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Lowes’ local ties end after 230 years

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Before Lowesville or even Lincoln County, there was the Lowe family. For at least 230 years, the Lowes owned huge swaths of land in and around their namesake community Lowesville in southeastern Lincoln County, according to historical records. They were landowners, mill operators, shrewd businessmen and benevolent benefactors; slave owners,…

Absolute Organics delivers organic produce to customers’ front doors

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What started as a decision to be more health conscious during pregnancy has morphed into a successful small business for one Newton couple. Steve and Vonda Hodun decided to eat organically seven years ago when Vonda was pregnant with their son, William. “We wanted to give William the best we…

Fire squads have growing pains

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Strained to the limit from a record housing boom in recent years, fire departments across eastern Lincoln County are now expanding services unlike ever before. From new substations and fire engines to a growing roster of full-time firefighters, four departments are undergoing the most dramatic increase in resources in decades,…

Covenant basketball clinic

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Pictured above are participants and coaches in the 3- and 4-year-old team in the Covenant Basketball Clinic: Jude Anthony, Ethan Hansley, Gavin Ellis, Noah Keener, Jerry McGill, C.J. Powell, Jacob McGill, Gavin Haynes and Gid Anthony (not pictured is Elijah Walton.) Pictured below are participants and coaches in the 5-…

QUESTION of the WEEK

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Would you pay more taxes for expanded fire and emergency services in eastern Lincoln County? Rebecca Jones, Denver: “Absolutely. Just because my daughter has type one diabetes and so it’s really important for us, absolutely.” Michael Connell, Westport: “No, but I don’t have much of a choice. I’m willing to…

Dellinger trial set for this month

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A well-known Lincoln County man will head to court this month for a crime committed more than four years ago. Gwynn Radeker, Lincoln County district attorney, says that the “trial for Tim Dellinger will be on the March 24 court calendar.” Dellinger, 47, Stanley, faces 18 felony counts of possession…

Senior guard says this year was her best

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Sonny Marthers, a former senior guard for the 2008 Southern Piedmont Conference champion Lady Mustangs, has improved her game over the years according to head coach Deidrea LeGrand. Marthers said she feels the same, saying she realized her senior year was her best since joining the team four years ago.…

Applications accepted for community grants

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The Lincoln County Community Foundation is looking for area non-profit organizations in need of $1,500. Applications are being accepted for its 2008 Competitive Grant Program. Money will be given to both “seed projects” and existing programs. “They obviously need to address a community need,” said Karen Coppadge, grants specialist for…

Coffee shop offers books, adds culture

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An old coffee shop recently got a facelift and has become a cultural hot spot in Denver. Cool Beans and Sweet Things, formally Sweet Things Coffee Shop, is no longer just a place to get a cup of coffee. “You can get coffee and desserts anywhere … it’s not a…

GOING HIGH FOR DIABETES CURE

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Children search through a table of ropes to find the right one to use for Jump for a Cure, a fundraiser held Sunday at Denver United Methodist Church. The event benefited the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Chris Dean / LTN Photo (Above) Parker Clay, 8, stops to look back at…