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Fishing since ’49

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Taylor’s Fishing Lake in west Lincoln has provided a place to fish since 1949, and the people keep coming. “I’ve been the owner for 14 years,” said Robert Fredell. “I enjoy meeting all the fisherman. It gives them a place to fish.” Although the lake is no longer operated by…

Car crashes in art filled yard

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One year and five days after a wreck in her front yard caused Rachel Watkins to create protest art, a second car careened off N.C. 18 and crashed. The wreck, which happened during a thunderstorm at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, killed two of Watkin’s crepe myrtle trees, but no one…

Last words in war

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The total number of American deaths during the Civil War trumps that of all other wars combined — from the Revolutionary War to the War in Iraq. “It’s probably the most tragic chapter, the most dramatic chapter, in American history,” said Daniel Barefoot, author of “Let Us Die Like Brave…

80th birthday

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Local barbecue festival gains national attention

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The Outdoor Life Network (OLN) debuts its series, “All-Star BBQ Showdown” on July 23. Lincolnton’s motorcycle and barbecue festival, Hog Happening, will be the setting for one of the upcoming episodes. The series seeks to crown the ultimate barbecue champion by pitting eight award-winning “BBQ All-Stars” against amateur challengers in…

Church to host family fun evening

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Members of the Lincolnton Church of God hope to save souls with free food, horseshoes and live music. “Everything is free,” said Eric Griffin, youth and Christian education director at the church. “It’s just a time of fun and fellowship.” The church will host Family Fun Day this Saturday from…

This old house

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Built in 1884, the home of Homer and Shirley Smith has gone through its share of changes over the years. The one thing that has remained the same, however, is its social atmosphere and open door policy. “It’s like everybody’s home,” said Homer. “It’s a welcome sight.” Homer has lived…

Non-profit uses horsing around for therapeutic health

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At-risk youth can shut out teachers, parents and principals, but there’s one thing that’s impossible to ignore. “You get them in an arena with a horse and there’s no way they do not engage,” said Vicki Robinson, an equine-assisted therapist. “They have met their match.” Shepherd Inc., a non-profit that…

Mind reading magic

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Home Health nurse treasures job

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West Lincoln resident Ann Hoover enjoys her career at the Home Health Agency in Lincolnton. It allows her to lend her time and skills to help people. “My job is really challenging,” Hoover, 57, said. “It has its rewards, which is seeing the progress of the patient.” Hoover, a registered…