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The adventures of Revonda Willis

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist During a recent visit with Revonda Willis and her husband she told me a story about when she was 5 years old. Her dad came home from work one day close to Christmas and told their family about one of the pulpwood haulers who worked where…

Hoyle earns Eagle Scout

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Kenlin Academy Preschool Graduation

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Cooperative Extension program will help identify hazardous trees

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Cooperative Extension is hosting a public workshop on Saturday to educate county residents on the potential hazards of dangerous trees. Registration for the event, which will be held from 9 a.m.-noon at the James W. Warren Citizens Center auditorium, concluded on Thursday. The…

Iron Station hobbyist gains popularity producing ‘gun hides’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Robert Maxwell comes by woodworking honestly. His grandfather and father were carpenters. Moss “Pop” Maxwell worked for Lincoln County’s maintenance department and Bob Maxwell was a talented inside trim carpenter. “I think that my love for woodworking came from them,” Maxwell said. “They taught me that…

BALLARD: Woman ran away from first date with future husband

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Brian Shook and his wife, Gail, are from Lincolnton and I was camped beside them at Myrtle Beach Travel Park. We became friends and shared some good stories together. I told them about the columns I write and Brian said, “Man have I got a story…

Lincoln Theatre Guild to host 23rd annual camp

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When the Lincoln Theatre Guild hosts its 23rd annual camp later this month, it will be conducted by a camp director with plenty of experience and a theatrical resume that will allow the students to tap into that knowledge for their own growth and development on…

BALLARD: Husband and wife have served as missionaries for 40 years

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Faye Painter and her husband, Olen, have been with the CIMI mission board for more than 40 years. They were educated at the candidate school in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They learned what would be expected of them and how to go to people’s homes and teach them…

BALLARD: Reunions and memories

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Last Saturday, the Ballard cousins had their yearly reunion, organized by Ron Ballard. My husband and I go every year and there is much fun, great food, old pictures and a lot of “I remember that, too” going around. Each year, the number of people expands…

A Father’s Day tribute, as told by Bobby Ballard

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As told to Lincoln Times-News guest columnist Paulette Ballard: At the age of 63 I look back upon my life and remember people who stood out during my younger years. For many people it’s a teacher, a pastor or a special friend. For me it was Tom Arrington, my best…