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Tree lot has a long history

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest columnist Gerald Sain told me he and his son, Mark, have been selling Christmas trees for 28 years on his lot at the corner of Highway 150 and Highway 27 in Boger City. Sain retired from his store, Boger City Furniture, three years ago, after having his…

Lincolnton High School Class of 1959

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‘Nutcracker’ production returns to traditional theme

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When area dance students take the stage at the James W. Warren Citizens Center this weekend for the 8th annual production of “The Nutcracker,” many fans of the theater will be pleased to see a return to the traditional theme and music of the two-act ballet.…

Helping the youth of Lincolnton

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Ken Hoyle, 77, of Lincolnton, told me he has worked part time at the Betty Ross Park for 60 years. The year after he graduated from high school, Betty Ross called and asked him if he would oversee the gym at night. Local teenagers would come…

BALLARD: The year Santa Claus couldn’t find us

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist In the early 70’s, Perry and Suzanne Ballard’s parents decided to go visit their great aunt and uncle in Jackson, Mississippi for the Christmas holiday. Perry and his sister, Suzanne, had not been told they were going on a trip, especially when Santa Claus was due…

PAULETTE BALLARD: There’s plenty to be thankful for

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist This time of the year, everyone is planning their Thanksgiving dinner, family visits and all the hustle and bustle that goes along with the holiday. I’ve been so blessed in my life with a wonderful mother and father, a sister and brother and then a wonderful…

BALLARD: Elsie Hoffman Keever’s TV memories

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Elsie Hoffman Keever told me that in the good old days her husband, Herman, his brothers, Charlie and Glenn, and the Laney, Shrum and Walker boys would ride double on bikes three miles to town on Saturday afternoon to see a western movie. They carried a…

Arts Council opens photography contest

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Staff report The Arts Council of Lincoln County is calling for all amateur photographers to participate in its annual amateur photography competition. Entrants and competition winners will take part in an open reception and an awards presentation as well as an exhibition in the Carolina Mills and Cochrane galleries of…

Lincolnton woman wins Partnership for Children raffle

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Too close to a bombing in Saudi Arabia

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Al Cockerline told me about serving in the Air Force and being sent to Saudi Arabia. He had been in the service for 17 years and had never been sent anywhere like this. He told me that when he arrived in Saudi Arabia he was set…