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‘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…

Business sells jukeboxes, arcade systems

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Before iPods and “boomboxes,” the jukebox was one of the most popular ways to listen to music. In February 2007, Rick Harrison took his love for the classic machine and opened Lake Norman Music and Games. The business, located at 1603 N.C. 16 S. in Stanley, specializes in selling and…

Clinic teaches golf swings and the game

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Five-year-olds aimed to be like Tiger Woods this week at Cowan’s Ford Country Club in Denver. For three days, children ages 5 to 12 took part in a golf clinic designed especially for beginners. “We started scheduling members on March 1 and by May 1 when I let non-members register,…

Around Town 7/16/2008

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BIBLE SCHOOL Crowell Memorial United Methodist Church, 4018 Killian Road, Lincolnton, will have vacation Bible school from 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. July 21-25. Meals will be served nightly at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome and invited to attend. BENEFIT LUNCH Crowell Memorial United Methodist Church will have a benefit…

Around Town 7/14/2008

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PRESCHOOL PROGRAM Hardin Baptist Church, Dallas, is adding two new programs to its children’s ministry this fall. There will be a half-day preschool for children ages 2 to 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 8. The preschool will include the ABeka curriculum, music, art, sign language, a…

Red Cross officials tell of need for blood

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Blood inventory levels have dropped and American Red Cross officials said they are “unable to sufficiently meet the demand of local hospitals.” While there is a constant need for all blood types, donors with type O-positive, O-negative, A-positive and A-negative types are asked to donate immediately. Red Cross officials said…

Challenging the Congregation

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The Rev. Roy Byers, who pastors both Bethlehem and Bess Chapel United Methodist churches, says he isn’t afraid of heights. And considering his penchant for delivering sermons from church roofs, that’s a good thing. “It’s a good thing I’m not a wandering preacher,” Byers said. Byers, who chalks up his…

Arts Council announces September pottery show

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The Arts Council of Lincoln County will host a pottery show in September at the Lincoln Cultural Center. The show will feature the work of potters in the Catawba Valley region, including a mix of contemporary and traditional pottery. The show is entitled “Pottery: Catawba Valley Region.” Each artist will…