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QUESTION of the WEEK

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“In an effort to appease complaints, especially from waterfront property owners, about the last countywide property assessment being done at the height of a real estate bubble, the county commission voted 3-2 Monday to conduct the next reevaluation a year early. Do you agree with their vote?” Wes King, Denver:…

Community Calendar

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CLUBS, GROUPS DFD BOD meeting The Denver Fire Department’s annual Board of Directors meeting will be 9–10 a.m. Saturday at the DFD headquarters, 3956 N.C. 16. The BOD is expected to discuss next fiscal year’s budget, affecting local fire tax rates. Call (704) 483-5115. Sailing and rowing classes The North…

Around Town 2/2/2009

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BLOOD DRIVE The Community Blood Center will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Gaston College Lincoln Campus, 511 S. Aspen St., Lincolnton. QUILT GUILD The Lincolnton Piecemakers Quilt Guild meets 10 a.m. to noon on the first Wednesday of each month at the…

$5,000 donation

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Reading Superbowl

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Iron Station Elementary School kindergarten students enjoy snacks (above) Friday during a Reading Superbowl Party. Combined, kindergartners read a total of 2,015 books with their parents for the week, making them all champions. Class MVP readers were (bottom, right, listed from left) Cameron Kale, Chase Forstson, Morgan Young and Summer…

Learning about marquetry

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Church Briefs

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PANCAKE BREAKFAST Poplar Springs AME Zion Church will have a pancake breakfast beginning 10 a.m. Saturday. A choice of five types of pancakes, grits, sausage, eggs, biscuits with gravy, bacon, juice and coffee will be available. The cost is $5.09 per person. All proceeds will benefit the church building fund.…

Around Town 1/30/2009

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BARBECUE BENEFIT Members of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Lincoln County Chapter will hold a barbecue benefit for Woodie Anthony and family starting at 5 p.m. Saturday at Salem Lutheran Church, 3410 Startown Road, Lincolnton. The $7 plates will include barbecue pork or chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, bread, dessert and a…

He’s ‘Grandpa’ 87 times over

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Orie Helmuth, 69, has seven sons, six daughters, 87 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Helmuth, who works at Harmony Sheds in Denver and lives in Statesville, has trouble keeping track of the young ones. “I can’t keep all the names straight,” he said. There are also likely to be more grandchildren…

North Lincoln coaches get CPR training

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PUMPKIN CENTER — Injury is a risk that all athletes take when they step onto the field to compete. At the high school level, however, safety is always a top priority. Many student-athletes have suffered serious injuries during athletic competition in the state of North Carolina this year. In response,…