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Around Town 5/7/2007

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IRON STATION/SENIORS The Iron Station Senior Citizens meets noon Wednesday at Ironton Presbyterian Church. SUPPORT GROUP Hospice of Lincoln County, 107 N. Cedar St. will host an informational meeting for a possible caregivers support group 5 p.m. Tuesday. Call (704) 732-6146. DEMOCRAT MONTHLY MEETING The Lincoln County Democratic Party monthly…

Students take foreign language as a ‘sign’

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Once a week after school, students at the Lincolnton Middle School spend time learning a foreign language, but a lot of the time, “words” aren’t needed. The approximately 24 middle-schoolers are members of the Wildcat Signers, a sign language club started by sixth-grade math and science teacher Karen Robbins. A…

Church may be the last of its kind in state

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Many years ago, it wasn’t that uncommon to see union churches – two churches that share a common building – across the state of North Carolina. Today, it’s very rare, and Lincoln County may have the only one left in the state. Salem Lutheran and United Church of Christ, located…

Theatre Guild to hold auditions

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Auditions for the Lincoln Theatre Guild’s production of “Come Blow Your Horn” by Neil Simon will be held at the Lincoln Cultural Center May 11 from 6-8 p.m. and May 12 from 2-5 p.m. Call backs will take place May 13 from 6-8 p.m. The Cultural Center is located at…

Relay ready, rain or shine

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(Editor’s note: This article previously appeared April 25. Read uplifting articles of survivors in the second section of today’s edition dedicated to Relay for Life.) The 2007 Lincolnton Relay for Life opens at 6 p.m. today at Lincolnton High School’s stadium and will include old favorites and new highlights. “Rain…

Baby battles cancer and grows up to be a bright, beautiful girl

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When their daughter was 10-months old, new parents Peggy and Rodney Hoyle faced their worst nightmare – their baby had cancer. “I was just devastated,” Peggy said. Abigail “Abi” Hoyle was taken to the doctor because she had an earache. She left with a cancer diagnosis after a tumor “the…

Hospice volunteers receive award for dedicated service

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During the darkest time of their lives, Hospice workers came to the aid of Bob and Maureen Tull. Now, they are both Hospice volunteers themselves and have recently been awarded with the prestigious Judith Lund Person Hospice Volunteer Award. “Here we are two people who dealt with grief, and we…

Survivor becomes caring counselor

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As a child, Mike Ross went to Camp Care, a camp for children with cancer. Now 28, he’s trying to give back as a volunteer counselor. “The camp really helped me a lot,” he said. “You got to meet kids that were like you. They had cancer, and you could…

Self-exam catches breast cancer early

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Susan Lanier came out of her cancer struggle with more than the side effects of chemotherapy and a hefty bill. “It was a lesson,” said the 39-year-old breast cancer survivor. “I don’t have control.” The wife and mother of two had always been the kind of woman who liked to…

Positive attitude, faith help healing

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Tommy Hartsoe knows cancer affects all families – whether the threat is big or small. He battled cancer 22 years ago, and at age of 58, is proof of the importance of early detection. He also knows how important it is to approach things positively. “Don’t give up,” Hartsoe said.…