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New state laws tackle gangs, video gambling

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State laws intended to stop the growth of gangs and video poker went into effect earlier this month. Senate Bill 180 is an act to clarify that certain server-based electronic game promotions are prohibited, authorities said. This bill recognizes that it’s unlawful to promote, operate, or conduct a server-based electronic…

Around Town 12/19/2008

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TOY DRIVE The Denver Fire Department and Fit Dimension have teamed up to help local children within the fire district who are in need this holiday season. Unwrapped toys fir grade-school-age boys and girls at Fit Dimension, 3273 N.C. 16 N. Families in need may stop by the Denver Fire…

Church Briefs

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CHRISTMAS SCENES First Presbyterian Church, 512 Old Mt. Holly Road, Stanley, will present live Christmas scenes 7-9 p.m. tonight. You may drive through or park your car to walk through the scenes. For more information call, (704) 263-4275. CHRISTMAS CANTATA Westport Baptist Church, N.C. 16 and Lakeshore Road South, Denver,…

Cardboard boat racing helps students learn

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The Lincoln County Family YMCA’s inside pool smelled like wet cardboard and chlorine Wednesday afternoon. A total of 15 Lincolnton High School Physics II Honors students raced six boats made of cardboard and kept together with duct tape. “It was exciting to see them actually racing and also to see…

Art stroll to take place in downtown Lincolnton

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The volunteers behind the Downtown Lincolnton Art Stroll see big things in Lincolnton’s future. “We’re at the threshold of a kind of future vision of what this whole area can be,” volunteer Karen Banker said. “I think the whole country is moving in this direction. We’re kind of just waking…

Student plans professional singing career

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Courtney Derr, 17, has a big voice and even bigger dreams. “If God gave it to me, I’m not going to waste it,” she said of her voice. The Lincolnton High School junior plans to have a career in music. She’s already recorded songs with producer Ronnie Garrett with Big…

Teens make killing on stocks

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Most people are losing their shirts in today’s stock market. Madeline Colvin, however, has made $2.8 million in the past few months — and she’s 15 years old. The sophomore at North Lincoln High School isn’t playing fast and loose with her parents’ pocketbooks on E-trade. In fact, the money…

Question of the Week

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“What’s your favorite restaurant in east Lincoln County?” Betsy Born, Denver: “We usually go to Mazatlan and also down to Beef O’Brady’s.” Ruth Hatfield, Denver: “I like Stacy’s. The food and service there are great. I like all the people who work there. I’ve been going to Stacy’s for a…

Center close to opening at church

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Nearly three years after planning began, a new $2.6 million life center for Westport Baptist is almost complete and ready to open. The 27,000-square-foot structure is located directly behind the main church at 2373 Lake Shore Road South off N.C. 16. Mike Young, senior pastor for Westport Baptist, called the…

Height just the start of Thackeray’s hoops’ talent

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PUMPKIN CENTER — Standing at 6-feet-1 inches North Lincoln senior Ashley Thackeray was destined to play basketball. Ever since the third grade her parents got her into the sport that her older brothers and sisters played. Thackeray wanted to follow suit and the path has paid off. “I always wanted…