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Off he flies, into the wild blue yonder at 80-years-old

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He’s no stranger to flying, and on the occasion of his 80th birthday, which was Jan. 18, Floyd “Bully” Painter had every intention of taking to the skies to celebrate. Unfortunately, strong winds kept him grounded, forcing him to postpone his celebration until 10 days later, on Jan. 28, when…

Lake Calendar

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BIBLE STUDY / WEIGHT CONTROL Denver Wesleyan Church, on N.C. 16, will begin “The First Place” Bible study and weight control program Sunday. The 13 week program starts 4 p.m. and is open to all. Cost is $90 for materials and $5 per weekly session. For more information, call (704)…

Around Town 2/8/2006

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TAX ASSISTANCE Tax assistance continues from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. today in the James W. Warren Citizens Center and will be held every Wednesday through April 12. Several volunteers have been trained to assist older adults with their tax returns. Be sure to bring last year’s tax return, identification…

UFO expert says farewell

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Since the age of 10, George Fawcett has been devoted to unidentified flying objects. The Lincolnton man has had one sighting of his own, been visited by the Men in Black and researched the phenomenon all over the world. At the age of 86, however, it’s finally time to slow…

Around Town 2/6/2006

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PRECINCT MEETING There will be a Democratic Party precinct meeting for Oak Grove at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Oak Grove Community Center on Startown Road. IRON STATION SENIORS The Iron Station Community Senior Citizens will meet Wednesday at noon at Ironton Presbyterian Church. CLOSING Mother’s Morning Out at Covenant Bible…

No greater love…

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In a ceremony held Friday at First Baptist Church, American Legion Post 30 honored the memory of the four chaplains who, 63 years ago, sacrificed their lives at sea in order that others might live. Representing the four chaplains were (above photo, from left) the Rev. Randy Powell, the Rev.…

Around Town 2/3/2006

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SACRIFICE AT SEA American Legion Post 30 will present a program at 7 p.m. today at First Baptist Church honoring the memory of the four immortal chaplains who, 63 years ago, willing gave up their lives in order that others might live when the USAT Dorchester was struck and sunk…

Ceremony celebrates life, sacrifice of four chaplains

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Sixty-three years ago on Friday, the USAT Dorchester, a converted Army transport ship that was once a luxury liner, was struck by a German torpedo and sank 150 miles from Greenland. Starting 7 p.m. this Friday at First Baptist Church, in a program titled, “Sacrifice at Sea,” American Legion Post…

Poet teaches lessons through writing

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(This is the first story in a Black History Month series featuring profiles of community members.) Since composing her first poem at the age of 10, anything and everything has inspired Lena Harris to write. The local poet composes poems about today’s youth and her own childhood. She writes about…

From addiction to redemption

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Anthony Bynum had sold drugs on the street since the age of 14. Addicted to crack cocaine in his 20s, he was ordered by the court to see a counselor. He sat sullenly across from the man, unimpressed by the college degrees that lined the office walls. “He had never…