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Around Town 1/30/2009

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BARBECUE BENEFIT Members of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Lincoln County Chapter will hold a barbecue benefit for Woodie Anthony and family starting at 5 p.m. Saturday at Salem Lutheran Church, 3410 Startown Road, Lincolnton. The $7 plates will include barbecue pork or chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, bread, dessert and a…

He’s ‘Grandpa’ 87 times over

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Orie Helmuth, 69, has seven sons, six daughters, 87 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Helmuth, who works at Harmony Sheds in Denver and lives in Statesville, has trouble keeping track of the young ones. “I can’t keep all the names straight,” he said. There are also likely to be more grandchildren…

North Lincoln coaches get CPR training

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PUMPKIN CENTER — Injury is a risk that all athletes take when they step onto the field to compete. At the high school level, however, safety is always a top priority. Many student-athletes have suffered serious injuries during athletic competition in the state of North Carolina this year. In response,…

Around Town 1/28/2009

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PUBLIC FORUM Lincoln County Parks and Recreation will hold a public forum to discuss the proposed renovations of Block Smith Gym. Those interested are invited to visit the gymnasium from 4-7 p.m. this evening at its location at 130 Rhodes St. Parking is available in the college lot or in…

Ribbon cut

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2 and 40 pies

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Center offers cutting edge of medicine

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Doctors scrubbed in Monday for the first of what could become hundreds of minor operations performed yearly at a new $5 million East Lincoln Surgery Center built by Carolinas Medical Center. With a state-of-the-art operating room, waiting and intake area, nurses’ station and a handful of recovery beds, the facility…

College to hold classes at Lincoln Charter

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After years of eyeing growth in the area, Gaston College is partnering with Lincoln Charter School to dramatically expand the number of college courses offered in eastern Lincoln County. The first few classes are scheduled for March at the Lincoln Charter High School’s campus, just west of N.C. 16 near…

Question of the Week

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How long should the county give owners of illegal signs on N.C. 16 to come into compliance? County officials say seven years. What do you think?” Larry Straight, Denver: “The maximum should be seven years. I think with all the construction going on during that time is when it needs…

Community Calendar

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CLUBS, GROUPS ELBA meeting The East Lincoln Betterment Association is hosting a meeting at 6:45 p.m. Thursday at Unity Presbyterian Church, 8210 Unity Church Road in Denver. Light refreshments will be served. Topics include electing officers and board members, an update on Sally’s Y and ceremony honoring East Lincoln High…