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BALLARD: Reunion leads to marriage and a home on Walker Branch Road

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Carole Howell told me she and her husband, Billy, went to high school together. After graduation, she went off to college and he went into the Navy. They lost touch over the years until they reconnected at the Lincolnton High School 30th class reunion in 2007.…

Scholarship offered

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Staff report The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Administrative Professionals Association is now taking applications for the $750 Herter-O’Neal Scholarship. The scholarship is for current and enrolling college students pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in business or a business-related field. Applicants must be a legal resident of North Carolina. The…

Lincoln County 4-H champs

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APRIL B. DILLON Guest Columnist Lincoln County 4-H members celebrated their 2014 accomplishments at the Lincoln County 4-H Achievement Program on Jan. 30. Members participated in a game of mystery, “Who Kidnapped Chris Clover,” before dinner and awards. NC State 4-H council reporter Madeline Jones, from Yadkin County, gave greetings…

BALLARD: Showering at the wrong time

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist I have met very few people who gave me an unforgettable moment as funny yet unnerving as the one Anne Michael gave me. I met Anne through another writer friend of mine and as we all conversed and learned about each other, I asked Anne for…

Students shine in essay contest

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Battling diabetes since 6

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Holly Howell of Lincolnton began her battle with insulin dependent diabetes when she was just 6 years old. She was in kindergarten and this was years before insulin pumps and today’s methods of dealing with diabetes were made available. She told me that her parents would…

Lincoln County Senior Center hosts corn hole tournament

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Playing the piano in church since age 12

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist I met Lavinia White at McKendree United Methodist Church. She is the choir director there and she and my brother-in-law have been good friends for years. I’ve been impressed with how professional the choir sounds under her direction. She told me she started taking piano lessons…

Stroud to direct next LTG production

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When the acting duo of Holly Perkins and Travis Sinclair takes the stage for the Lincoln Theatre Guild’s February production of Abigail Grotke’s comedy “Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, & Marriage,” audience participation will be encouraged in the television talk show setting. According to Grotke’s…

‘Project Lifesaver’ training conducted

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Staff report A program with a primary focus on people with medical problems like Alzheimer’s disease, autism and Down syndrome was launched on Jan. 6 as Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies and members of the Lincoln County Special Operations Land Search Team conducted “Project Lifesaver” training at several locations throughout…