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BALLARD: Husband and wife have served as missionaries for 40 years

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Faye Painter and her husband, Olen, have been with the CIMI mission board for more than 40 years. They were educated at the candidate school in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They learned what would be expected of them and how to go to people’s homes and teach them…

BALLARD: Reunions and memories

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Last Saturday, the Ballard cousins had their yearly reunion, organized by Ron Ballard. My husband and I go every year and there is much fun, great food, old pictures and a lot of “I remember that, too” going around. Each year, the number of people expands…

A Father’s Day tribute, as told by Bobby Ballard

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As told to Lincoln Times-News guest columnist Paulette Ballard: At the age of 63 I look back upon my life and remember people who stood out during my younger years. For many people it’s a teacher, a pastor or a special friend. For me it was Tom Arrington, my best…

Notable News

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Notable news for June 19, 2015. The Lincolnton Lions Club is proud to announce the 2015 winners of a $500 scholarship: Lincolnton High School’s Mia Anastasia Anderson, daughter of Revonda Anderson. East Lincoln High School’s Alisha Victoria Rumfelt, daughter of Tina Rumfelt. North Lincoln High School’s Gabrielle Rose Solomita, daughter…

Lincolnton Parks & Recreation kicks off summer programs

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As the summer gets into swing, Lincolnton Parks & Recreation has a full schedule of offerings for area youth and adults to participate in. Director Richard Haynes said he is proud of what his department has been able to offer the community for many years. “I…

Museum shows rich southern railroad heritage

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Just a short jaunt across the Lincoln County line into Catawba County sits a railroad museum perched in the downtown district of Newton. For train and railroad enthusiasts, an afternoon spent touring the grounds could serve as time well spent. The Southeastern Narrow Gauge and Shortline…

BALLARD: Woman helps abused children

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  PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist I recently met Susan Gauthier, the victim services coordinator at the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center. She has held this position for the past five years. She was formerly a human resources officer for Timken. She loves what she does,…

BALLARD: Meeting Don and Carmen Ormsby

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist When I met Don and Carmen Ormsby, I found them to be exceptionally friendly and very pleasant to be around. I started asking Don questions and found he was born in Jay, New York, near Lake Placid. He went to school at AuSable Forks High School.…

Late JROTC instructor memorialized with award

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HELBEY COOK LTN Intern The Air Force JROTC program at Lincolnton High School lost a dear instructor in January. Retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Garry Pratt passed away after battling bone cancer for nearly three years. He was an active member of the community, serving as the commander of…

Bikers: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist The Good Last Wednesday night I did a book signing at Biker Night at Zippers. I had never been there on Wednesday before and I was amazed at how many bikers were there. The motorcycles were beautiful and the bikers all looked at and praised their…