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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,…

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…

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…

Symphony chapter starts recruiting

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In order to keep music in the air, the Lincoln County Chapter of the North Carolina Symphony is working hard to recruit members. “In North Carolina there’s only one town that’s smaller than Lincolnton that has the symphony (visit), and that’s Blowing Rock,” said Adair Cantwell, co-president of the chapter.…

Concert Association announces new season

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The Lincoln County Concert Association is bringing a hodge podge of entertainment to Lincolnton this year. There will be steel drums, funny pianists, singing, unicycling and Beatles impersonating. First up this season is the Steely Pan Steel Band, which will perform April 8 at the James W. Warren Citizen’s Center.…

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If you’re one of those folks who goes ga-ga for glass (and believe me, there’s a lot of you), I suggest you visit Charlotte’s Mint Museum sometime between April 2 and August 21 to check out “Murano: Glass from the Olnick Spanu Collection.” The exhibit brings in fancy glass from…

Cheerleader hits Hawaii

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A West Lincoln High School student has cheered her way to Hawaii and now to college. Holly Wellman, a senior at West Lincoln, recently attended the All American Cheer and Dance Camp at UNC-Chapel Hill. While there she was selected to perform for the National Football League’s Pro Bowl in…

Active learners take on Easter

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UNION – Kindergarten is tough work. You have to color between the lines, learn to share with others and stay still for an entire nap time. If you’re in Angie Deal’s class at Union Elementary School, all this drudgery is broken up by jelly beans and bunny hopping. On Thursday…