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Survivor named honorary chairman

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The honorary chairman of Lincolnton’s Relay for Life has certainly earned his title. John Elmore spent six years off and on fighting cancer, which was found at different times in his kidney, lungs, throat and hip. At one point, Elmore was told that he had a five percent chance of…

Thousands raised through pie contest

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Union Elementary School resembled a Roman coliseum Tuesday as a gym full of children screamed, stomped their feet and demanded to see their teachers’ faces covered in pie. “It’s better than kissing a pig,” said Kirby Oldham, the school principal. Oldham agreed to take a pie in the face if…

Holding on to the dream

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The spirit of the original owner is still alive and well at Shear Options, a beauty salon on Academy Street in Lincolnton. The character of the turn-of-the-century house has been preserved with its hardwood floors, old fireplaces and green and yellow color scheme. Chatty hairdressers stay busy, and their equally…

Raising awareness

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Even if you’ve stared death straight in the eye, battled cancer and claimed victory, talking in front of a group of people can prove nerve-wracking. Joyce Houser has told her story of surviving colon cancer to rooms packed with people, despite her stage fright. She’s decided overcoming her nervousness is…

Around Town 5/6/2005

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COMMUNITY MEETING Kathy Buelin, director of Lincoln County Schools Food Service program will present a program on a community enrichment food program for the summer. It will also go over how a community can qualify. The meeting will be held 6 p.m. on Monday, May 9 at the Oaklawn Center,…

Beijing Palace: Name’s the same, cuisine’s changed

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Hungry Lincolnton residents will be able to fill their plates at a new all-you-can-eat American buffet. Beijing Palace on North Aspen Street is now under new management, offering home-cooked style meals at low prices. A breakfast and lunch buffet is offered. Food can also be ordered off the menu. Manager…

Verdict Ridge soldier in Afghanistan receives gift from Verdict Ridge staff

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The stories Verdict Ridge staff members have been reading that are being written by one of its newest residents, Col. Randal Bockenstedt, currently stationed in Afghanistan, has so moved them that they recently put together and sent him a “goodie box.” Among the items included was a Verdict Ridge beach…

Alert sounded for aquatic weed possibly invading Lake Norman

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The lake might have a new monster worse than Normie, Lake Norman’s legendary creature. Salvinia Molesta, or Giant Salvinia as it is commonly known, may be creeping its way into Lake Norman. If it’s not there yet, it may be just a matter of time. The floating, rootless aquatic fern…

Walking trail under pair of watchful eyes

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A looming white sheet, seven feet tall, stood at the side of the walking trail at the Florence Soule Shanklin Memorial Library. Children, members of the Westport Garden Club and residents of east Lincoln gathered to celebrate Arbor Day. Many people waited on the trail with baited breath in order…

Area women over 50 have people seeing red

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The Red Hat Kiddies of Denver proved that one does not have to fear getting older. Dressed in their red hats and purple outfits, the women laughed, told jokes and even played the kazoo, the official instrument of the Red Hat Society. It was hard not to notice them at…