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Bicycling groups take to the open road

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Sure bicyclists have great calf muscles and snazzy lycra shorts, but the sport’s real thrill is the ride. “The joys of bike riding have been expounded on by many poets and philosophers much greater than myself,” said Chafin Rhyne, owner of Ride-A-Bike Bicycle Shoppe in downtown Lincolnton. That said, when…

Church faces financial woes

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New Life Christian Fellowship has found themselves with a dwindling membership, a $380,000 building and a financial crisis. “We believe we can build a church to the point that it’s self sustaining, but I don’t think that will happen quickly enough to save us from the bank,” said the Rev.…

Providing a space to start over

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There’s never a slow moment at Christian Ministry of Lincoln County. There are always mouths to feed, families to help and to top it all off a $90,000 renovation to oversee. “We’re going to have total chaos for a couple of months,” said Susan Brymer, the executive director. The organization’s…

Cheerleaders take first place

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Lincolnton man attends Sunday school 22 years without a miss

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During the past 22 years, a 91-year old Lincolnton man has attended Sunday School class every single week, even when bedridden in a hospital. “That’s the best part of the week,” said Berlie Dellinger of going to the Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church. “That’s when you try to learn more about…

50th Anniversary

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Clarence Hughes Reep Jr. and Shirley Pauline Reep of Lincolnton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 6. They have five children, Vicky Goins, Kenneth Reep, Eddie Reep, Eric Reep and Alyece Ward; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family will hold a reception at Long Shoals Wesleyan Church Fellowship Hall…

Lincoln seniors conquer games

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Singing for supper

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Mother`s azalea bush blooms on love, keeps on growing

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Since her mother planted an azalea bush in her yard in the mid 1970s, Linda Spencer has done little to keep it alive. “It’s just wild,” said Spencer. “It’s never been fertilized.” After a minute to think, Spencer changes her mind. “It was initially fertilized with love in 1976, but…

Lincoln County book clubs hold meeting

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History and a love of reading collided at the Lincoln Cultural Center Wednesday afternoon as three book clubs met under one roof. The Mentor Book Club has the prestigious honor of being the oldest one in the county – clocking in at 86 years. The Priscilla Book Club is right…