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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…

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…

Vineyard brings wine to west Lincoln

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Want to improve your health? Drink more wine. This is Larry Cagle Jr. and Sr.’s advice for a longer life. Red wine made from muscadine grapes are very good for the body due to the high level of antioxidants, dietary fiber and ellagic acid. The wine also boasts no saturated…

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…

Election to choose mayor

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Thought you’d heard the last about elections this year? Think again. One of the area’s biggest races will begin Saturday when nominations are taken for Cat Square mayor. Candidates for the esteemed position must be lifelong community residents, said Jamie Houser, who helps organize the parade. And that’s pretty much…

1951 Class Reunion

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The 1951 graduating class of Rock Springs High School in Denver met recently for a reunion at the Sagebrush Restaurant in Lincolnton. Pictured from left to right, front row to back row: Guy Killian, Roberta Lawing Ballard, Avoneeal Lawing Ballard, Barbara Miller Beal and Rev. Charles Ledford, Leo Christopher, Opal…