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John Zeitler a man who knew few, if any, limitations to imagination, possibilities

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John Edgar Zeitler was a racecar driver who happened to have studied design engineering. He was also the kind of man who liked to do things himself; so in 1958, when he was unsatisfied with the performance of his MGA racecar, he decided to build his own. His drive to…

The Lincoln County Outlaw sings no more

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Lincoln County has lost its favorite outlaw. Butch Jenkins, a local musician dubbed “The Lincoln County Outlaw” by bluegrass legend Raymond Fairchild, died July 7 of a massive heart attack. He left behind his wife, Tina; daughter, Jessica; son, James and a cavalcade of friends. His death was sudden and…

Local produce may become more multicultural

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As Lincoln County’s Hispanic population grows, so does the demand for Latin American goods – including produce. “Everything changes and it changes in agriculture,” said Kevin Starr, county extension director. Starr spoke to a group of interested citizens, master gardeners and extension agents last Friday during an on-site demonstration. The…

Senior potters get their hands dirty

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Lincoln County seniors learned the joys of creating from clay during a workshop at Rising Sun Pottery in Lincolnton. “A lot of them have never worked with clay before,” said Gary Lee, owner of Rising Sun Pottery. “Now all of a sudden it’s like ‘Whoa, we could have been doing…

89-year-old woman remembers North Brook Elementary

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Vevett Arthur spent 30 of her 89 years teaching at North Brook Elementary School, the school she attended as a child in west Lincoln. Today she remembers the years spent in school and the changes that followed. Born and raised a farm girl Born and raised in the house down…

Alpharma’s pharmaceutical reach circles the globe

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Don’t be fooled by Lincolnton’s small-town feeling, because believe it or not, the reach of one Lincolnton business stretches worldwide. “Alpharma is a generic pharmaceutical manufacturer,” said Tom Miltier who works in Human Resources. “It’s the fifth largest in the world with sales exceeding one billion worldwide.” Alpharma is active…

Lincoln County’s Luis Lobo remembers those who helped him up ladder of success

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Many Americans trace their heritage, sometimes back to the ancestors who entered Ellis Island. For Luis Lobo, ancestry and culture defines who he is and how his family affected Lincoln County. “We were the first Hispanic family that we are aware of in Lincolnton,” Lobo said. “I was the first…

Around Town 7/20/2005

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REUNION The Larkin and Frances Kiser Reunion will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Landers Chapel United Methodist Church, 1205 Long Shoals Road. All descendants are welcome should bring a picnic lunch. FISH FRY A fish fry sponsored by Poplar Springs Church will be held in the parking lot of…

From Mother Russia

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Neighborhood produce stand teaching tool of both responsibility and of trust

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Driving around the corner of Lakeshore Road South in Westport, those passing by might notice a little stand on the side of the road filled with ripe, juicy produce and a very intriguing sign that reads, “Kids Veggies.” The sign and the stand, located at the end of a driveway,…