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Next generation in a family’s military tradition

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Before, it was father to son. Now it’s soldier to soldier. That’s how Denver resident and soon-to-be Lt. Col. in the North Carolina National Guard, Joe DiPento, describes his redefined relationship with stepson Eddie Guzman, after swearing in the 19-year-old last Saturday in Ft. Jackson, S.C. Guzman, a freshman at…

What if Carolina Ridge is a lost cause?

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As the future of the largest subdivision ever proposed locally looks increasingly doubtful, a wide swath of the east Lincoln County community is watching what happens next for Carolina Ridge. From school and fire officials, to business owners and residents, many said they would feel some ripple effects if national…

Therapist’s clinic begins operating in Denver

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After opening her counseling center in eastern Lincoln County, Annie Fongheiser said she is happy with the response she has gotten from the community. “Denver is a really nice area. Everyone has been friendly and very welcoming,” she said. “I really want to get to know Lincoln County and uncover…

Around Town 2/9/2009

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SCHOOL MEETING The Lincoln Charter School Board will meet 6 p.m. this evening at the Lincolnton Campus. HEALTH DEPARTMENT The Lincoln County Board of Health will hold a special-called meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday in the board room of the Lincoln County Health Department for the sole purpose of reviewing the…

100th anniversary

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Soil and Water essay winners honored

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The Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors an annual essay contest among sixth-grade students. Writing on the theme “Soil & Water —Yours for Life,” this year’s winners were recently honored by the Lincolnton Rotary club. In first place was Mikayla McDowell, who is in Stacy Pruitt’s class at…

Around Town 2/6/2009

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AUDITIONS The Lincoln Theatre Guild will hold auditions for an April production of Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible. Parts are available for men and women 15 and older. Auditions will be from 7-9 p.m. Friday, 1-3 p.m. Saturday and 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the Lincoln Cultural Center, 402 E. Main St.,…

Church Briefs

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YARD SALE Boger City United Methodist Church’s indoor yard sale will be 8-11 a.m. Saturday. MEN IN MISSION Daniels Lutheran Church, 3290 Reepsville Road, Lincolnton, will host the statewide Lutheran Men in Mission gathering at 11 a.m. Saturday. The theme of the gathering, Mold Me, Shape Me, will feature speakers,…

Furnace Road to rock Citizens Center

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The members of the rock band Furnace Road have some serious plans. “I just want to be a rock star,” said singer Colten Bell, a sophomore at East Lincoln High School. He doesn’t want to be just any rock star. He wants to be the kind of rock star with…

Lincoln native a national finalist

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A Lincolnton native found herself a finalist in a national contest by focusing on sweetness. Shasta Story-Martin is one of three women competing for a $5,000 grand prize in the Pillsbury Make America Sweeter Contest. “I started crying,” Story-Martin said of her reaction to finding out she was a finalist.…