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Seaman Matthew Williamson graduated from the Great Lakes Naval Academy Quartermaster A school on Aug. 27, 2014. He is currently stationed on the USS Winston S. Churchill at the Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia. He is the son of Andy and Susan Rose Williamson of Lincolnton and the grandson of…

Boy Scouts earn awards and ranks

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Lincoln Charter School breaks ground at site

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Choosing the right college

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APRIL B. DILLON Guest Columnist School has just begun, but high school seniors are already moving forward with plans for their future after graduation. For many, college is the next step. Leaving a classroom of 30 students and moving into a classroom of 300 or more is quite a change.…

MCHUGH: Boys and girls learn differently

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JOHN MCHUGH Guest columnist I am the father of two girls and one boy. My two daughters did well in school and seemed to enjoy it, for the most part. My son does not feel the same way about school. All three of them scored about the same on IQ…

N.C. Pre-K program helps kids get a head start

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AMY WADSWORTH Guest Columnist Tiffany and Tim Taylor have nothing but good things to say about the N.C. Pre-K program in Lincoln County. Their twins, Hope and Bryan, went through the program and the results are evident, they said. “They are both really advanced in reading and writing,” Tim Taylor…

Extension accepting recipes for apple contest

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Staff report The Lincoln County Cooperative Extension is taking recipes for its annual Apple Dish Contest. A longtime staple at the Apple Festival, contestants can win cash prizes in multiple categories. Sponsored by First Federal Savings Bank, judges at the Apple Dish Contest will award first, second and third place…

BALLARD: Shadowing Dr. Ted Parcel

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist A year prior to my retirement I had knee pain, which I thought was part of the joint pains I would experience with age. As the pain worsened I sought help from Dr. Ted Parcel. After showing me my x-rays of what was causing my pain,…

BALLARD: How I became a paratrooper

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist James David Williams told me he will never forget becoming a paratrooper while he was in the Air Force from 1973-1977. He said he did his basic training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina then trained at Fort Benning in Georgia, where the jump school training…

WoodMill Winery Grape Stomp Festival

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