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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…

With our thanks

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Within the week

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A variety of child-focused activities accompany this week of summer vacation. For one thing, the Gaston Public Library is hosting “Caught in the Web: A performance of Ananse Stories.” The African folk tales will surely delight young audiences at 10:30 a.m. on Friday. The library is located at 1555 East…

Head of the class

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Local scout sets his sites on Eagle

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For Boy Scouts across the country, hard work and determination will pay off as some achieve the highest rank in Scouts: The Eagle. Clay Heafner, sophomore at West Lincoln High School, is currently working on his. “I’m constructing a playground for my church, Crouse United Methodist,” Heafner said. “I also…

Hog Happenin’ hits downtown

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Hog Happenin’ brings together two much-beloved worlds – barbecue and bikes. The two-day festival takes place in downtown Lincolnton, kicking off today at 6 p.m. “Lincolnton was the first to combine the animal with the mechanical,” said Jackie Casey, media liaison for the event. “I guess that’s our claim to…