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Five generations welcome soldier home

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Five generations sat together at Ramseur’s Sandwich Shop on Tuesday morning celebrating Christmas and fawning over the newest addition to the family. Ages ranged from 85-year-old Grady Abernathy to two-month-old Sydney Grace Hudson, the daughter of Shannon Hudson and her soldier husband, Shane. “It’s special because it was her first…

Seasonal scenes provide an eye full

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A dedicated group of people make sure to keep Lincoln County festive during the holidays. Inflatable snowman, life size creches and a plethora of Christmas lights fill up neighborhood yards. Those who created the most impressive scenes have put a lot of time, money and labor into their decorations, and…

When Santa Claus came to town

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Santa Claus sat outside of his house in downtown Lincolnton for three weeks waving at passing traffic and learning the Christmas wishes of local children. If there was any doubt whether Lincolnton’s Santa was 100 percent real, all a child had to do was take a big tug on the…

50th Anniversary

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Santa Safety

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Santa Claus waves to the crowd at the Cat Square Christmas Parade. The jolly old elf encourages everyone to practice holiday safety this Christmas season. Diane Turbyfill / LTN Photo…

New young adult book touched with magic

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Jasmine Smith is a teenage witch living in modern day Salem, Mass. She has unruly hair, an “almost boyfriend” and a propensity to play with magic. She is also the star of “My Romantic Spell” and the creation of Rodney Robbins, a local author. In the novel, Jasmine attempts to…

Photography competition to accept entries

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Amateur photographers of Lincoln County need to take off those lens caps and get to clicking. The Lincoln Arts Council’s annual Amateur Photography Competition will accept entries on Jan 4 and 5. The show will open Jan. 9. “We have a lot of people around here who are wonderful amateur…

Surviving girl bullies, a rite of passage

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For many middle school girls, it’s all about expensive brand names, the thinnest body and the most sought after boyfriend. “There’s so much pressure to conform,” said Deb Harkey, a counselor at West Lincoln Middle School. “You would be amazed at the pressures for girls to have certain hairstyles, clothing,…

58th Anniversary

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Candlelit ceremony celebrates Christmas

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Candle light and Christmas carols will fill the First United Methodist Church on Sunday evening during its 26th annual Christmas Lovefeast. The Moravian ceremony will feature dieners, or servers, in traditional dress handing out creamy coffee and lovefeast buns. Prayer, singing and the passing of lighted candles complete the evening.…