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My childhood hobby

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist By an anonymous Lincoln County citizen Many of us living in Lincolnton know this citizen. I have chosen to keep his identity anonymous due to the value of what he has in his possession. He had a childhood hobby that brought him quite a treasure. He…

Why is community college a good option for some students?

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JOHN MCHUGH Guest Columnist Enrollment in community colleges across the nation has grown considerably over the past few years. There are many reasons for this such as lower costs, growth in certificate and workforce development programs, their campuses are within easy driving distance, and four-year colleges are being more selective…

Reading crucial to child’s development

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AMY WADSWORTH Guest Columnist Have you read to your child today? Fewer than half of young children in the United States are read to daily. In most states, minority and low-income children are less likely to be read to every day. As a result, many children from low-income families enter…

Grabbing some chicken pie for a cause

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St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Lincolnton holds a chicken pie supper five times per year to raise money for their Family Life Center.…

Partnership for Children releases financial report

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties released its 2013 Fiscal Year Annual Report earlier this week. According to its website, the nonprofit organization works to bring community groups together to serve the needs of children from birth to five years of age. In…

Old adage applies to vet visits too

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KAREN MILLER Guest Columnist Do you remember the old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” It’s not only true for humans, but for our pets also. Owning and caring for a pet is a commitment, a responsibility. In exchange, we are rewarded with our companion’s…

“Miss Merry Christmas Pageant”

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Eight girls received titles and crowns during the “Miss Merry Christmas Pageant” Dec. 5 in Cherryville. The pageant was sponsored by the Cherryville Chamber of Commerce and Miss Gastonia Scholarship Association. Winners included “Bitsy Miss” Anistyn Reel, “Baby Doll Miss” Addy Morehead, “Miniature Miss” Nessa Romney, “Tiny Miss” Scarlett Rostmeyer,…

Notable News — 12/24/13

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Mr. Anthony Downs, of Waynesville, N.C., graduated Dec. 14 from Western Carolina University with bachelors’ degrees in biology and chemistry. He also graduated Magna Cum Laude. Downs plans to continue his schooling by pursuing a career in the medical field. He is married to Dr. Celeste J. Downs and is…

Maybe he’s on the naughty list?

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Service News — 12-18-13

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Private Tommy Harkey graduated from Marines Corp boot camp on Sept. 13. He is currently stationed at Camp Geiger in Jacksonville, N.C., for Marine Combat Training. Harkey is a 2013 graduate of West Lincoln High School and son of Pyth and Amy Harkey of West Lincoln.…