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Rev. James Cool — Long-time minister preaches last sermon

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After 44 years of service in the ministry, 18 at Lincoln Avenue Baptist, Rev. James Cool preached his last sermon on Sunday. “I’m leaving and making myself available for interim work, as a supply pastor, or even as pastor for another church,” said Cool. He also wants to spend more…

Lake Norman Raft-Up — More than 1,400 boats set record

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DAVIDSON — The 2004 Lake Norman Raft-Up beat the record for boats rafting up pulling in 1,453 boats, 509 more boats than last year. There were roughly 6,000 to 8,000 people who came out to the event Saturday. The festive event was marked by partying, swimming dancing and cooking. All…

Scholars` camp boosts self esteem

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Battleground students who live in public housing have spent the past week being shuttled to a camp that focuses on making their summer vacation fun. “These children need a lot of attention and a lot of love, and that’s what we’re trying to provide for them,” said Judy Jones, the…

14 arrested in check fraud ring

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A multi-jurisdictional team involving authorities in Lincoln County has started making arrests in a large check fraud ring responsible for crimes throughout the area. The incidents date back to as early as January of 2003, according to a press release from Detective Tim Johnson with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.…

Gunmen rob First Citizens

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Police are looking for these two men in connection with an armed robbery Wednesday. The man on the left has been identified as Reginald Lee Forney, aka Reginald Lee Nixon. Contributed Photo Two men armed with handguns robbed a local bank Wednesday afternoon, and police say the suspects could be…

Kids breathe easier at Kool Breeze

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Children at Camp Kool Breeze deal with the serious business of learning to breath easy. “In past years, I think a lot of kids have been held back by asthma, and really there’s no need for that,” said April Dillon, one of the camp’s organizers. Dillon and her fellow teachers…

Around Town 7/30/2004

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GREENHILL REUNION The 40th grand annual Greenhill reunion will be held Sunday, Aug. 8. Arrival time will be at noon with lunch to follow at 1 p.m. at Hull’s Grove Baptist Church, Hwy. 27 west in Vale. For more information call 704-435-7900 or 828-324-8710. All descendants of the Greenhill family…

Neighborhoods light up Tuesday for `Night Out`

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Lincolnton residents on Tuesday will turn on their porch lights and come outside for an evening with their neighbors, police and city officials. National Night Out festivities start at 6 p.m. around the city. This is the 21st year for the national event that aims to prevent crime, drug use…

ESL Newcomer center opens

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Lincoln County Schools’ English as a Second Language (ESL) Newcomer Center had its grand opening on Monday, but people in need started visiting the center days earlier. “We were there with boxes and stuff, and families were already coming,” said Cesi Penate, an ESL parent facilitator. “Word is really starting…

School sees new growth

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Two years ago, the New Life Baptist Academy closed. The Lincoln Christian Academy then formed to take its place, absorbing many of New Life’s former students. “We’ve survived two years on our own,” said Academy Principal Clyde Smith. “We’re holding our own.” The academy was originally planned to be located…