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The healing power of touch

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The average American is constantly being pushed to do more, work harder and get things finished faster. For some, a constant state of stress has become the norm. “Our culture feeds off stress, I think,” said Betsy Okonski, a massage therapy student. “Americans work harder and longer than just about…

Soldier Promoted

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55th Wedding Anniversary

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Slim down with fiber

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Fiber is essential to a healthy body, but more and more Americans are eating less and less of it. An average person needs 25 grams of fiber each day, but the average American only eats 15 grams. The high protein, low carbohydrate craze isn’t helping matters, and what’s more, many…

No rescue too small for volunteer firefighters

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Although she is the proud owner of 80 birds, it broke Diana Vance’s heart when her small cockatiel flew out the door one cold Monday. “They say once they’re gone, they never come back,” she said. Vance, who keeps unwanted and disabled birds, followed her cockatiel for hours, hoping it…

Love Memorial Elementary aids tsunami victims

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Children at Love Memorial Elementary School are lending a hand to victims of the South East Asia tsunamis. Staff and students recently started a service project, “Give a Heart, Lend a Hand.” Each day money is collected in buckets and added to the fund to help those affected by the…

Fire destroys home

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VALE — Officials are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a house in western Lincoln County Monday evening. The fire broke out at 6454 Sain Milling Road at about 5:15 p.m. Monday, said Kelly Yount, captain of the Union Volunteer Fire Department. Three other departments…

Learning a love of reading

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For many kids living in west Lincoln, Thursday morning is a time of crafts, songs and storytelling. For their mothers, it’s a time to get some peace and quiet. During the three years the West Lincoln Branch Library has been open, Thursday morning at 10:30 p.m. is story time for…

Mark Twain comes to life

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Rumors of Mark Twain’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Find that hard to believe? Then just head to “Mark Twain! On Stage,” which comes to the James W. Warren Citizens Center on Jan. 27. “He is alive and well,” said Mary Whisonant, publicity chairwoman for the Lincoln County Concert Association.…

Play tells Confederate`s war stories

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The story of one nameless Confederate solider will be told this Saturday night in the musical play “Soldiers in Grey.” The play, which will be held at the American Legion Building on North Aspen Street in Lincolnton, touches on life before during and after the Civil War. The performance begins…