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A Tale Of Two Churches
Congregation moves closer to home site

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Members celebrate after their first service in their new home. Chris Dean / LTN Photo On the first day of the new year, Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church celebrated returning to its Main Street location after three years away. “We, like Israel, have crossed over, and we’re back in the…

A Tale Of Two Churches
Rebuilding a destroyed sanctuary

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On August 31, 2001, Salem Baptist Church’s long-time minister retired. Two years later on the same day, the church was struck by lightening for the second time in a matter of weeks. The resulting fire completely destroyed the sanctuary. “Everything happens for a reason — God has a reason,” said…

Two Branches, Fifth Generation

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Baby Aubrey Hedgpeth is the fifth generation on both sides of her family. Above, she is surrounded by (from left to right, back row) Carrol Dean Dellinger and Jeff Dellinger and (left to right, bottom row) Rosa Dellinger and Danielle Hedgpeth. Below, she is with (back row, right to left)…

Couple`s love reaches from Lincoln to Guatemala

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When Anne Wepner isn’t busy pastoring Salem United Church of Christ in Lincolnton, she can be found at home taking care of seven dogs, two cats and 10 children. Actually, there are 12 children, but only 10 live at the Hickory-Lincolnton Highway home. “Early in my marriage to my husband,…

Share The Warmth

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Around Town 1/4/2006

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COMPUTER USERS The January meeting of the Computer Users Group of Lincolnton will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lincoln County Library, 306 W. Main St. Meetings are open to the public. For information call Charles at (704) 735-6433 or Gene at (704) 483-5697. DEMOCRATIC MEN The Democratic Mens…

New year sees gyms packed

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January begins, New Year’s resolutions are made and traffic at local gyms increases enormously. “Participation doubles in January,” said Chip Stewart, manager of All American Fitness in Lincolnton. In fact, sign-ups continue to climb throughout March. After a definite lull during the holiday season, people are ready to take off…

50th Anniversary

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Odell and Verlene Wise of Vale were married Dec. 24, 1954. They have three children: Patricia Davis of Vale, Darlene Lewis of Fallston and Ronnie Wise of Vale. They have five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.…

CATS ridership up in Denver

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More people in the Denver area took the Charlotte Area Transit System’s bus into the Queen City in November than in 2004, according to figures released recently. More than 2,000 riders took the Lincoln County Express from Denver to Charlotte, a 126 percent increase over the November 2004 number of…

Capturing history through artwork

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Stephanie Hagens makes Denver easy on the eyes, one brushstroke at a time. The UNC-W junior and 2003 East Lincoln High School grad has built a portfolio of public work throughout Denver. Her portrait of Audrey Hepburn placed best in show in the Lincoln Arts Council county-wide exhibition in 2003.…