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Mayor nominees announced

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The race to become honorary mayor of Cat Square is in full swing. A total of four Cat Square favorites were nominated Saturday at the Cat Square Superette. The winner’s sole duty will be to ride in the Cat Square Christmas Parade Dec. 13. “They are a wonderful group of…

A Place to Grow student in need of new wheel chair

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A Place to Grow may have its first dropout — a student who doesn’t have room to grow. “If his hips get much wider, I can’t fit him in it,” Sherry Reinhardt with A Place to Grow said of student Oscar Martinez. “He’s literally wedged in there.” A Place to…

Trail to link Denver artists

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Art scenes are often born around clusters of defunct warehouses and depressed downtown districts attractive for their low rents and large spaces. In suburban east Lincoln County, a much different story is unfolding. For the third year in a row this Saturday, a handful of upscale residences and local businesses…

Business group has big plans for east Lincoln

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It began as local businesses banding together against crime, but morphed into much more. Now the Denver Area Business Association has big plans on the horizon for their 10th anniversary next year — and beyond. From more networking events and presentations to revamping their Web site and shaping public policy,…

Churches re-create Bethlehem at Rock Springs Campground

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Area residents can catch a bit of Christmas spirit this weekend at the Rock Springs Campground in Denver. A dozen local churches have banded together to reconstruct the town of Bethlehem and living nativity scene on the historic grounds. As with this past weekend, nearly two dozen visitors can take…

School clubs unite to aid sick youngster

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Area high school students are making a difference in the life of Marshal Nivens, the Catawba Springs Elementary student afflicted with a rare brain disease. The “Interact” clubs at East Lincoln High and North Lincoln High schools are stepping up efforts to raise $6,000 in funds in association with the…

Around Town 12/3/2008

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BLOOD DRIVE The Denver Fire Department will host a blood drive 3:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the fire station on N.C. 16. All donations will benefit the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. Donors can schedule an appointment or stop by during donation hours. For more information, call Josh Carpenter at…

QUESTION of the WEEK

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“How much holiday shopping will you do in east Lincoln County?” Danny Perusse, Denver: “We just moved here from California. For my wife, I’ll probably go out and do some holiday shopping. Basically, she has everything she wants. I’ll maybe look into some framing places around here.” Peggy Snipes, Westport:…

Salon business thriving a year after move

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After relocating her business one year ago, Mona Morgan said she is “having a blast.” Hair Advantage, now located at the West Pointe Shoppes in Denver, opened in 1989 with her friend Bootie Mincey. Five years later, her daughter, Holly Puffenbarger came on board. “We’re all like a big family,”…

Community Calendar

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CLUBS, GROUPS Blood drive The Denver Fire Department will host a blood drive from 3:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at their headquarters. Contact Josh Carpenter at (704) 483-5115 or stop in during donation hours. DABA holiday party The Denver Area Business Association will host its annual holiday party…