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Around Town 8/14/2009

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HESED HOUSE RAFFLE Raffle tickets to benefit the Hesed House of Hope will be sold through Saturday at Carolina Trust Bank, First Federal Savings Bank and Peoples Bank. Tickets are $1 and the winning ticket will receive half of the proceeds from ticket sales. The drawing will be held Aug.…

Church Activities

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CAMP MEETING The Balls Creek Camp Meeting will begin 2 p.m. today at the campground, located at the 2100 block of Buffalo Shoals Road in Catawba. Dean Lilly will perform from 2-5 p.m. today and a Saturday Night Singing featuring The Dove Brothers and The Anchormen, will begin 7 p.m.…

Woman stays sober thanks to surrendering

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An alcoholic and crack addict, Gwen had spent four years living on the streets before stepping into Surrender House in Lincolnton. “I was the very first person to ever walk in that door,” said Gwen (not her real name). The halfway house for women battling substance abuse opened in Lincolnton…

Selling fried pies

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Love of dogs leads to business success

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The owner of Clipper Den Dog Grooming in Lincolnton has been working with dogs for 22 years and has no plans to try something new. “Retirement’s boring, and I love grooming dogs, and I don’t see me doing anything else,” said Linda Jetton, owner. Jetton first fell in love with…

Charter school teachers have been preparing for students

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Contrary to what some of their students may believe, the teachers are Lincoln Charter School don’t abandon the building all summer to go have fun in the sun. “We’ve all been in and out over the summer,” said Cathy Thornburg, a middle school math teacher at the Lincolnton campus. “There’s…

3 retired teachers take over consignment shop

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Three longtime friends are embarking on a new journey together with the help of a business. Whitney King, Libba Thompson and Beth Wiseman have opened Lizzie Lu’s, formerly Tres Chic & The Shoppes on Main, in downtown Lincolnton. Laura and Bill LeFevre opened the consignment shop almost one year ago,…

Schools adapting to realities of tighter budgets

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All summer, school officials have been worried about the system’s cut budget. “I think on the minds of every educator, particularly in Lincoln County, has been the budget and will we be able to hold onto individuals rather than have a reduction in force,” said David Martin, superintendent for Lincoln…

New boat law to affect Lake Norman recreation

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Mark Loftin and Jeffrey Stewart Jr., both of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, have seen all types of boaters on Lake Norman. They have seen the safe drivers who know how to handle a powerful boat. But they have also seen young teenagers driving boats around Lake Norman without parental…

New traffic patterns annoying one neighborhood

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The first section of the new N.C. 16 north of N.C. 73 has opened, and it’s bringing unwanted traffic through a Denver subdivision filled with small children, according to a local resident. Adam Coleman has lived in the Villages of Denver for almost three years. He and his wife are…