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Blackberries a new crop for west Lincoln

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Houser Farms has become the first farm in Lincoln County to commercially produce blackberries. “When you go to spend $10,000 on an acre of crop, you start to get nervous,” said Daniel Houser, co-owner of Houser Farms and president of the North Carolina Commercial Blackberry and Raspberry Growers Association. “It’s…

Social geared toward west Lincoln residents

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There’s something new going on at Howards Creek Community Center, and it’s all geared toward west Lincoln residents. “I want to get the community more active,” Drew Chance, program director for Lincoln County Parks and Recreation, said of the new program he’s calling the Social at Howards Creek. April 14…

Union Elementary receives gold STAR

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Union Elementary was the first recipient of the new STAR Achievement Award, sponsored by the Southwest Education Alliance. The name of the award is an acronym for “Schools That Achieve Results.” According to Union principal Kirby Oldham, the STAR Award was born when superintendents of 12 districts decided to recognize…

Locks of Love

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Calvary connection unknown to children

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The last surviving member of the Lincoln County Calvary turned 90 on Sunday. “Horses were a part of life,” said Ransom Schronce of the 1930s. The Calvary was a precursor the National Guard. Back then, the boys would go off for weeks to train in places like Mississippi. “The boys…

Most wanted

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Contact intensive surveillance officers Ted Overcash at (704) 732-2229 or David Carpenter at (704) 732-4784 or the Crime Stoppers hotline at (704) 736-8909 if you have information on the following criminal suspects. n Keymandy Williamson Wanted by the North Carolina Department of Corrections for possession with the intent to sell…

Around Town 4/25/2008

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BLOOD DRIVE A blood drive sponsored by Emmanuel Lutheran Church will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the church fellowship hall. For more information or to schedule a time, call Sue at (704) 735-3302. CAR SHOW The Sherrills Ford Lions Club will sponsor a car show…

Willis Family Restaurant has legendary past

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Willis Family Restaurant may be a relatively new eatery, but if its walls could talk, they’d surely have stories to tell. “The building was built in 1955,” said Shane Willis, owner of the Lincolnton restaurant, which has been home to a number of establishments, including Italian Villa and Community Cafй.…

Unleashing Dazzling Designs

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Students taught about fruits, veggies

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Healthy living is now part of the third-grade curriculum at G.E. Massey Elementary School. Melinda Houser, an agent with the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension, has been teaching three classes about the importance of exercise and the value of eating fruits and vegetables. “The goal is to teach them nutrition,” said…