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Holding on to the dream

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The spirit of the original owner is still alive and well at Shear Options, a beauty salon on Academy Street in Lincolnton. The character of the turn-of-the-century house has been preserved with its hardwood floors, old fireplaces and green and yellow color scheme. Chatty hairdressers stay busy, and their equally…

Raising awareness

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Even if you’ve stared death straight in the eye, battled cancer and claimed victory, talking in front of a group of people can prove nerve-wracking. Joyce Houser has told her story of surviving colon cancer to rooms packed with people, despite her stage fright. She’s decided overcoming her nervousness is…

Survivor named honorary chairman

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The honorary chairman of Lincolnton’s Relay for Life has certainly earned his title. John Elmore spent six years off and on fighting cancer, which was found at different times in his kidney, lungs, throat and hip. At one point, Elmore was told that he had a five percent chance of…

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…