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Thousands raised through pie contest

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Union Elementary School resembled a Roman coliseum Tuesday as a gym full of children screamed, stomped their feet and demanded to see their teachers’ faces covered in pie. “It’s better than kissing a pig,” said Kirby Oldham, the school principal. Oldham agreed to take a pie in the face if…

Taking Christ to the open road

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Strapping on a pair of boots, putting on a leather jacket and taking to the road on a motorcycle can be a spiritual experience. “To me, I see the beauty of what God has created everywhere, from the wind to the smell of the flowers,” said Shirley Morris, a Christian…

All that jazz

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Within the Week

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Friday is one of the biggest days of the year for the town of Lincolnton. “Relay for Life,” the signature fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society, will take place at the Lincolnton High School football stadium. Fundraisers have been hard at work since January, collecting money for the cause.…

Gospel musical opens Saturday

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“Love Don’t Live Here Anymore,” a gospel musical, tackles many tough subjects, including teen pregnancy and spousal abuse. The story is framed around a pastor’s neglected family. “He’s caught up in his community, in his church work,” said Ivey Robinson, the play’s writer, director and producer. “He’s caught up in…

Seniors plan military futures

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Many graduates of West Lincoln High School’s JROTC program have decided the military is the life for them. “It’s a guaranteed job, somewhere to live, three meals a day and an education if I want it,” said Joshua Grimes, who has enlisted in the Marine Corps. The eight men and…

Bonding over baseball

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This weekend marks the beginning of the baseball season at West Lincoln Optimist Park and officials hope it will bring the community together. Festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. today at 6:30 p.m. and from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday Players past and current, plus sponsors for this…

Starting off the strawberry season

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Strawberries have just come in season, and people can’t get enough. “You can’t keep them on the shelves,” said Jeff Crotts, who runs Knob Creek Orchard and Creamery in west Lincoln. “We run out everyday.” The season won’t peak until mid-May, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t getting their fill…

Fantastic 4-H fashion

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Members of the 4-H club strutted their stuff down the runway on Tuesday night in handmade clothes. “The goal of the fashion show is to help the participants develop some sewing skills, project skills, that they can use later,” said April Dillon, 4-H development extension agent. “I don’t know how…

Woman discovers father’s military papers

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While sorting through her mother’s old things, Susie McMurry Estep found something surprising tucked away inside a bible. The sheets of paper were thin and tattered. As she unfolded them, she learned for the first time that her father had been on the front line on D-Day and was subsequently…