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Fan sizes up Harry Potter’s latest book

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“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” the sixth book in the series by British author J.K. Rowling, was released Saturday. Like magic, the book flew off the shelf at 250,000 volumes an hour. Mothers, worried that their children will develop back strain, can rest easy as HBP is 200 pages…

Downtown jeweler’s secret life turns out to be quite a “racquet”

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Most people know Joe Stroup as the quiet, friendly jeweler on Main Street in downtown Lincolnton. He`s the man with a big smile who gladly shares his knowledge of jewelry with people, helping them to make smart decisions. Few know, however, of his secret life, that of champion racquetball player.…

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…

Hail to the Chief

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(Top photo) President George W. Bush went into the crowd at Gaston college where he shook hands with some of the many people in attendance. In a more quiet, moment he spoke privately with one man (bottom). Then the President was on his way to the next engagement as the…

Cherryville native makes NYC debut

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The experience of taking care of his elderly mother in Crouse led one New York City actor to pick up his pen and start writing a play. The result was “A Sense of Loss,” Cherryville native Robert Anthony’s first play. The experience encouraged him to write more plays – most…

Fishing since ’49

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Taylor’s Fishing Lake in west Lincoln has provided a place to fish since 1949, and the people keep coming. “I’ve been the owner for 14 years,” said Robert Fredell. “I enjoy meeting all the fisherman. It gives them a place to fish.” Although the lake is no longer operated by…

Car crashes in art filled yard

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One year and five days after a wreck in her front yard caused Rachel Watkins to create protest art, a second car careened off N.C. 18 and crashed. The wreck, which happened during a thunderstorm at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, killed two of Watkin’s crepe myrtle trees, but no one…

Last words in war

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The total number of American deaths during the Civil War trumps that of all other wars combined — from the Revolutionary War to the War in Iraq. “It’s probably the most tragic chapter, the most dramatic chapter, in American history,” said Daniel Barefoot, author of “Let Us Die Like Brave…

Hidden treasures found at Ol’tiques in Lincolnton

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This is the second story in a series on Lincolnton antique shops.) Members of the Ol’tiques, a cooperative antiques shop in Lincolnton, feel they had no choice when it came to expanding their hobby. “It kind of gets in your blood,” said Leslie Costner, a co-op member. Fellow member Denise…