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BALLARD: Homeless stories make for a sleepless night, thoughts on our similarities and differences

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    PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist After reading Phil Perry’s series on the homeless in our area, I have had so many random thoughts going through my mind. How can I help? Who else could help? What else could be done to help those who want to become active in…

Singing Convention hearkens back to a bygone era in music

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Kathy Caudle is invested in the success of the Lincoln County Singing Convention. Literally. The retired Lincoln County nutrition director buys the books of shape note music used to accompany the participants in their two-hour monthly sessions. It’s an expense that runs her a…

BALLARD: St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, Georgia

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  PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist If you’ve never been to Savannah, Georgia for St. Patrick’s Day, and you like to celebrate holidays, this is an adventure you will want to take. I’ll give you a hint though, if you are going to spend the night there, you must make your…

Former teacher’s compassion leads to replenished library for fire-damaged school

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      PHIL PERRY Staff Writer On Jan. 7, the unthinkable happened at Old Dock Elementary School in Columbus County. While officially undetermined, an apparent electrical fire above the ceiling within the school caused fire alarms to sound at 6:30 a.m. Staff members were just beginning to arrive at…

Living with a Maine Coon cat

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist “A cat makes a wonderful pet…of its master.” I read this in a magazine and the only thing missing was our pet’s name. It is a perfect description of Toby, who manipulates us on daily basis and gets away with it. Our daughter, Liz, lived in…

BALLARD: James Gantt, Soldier Boy

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist In 1964, James Gantt, a 23-year-old young man, was drafted into the Army. He had his basic training at Ft. Gordon, Georgia. Being away from home, he missed his family and friends. The only girl he wanted to write to was a dear friend that he…

Senior Services hosts pottery showcase

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Local seniors enjoyed a reception on Tuesday morning at the Lincoln Cultural Center to honor pottery students from recent classes offered by Lincoln County Senior Services. The classes were held in November at Rising Sun Pottery in Lincolnton and in January at Fat Cat Pottery in Denver. Pottery class participants…

Chamber Meeting

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Free agricultural seminar offered

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Staff report The Small Business Center at Gaston College and the Agricultural Services Division of the NC Department of Commerce are offering a seminar on farm management compliance best practices on March 4 at the Lincolnton campus of Gaston College. The event will start with registration and welcome from 1-1:30…

Observatory open twice in March

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Staff report The Lucile Miller Observatory will be open March 6 and March 20 from 7-11 p.m. for public observing. The site is located on the campus of Maiden Middle School in Maiden. These are free events for all ages and all interests are welcome, with no reservations needed. The…

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