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Lots to do between now and the Fourth

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Several Fourth of July festivities are planned for the area over the coming days, kicking off Saturday with the Denver Area Business Association’s 12th annual fireworks festival. Taking place at East Lincoln High School, the event will begin with a “Battle of the Bands” at 5…

County splits 3-2 to pass budget with pay hike

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A new spending plan for Lincoln County is in place following a split vote by the Board of Commissioners Thursday night. The board voted 3-2, with commissioners George Arena and Carrol Mitchem in opposition, to approve the fiscal year 2012-2013 budget, which had been modified during…

Kids get nutritional look at food from farm to table

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer When taking a bite into a sandwich, often over-looked are the various steps it took to get that tomato – the process of planting, caring for and harvesting that tomato before it was able to be put on a salad or sold in local markets. Lincoln…

N.C. reacts as high court rules on health care

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5-4 decision upholds law Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON (AP) — Obamacare lives. And in North Carolina, some health experts and politicians voiced strong opinions about what the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling to uphold the controversial health care law will mean. Derided by Republicans as intrusive, costly “Obamacare,” the…

Some to tips for keeping your lungs healthy

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RITA HEATH Guest Columnist We all take breathing for granted, in fact it is something we do so effortlessly. The health of our lungs is vital to our overall state of wellness. As we age even if our lungs are functioning at full capacity we lose approximately 30 ml, or…

N.C. Division of Workforce Solutions Weekly Job Listings — 6-29-12

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Production Operator B-Roller Grinder (Job #010124575) Set up and operate a variety of production roller grinding machines to produce rollers to specifications. Change or adjust regulating wheels, support blades, spherical end grinder tooling, inlet and outlet tubes, loader springs, chutes, etc. Using hand tools and gauges. Production Operator B-Heat Treat…

Our View — Justices put verdict in hands of voters

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Whatever one thinks of the legal reasoning and immediate impact of Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Health Care Act, the fallout will dominate the political landscape this year. That may not be a bad thing. While we can expect loud and shrill voices full of misleading…

I need an old-fashioned Fourth

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist This column that I wrote 22 years ago placed first in the annual North Carolina Press Women’s contest. I believe some of our readers will still enjoy calling up old times. I’m yearning for an old-fashioned Fourth of July. I want a dipper full of fresh…

Death of Burke Co. toddler a warning as temperatures climb

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer As the state gets ready to see temperatures peaking into the triple digits this weekend, keep in mind exactly how hot 100-degree weather really is, especially inside an enclosed vehicle. A 2-year-old in Burke County died earlier this month after overheating in an unattended vehicle, marking…

Around Town – 6-29-12

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Yard Sale Westside House of Prayer is hosting an indoor yard and food sale at 7 a.m., Saturday, at 784 W. Highway 27. For more information, call (704) 735-4449. Soup Kitchen Two Fish & Five Loaves will be open 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, at Without Walls Freedom Center, 118…