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Around Town 11/26/2008

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THANKSGIVING MEAL The Soup Kitchen will be serving a Thanksgiving meal today and Thursday. Turkey with all the trimmings will be served today. Ham with all the trimmings will be served on Thursday. FAMILY REUNION The Blair and Lucy Wise Family Reunion will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Bethpage Lutheran…

Scouting for Food

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7-year-old boy battles rare disease

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It’s 9 a.m. on a weekday and the voice of Kelly Nivens is as coarse as sandpaper. “It’s been a hard night,” she said. “Marshall’s been running a temperature of 105 degrees for several hours.” While most 7-year-old boys played in freshly raked leaf piles this fall, Kelly’s son became…

‘Block House’ resists efforts to clean up site

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Residents and Sheriff’s deputies simply know it as the “Block House.” Since tenants moved out years ago, the property at 6498 McIntosh Road in Lowesville has sat empty, a magnate for prostitution and dope fiends from miles around. Weeds grew tall. A trailer home parked on the front yard was…

Around Town 11/24/2008

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SUPPORT GROUP Denver Diabetes Support Group will hold the program “Healthy Eating Through the Holidays” 6 p.m. today at Catawba Springs Commons, 275 N.C. 16 N., Suite 204 in Denver. The program, sponsored by CMC- Lincoln Diabetes Education and Self-Management Program, is free to the public. No registration is required.…

Students make, sell paper chains for charity

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Lincolnton Middle School ESL (English as a Second Language) students formed a chain for charity using small strips of construction paper linked by large doses of compassion. Under the guidance of ESL instructor, Cathy Treherne, ESL classes researched the “Save the Children” foundation benefiting children in Africa orphaned by the…

Ending academy with a ride-along

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final weekly installment by staff writer Lisa Brown as she went through the Citizens Police Academy training. Well, this is it. My final column about the Citizens Police Academy. I can’t believe 11 weeks have gone by so fast. I can’t even tell you how…

Boy Scouts seeking food items for those in need

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Boy Scouts will be scouting for food this weekend and giving it to those in need. “Service projects, personal and as a group, are just part of the program,” said Thad Cloer, district executive of the Boy Scouts of America Piedmont Council. “Our motto is ‘Be Prepared,’ but our slogan…

Former Panther publishes local authors

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For most families, having one published author at the dinner table would be a pretty big deal. The Royals family has two. The Rev. Andy Royals of Salem Baptist Church in Lincolnton and his wife, Joyce, have each published a book, and it’s all thanks to a former Carolina Panther.…

Minor injuries in 2-car collision on Water Street

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Two people suffered minor injuries when their vehicles collided Monday on Water Street, police said. Betty Quinton Ramsey, 81, Lincolnton, was traveling west on Cedar Street when she collided with a vehicle driven by Myrlene Kirkpatrick Callaway, 65, Lincolnton, reported Sgt. J.M. Caudle with the Lincolnton Police Department. Ramsey told…