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60th Anniversary

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Meteorologist gives talk to fifth-graders

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Brad Panovich, meteorologist for Channel 36 News, the Charlotte-based NBC affiliate, talked to Pumpkin Center Intermediate School fifth-graders on Thursday. Panovich began his presentation with a history of how his interest in extreme weather began. The Ohio native credits a monster blizzard from his childhood as inspiration for a career…

Art competition winners announced

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Gary Freeman of Cherryville won first place in the 2008 Paul C. Rhyne Art Competition for his seascape “Almost Home” “I’m sure it was a hard decision because there were a lot of quality pieces in this show,” Shelly Johnston with the Arts Council of Lincoln County said. The competition…

Hill’s Chapel has story time on Wednesday

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There’s something new going on at Hill’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Lowesville, and it’s all about the kids. The church is having story time at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday, and organizer Kristen Edwards is hoping the event will end up drawing lots of little ones. “I put 200 fliers…

Celebrating their rights

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Last Tuesday, a rather enthusiastic group of people took over the auditorium at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. Some sang, some danced, and they all enjoyed a magic show put on by Rick Ramseur. This fun-loving group wasn’t made up of elementary school students. It consisted of residents from…

Fire safety gets students’ interest

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Fire safety is serious business, but emergency workers know you have to engage a child’s interest before you can educate. The 17th annual Fire Safety Day event, which took place Wednesday at Betty G. Ross park in Lincolnton, hosted 1,100 first-graders from schools across Lincoln County. Fire, police and Emergency…

Cataler helping raise reading levels at G.E. Massey

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As school administrators will testify, it’s not always easy to get enough community volunteers to commit their time and resources to lend a helping hand in the schools. So when a major industry steps up to the plate, it’s a big deal. Through the Partnership with Schools program, Cataler North…

West Lincoln crowns queen

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Author, historian tries to identify child laborer in 1908 photograph

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One hundred years ago this November, photographer Lewis Hine visited Lincolnton in his first year of taking pictures of child laborers. He was working for the National Child Labor Committee, whose goal was to get laws passed that would take young children out of the mills and put them in…

Sheriff has suspect in Denver home invasion

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Authorities have charged and are looking Aric Doran Torrence, 27, of Denver, in connection with a home invasion robbery that occurred Thursday in east Lincoln County. Sheriff’s detectives allege Torrence walked into the home of Ryan Sykes, 1470 Triangle Circle, at approximately 2:45 p.m. and asked for the whereabouts of…