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50th anniversary

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Charlie A. Ballard and Peggy G. Ballard of Lincolnton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 14. They were married on Oct. 14, 1955 at Antioch Baptist Church. They have two sons, Mark Ballard and Brad Ballard, both of Lincolnton. They have six grandchildren, Brittany Ballard, Spencer Sutton, Travis Sutton,…

Christmas tree farm grand opening set for Nov. 19

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Christmas is often a hectic time, filled with deciding on the perfect gift, decorations and tree for the season. Santa’s Forest, a Christmas tree farm owned and operated by the Herter family, aims to ease that holiday burden and make it fun at the same time. “It’s neat that it’s…

‘Psycho’ set for Halloween eve

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The Lincoln Cultural Center’s “Movies on Main” classic movie series will kick off its inaugural season at 3 p.m. Sunday with a free one- time screening of the Alfred Hitchcock thriller “Psycho.” The movie, which stars Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins, marks the first film shown in the Timken Performance…

Pen-pals share lifelong friendship

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In 1964, the Beatles ruled, the Rolling Stones rocked and having a pen pal was all the rage. Debbie Whitworth, then 12, was living in Lincolnton when her aunt sent her the address of a 12-year-old English girl. The girl’s name was Lee, and she was the daughter of her…

New ministry focuses on letters

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The ministry “Letters from Dad” was born during the aftermath of a death. George Vaughn, the ministry’s creator, was cleaning out his father’s house and putting things in order when he came across a tackle box. Inside, there were rusted fishing hooks and rotted fishing line. His first instinct was…

Lions Club hosts vision screening Oct. 24

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Did you know that diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness? In honor of October being Diabetes Month, the Diabetes Education Program and Self Management Program of Lincoln Medical Center, in cooperation with the Lincolnton Lions Club, will sponsor a free diabetes health fair Monday, Oct. 24 at…

Local crowned queen

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Christian film debuts Oct. 22

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Coming soon to churches near you — a Hollywood-style production depicting the end of the world as foreseen in the Bible. “People do want to see factually based, spiritually sound movies that are entertaining,” said the Rev. James Jernigan, better known as “Brother Bud.” “Left Behind: World at War” is…

Pre-schoolers bike for a cause

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The 4-year olds at New Vision Ministries School did not have to wait until after school to ride their bicycles. The school held a trike-a-thon to raise money to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. While the 16 children raised money for each lap they made, most of the money…