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Drowning victim’s body retrieved in lake

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Rescue workers recovered the body of 62-year-old Sandy Garris of Iron Station Sunday, two days after his boat capsized at Mountain Island Lake. Susan Roscoe, emergency medical technician for the Lucia-Riverbend Volunteer Fire Department, said Garris left his residence around 10:30 a.m. Friday to go on a fishing trip. Family…

Summer stories

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The West Lincoln Branch Library is offering free summer reading programs that consist of magicians, musicians and puppets. The theme is “Catch the Reading Bug.” “People in the community love and appreciate the programs,” branch supervisor, Selina Keever, said. Last year, more than 150 children attended the summer programs. “They’ll…

Davis and Son open new market

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Davis and Son Orchard has opened a new market in Pumpkin Center. “We’re trying to get away from our wholesale to processing plants and juice plants and focus more on retail and local wholesale,” said Alan Davis, the son of Davis and Son. The market in front of the Davis’…

Center helps hold community together

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In 1951 Howards Creek School opened its cafeteria doors to a slew of elementary, junior and high-school students. Now, more than 50 years later, the cafeteria serves all ages as a renovated community center. “The school ended up closing in 1987, and the property went back to the community,” Carolyn…

West Lincoln seniors celebrate graduation

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Although the rain forced them indoors, West Lincoln High School seniors made the most of their class picnic. “This is a last opportunity to be as a class together,” said Matt Stover, principal. The students ate hot dogs and hamburgers on the gym floor and bleachers. A DJ played music,…

Opening Up

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Mealtime Bible studies offered at St. John’s church

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Since the middle of April, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cherryville has been offering folks the chance to spend mealtimes feeding their souls at the same time they feed their bodies. According to the Rev. Ronald Fink, the Lunch Bunch Bible Study and Dinner Bunch Bible Study are both firsts…

Catawba planning fire substation

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A new $500,000 fire substation could come to Sherrills Ford in the wake of a funding dispute that led Denver Fire Department to say it will cut off service to Catawba County on June 30. Catawba County commissioners this week approved a contingency plan by Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue…

Public can comment on budget

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Members of the public will be able to weigh in Monday on what they think about the county’s proposed $157 million budget. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton. Public comments are scheduled to begin at 6:40 p.m. Residents will…

Around Town 5/30/2008

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HOYLE REUNION The descendents of John Sidney and Isabelle Morrison Hoyle will have their reunion Sunday in the fellowship hall at Roseland Baptist Church, 1172 Rose Hill Drive, Lincolnton. A covered-dish lunch will be served around 1 p.m. Family and friends are invited. For more information, contact Margie Hoyle at…