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Drama depicts real-life scenarios

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Last year, hundreds of people’s lives were changed at New Vision Ministries’ “Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames,” a live drama depicting several real-life scenarios and their potential eternal consequences. This year, the Rev. Scott Mann, pastor of New Vision, hopes the event will have a similar outcome. “This is the…

Fundraisers scheduled to benefit Surrender House

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Although Surrender House received much fanfare and loud resistance when it first opened nearly a year ago, it has since dropped from public consciousness. “A lot of people still don’t know about us,” said Linda Shaffer, executive director of the non-profit. Surrender House serves as a halfway house for eight…

Coming Up

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n Homegrown cookin’: Blake Dewey, owner of Pomodoro’s Restaurant in Mooresville, plans to put his culinary artistry on display this Saturday at the Denver Farmers Market. Foodies can catch his cooking lesson beginning at 9 a.m. The Denver Farmers Market opens at 8 a.m. each Saturday at Rock Springs Elementary…

Ex-mayors on different sides of lane dispute

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Richard Vinroot and Eddie Knox are both former mayors of Charlotte and high-powered attorneys. Now they share one other fact: They represent opposite sides in a simmering dispute on future turn lanes at Lincoln Charter School in Denver. Since the new Charter School was opened in August 2007 for 500…

14 Lincoln County schools make adequate yearly progress

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Preliminary results for schools’ Adequate Yearly Progress recently were released for Lincoln County Schools. The school system met 91.1 percent of its subgroup goals, but 58.3 percent of its goals for the entire district. Of Lincoln County’s 24 schools, 14 made adequate yearly progress, which means those 14 schools met…

Bus ridership shows huge increase

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Lincoln County’s express bus line posted its single largest increase in ridership last month since it began service to and from Charlotte in 2005, according to Charlotte Area Transit System statistics. Monthly ridership numbers skyrocketed from a record 4,211 total trips in May to nearly 5,669 trips in June, the…

No. 179 – Huge gathering of Methodists begins 2-week stand Monday

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For 178 consecutive years, Rock Springs Camp Meeting has been a gathering of biblical proportions. In spite of multiple fires, one recorded earthquake, a regional polio epidemic, occupation by Union soldiers and at least one lawsuit, the Methodist-founded gathering has consistently come together to blend music, fellowship and Christian worship…

QUESTION of the WEEK

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“Should boaters be required to have a license on Lake Norman?” Kathy Boger, Denver: “I don’t know if they need a license, but they should be required to take a safety class. I’m a little nervous out on the lake, particularly with the power boats that fly by and with…

Around Town 7/23/2008

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CVFD MEETING The Crouse Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual community meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the fire station. HOMECOMING Roseland Baptist Church will celebrate homecoming with Sunday school at 10 a.m. and the worship service at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at 1172 Rose Hill Drive. A covered-dish lunch…