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Innovative dance studio opening

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It was a chance comment made earlier this year between Carmen Phaup and Rob Miller. Phaup, a drama teacher with the Catawba County school system, was considering running a theater camp and Miller, the executive director of the Newton-Conover Auditorium Authority, which oversees the Civic and Performance Place facility, was…

We are family

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The truth is right here

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As a child, George Fawcett came across a newspaper headline proclaiming “Silver Balls Floating in Air Nazis’ Newest War Device.” Prior to finding the clipping, Fawcett was an avid World War II collector. He already had 43 scrapbooks full of memorabilia. After reading that headline, however, his focus shifted. “I…

World War II refugee talks of plight

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During her time as a German refugee running from the “raping Russians” during World War II, Johanna McCloskey recorded the harsh realities of her life in a small journal. That journal traveled with her on hikes through “snow up to your hips,” on rides hitched on freight trains, milk trucks…

Local and regional art fills downtown coffee house

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When the Witches’ Brew Cafй first opened in downtown Lincolnton, the walls were bare. Now, a mere six weeks later, those walls are filled with the work of local and regional artists. There are black and white photographs of Italian landscapes, colorful multi-media abstract paintings, pointillism pen and ink drawings…

Around Town 9/2/2005

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DEMOCRACTIC MEN’S GROUP MEETING The Democratic Mens Group of Lincoln County will meet 8 a.m. Saturday at the Lincoln House Restaurant.. The theme is, “Be Gutsy, Be Charitable, Be Sincere, Be a Democrat.” The primary subjects will be planning for precinct picnics, the recently completed Democratic State Executive Committee and…

Senior potters showcase goods

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Despite kiln problems and clay under their fingernails, eight Lincoln County senior citizens are hooked on pottery. This summer, seniors participating in pottery workshops created platters, birdfeeders and toadstool birdhouses. The end result is work that is “so meticulous and so well done,” according to Mary Jane Howard, executive director…

Biking for funds

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Traveling `round a circle called a square

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I have previously written about Main Street Lincolnton in the 30s. In this article I would like to turn a corner and go around the court square. Today, traffic is one-way around the square, but in the 30s there was two-way traffic. (Incidentally, there was only one state highway patrolman…