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QUESTION of the WEEK

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“What impact do you think Wal-Mart and Lowe’s have had on east Lincoln County since they opened?” Gene Stallings, Westport: “I have shopped at both big-box stores, but I still shop at the local hardware stores too, so I don’t think it’s devastating them. I hope not. Traffic has been…

Little dog is a great, big deal

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Jeannie, a toy fox terrier belonging to West Lincoln High School student Kacie Davis, may only be 10 inches tall, but she’s a pretty big deal in the world of show dogs. Kacie and Jeannie compete in dog shows in the junior category, and her owner says Jeannie is ranked…

Seniors begin the process of choosing their next step

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Private schools, public schools, community colleges, technical colleges and throngs of Lincoln County students came together at the Countywide College Night held Wednesday at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. “There’s a lot of colleges I’m interested in,” said Danielle Melton, a North Lincoln High School senior who attended. “I…

Long Shoals looking to expansion

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Long Shoals Wesleyan Academy has welcomed 53 students through its doors this school year, but more are welcome. “The enrollment is up from last year, but that’s not capacity,” said Sheila Berryhill, principal. That said, the private Christian school is running out of space for its current students. “We hope…

West Lincoln community fetes players to pregame meals

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West Lincoln High School players are always well-fed before a game. Before every game, one of eight participating organizations hosts the players and provides a meal. “We love it. We enjoy it,” said Wayne Navey, West Lincoln High School athletic director. “It’s a good time – fellowship for all the…

Advisory group to detail animal control proposals

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Nearly six months after it was formed, a group charged with helping retool local animal control laws and policy will return tonight with its recommendations to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. In addition, plans for a nearly $1 million expansion to relieve severe overcrowding and other issues at the…

Around Town 9/5/2008

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HOMECOMING Homecoming is Sunday at Redemption Outreach Center, 700 Lithia Inn Road, Lincolnton. Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. The Mills Family Singers will perform at the 10:30 a.m. worship service. DEMOCRATIC MEN The Democratic Men’s Club of Lincoln County will meet 8 a.m. Saturday at the party headquarters, located…

Around Town – Church Briefs

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RECYCLING EFFORT Trinity Lutheran Church, located next to the post office in Vale, is conducting a recycling campaign. The church is accepting newspapers, cardboard and magazines. Proceeds will go to Christian Ministry of Lincoln County. For more information, call the church office at (704) 276-1257. CHRISTIAN SINGLES The Christian Singles…

Freedom Farm Soaps offers ‘skin candy’ to customers

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What started out with one goat has ended up as an excellent-smelling livelihood for one Maiden couple. “She had a lot more milk than we had things to do with,” Jeanette Reed, co-owner of Freedom Farm Soaps, said of the first goat she and her husband bought 12 years ago.…

Violin lessons available

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The sweet and not-so-sweet sounds of children playing violin will soon fill First Methodist Church in downtown Lincolnton. An instructor from the Hickory School of the Arts will be teaching violin using the Suzuki technique Fridays beginning Sept. 12. “I knew that they had a satellite office in Morganton, so…