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Denver church mixes fun with ministry

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At Salem United Methodist Church in Denver, being spiritually healthy isn’t the only focus. The church also has programs designed to keep the body healthy. “We have a coed softball team, a men’s team and a men’s basketball team,” Jeremy Nixon, the coach of all three teams, said. Nixon says…

66th anniversary

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QUESTION of the WEEK

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“Are there enough after school activities for youth in east Lincoln County?” Amanda Cochrane, Denver: “I just moved into the area about a year ago. I have a 3-year old. I’d like to have more parks around here for him to play in.” Jim Garcia, Denver: “No. I just think…

West Lincoln plans ‘Extreme Corps’

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Along with preparing its “Extreme Corps” show for the season, the West Lincoln High School band also is preparing to host its first band competition. Director Jack Horner was optimistic about the competition, saying the “Foothills Marching Band Championship … will become a showcase for bands in this area.” The…

Coming Up

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n What’s your talent? The Denver Days Fall Festival is holding its first-ever talent show and you, yes you, are invited to participate. As long as it’s family-friendly, just about any talent will do, including photography and writing for the stage frightened. The competition will be held at 6 p.m.…

Schools’ daycare makes money

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For the first time in several years, Lincoln County Schools’ before- and after-school daycare program made money rather than losing it. Steve Zickefoose, assistant superintendent of business, said it’s been “probably six or seven years” since the countywide program was profitable. The change, he said, seemed to have happened around…

Community Calendar

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CLUBS, GROUPS Clash of the clergy East Lincoln Speedway will host its fourth annual Clash of the Clergy for charity to benefit East Lincoln Christian Ministry this Saturday. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the race begins at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased through area churches…

Playing cards for a purpose

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Chamber’s Business Expo adopts theme from Olympics

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The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Grab the Gold Business Expo, slated for 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at the James W. Warren Citizens Center, should be bigger and better than ever, says committee chairwoman Donna Campbell. “We increased the booth space this year because we have sold…

Poor find living even tougher

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Margaret Blalock, 60, resides only a few miles from the lakeside neighborhoods and golf course communities that define east Lincoln County. She lives in an entirely different world. During a typical summer day, the Lowesville resident can be found in her front yard off Old Plank Road wearing her trademark…