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Teenager takes charge of play

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Being directed by a soft spoken 16-year-old, isn’t what most actors expect when entering into a holiday play with a cast of over 50 performers. “It struck me as somewhat funny or unusual at first, but it’s been good,” said Bill Coram, who plays Rev. Hopkins in “The Best Christmas…

Artist takes road back to self

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Andrea St. John Nocher has found artistic inspiration in Lincoln County’s old barns and farm houses. She lives in an 18th century brick house down a gravel road in west Lincoln, and there she spends her time painting rural scenes. “The countryside gives me a lot of inspiration. I love…

Star lit tour of Lincolnton homes

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The Lincoln County Arts Council will hold its third annual Star Light Tour of Homes on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The tour includes six locations – four private homes, First Presbyterian Church on West Main Street and the Lincoln Cultural Center located on Main Street. The theme…

Tech grants announced

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Six area schools have received an extra boost for technology. The Lincoln County Public Education Foundation recently distributed $1,000 in technology grants to all schools in the system, but six facilities received additional funding. Rock Springs Elementary, Lincolnton Middle and East Lincoln High schools all received $2,500. S. Ray Lowder,…

New Christmas shop offers affordable items

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The Good Neighbor Shop’s new Christmas shop is bustling with customers and full of festive holiday fare. “It’s beautiful,” said Jim Morrison, a customer. “They fixed it up real good.” The shop is decorated for the holidays with ornament-filled trees and colorful display windows packed with angels, Santas and Christmas…

70th Anniversary

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Boyce P. and Mary Alice J. Gilbert of Vale celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Oct. 28. They have three children, Joyce Jarrett of Newton, Linda Norman of Vale, Buster Gilbert of Lincolnton, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren…

SAFE KIDS join ministry in bike helmet campaign

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Two local organizations are working together to keep kids safe. Lincoln County SAFE KIDS Coalition has teamed up with Christian Ministry of Lincoln County to provide bicycle helmets to children this Christmas, according to Lincoln County Fire Marshal Mike Futrell. This is the second year that SAFE KIDS has assisted…

WLHS band has successful season

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Under the leadership of band director Jack Horner and assistant director David Parsons, the West Lincoln High School “Marching Rebel Band” received many awards during this year’s competitive season. Entitled “The Water Show,” the band’s 2004 field show featured such tunes as “Anchors Aweigh,” “Sailing,” “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,”…

Auction Helps Diabetes Association

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Jennifer Painter, area associate for the American Diabetes Association, looks at an autographed picture of NFL Quarterback Dan Marino held by Jack Funk, who chaired the recent Business Expo in Lincolnton where the picture and other sports memorabilia items were auctioned off to benefit the association and may be expanded…

Former minister files for appeal

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A former Lincoln County minister sentenced to 36 years in prison on Oct. 27 for sexually abusing three of his daughters has appealed the ruling. Ted Hendrix, 67, was a pastor at Webbs Chapel United Methodist Church in Denver. He resigned in August 2003 after the accusations surfaced. Detective Dawn…