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60th Anniversary

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Lincolnton local brings O. Henry to life

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“The Thief, the Chief and the Magi” started out as a one-man radio show and grew into a full blown play complete with ragtime melodies and derby hats. “We’re having a good time with it,” said Barrie Howard, a Lincolnton local who wrote and directed the play. “We’re laughing a…

Scholarship forms available

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Applications are now available for the George A. Stoudemire Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Stoudemire was a former Lincoln County Agricultural Extension Chairman and a highly regarded member of the community for almost 30 years. Scholarships are awarded annually to Lincoln County residents who will be pursuing a degree program at a…

Teenager takes charge of play

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Being directed by a soft spoken 16-year-old, isn’t what most actors expect when entering into a holiday play with a cast of over 50 performers. “It struck me as somewhat funny or unusual at first, but it’s been good,” said Bill Coram, who plays Rev. Hopkins in “The Best Christmas…

Artist takes road back to self

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Andrea St. John Nocher has found artistic inspiration in Lincoln County’s old barns and farm houses. She lives in an 18th century brick house down a gravel road in west Lincoln, and there she spends her time painting rural scenes. “The countryside gives me a lot of inspiration. I love…

Star lit tour of Lincolnton homes

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The Lincoln County Arts Council will hold its third annual Star Light Tour of Homes on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The tour includes six locations – four private homes, First Presbyterian Church on West Main Street and the Lincoln Cultural Center located on Main Street. The theme…

Symphony makes stop in town

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The North Carolina Symphony comes to town on Dec. 9 bringing with it classical music and holiday favorites. The audience even gets a chance to join in on the music. “You sing, and you’re in a crowd that’s celebrating,” said Adair Cantwell, co-president of the Lincoln County chapter of the…

New Christmas shop offers affordable items

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The Good Neighbor Shop’s new Christmas shop is bustling with customers and full of festive holiday fare. “It’s beautiful,” said Jim Morrison, a customer. “They fixed it up real good.” The shop is decorated for the holidays with ornament-filled trees and colorful display windows packed with angels, Santas and Christmas…

70th Anniversary

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Boyce P. and Mary Alice J. Gilbert of Vale celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Oct. 28. They have three children, Joyce Jarrett of Newton, Linda Norman of Vale, Buster Gilbert of Lincolnton, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren…

Country stores offer down home gifts for the holidays

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West Lincoln holds hidden treasures for holiday shoppers hoping to give unique gifts with a homegrown feel. Stores offer pillows stitched with the American flag, birdhouses with painted on sunflowers and a plethora of John Deere merchandise. At Knob Creek Orchard Fresh Farm Market, John Deere products are their biggest…