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Disc jockey back on air

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Since leaving his job as a WLON radio disc jockey due to health problems, Tim Biggerstaff has received an onslaught of concerned calls and get well cards. “The listeners have been calling,” said Biggerstaff. Some fans have sent him a get well card for each of the 13 weeks he’s…

Shear devotion

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There’s one thing that’s kept James Leatherman in the barbershop business for 57 years, and that’s the conversation. “I like to talk to people. I learn something new everyday,” he said. “We talk about different things – farming and religion and politics, all different subjects. Now the subject is on…

Stunning Singer

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Winning Words

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Kid inventor becomes toy specialist

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Compulsive jump roper, Michelle Painter, felt there were a few things missing from her toy of choice. For one thing, she couldn’t change its length, which was a real hassle for a growing girl. Another problem was the lack of a timer. How could she know how fast she went?…

Within The Week

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Want to kick off spring the right way? The Steely Pan Steel Band is bringing Caribbean rhythms and an ocean front sensibility to Lincolnton this week. The steel drum band will perform at the James W. Warren Citizen’s Center this Friday at 7:30 p.m. They bring with them 19 performers,…

Steel drums bring spring

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There’s something about a steel drum band that banishes bad moods and conjures up warm weather and mild breezes. Steely Pan Steel Band, a steel drum band from Appalachian State University, is certainly not the exception to that rule. “When it was raining the other day and so cold, I…

Spring Flinging

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BMX racer goes the distance

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A second-hand bike and lack of fear have earned an east Lincoln boy first place in the Bicycle Motor Cross Nationals. “We didn’t even get the best bike. We didn’t have a trainer,” said Annie Geerken, the boy’s mother. “He did this on his own.” Nikolas Geerken, a 13-year-old student…

Oh, my aching back

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When experiencing back pain, many people’s first instinct is to retreat to their sofa. What they should be doing instead is getting their bodies up and moving. “The main thing is just to exercise,” said Kathie Anthony, a group exercise coordinator at the Lincoln Family YMCA. She suggests starting with…