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Proud Graduates

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Beatific ballerina

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Seeing double

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Educating through instruments

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Singing songs, tapping feet and playing music can have a lasting effect on a child. Sharon Atkinson, owner of Amazing Grace Studios in Lincolnton, believes that children who are educated with music are calm, balanced, well mannered and good students. “Children who have music early in life are good listeners,…

Free wheelchairs available

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The Three Wishes Inc. Program makes electric wheelchairs available to senior citizens and the permanently disabled at no cost to the recipient if they qualify. The power wheelchairs are provided to those who cannot walk, cannot self-propel a manual wheelchair in their home and who meet additional guidelines for the…

Within the Week

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If you’re looking for something, free, fun and family friendly, then head out to the fourth annual Art on the Avenue this Saturday. The event is being put on by the Hickory Museum of Art through the sponsorship of Wachovia bank. It will be held on the grounds and inside…

Personal trainers provide extra push

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Whether you want to bulk up, slim down, lower your cholesterol or look good in a bikini, personal trainers have the program for you. “It’s all personalized,” said Melissa Avery, fitness and wellness coordinator at the Lincoln Family YMCA. The YMCA currently has nine certified personal trainers, who are available…

Silly poems lead to literary gold

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When she was a child in rural west Lincoln, Diane Thompson didn’t have much time for books. Now in her 40s, she is an award-winning children’s author who hopes her work teaches children the value of reading. “I think when parents start reading to them very early that instills in…

Campers spend summer serving others

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Hard labor in the hot sun, doesn’t sound like a fun summer vacation, but Camp Loy White participants love what they do. “I don’t see any better way to spend my summer,” said Faith McDermitt, a lead field coordinator for the camp. The Christian camp, which is located in Cleveland…

German native now calls Lincolnton home

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Some say home is where the heart is, while others believe it’s where you were born and raised. For Siegfried “Siggy” Hegewald, a native of Germany, home is Lincolnton. “I have been living here the longest of anywhere else,” he said. Hegewald first came to the United States 30 years…