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Ralph Conner, 91, recalls World War II military service

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Ralph Conner told me he joined the Army when he was 18 years old. He was in the 11th grade in high school when he joined. He went to Macon, Georgia for his basic training and from there he was sent to Norfolk, Virginia. In Norfolk,…

Pack 75 visits the LTN

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LCS crowns Madison Haney homecoming queen

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The chef and the Saudi prince

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Alfred McKay was a chef for 35 years. Being a diabetic, he wanted to learn how to prepare better meals for himself and others. He chose to go to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York for his degree. McKay’s first job was…

Notable News — 12-31-14

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Cody Beam, a freshman at West Lincoln High, took home four championship awards at the Spartanburg Horseman’s Association 2014 Year End Awards Dinner, held Dec. 20 at the Cleveland Park Event Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina. His 2014 Championship Awards categories were Western Pleasure Youth, Western Horsemanship, Open Western Pleasure…

Club News — 12/24/14

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Delta Sigma holds meeting The Delta Sigma chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International met Nov. 13 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Faith Building for fellowship and learning. High schooler Emily Powell opened the meeting with a beautiful a cappella rendition of Amazing Grace. Greetings to the group were…

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…