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Trip to Prague impacts YMCA teen leaders

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Going to Prague was a life-changing experience for those representing the Lincoln County Family YMCA at a YMCA teen leadership conference held in the eastern European city. “I think what surprised me the most was how much the teens grew,” said Julie Foreman, program director. “They came back with a…

‘The Producers’ ready to take the stage

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West Lincoln JROTC cadets go to sea on U.S. Navy ship

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West Lincoln High School’s Naval JROTC program took 15 cadets to sea this summer. Along with spending five days “under way,” or 50 to 100 miles offshore, they also earned certification in sailing small crafts. Those certifications, senior Ryan Helton said, are lifelong and can be used on bases “as…

Principal will have many hats

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Christy Hutchinson, the new principal at Lincoln Charter School’s east campus, always knew she wanted to work in education. She cites that realization as occurring around second grade, but she says her mother tells people Hutchinson knew her future career path before that. “I was telling my brothers what to…

Back-to-school tips recommended

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Summer is coming to an end and students are heading back to school. Safety is a subject that should be on every student’s mind, Lincoln County Sheriff Tim Daugherty said. According to local authorities and the American Red Cross, there are several ways for students to protect themselves from dangerous…

Around Town 8/22/2008

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FARM TRACTOR SHOW The C. Grier Beam Truck Museum will sponsor an Antique Farm Tractor Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. The tractor show will have food, tours of the museum and raffles. A People’s Choice Award will also be given to the tractor that receives the most…

Around Town Church Activities

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RECYCLING EFFORT Trinity Lutheran Church, located next to the post office in Vale, is conducting a recycling campaign. The church is accepting newspapers, cardboard and magazines. Proceeds will go to Christian Ministry of Lincoln County. For more information, call the church office at (704) 276-1257. COME READ WITH ME Come…

Poor find living even tougher

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Margaret Blalock, 60, resides only a few miles from the lakeside neighborhoods and golf course communities that define east Lincoln County. She lives in an entirely different world. During a typical summer day, the Lowesville resident can be found in her front yard off Old Plank Road wearing her trademark…

State says no to plan

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With threats of litigation by area developers against Lincoln County, state officials have rejected a novel plan to provide sewer service for a few projects now in limbo using the existing wastewater treatment plant and hauling any excess waste to adjoining counties. County Manager George Wood approached state officials with…

Talent leads to success in woodworking

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Phillip Clay “never dreamed” that discovering a new talent would lead to owning a successful business. “In 1995, I decided that I needed a new [hobby],” Clay said. “I chose woodworking because I thought it was something I would enjoy doing. I got pretty good at it, and it developed…