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Youth remember King

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R.J. Lattimore from Poplar Springs A.M.E. Zion Church (above) sings a selection at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Youth Program, which was held Monday at the Lincoln Cultural Center. Below, members of New Providence Full Gospel Teen Choir take their turn on the stage. Chris Dean / LTN Photo…

Backyard buddies opens

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Artist transforms trash to treasure

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It has been said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. For one local artist, that saying couldn’t be more true. Vickie Jo Franks, a Cleveland County folk artist, turns things others might dismiss as garbage into art. “It’s all recycled things,” Franks said of her materials-of-choice. Franks makes…

Officials view preliminary plans for N.C. 150

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Planning officials from Lincolnton, Cherryville and Lincoln and Gaston counties met recently to discuss very preliminary plans for changes to N.C. 150, and the public will have an opportunity to weigh in soon as well. Bill Duston of Centralina Council of Governments facilitated the meeting, helping city and county officials…

Around Town 1/21/2008

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SUPPORT GROUP The Caregivers Support Group will be meeting 4 p.m.Tuesday at the James W. Warren Citizens Center, located at 115 West Main St. in Lincolnton. A representative from Clerk of Court will be presenting a program on estate planning, wills and other legal matters. This program will be pertinent…

Around Town 1/18/2008

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DEMOCRATIC WOMEN The Lincoln County Democratic Women will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Democratic Headquarters. Robbie Robbins will be the guest speaker. He recently returned from Iraq. Chili beans, salad and home-made desserts will be served for a $6 donation. Please plan to attend this meeting which will…

Merle Norman owner plans 42nd anniversary celebration

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Merle Norman has had a presence in downtown Lincolnton since June 7, 1966. Now it’s time to celebrate. Owner Amy Brown says she has plenty planned for the business’ 42nd anniversary in Lincolnton, which she is celebrating Jan. 15-26. “It’s an event to thank our customers for many years of…

Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

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The life of Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored Sunday and Monday in Lincolnton. “It’s time to celebrate. We are just so filled with enthusiasm,” said Ola Mae Foster, co-chairman of the Martin Luther King Committee, which is made up of members of the Lincoln County NAACP and the…

Researching Lincoln County roots in your local library

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Those searching for their Lincoln County roots often find themselves under the care of Linda B. Hoyle, library assistant in genealogy and Lincoln County history at the Charles R. Jonas Public Library. Hoyle, who works part time, mans a room full of records. There are hanging drawers full of family…

DJ tells story to Japanese television

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Former WLON radio personality Tim Biggerstaff has dedicated fans – one gave him a kidney, another came to his rescue after he suffered a seizure on the radio. Now, his loyal fan base may stretch across the globe. A Japanese television station has asked to do a story on his…