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Living with a Maine Coon cat

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist “A cat makes a wonderful pet…of its master.” I read this in a magazine and the only thing missing was our pet’s name. It is a perfect description of Toby, who manipulates us on daily basis and gets away with it. Our daughter, Liz, lived in…

BALLARD: James Gantt, Soldier Boy

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist In 1964, James Gantt, a 23-year-old young man, was drafted into the Army. He had his basic training at Ft. Gordon, Georgia. Being away from home, he missed his family and friends. The only girl he wanted to write to was a dear friend that he…

Senior Services hosts pottery showcase

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Local seniors enjoyed a reception on Tuesday morning at the Lincoln Cultural Center to honor pottery students from recent classes offered by Lincoln County Senior Services. The classes were held in November at Rising Sun Pottery in Lincolnton and in January at Fat Cat Pottery in Denver. Pottery class participants…

Chamber Meeting

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Free agricultural seminar offered

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Staff report The Small Business Center at Gaston College and the Agricultural Services Division of the NC Department of Commerce are offering a seminar on farm management compliance best practices on March 4 at the Lincolnton campus of Gaston College. The event will start with registration and welcome from 1-1:30…

Observatory open twice in March

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Staff report The Lucile Miller Observatory will be open March 6 and March 20 from 7-11 p.m. for public observing. The site is located on the campus of Maiden Middle School in Maiden. These are free events for all ages and all interests are welcome, with no reservations needed. The…

Another snow day

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Robinson-Lineberger literary competition accepting entries

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Staff report For 32 years, the Arts Council of Lincoln County has held its annual Robinson-Lineberger Literary Competition. The trustees of Flo Robinson’s estate established the competition to memorialize Robinson’s lifelong interest in poetry and prose while encouraging writers to pursue excellence within their craft. The Robert Lineberger estate has…

BALLARD: A wedding of true commitment

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Four months ago, my husband and I attended a beautiful wedding, which was held in the backyard of the bride’s home. Her father built an arbor for her and her fiancé to stand under as they said their vows. The arbor was in front of the…

Senior Center holds Valentine’s Dance

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