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Apple Fest full of entertainment

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Music from a wide variety of performers will fill four stages during the Lincoln County Apple Festival Saturday. “I think all the entertainment is very important,” said Pete Degregory, who has been entertainment coordinator of the festival since 1986. “I think it’s one of the reasons people come out.” Most…

Farmers Market still going thanks to dedicated vendors

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William “Dub” McNeely, 85, and Boyd Dellinger, 78, are Lincoln County Farmers Market staples. “If it hadn’t been for these two guys, the Farmers Market wouldn’t be here,” said Giles Martin, Farmers Market coordinator. “They’re here every time, all the time – rain or shine, cold, wet – these guys…

Hesed House client turns life around

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On Jan. 1, the first night Hesed House of Hope opened, William “Bubba” Metts went there hoping to find a warm place to sleep. Unfortunately, volunteers had to turn him away because he had too much alcohol in his system. “Kathy Rhine, who was the intake volunteer that evening, took…

Celebrating the Constitution

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Mount Ruhama Baptist has new youth minister

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The Rev. Thomas Nicholson came to Mount Ruhama Baptist Church in Maiden June 6 as the church’s youth and children’s minister. “I had just graduated from Montreat College in May,” Nicholson said. He had also just gotten married to his wife, Kathryn. While this summer was a hectic time for…

Vehicles collide on N.C. 150

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A driver was sent to the hospital following a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of N.C. 150 and Curve View Road Thursday morning. Trooper B.E. Hipp of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said that shortly after 8:30 a.m., a pickup truck, turning left on N.C. 150, “pulled right in…

Extraordinaires set for Alive After Five

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The Extraordinaires will play downtown Lincolnton at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 as part of the Griffin Insurance Agency/Nationwide Insurance Alive After Five concert series. This up-and-coming band is presented by Tindall’s Professional Photography and Apple Realty. The band’s “extraordinary” set list includes such hits as “Brown Eyed Girl,” “R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” “My…

QUESTION of the WEEK

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“What impact do you think Wal-Mart and Lowe’s have had on east Lincoln County since they opened?” Gene Stallings, Westport: “I have shopped at both big-box stores, but I still shop at the local hardware stores too, so I don’t think it’s devastating them. I hope not. Traffic has been…

Vale man freed on bond after marijuana charges

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A Lincoln County man is out on bond after narcotics investigators seized more than 70 pounds of marijuana plants from a property on Reeps Grove Church Road. Travis Eugene Hull, 42, Vale, was charged with felony possession of marijuana, manufacturing a controlled substance and trafficking in marijuana, authorities said. More…

Community Calendar

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CLUBS, GROUPS Absentee voting The Lincoln County Board of Elections will begin distributing absentee voting forms Monday. The forms will be available until Oct. 28. To request a ballot, either write or stop by the elections office at 115 W. Main St., Lincolnton, NC 28092. Call (704) 736-8480. One-Stop early…