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Commitment to faith, customers helps Milhollands in a Marathon

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A recent move across Lincolnton and the addition of a tenth full-time agent has put Marathon Realty and Auction ahead in the “race.” That race, run by Lincoln County natives Wanda and Mike Milholland, is based on a cornerstone of the couple’s faith. Mike Milholland said he decided he wanted…

Crouse residents unhappy with new construction

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CROUSE – People are usually happy when new roads are put near where they live and work. That’s not the case for one recent project, a four-lane bypass in Crouse. Construction woes have left some residents with bad tastes in their mouths. Claudine Elmore lives on Pleasant Grove Church Road…

Despite his handicap, second-grader hunts, fishes and grows giant cabbage

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Eli Hager, a second-grade student at Iron Station Elementary School, is a pretty active kid. He loves the outdoors, farming, hunting and spending hours exploring nature. He also loves gymnastics, bicycling and other sports. He keeps his parents, Bonny and Eric Hager, busy. This may sound like any 7-year-old, but…

50th anniversary

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Johnnie and Rozelle Abernathy of Maiden celebrated their 50th anniversary June 23. The couple was married in 1956 in York, S.C. Johnnie is retired from Roadway Express in Conover after 31 years. Rozelle is a homemaker. They are members of Cornerstone Church in Maiden. Their children are Belinda Arruya, Lydia…

Debutante party

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Avoid DWI – Don’t drink and drive!

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Billy Holubowich of Denver replayed a scene Saturday that law enforcement officers in Lincoln County see all-too often. He was asked to walk a straight line, touching foot to ankle, to see if he’d been driving while impaired. Fortunately, Holubowich wasn’t behind the wheel of a car after drinking: he…

Bitterness over sign controversy remains

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After a virtual war over allowing temporary signs ended via Lincoln County Commissioners approving businesses to have “floppy” signs in the county, the Denver businessman at the center of the controversy now wants to make peace with the group he fought against. Mark Cotter wants to now work with the…

Holy Spirit Catholic bids farewell to beloved priest

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Holy Spirit Catholic Church parishioners gathered on Sunday to say goodbye to the church’s longest-serving priest. The Rev. Joseph Ayathupadam spent over six of his 45 years in service to Holy Spirit. “He believed in us and he believed in this parish,” said church member Steve Beatty. Many credit Ayathupadam…

Lake Calendar

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WAYNE’S FEAST E.C. Beatty will provide music for July’s Wayne’s Second Friday Feast, 10 a.m. July 14. Cost is $6 per person and includes the tip. Reservations must be made by Sunday, July 9. For more information, call Celia and Paul Deese at (704) 483-4355. If your church group, school…

Around Town 6/28/2006

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RETIREMENT PARTY A retirement party for Evalina Herndon, who has worked at First Federal Savings Bank for 40 years, will be held from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday at the bank’s main office, 320 E. Main St. It will be a drop-in reception. The public is invited. DONUT SALE…