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Couple says family, faith aid in recovery

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Tom Townsend may not make it to Relay for Life this year. He certainly won’t have the strength to walk the Survivors’ Lap. The three-time cancer survivor hopes to be at the track but will have to await the doctor’s approval before he knows for sure. Together, Tom and his…

Illness leads to a healthy life for seamstress, retired teaching assistant

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Elaine Garner says cancer has changed her life, for the better. The 61-year-old seamstress says she lives differently now. “I enjoy life a whole lot more. I just try to seize the moment.” But the retired teaching assistant remembers when her outlook wasn’t quite so sunny. Elaine was diagnosed with…

Lincoln Arts Council awards student artists

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The Lincoln County Schools Student Art Show, sponsored by the Lincoln Arts Council, held its award ceremonies on Sunday, May 2 at the Lincoln Cultural Center. There were three awards ceremonies this year at 2 p.m. for K-2, 3 p.m. for grades 3-5 and 4 p.m. for middle and high…

Local teens place in Miss Cheerleader of America

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The Miss Cheerleader of America pageant was held April 4 at the Holiday Inn Center City Charlotte. Haley Caldwell of Lincolnton won second runner-up. A senior at Lincolnton High School, she has been a cheerleader for 11 years and competed on an All-Star team for three years. She is a…

Dancer’s Edge teams win awards

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Senior and junior competition teams from The Dancer’s Edge won various awards in location competitions. The school’s choreographer, Kim Knowles-Sullivan, won the “Lightening Bolt” award during the White Lightening Talent Competition held April 17 and 18. Contributed Teams from The Dancer’s Edge Dance Studio won honors at Star Systems Regional…

A passion for math equals SAT success

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Most people would be ecstatic if they received a perfect score on the math section of the SAT. Matthew Reece, a West Lincoln High School senior, is not most people. “It was an expectation fulfilled,” said Matthew. “I’ve always done well in math. I guess it should be more of…

Cline Farm subdivision proposes to keep farm feeling

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A 286-acre tract on Reepsville Road could become one of the county’s newest planned districts and include estate lots, a commercial village and condos. But what makes this development different, the developer and county officials say, is the large amount of open space, scenic vistas and recreational opportunities that come…

Volunteers gear up for Howards Creek Community Center yard sale

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Household items and Christmas decorations have helped make Howards Creek Community Center what it is today — a publicly accessible building in western Lincoln County. More than 10 years ago a group of people rallied to reopen the old school. A petition was taken to the county commission and a…

DJ gets a priceless offer

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Tim Biggerstaff, DJ at WLON, speaks into the mike as he’s done for more than 20 years at the local radio station. A longtime diabetic, he recently received an offer from a loyal listener who wants to give him a kidney. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo “Swap Shop” callers try…

Lincoln County woman visits Australia

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Sarah Nixon of Lincoln County was one of four North Carolina voting delegates to the 25th Triennial Conference of the Associated Country Women of the World held March 23-30 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. The ACWW, headquartered in London, has 9 million members in 137 societies in 72 countries working together…