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Fallston farmer simply loves to grow

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Loyd Lewis has been farming all his life, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love it,” he said. “I guess it’s in my blood.” Lewis, who owns a farm in Fallston just past the Lincoln County border, grew up farming with his father. He was one of…

80th birthday

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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…

Apple Queen overcame adversity

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The 2007 Lincoln County Apple Queen had a very difficult time at her Apple Festival debut. Earlier that morning, her father had suffered a brainstem stroke and had been rushed to the hospital. “That was the most challenging part – worrying,” said Rachel Cochran, the outgoing Apple Queen. Despite the…

Lincoln County plans seminar on foreclosures

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Lincoln County will hold a free foreclosure seminar from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Lincolnton at the James Warren Citizen Center. Housing and financial experts will be available to assist those with questions or concerns about foreclosure which have risen dramatically in Lincoln County and nationwide in recent…

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…