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Around Town 9/1/2008

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FAMILY REUNION The descendants of pioneer Nicholas Friday will have a reunion at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Philadelphia Lutheran Church fellowship hall in Dallas. Please bring a picnic basket or one or two covered dish items. Drinks, cups, plates and utensils will be provided. Please bring any pictures…

Leonhardt retires at Senior Center

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Karen Leonhardt, director of Lincoln County Senior Services, cried through her retirement reception. “It hits you,” she said of the emotion. “It just hits you all of a sudden.” Leonhardt retired Thursday and a party was held in her honor complete with cake, punch and well wishes. “Congratulations and best…

Seniors exercise to stay flexible throughout life

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Those who exercise at the Lincoln County Senior Center twice a week worry if they don’t use it, they’ll lose it. “If you don’t exercise those muscles, they get stiff, and then you get in trouble,” said Pauline Turner, 92, a class participant. Exercise classes led by an instructor from…

Prepared for the worst, experiencing the best

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Brian Soash started his first day as a teacher prepared for the worst. “You hear so many horror stories from teachers about the first day,” he said. Instead of horror, Soash’s first day as a math and science teacher at Lincolnton Middle School went well. The same can be said…

First-year teacher likes shaping young minds

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After eight years in inside sales, Lisa Higbie decided to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. “I think some people get satisfaction out of selling stuff,” she said. “I get more satisfaction out of knowing I’m creating an inside sales rep, you know?” The Denver resident has known for…

YMCA swimming lessons about ‘the trust, the faith’

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Watch out Michael Phelps, the folks at the Lincoln County Family YMCA are looking to turn local youngsters into successful swimmers. “We’re YMCA- and Red Cross-certified to teach swimming, which is important to most parents,” Sherry Reinhardt, who works as an instructor along with Cale Thornburg, said. The YMCA offers…

Voices of Angels sing on high

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The Voices of Angels Children’s Mass Choir from New Providence Full Gospel Church in Crouse recently took part in its first ever competition. And the group almost won. The children, who range in age from 2 to 19, came in third at the Carowinds 2008 Choir Fest Gospel Music Competition.…

Sheriff investigating rash of dirt bike thefts

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Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in helping solve a rash of dirt bike thefts in east Lincoln County in the past month. As many as five dirt bikes have been stolen from garages and carports from homes on Beth Haven Church Road and St. James Church Road,…

Around Town 8/29/2008

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FAMILY REUNION The relatives and friends of the Forney and Ella Lippard Long family are invited to the annual Long reunion 1 p.m. Sept. 7 in the fellowship hall of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in downtown Lincolnton. The covered dish luncheon will be followed by a southern gospel concert featuring “One…

Man builds train for grandchildren

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The train has everything from a smokestack to a caboose. It whistles on cue and smiles at everyone as it drives by with a big grin. TCP, although not entirely finished, is starting to gain a reputation. “Kids come here in the evening, and I’ll ride around the parking lot,”…