompson-Byrum, of Iron Station, has been offered a Leadership Scholarship to attend Warren Wilson College beginning this fall. The specific scholarship recognizes the leadership a student has demonstrated during high school through club, sport and/or civic involvement. Founded in 1894 as the Asheville Farm School, Warren Wilson College is the country’s only liberal arts college with a national student body and integrated work and service programs, school officials said.


2014 Robinson-Lineberger Literary Competition

The Arts Council of Lincoln County recently announced the winners of the 2014 Robinson-Lineberger Literary Competition. A reception was held at Gallery 27 in Lincolnton. Sponsors of the annual event include the Arts Council of Lincoln County, the North Carolina Arts Council and the Robinson-Lineberger Foundation.

Winners in the Adult Poetry category included the following works: (1st) “An Ode to Greif and Death” by Susan Harris; (2nd) “Put Me In” by Angela Withers; (3rd) “Butterfly Kisses” by UMAR artists; (honorable mention) “Color Comes to Being” by Dene Scott Smith.

Winners in the category of Adult Prose included the following works: (1st) “The Woodlands” by Dene Smith; (2nd) “The Dream Makers” by Kay Marks; (3rd) “And Still She Marched” by Allyson Levine; (honorable mention) “Fertilizer” by Kristin Cathey.


Priscilla Book Club

The April meeting of the Priscilla Book Club was hosted by Doris Little. After a dessert course, members shared news with President Kay Barefoot opening the meeting by reading Major Gen. Robert F. Hoke’s parting speech to his troops, which he delivered May 1, 1865. Following  the business portion of the meeting, Sarah Lantz, program leader, shared  A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash, club member said.

The story centers on the death of Christopher “Stump,” a 13-year-old, autistic boy who dies during a Sunday evening church service. The story’s narrators, all three residents of Marshall in Madison County, N.C., include town midwife and protector of children, Adelaide Lyle, Jess Hall, “Stump’s” 9-year-old brother, and Madison County Sheriff Clem Barefield, who maintains his own painful past. The story’s overriding theme is “religion gone wrong,” club members said, based on snake handling, snooping by Jess and “Stump,” which causes the pair to see an act that proved catastrophic, and evil that the two boys face in their small town.

Barefoot closed the meeting by reading the poem “Spring” by Philip Larkin. For May’s business meeting, Libby Mize will host the club at Barefoot’s Sugar Shack.

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