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Angler hooks owl, but lets him go free

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Michelle Armstrong of Denver is a local angler who competes on the Women’s Bassmaster Tour. She travels the country in search of big bass and enjoys the calmness the sport brings her. However, recently she had an encounter on the water that dubbed her a new nickname – “The Owl…

HAPPY TRAILS

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Coming Up

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n Foreclosure seminars: As foreclosures continue to rise locally and across the state, Lincoln County is scheduling seminars to help concerned homeowners. A seminar with financial experts is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 2 in Denver at the Shanklin Library branch. Another seminar will be held…

Lions Club Vision Van at Wal-Mart July 24

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The Lincolnton Lions Club and the Wal-Mart Vision Center in Lincolnton will co-sponsor the North Carolina Lions’ “See the 21st Century” Vision Van from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 24 in the Wal-Mart parking lot. There is no charge for individuals participating in the Vision Van eye screenings. The…

Community Calendar

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CLUBS, GROUPS Meeting on future of N.C. 16 Lincoln County planners will hold a community input meeting on the future plans for business N.C. 16 at 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Unity Presbyterian Church in Denver. Call (704) 736-8472. Riverkeeper training The Catawba Riverkeepers Foundation will host a…

Art scholarship keeps dream alive

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In her abbreviated young adult life, Ginger Fincher Rogers had a creative talent and passion for abstract, free hand art. One of Rogers’ closest friends, Julie Hopkins, wanted to keep Rogers’ dream alive by creating a memorial scholarship. Hopkins created a scholarship that awards two gifts in the amount of…

Denver firefighters prepare for meeting

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Members of the Denver Fire Department have been busy preparing for their annual meeting at the Rock Springs Campground. Firefighters have been performing practical evaluations at the campground, Keri Wright, public information officer for the Denver Fire Department, said in a statement. “They have been pre-planning for possible fires, locating…

‘Muddy Water Watch’ under way

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Slide after slide, the pictures showed the immensity of the task at hand. Huge blue and brown pools of water stood in stark contrast in river and lake aerial photographs. Streams turned into brick-red swells. Mud flowed like lava from new home construction sites over ineffectual barriers. Examples like these…

Internet Connection watched

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Rows of sleek, flat-screened computers flank Freddie Smith as he demonstrates the main attraction to his new business, The Internet Connection, on N.C. 16. After swiping a phone card, a series of games pop up on the Internet with names like Texas Treasures, Classic 7’s and others. A click of…

QUESTION of the WEEK

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“Is housing still affordable in east Lincoln County?” Ron Keller, Iron Station: “Yes. It’s cheaper than in other counties. It’s gone up, but it’s still less expensive than the rest of the country. We have a lot of people moving here from up north.” Sue Thom, Denver: “It’s always been…