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PAULETTE BALLARD: There’s plenty to be thankful for

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist This time of the year, everyone is planning their Thanksgiving dinner, family visits and all the hustle and bustle that goes along with the holiday. I’ve been so blessed in my life with a wonderful mother and father, a sister and brother and then a wonderful…

BALLARD: Elsie Hoffman Keever’s TV memories

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Elsie Hoffman Keever told me that in the good old days her husband, Herman, his brothers, Charlie and Glenn, and the Laney, Shrum and Walker boys would ride double on bikes three miles to town on Saturday afternoon to see a western movie. They carried a…

Arts Council opens photography contest

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Staff report The Arts Council of Lincoln County is calling for all amateur photographers to participate in its annual amateur photography competition. Entrants and competition winners will take part in an open reception and an awards presentation as well as an exhibition in the Carolina Mills and Cochrane galleries of…

Lincolnton woman wins Partnership for Children raffle

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Too close to a bombing in Saudi Arabia

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Al Cockerline told me about serving in the Air Force and being sent to Saudi Arabia. He had been in the service for 17 years and had never been sent anywhere like this. He told me that when he arrived in Saudi Arabia he was set…

Christian Ministries opens annual Christmas Fund

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Monday marked the kick-off for Christian Ministries’ annual Christmas Fund. The first ministry to be taken up by the South Poplar Street nonprofit, the yearly distribution of toys, food boxes and clothing to community members in need originally began with a few local churches. When the…

Lincolnton Fire offers safety tips

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Staff report Halloween is a favorite holiday for children and adults alike. In order to help Lincoln County residents stay safe while they are out trick-or-treating, the Lincolnton Fire Department provided a few safety tips for those enjoying the festivities, courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association. When choosing a…

State Judo Championship

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Paul C. Rhyne award winners announced, Art Crawl canceled

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Staff Report The Arts Council of Lincoln County presented the 2014 Paul C. Rhyne Art Competition awards during a ceremony on Friday in the galleries of the Lincoln Cultural Center. First, second and third place winners were chosen, as well as three honorable mentions. The exhibit will be on display…

Class of ‘43

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