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‘What’s for Dinner?’ offers answers

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Take a look at Paul Balcerek’s huge stack of cookbooks, and you won’t wonder where his passion lies. “I’ve always cooked all my life,” the personal chef said. “To most people, it’s a chore. To me, it comes easy.” Balcerek, 59, grew up cooking with his grandmother, mother and aunt…

Catching some air

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There’s a reason they call him Kamikaze Kaylor. With a slew of first place trophies for motorcross racing and a “no fear” approach to 65-foot jumps, Jesse Kaylor has earned the name. “If I wreck or something, they know I’m coming back and I’m going to be at the front…

Jazz-happy brass band makes stop in Lincolnton

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They may look formal in their tuxedos, but the St. Louis Brass Quintet promises to bring showmanship and good times to the James W. Warren Citizens Center Oct. 13. The quintet is made up of five accomplished musicians. Three of these men work as professors at nationally recognized universities. The…

Maiden reunion

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Blackburn reunion

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Cooperative extension welcomes new staff member

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A childhood filled with pig raising and 4-H clubs has prepared Leigh Guth for a career with the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension. “I came after this job,” said Guth, the new family consumer sciences agent. “It does a lot of things I believe.” Guth, who has lived in Lincoln County…

90th birthday

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Staying Alive

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Sara Butler (right) also became involved in the fun as she fed her 1-year-old nephew funnel cake. Chris Dean / LTN Photo…

ROTC takes first place

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Members of the West Lincoln High School Junior ROTC accomplished more than expected when they took home top honors at the Newton-Conover Field Meet Sept. 10. “We knocked out (McDowell High School) that had won 10 straight years,” said Commander Karl Jordan, an ROTC teacher. The meet included 16 area…

Pottery festival coming

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The legend of master potter Burlon Craig will be honored during an October festival held in his name. The Burlon Craig Pottery Festival will take place in Vale at the Burlon Craig Home Place. The festival lasts from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Oct. 15. Around 45 potters and pottery…