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Christian Ministry hands out food, toys

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Hundreds of families and volunteers flocked to Christian Ministry Thursday as the organization unloaded wheelbarrows full of food items and trash bags packed with new toys. The annual Christmas fundraiser, which fell more than $20,000 short of last year’s total, nonprofit officials said, is just as…

New leader takes reins at Crisis Pregnancy Center

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “Anybody can pass out diapers,” Paula McSwain said, “but because I can share the Gospel, that’s why I leave my kids and come here.” McSwain took over as executive director at Lincoln County’s Crisis Pregnancy Center in October. After realizing she still volunteered with the facility…

Maybe he’s on the naughty list?

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Criminal Charges — 12-20-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Shawntaina Dale Hoke, 42, of 3724 Waggoner Rd. in Vale was charged Dec. 14 with one count of possession and distribution of a meth precursor. A $10,000 secured bond was set. Tabitha Sarah Rogers, 39, of 4882 Stratford Ln. in Denver…

DSS details stats in final meeting of 2013

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Members of the Lincoln County Board of Social Services met Thursday to discuss their progress in bringing some Christmas cheer to those less fortunate and to review statistics regarding the services they provide. State officials report that 26 percent of North Carolina children live in poverty.…

Around Town — 12-20-13

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FRIDAY Scholarship applications Applications are available now through Feb. 17 (deadline) for scholarships for Gaston College’s 2014-15 academic year. To apply, visit gaston.academicworks.com or click on the “scholarships” link at the top of the Gaston College website (gaston.edu). For more information or questions, call (704) 922-6228 or (704) 922-6312. Blood…

Sorrell ~ Walker Engagement

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Mr. and Mrs. Randolph Sorrell announce the engagement of their daughter Jennifer Lynn Sorrell to Jamie Scott Walker. Jamie is the son of Roger Walker of Lincolnton and Wanda Jenkins of Maiden. Jennifer is a Real Estate Broker at Century 21 Town and Country Realty. Jamie is self employed in…

Reader’s Forum — 12-20-13

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Hats off to Cat Square I came to see a parade Saturday in pouring rain and I wasn’t disappointed. I loved it. I enjoyed all the participants but especially the Santa float and the Mayor. Zakie loves Cat Square and Cat Square showed its love for Zakie. I thank you…

Obituaries — 12-20-13

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Gladys Montjoy Garrett Mrs. Gladys Montjoy Garrett, 90, formerly of Gastonia died Thursday, December 18, 2013 at Carillon Assisted Living in Lincolnton.  She was born January 3, 1923 in Simpsonville, S.C., a daughter of the late Johnny Victor and Sally Etta Stroud Montjoy. Mrs. Garrett was an optometric assistant with…

Keep it going?

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Perfect EL opens SD-7 play at Bandys By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER –– East Lincoln’s boys basketball team has been on a roll. But heading into conference play the Mustangs’ goal is to not let their early-season success go to their heads. Undefeated East Lincoln opens Southern District 7…