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Each court has specific purposes

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third of 11 weekly installments by staff writer Lisa Brown as she goes through the Citizens Police Academy training. Look for her columns on Mondays. Shortly after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday I found myself sitting on the front bench of a courtroom at the Lincoln County…

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 9/29/2008

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CHICKEN PIE SUPPER New Vision Child Development Center (of New Vision Ministries) will have a chicken pie supper 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday in the daycare building. The fundraiser will benefit the daycare. Cost is $6 per plate, and plates include chicken pie, green beans, slaw, roll, tea and…

School Activities

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BOOK FAIR Iron Station Elementary School held a book fair Thursday and Friday. All proceeds will go to the school’s reading programs and to the purchase of new books for the library. STUDENTS HONORED Lincolnton High School senior Nora Nordmark and West Lincoln High School senior Patrick Welch received Letters…

All hands got a taste of high seas on Pirates Day

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It was all hands on deck as G.E. Massey Elementary School teacher Karen Kellett celebrated “Pirates Day” with her kindergarten class on Tuesday. The annual event gave students a taste of the high seas as they joined in a treasure hunt taking them to key sites throughout the school. Their…

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…