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Around Town – Church Briefs

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POKER RUN Reach Out Orphanage Ministries will have a Reach Out Poker Run beginning at 10 a.m. April 19. Registration will be at Carolina Harley-Davidson in Gastonia, with other stops including Zipper’s in Lincolnton and Iron Thunder Saloon in Hickory. The cost is $25 per person/per poker hand. Those who…

Grand opening at Beef O’Brady’s

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Growing through art

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Color and the creative expression of children has filled the galleries at the Lincoln Cultural Center. A Place to Grow’s annual art show will run through April 18. It features the work of the school’s students, many of whom have special needs. Creating art serves as a learning tool and…

Country store to have grand opening

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Cold Springs Country Store’s grand opening celebration will include bluegrass music, dulcimer demonstrations, the “Bottle Brothers” with their antique bottles and, of course, a new country store full of old things. The grand opening is 7 a.m. Saturday at 2018 Fox Creek Trail. It will be an all-day event. The…

Five Generations

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Reach Out Poker Run to benefit orphanages

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On April 19, bikers will ride from Gastonia to Blowing Rock to help kids they’ve never met in countries they’ve probably never been to. Reach Out Orphanage Ministries will hold its first Reach Out Poker Run Saturday, April 19, with funds raised going to orphanages in Honduras and Nepal. “It…

Property owners complain to board

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More than a dozen eastern Lincoln County homeowners turned out to a Monday meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to air frustrations about recent property value increases that will result in higher taxes. As part of a state mandate, Lincoln County in January reappraised all property in Lincoln…

N. C. 16 committee appointed

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Developers and business advisers, a transportation expert, retired business owners and an east Lincoln County resident are among nine people selected to help plan the future of the old N.C. 16 corridor in coming years. Two alternates, a business owner and community activist, were chosen to round out the group.…

Y executive faces biggest challenge

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From youth soccer camps in Texas to leading a facility in Lincolnton, Ron Johnston said his life’s work at the YMCA led up to this moment. Now 36, Johnston faces his greatest challenge: acting as point man on the creation of the first YMCA in east Lincoln County history, known…

Question of the Week

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Do you think east Lincoln County needs more public transportation? Cathy Hoard, Denver: “Yes. I haven’t really seen a whole lot of it around here and at N.C. 16 and 73 it’s getting really congested, and it’s always busy.” Anita Winemiller, Lowesville: “Yes, because there’s nothing around here; no bus…