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Farmers Market still going thanks to dedicated vendors

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William “Dub” McNeely, 85, and Boyd Dellinger, 78, are Lincoln County Farmers Market staples. “If it hadn’t been for these two guys, the Farmers Market wouldn’t be here,” said Giles Martin, Farmers Market coordinator. “They’re here every time, all the time – rain or shine, cold, wet – these guys…

Hesed House client turns life around

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On Jan. 1, the first night Hesed House of Hope opened, William “Bubba” Metts went there hoping to find a warm place to sleep. Unfortunately, volunteers had to turn him away because he had too much alcohol in his system. “Kathy Rhine, who was the intake volunteer that evening, took…

Celebrating the Constitution

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Mount Ruhama Baptist has new youth minister

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The Rev. Thomas Nicholson came to Mount Ruhama Baptist Church in Maiden June 6 as the church’s youth and children’s minister. “I had just graduated from Montreat College in May,” Nicholson said. He had also just gotten married to his wife, Kathryn. While this summer was a hectic time for…

Cruise-in honors lover of classic cars

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Ken Connor, who died earlier this year after a period of declining health, was known as a person who loved classic cars. Now, his church family at Salem United Methodist in Denver is doing something to keep his memory alive – and help send his grandchildren to college. The Ken…

NAACP banquet set for Oct. 19

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Cora Cole-McFadden, mayor pro tempore of Durham, will be the guest speaker at the annual Sam and Annie Biggers’ Banquet, scheduled for 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at Verdict Ridge Country and Golf Club in Denver. The banquet is the major fundraiser for the Lincoln County Branch of the NAACP. Tickets…

Carlton wants county to extend more services eastward

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Commissioner Bruce Carlton Monday requested that Lincoln County study ways to bring increased services to its eastern area. As part of a planned review of resources, county officials will launch an inquiry as to what services are feasible and where they could be located in the area. Carlton suggested possibly…

Extraordinaires set for Alive After Five

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The Extraordinaires will play downtown Lincolnton at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 as part of the Griffin Insurance Agency/Nationwide Insurance Alive After Five concert series. This up-and-coming band is presented by Tindall’s Professional Photography and Apple Realty. The band’s “extraordinary” set list includes such hits as “Brown Eyed Girl,” “R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” “My…

QUESTION of the WEEK

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“What impact do you think Wal-Mart and Lowe’s have had on east Lincoln County since they opened?” Gene Stallings, Westport: “I have shopped at both big-box stores, but I still shop at the local hardware stores too, so I don’t think it’s devastating them. I hope not. Traffic has been…

Vale man freed on bond after marijuana charges

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A Lincoln County man is out on bond after narcotics investigators seized more than 70 pounds of marijuana plants from a property on Reeps Grove Church Road. Travis Eugene Hull, 42, Vale, was charged with felony possession of marijuana, manufacturing a controlled substance and trafficking in marijuana, authorities said. More…