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Art stroll to take place in downtown Lincolnton

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The volunteers behind the Downtown Lincolnton Art Stroll see big things in Lincolnton’s future. “We’re at the threshold of a kind of future vision of what this whole area can be,” volunteer Karen Banker said. “I think the whole country is moving in this direction. We’re kind of just waking…

Student plans professional singing career

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Courtney Derr, 17, has a big voice and even bigger dreams. “If God gave it to me, I’m not going to waste it,” she said of her voice. The Lincolnton High School junior plans to have a career in music. She’s already recorded songs with producer Ronnie Garrett with Big…

Students Singing

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Operation Santa USMC gives Christmas goodies to Marines

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When Wanda Patton of Lincolnton learned about Operation Santa U.S. Marine Corp in October, she knew she had to become a part of it. “That’s just really near and dear to my heart,” she said. “I’m married to a veteran, and I have an active-duty son.” Patton and friend Mimi…

United Way awaits word that IRS mix-up is over

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United Way of Lincoln County officials are awaiting written notice that a lien filed against the charity last September by the Internal Revenue Service was a mistake and has been abated. IRS officials filed the lien for what they thought was more than $12,200 allegedly owed in payroll taxes and…

Emergency Reserves seeking volunteers in western N.C.

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The North Carolina Emergency Reserves, a statewide volunteer disaster-response organization, is seeking volunteers in western North Carolina. NCER, headquartered in Fayetteville, is composed of seven regiments which are divided into two brigades, said Dave Tuttle, public information officer for the organization. The NCER is actively seeking Regimental and Unit Commanders…

N.C. 16 study held up by budget woes

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The economic crunch has put the brakes on a study of controversial intersections planned along Denver’s new highway. Citing safety concerns, the county, schools, Chamber of Commerce and a Denver area business group came out in full force last spring against the super street designs scheduled for Optimist Club Road…

Teens make killing on stocks

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Most people are losing their shirts in today’s stock market. Madeline Colvin, however, has made $2.8 million in the past few months — and she’s 15 years old. The sophomore at North Lincoln High School isn’t playing fast and loose with her parents’ pocketbooks on E-trade. In fact, the money…

Question of the Week

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“What’s your favorite restaurant in east Lincoln County?” Betsy Born, Denver: “We usually go to Mazatlan and also down to Beef O’Brady’s.” Ruth Hatfield, Denver: “I like Stacy’s. The food and service there are great. I like all the people who work there. I’ve been going to Stacy’s for a…

Center close to opening at church

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Nearly three years after planning began, a new $2.6 million life center for Westport Baptist is almost complete and ready to open. The 27,000-square-foot structure is located directly behind the main church at 2373 Lake Shore Road South off N.C. 16. Mike Young, senior pastor for Westport Baptist, called the…