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Around Town 9/17/2007

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FAMILY REUNION The 61st annual Drum-Wilkinson family reunion will begin at 11:45 a.m. Sunday at Pisgah United Methodist Church, located on Little Mountain Road, off Buffalo Shoals Road and north of N.C. 16 in the Sherrills Ford/Catawba community. Those planning to attend are asked to bring a couple covered dishes…

Cancer patient’s diligence, faith is what saved her life

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For seven years, Lincoln County resident Sylvia Smith received her postcard of clearance, but on Easter Monday in March 2002, she got a phone call instead. After her yearly breast cancer screening, Smith found out that she had a malignant lump. “I was numb. I called my husband. My husband…

Lincoln joins list eligible for federal disaster funds

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Lincoln County and nine other counties in the region are now eligible to apply for federal drought-related agricultural disaster assistance, according to officials in U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry’s office, R-10th District NC. Farmers who have incurred losses due to the drought can apply for federal emergency credit loans and should…

Fire hits Balls Creek Campground

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A fire destroyed nine wooden tents at the historic Balls Creek Campground off Buffalo Shoals Road in Catawba County Friday afternoon. The Denver Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire and engine 14 was on the scene in less than five minutes of the 5:49 p.m. call. Seven departments…

Weddings at Willow Creek Inn one of a kind

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Those wishing to get married at Willow Creek Inn in Vale must be ready for intense, personal preparation. “You have to talk to me: ‘What do you like? What do you want? What are your favorite colors?’” said Mansour Zand, owner of the Inn. Weddings and wedding receptions have been…

‘Raggedy’ quilter appears on television, publishes book

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Kim Deneault had never quilted, but she wanted to help her mother, who had taken up the hobby. She designed a little square herself with dramatic colors. “Ten months later I was in Hollywood,” Deneault said. Deneault, who lives in west Lincoln, filmed a segment on HGTV’s Simply Quilts two…

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The Arts Council of Lincoln County has renamed its annual art competition in honor of the late Paul C. Rhyne, one of the organization’s original founders. “He was community-minded, and he was a strong supporter of the arts,” said Gary Lee, president of the Arts Council. Rhyne was also a…

School board chair, vice chair back in their old positions

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Two months after he stepped down as chairman of the Lincoln County Board of Education, George Dellinger took back the gavel. After a nomination from Joan Avery, Dellinger was unanimously voted to head the group by his peers. “I’ve done what I’ve done for a reason,” Dellinger said of his…

Remembering the attacks

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Litter sweep starts Saturday

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Encouraging individuals, civic groups and businesses to help clean up area roadsides is the goal of Lincoln County Parks and Recreation Department through the Fall Litter Sweep campaign beginning Saturday. During Monday’s Lincoln County Commissioners meeting, the board proclaimed Sept. 15-29 as Fall Litter Sweep 2007 in Lincoln County. They…