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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…

Brass band plays favorites

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60th class reunion

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Pottery showcased in exhibit, festival

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If you’re interested in pottery, Lincoln County is the place to be this week. Local potters currently have their wares on display at the Lincoln Cultural Center’s aptly titled exhibit “Pottery: Catawba Valley Region.” “The heritage of Catawba Valley potters is well known, not just regionally, but nationally,” said Mary…

Fall colors to be less than spectacular this year due to weather

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Lovers of fall colors may have their hearts broken this year. Due to warm weather and (until recently) little rain, fall foliage will be less than impressive. “I don’t know that we will have real good colors, but it always varies,” said Kevin Starr, director of the Lincoln County Cooperative…

Evacuees find safe haven

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During the first of their 36 years of marriage, Henry and Elaine Jones made their home on Fort Bragg’s army base. Since then, the couple has lived in Louisiana and raised a family. They are now proud grandparents. “New Orleans isn’t like any other city,” said Henry. “If you’re born…

Stopping hunger globally, locally

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You go, Girl Scouts!

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Dedication to CROP Walk lasts 20 years

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Pisgah United Methodist Church has participated in Lincolnton’s CROP Walk for 20 years and some of its members haven’t missed a single walk. “The first crop walk, we walked quite a many miles,” said Rachel Rhyne, a participant. “It was just wonderful just to get to be with friends and…

‘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…