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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…

Symphony to perform in great outdoors

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Bright blue skies and dancing children are expected to accompany the North Carolina Symphony’s stop in Lincolnton. The symphony will be performing a free concert this Thursday on the grounds of the First Baptist Church. The professional, 65-member symphony has performed twice at Carnegie Hall in New York City and…

50th Anniversary

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Wallace and Mary Ellen Wentz Keener celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary May 26. They have one son, Andy Keener and one granddaughter, Lauren Keener. The couple celebrated May 21 with a surprise dinner with family and friends at the Lincolnton Sportsman’s Club. Contributed / LTN Photo…

Road-tripping with the Bible

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Vacation Bible School students can now expand their horizon of learning through road trips — minus cramped backseats — and the nagging question: Are we there yet? “It’s just a fun way to connect to different areas, along with the Bible and life learning,” said Pastor David Walker Jr. of…

Relay makes record

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After amassing a total of $188,000 for the 2005 Lincolnton Relay for Life, captains of the event’s 50 teams had reason to celebrate. “Do we know how to Relay or what?” said John Dancoff, co-chair of the event, at a celebration held Tuesday night at the Lincoln Senior Center. The…

A lady slipper’s paradise

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As a child, Ron Ballard’s mother took him out to the woods in search of pink lady slippers. He was always taught not to touch – except on mother’s day, when he was allowed to pick a single flower. “There were never more than a dozen,” said Ballard. Now an…

Five generations

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Theatre Guild survives struggles

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Despite trials and tribulations, members of the Lincoln Theatre Guild know the show must go on. The non-profit organization lost its administrative director in April and found itself deeply in debt. Since then, anonymous donations have cleared up financial worries and new board members are being recruited. “The reorganization has…

Strawberry sweetheart

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50th wedding anniversary

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Hal and Prue Carpenter of Lincolnton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 3. The couple has one child, Marcella. Hal is a retired dairy farmer and maintenance director of Gaston Day School. Prue is retired from substitute teaching in Lincoln County Schools. The couple are members of Bethel Lutheran…