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Owner never imagined he’d run business

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After moving to the United States in 1971, George Beligrinis said he “never imagined” that he would become a business owner. “When I got to this country from Greece, I didn’t speak much English and didn’t know what to do so I started working in a restaurant,” Beligrinis said. “I…

Bids received for last 10 miles of new N.C. 16

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The bids are officially in and the clock will soon be ticking to construct the last 10 miles of the new N.C. 16, a project planners say will dramatically change traffic and life in east Lincoln County. On Tuesday, Charlotte-based Blythe Construction Inc. entered the lowest of three bids for…

Blind student places second in art contest

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After placing in a national art contest, 14-year-old Mitch Brooks said he looks forward to accepting his award in Kentucky. Mitch, a freshman at North Lincoln High School, entered the American Print House for the Blind’s art contest as an eighth-grade student at the middle school. The APH is the…

Intern on mission for Obama election

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Anna Stoudemire didn’t grow up in Lincoln County, but she’s here now, and she’s on a mission. “I grew up in Atlanta,” Stoudemire said. “My dad grew up here.” Her father, Alan “Zeke” Stoudemire, was well known in the community, as are her aunt, Sylvia Wallace, and grandmother, Louise Stoudemire,…

Cruise-in honors lover of classic cars

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Ken Connor, who died earlier this year after a period of declining health, was known as a person who loved classic cars. Now, his church family at Salem United Methodist in Denver is doing something to keep his memory alive – and help send his grandchildren to college. The Ken…

NAACP banquet set for Oct. 19

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Cora Cole-McFadden, mayor pro tempore of Durham, will be the guest speaker at the annual Sam and Annie Biggers’ Banquet, scheduled for 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at Verdict Ridge Country and Golf Club in Denver. The banquet is the major fundraiser for the Lincoln County Branch of the NAACP. Tickets…

Carlton wants county to extend more services eastward

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Commissioner Bruce Carlton Monday requested that Lincoln County study ways to bring increased services to its eastern area. As part of a planned review of resources, county officials will launch an inquiry as to what services are feasible and where they could be located in the area. Carlton suggested possibly…

Around Town 9/15/2008

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REVIVAL Revival services will be at 7 p.m. today and every night through Friday this week at Welcome Baptist Church., 500 E. Cloninger St., Dallas. There will be special singing and preaching with Dr. Jason Coley For more information, call the Rev. Earl Payne at (704) 712-8205. BUILDING NETWORKS The…

Hillbilly Hotrodders fight cancer

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The Laney family of Maiden is no stranger to cancer. According to Natine Laney, her husband, Dale, is a cancer survivor. Her son, Mike, has suffered from leukemia, which, thankfully, is in remission. Natine, Dale and Mike Laney are also car lovers, and they’ve found a way to combine their…

More space equals more learning at More at Four

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There’s more room in Lincoln County’s More at Four classrooms, which help at-risk children prepare for kindergarten. “Teachers say it does wonders,” said Heath Belcher, principal of Childers Elementary School. The elementary school is just one of 12 More at Four locations in Lincoln County, and the pre-kindergarten program has…