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Youth take on demons, drugs and alcohol

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Tonight at Hull’s Grove Baptist Church, a group of kids will turn into demons, drug users and alcohol abusers. And they hope other area teens will come to watch it all go down. It’s all part of “The Altar Chronicles,” a series of skits they’ll perform as part of West…

Softball tournament draws crowd

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West Lincoln Optimist Park was crowded with vans and buses this past week as girls from across the state came to play in the North Carolina Dixie State Softball Tournament. This is the second year the park has hosted the event. “We did such a good job hosting it two…

Storm causes damage, but animals survive

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Scott and Lori Wren of Crouse were having a nice supper in downtown Lincolnton when a storm hit their home Tuesday night. Driving back, they knew it was rainy, but they didn’t realize the extent of the damage until they pulled into their driveway. “When we saw the roof, we…

Fallston farmer simply loves to grow

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Loyd Lewis has been farming all his life, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love it,” he said. “I guess it’s in my blood.” Lewis, who owns a farm in Fallston just past the Lincoln County border, grew up farming with his father. He was one of…

80th birthday

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Drama depicts real-life scenarios

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Last year, hundreds of people’s lives were changed at New Vision Ministries’ “Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames,” a live drama depicting several real-life scenarios and their potential eternal consequences. This year, the Rev. Scott Mann, pastor of New Vision, hopes the event will have a similar outcome. “This is the…

Apple Queen overcame adversity

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The 2007 Lincoln County Apple Queen had a very difficult time at her Apple Festival debut. Earlier that morning, her father had suffered a brainstem stroke and had been rushed to the hospital. “That was the most challenging part – worrying,” said Rachel Cochran, the outgoing Apple Queen. Despite the…

Lincoln County plans seminar on foreclosures

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Lincoln County will hold a free foreclosure seminar from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Lincolnton at the James Warren Citizen Center. Housing and financial experts will be available to assist those with questions or concerns about foreclosure which have risen dramatically in Lincoln County and nationwide in recent…

300 attend memorial for Jerilynn Nutting

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Jerilynn Trustler Nutting – an outspoken resident and community activist for many years credited with helping shape east Lincoln County – died earlier this month after a four-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 63. Nearly 300 people attended a memorial on July 14 in at the Peninsula Yacht Club…

Bus ridership shows huge increase

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Lincoln County’s express bus line posted its single largest increase in ridership last month since it began service to and from Charlotte in 2005, according to Charlotte Area Transit System statistics. Monthly ridership numbers skyrocketed from a record 4,211 total trips in May to nearly 5,669 trips in June, the…