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Silly poems lead to literary gold

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When she was a child in rural west Lincoln, Diane Thompson didn’t have much time for books. Now in her 40s, she is an award-winning children’s author who hopes her work teaches children the value of reading. “I think when parents start reading to them very early that instills in…

Campers spend summer serving others

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Hard labor in the hot sun, doesn’t sound like a fun summer vacation, but Camp Loy White participants love what they do. “I don’t see any better way to spend my summer,” said Faith McDermitt, a lead field coordinator for the camp. The Christian camp, which is located in Cleveland…

German native now calls Lincolnton home

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Some say home is where the heart is, while others believe it’s where you were born and raised. For Siegfried “Siggy” Hegewald, a native of Germany, home is Lincolnton. “I have been living here the longest of anywhere else,” he said. Hegewald first came to the United States 30 years…

Low turnout at rafting ordinance hearing

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CORNELIUS – A handful of residents came to speak out about the potential changes to the Lake Norman Marine Commission rafting ordinance at Monday night’s meeting held at the Cornelius Town Hall. This will be the third change to the ordinance if it occurs. The rafting ordinance has been in…

Whiling away a summer day

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A father and son (above left) ply the waters of Lake Norman on a personal water craft Tuesday — a day where temperatures climbed into the 90s — in order to beat the heat. Meanwhile (at right), Robin Murphy looks through a selection of flowers at Paradise Gardens Garden Center,…

Elevators going up in east Lincoln

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As east Lincoln begins to grow, so do the buildings that accommodate the growth. In the Denver fire district, there are five multistory buildings that have elevators. For the Denver Fire Department, this means the possibility of a rescue in an elevator. “I think we have to be ready to…

Lake Calendar

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YARD SALE/BAKE SALE Salem United Methodist Church on Pilot Knob Road will have a large church yard sale in their Christian Life Center on Saturday, June 18 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. There will also be a bake sale. For more information call (704) 483-5055. QUILTING CLASS One six…

Symphony to perform in great outdoors

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Bright blue skies and dancing children are expected to accompany the North Carolina Symphony’s stop in Lincolnton. The symphony will be performing a free concert this Thursday on the grounds of the First Baptist Church. The professional, 65-member symphony has performed twice at Carnegie Hall in New York City and…

Racing for children

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Past is present inside tax service office

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When you walk into Freeman’s Tax Service on South Grove Street, you might wonder whether you have the right address. You first think you’ve walked into a toy store or antique shop by mistake, because lining the walls are toy cars, antique lighters, collectible figurines, old photos and miscellaneous trinkets.…