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Denver car dealer continues traits of honesty and quality from home

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Bob Poole admits many car dealers – whether new or used – generally have a poor reputation among consumers. Some consumers, in fact, won’t patronize some dealers because of an alleged reputation earned over the years. In his own small way, however, Poole has tried to change that by honesty…

Burned church rises from ashes

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Sunday morning the congregation of Salem Baptist Church stood in their new sanctuary singing songs of joy. Nearly three years earlier, many of those present watched the sanctuary burn to the ground after being struck by lightning for the second time in a matter of weeks. “It’s been a long…

Fallen letters find their proper home

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Sandi Triplett, co-owner of WL’s Grill in Lincolnton, was helping a friend clean out an abandoned house near North Aspen Street when some interesting documents literally fell across her path. As she carried a box to the trash, an old photograph fell out. Her interest piqued, she explored the remnants…

Woman who loves all things western finds sisters in spirit

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A good Western shows life at its simplest – the cowboy in a white hate fighting the cad in a black hat, good versus evil clearly drawn out. “They were our heroes, and the good guys always won, unlike nowadays,” said Evelyn Miller of Pumpkin Center. As a child, Miller…

Volunteers needed by local Red Cross

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The American Red Cross, an organization that has helped needy people in crisis for over a century, has a need itself — volunteers. “We always need more volunteers,” said Louann Freshour, Lincoln County chapter executive director. “We could not provide the services we provide without volunteers.” According to the Red…

Swim lessons available at Betty G. Ross pool

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Summer’s officially here, which means fun in the sun and water with trips to the beach, pool or lake. It can also mean tragedy, with numerous deaths occurring every summer caused by drownings. The water can remain fun for all with proper instruction. The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Parks and Recreation is…

A freedom that’s a gift from God

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Many people claim to believe strongly in freedom of speech; few actually believe strongly enough to exercise that freedom. Christine Estep is one of the few. If the name sounds familiar, it is probably because Estep is a frequent writer to the Lincoln Times-News Readers’ Forum. Estep’s letters are her…

Local debutantes step out in style

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Gone are the days when presentation at a Debutante Ball meant that women were prepared for marriage, but it still stands as a long-honored tradition for many families. Six local young women participated in the 60th annual Western Carolina Debutante Ball held Saturday, June 17, at Cleveland Community College. Sponsored…

Next stop – kindergarten!

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Nutrition employees receive honors

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The Child Nutrition Department of Lincoln County Schools recognized employees for their dedication to the job of providing “nutritious and delicious” meals to the students of Lincoln County May 16. Barbara Wood, manager at Love Memorial Elementary School, was selected as Lincoln County’s Child Nutrition Manager of the Year. Her…