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Weather watcher receives honor

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Johnny Hoyle doesn’t make the weather, he just watches it. Hoyle, who lives in western Lincoln County, is the county cooperative weather observer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service. It’s something he’s been doing for more than 20 years. In August, Hoyle was awarded the John…

Around Town 9/26/2008

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CRUISE-IN The first Ken Connor Memorial Cruise-In for Christ will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4 at Salem United Methodist Church in Denver. Donations and profits will benefit the Ken Connor Memorial Fund for the education of Justin and Cayce Connor. Cars 25 years old and older are…

Grand Opening

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Grand Opening

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Farmer has 12 antique tractors, used them all

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West Lincoln resident Charles Lingerfelt hasn’t always considered himself a tractor collector, he’s just always had tractors. “I was into antiques when they weren’t antiques,” he said. Lingerfelt began acquiring tractors in the 1960s out of necessity. “I had a tractor for every operation I had,” he said. Lingerfelt grew…

Store specializes in primitives

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West Lincoln’s new Old General Store on N.C. 27 W. is filled with everything from candles to antiques to Amish children’s clothes. “Try to explain to an Amish man why you want to buy their used clothes,” owner Diana Gaines said. “It’s very odd.” Gaines is the owner of Splinters…

Muscadines, scuppernogs ripe and ready to eat

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With fall officially here, most fruits and vegetables grown in Lincoln County are past their peaks. “This was peas. This was corn,” said Wanda Avery giving a tour of her west Lincoln farm. Muscadines and scuppernogs, however, are just starting to get good. “They’re right about their peak right now,”…

National Older Worker Week celebrates seniors

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This week may be the United States Department of Labor’s National Employ Older Workers Week, but for three women who work at Lincoln County’s Employment Security Commission, it’s an occasion to be celebrated 52 weeks a year. Rose Sherrill, Jane Lewis and Linda Hall are employed with ESC through the…

Brooks inspires growth at New Providence church

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The Rev. Eugene Brooks was called to the ministry in 1978. He says he ran from the calling for two years before God stopped him in his tracks. And when he felt led by God to start a church, Brooks founded New Providence Full Gospel. “We started off with 13…

Red Cross seeks blood donations

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Hurricanes have caused a depletion in the nation’s blood supply, and Red Cross officials are asking Lincoln County citizens for aid. “It’s your chance to help save a life,” Louann Freshour, executive director of the Lincoln County Chapter of the American Red Cross, said. Hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and Ike have…