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Postal employees in tight space

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VALE — Employees at the Vale branch of the U.S. Post Office spend their mornings sorting and carting mail in cramped quarters. The lack of space inside and outside of the building continues to be an issue, said Postmaster Meredith Queen. “The territory is growing, and we don’t have room…

Teacher creates handmade Christmas cheer

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Being a teacher by day and artistic entrepreneur by night takes time, effort and a lot of help. Beth Wiseman, a career and technical education teacher at Pumpkin Center Middle School, has been creating decorative pillows for 10 years. This year alone she has produced around 500 pillows. “They’re beautiful…

A time for giving

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Children involved in the Abreadcrumb & Fish Club, a youth ministries program of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, collected fifty bags of food for the less fortunate for Thanksgiving. When hearing of the Christian Ministry of Lincoln County’s great need this holiday season, the club donated the bags to the organization.…

65th Anniversary

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Christmas spirit shipped to troops

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Children smeared glue, applied cotton balls and wrote personalized messages on Christmas cards going to troops overseas. “It’s for the army,” said Ian Yount, a 7-year-old who participated in the Lincoln County Library’s project. “Because they’ve done some good things for us.” The individualized cards will be sent to Lincoln…

Winter weather threatens outdoor pets

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As the weather becomes frigid, it’s often Fido who suffers. “Cold weather’s always an issue, especially for older pets,” said Ryan Orr, senior technician at All Creatures Animal Hospital in Stanley. Pets who do not have adequate housing can suffer during the winter months of cold, rain and snow. Some…

Lifelong struggle leads to loving home

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Alex Childers had spent his whole life going from one foster home to the next, never settling into a safe and secure family. When he was 10 years old he had already lived in a Russian orphanage, been adopted into a neglectful home and spent time in both group foster…

Building Dedication

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Participating in the dedication of the McKendree UMC Fellowship Building on Nov. 14 were (from left to right) Rev. Patricia Lewis, Gastonia District Superintendent; Rev. Deval Mason, former pastor; Rev. Thomas Sigmon, WNC Conference Director of Correctional Ministries; Rev. Randy Powell, pastor and Rev. Joe Ervin, retired director of Church…

Every dog has her day

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Stonerhaven Gypsy Traveller stands proudly with her owners Merisa and Christina Stoner. The dog won “Best of Winners” in show one at the United Kennel Club event held in Charlotte. Merisa won first place for her Novice Junior Showmanship Class during each of the four shows. Contributed Photo…

Seear recalls sights of a lifetime

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Physician retires from health dept. After resisting Nazis, going on whaling expeditions and providing aid in developing nations, a Lincoln County Health Department doctor is finally ready to retire. “Everything has to end,” said Torben Seear who has worked as an obstetrician and gynecologist with the Lincoln County Health Department…