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Internet Connection watched

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Rows of sleek, flat-screened computers flank Freddie Smith as he demonstrates the main attraction to his new business, The Internet Connection, on N.C. 16. After swiping a phone card, a series of games pop up on the Internet with names like Texas Treasures, Classic 7’s and others. A click of…

QUESTION of the WEEK

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“Is housing still affordable in east Lincoln County?” Ron Keller, Iron Station: “Yes. It’s cheaper than in other counties. It’s gone up, but it’s still less expensive than the rest of the country. We have a lot of people moving here from up north.” Sue Thom, Denver: “It’s always been…

Hearing set on oncology center

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will conduct a public hearing regarding the proposed Lincoln Radiology Oncology Center 1 p.m. Wednesday in Room 125 at the Lincoln campus of Gaston College. Gaston Memorial Hospital and Radiation Oncology Centers of the Carolinas Inc. have announced plans to build…

Around Town 7/14/2008

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PRESCHOOL PROGRAM Hardin Baptist Church, Dallas, is adding two new programs to its children’s ministry this fall. There will be a half-day preschool for children ages 2 to 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 8. The preschool will include the ABeka curriculum, music, art, sign language, a…

Red Cross officials tell of need for blood

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Blood inventory levels have dropped and American Red Cross officials said they are “unable to sufficiently meet the demand of local hospitals.” While there is a constant need for all blood types, donors with type O-positive, O-negative, A-positive and A-negative types are asked to donate immediately. Red Cross officials said…

Challenging the Congregation

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The Rev. Roy Byers, who pastors both Bethlehem and Bess Chapel United Methodist churches, says he isn’t afraid of heights. And considering his penchant for delivering sermons from church roofs, that’s a good thing. “It’s a good thing I’m not a wandering preacher,” Byers said. Byers, who chalks up his…

Arts Council announces September pottery show

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The Arts Council of Lincoln County will host a pottery show in September at the Lincoln Cultural Center. The show will feature the work of potters in the Catawba Valley region, including a mix of contemporary and traditional pottery. The show is entitled “Pottery: Catawba Valley Region.” Each artist will…

Seminar planned for homeowners

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Lincoln County is looking to lend a hand to homeowners in danger of foreclosure by hosting a “housing 101” seminar July 29 and Aug. 2 in Lincolnton and Denver. A panel of housing and finance professionals will be on hand to give a presentation and answer questions for concerned homeowners.…

Rocking out with classic aerobics —Adult classes held in pool at Ross Park

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If you drive through the parking lot of Betty G. Ross Park on a Tuesday or Thursday evening, you may hear the sound of classic rock music pumping from the pool area. But it isn’t a party. It’s a water aerobics class. “I’ve been an instructor for three years,” Reylinda…

Health Dept. celebrates birthdays — Two workers turn 70 this year

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The Lincoln County Health Department saw two of its employees turn 70 this year. Dr. Thomas Smith and public health nurse Marcia Davis were given a surprise birthday party from the staff. Both have worked at the department for more than 30 years. Smith has been doing private practice since…