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Winning big in Kiddy Kountry

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Although a number of five-star daycare facilities received honors at the “State of the Young Child Recognition Ceremony,” one three-star facility also shined bright. The ceremony was held in Gaston County Wednesday night and Vale’s Kiddy Kountry Child Care received two awards. The center improved from one to three stars…

Protest art up another year

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Mannequins splattered with red paint and protest signs spouting “Go faster!” have lined a stretch of N.C. 18 for nearly a year. According to the owner, the art is here to stay. “I was going to take them down because there had not been a wreck since July 8,” said…

Kids get crafty

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Coming up with crafty ways to have fun will be the focus of a program at the North Brook Community Center this summer. The Kids’ Summer Craft Days program, sponsored by Lincolnton-Lincoln County Parks and Recreation, will take place on three Fridays. Sessions will be held on July 8 and…

Hot fun in the summertime

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Doubly delicious

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West Lincoln tractor repairman uses a lifetime of knowledge

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For much of his adult life, 86-year old, Everette Wise has made tractors, engines and mechanical dilemmas his life and he doesn’t have any plans of stopping soon. “I rebuild, restore and tune them up,” Wise said. “I do anything that needs to be done. I’ve been on my own…

Camp roars with excitement

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SHERRILLS FORD— When campers come to Camp Dogwood, they can expect to leave with not just a relaxing vacation, but with lifelong friendships. The camp for visually-impaired people, located on Lake Norman and sponsored by the North Carolina Lions Foundation, runs from May 29 to Aug. 27 with a week…

Bike race nets sponsor for youthful competitor

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For a Bicycle Motorcross (BMX) racer, having a sponsor means free food, cheap gear and a built-in support system. Nikolas Geerken, an East Lincoln Middle School student and rookie BMX racer, is pleased with these new perks. “It’s more fun now, because when I go to races I have friends…

62 boating citations, 36 warnings, 21 night boating citations issued

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Lincoln County’s lake patrol and state wildlife officers netted nearly 150 citation during a boater safety saturation Saturday. Fifteen boats and an airplane patrolled Lake Norman throughout the day Saturday and into early Sunday morning, said N.C. Wildlife Officer Scott Loflin. Officers from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and N.C.…

Lake Calendar

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WESTPORT PARADE The July 4 parade for Westport will start at 10 a.m. in the Fairfield UMC parking lot and will end at St. Peter’s By The Lake Episcopal Church parking lot. Prizes will be given for the winners in the following categories: Best Home/Mailbox Decoration on the Parade Route;…