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Holiday foods and presents can be dangerous to pets

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Karen Miller, DVM Guest Columnist Overindulgence is unhealthy for us humans, but can even be deadly for our pets. Fatty and bony table scraps can lead to severe gastrointestinal upset, pancreatitis, gastrointestinal blockage and even death. Make sure that trash is properly secured and put out of the reach of…

Stoudemire and Terracing Scholarship applications available

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KEVIN STARR Guest Columnist Applications are now available for the George A. Stoudemire Memorial Scholarship. Stoudemire was a former Lincoln County Agricultural Extension Chairman and a highly regarded member of the community for almost 30 years. Although I never had the chance to meet him, I have had the opportunity…

Service News — 11-22-13

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Air Force Airman Chelsea A. Braswell recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who…

Junior scientists enjoy 4-H fair

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Lincolnton Sunrise Rotary Club

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Gaston College to host social media seminar for businesses

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County businesses will have the opportunity to refine their social media skills next month. Starting Dec. 3, local businesses are invited to work with Matt Rudisill, Owner and Lead Trainer of The Leadership Academy on improving their online presence. The four-part series of seminars is…

I’ve had a good life

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist As told by Ann Farr   My career has been as a family nurse practitioner. My story begins when I was a nursing student at Wilson Memorial Hospital. One patient admitted to the hospital during that time was a 17-year-old young man named Tony Farr. Tony…

Stay safe during Thanksgiving

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AMY WADSWORTH Guest columnist This Thanksgiving remember to stay safe! Cooking is the leading cause of home fires on Thanksgiving Day according to the U.S. Fire Administration. They actually double on Thanksgiving, occurring more than twice as often than on another day. Kevin Yount, Assistant Chief at Union Volunteer Fire…

Heart disease in dogs

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KAREN MILLER Guest Columnist Many dogs slowly develop degenerative thickening and progressive deformity of one or more heart valves as they age. In time, these changes cause the valve to leak. The mitral valve is most commonly affected. This valve separates the blood-collecting chamber (left atrium) from the pumping chamber…

Cooperative Extension to hold listening sessions

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   With its centennial celebration only months away, the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a series of 12 listening sessions across the state this November and December. According to the organization’s press release, Cooperative Extension provides education programs in 4-H, Agriculture, Family and…