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Massage students pursue future in expanding field

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Most massage clients blissfully having their stress rubbed away don’t realize the work that goes into their relaxation. “You are not just standing, rubbing in cream,” said Ann Hibbard, department chair of the Lincoln Campus’ therapeutic massage program. Instead, massage therapists must learn proper body mechanics and science to keep…

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…

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,…

Rotary swears in new officers

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The Denver/Lake Norman Rotary club turned over a new leaf at last Wednesday’s meeting as new officers were for 2005-2006 were installed. At that meeting, Joe Lampron, then-current president, handed over his title to Marty Smith. Smith said he was honored to be named the new president of the Denver/Lake…

Residents, pro and con, turn out for Wal-Mart hearing

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Residents of east Lincoln came out Thursday night to learn more about Wal-Mart and how representatives plan to deal with issues such as crime and traffic. The basketball stands at the East Lincoln Community center were filled as residents both vented and praised the proposed Super Wal-Mart that has plans…

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…