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ELHS band rekindles pride with performances

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The East Lincoln High School “Mustang Band” known as the “Show Band of the Carolinas” had a very successful season this year. Under the direction of Dustin Stamey, the band received accolades that convinced many supporters it was on the rise during a difficult time in its history. With assistance…

Flu shots offered this week for elderly

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Elderly residents in Lincoln County are receiving flu vaccines again this week. The Lincoln County Health Department is administering more shots today, Thursday and Friday. Clinics will be held: Today from 1 to 4 p.m. at Messiah United Methodist Church in Vale, N.C. 27 West Thursday from 1 to 4…

Rockin` at the Ridge — Golf club worker, dance teacher has `the shag` in the bag

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Patty McIlroy dances across the floor with ease. Her body moves with the music and her partner follows along in perfect rhythm. It’s called shagging, the dance craze which began in the ‘40s and ‘50s in Myrtle Beach. And for McIlroy, it’s old hat to her. When she was a…

Basking in the joy — Gift basket maker finds holiday niche

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There are only 10 shopping days left before Christmas and everyone is hunting for the perfect gift. Cheryl Deskus at Gifts to Go in Denver said as Christmas gets closer, the orders keep coming in. Deskus creates gift baskets that are perfect for a Christmas present and can contain almost…

December Dash

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It was cool and a little wet but a large group of runners showed up Saturday morning for the 2nd Annual Abernethy Automotive December Dash. The race featured a 5K run/walk, which begin at the Lincoln Campus of Gaston College. All proceeds from the event go to Hospice of Lincoln…

Christmas play teaches lessons

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Behind the scenes of the Lincoln Theatre Guild’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is a whirlwind of angel wings, choir robes and 35 rowdy children. “Sometimes I don’t feel like I’m a director, I feel like I’m a child wrangler,” said Andrea Tripodi, the play’s director. All this youthful excitement,…

60th Anniversary

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Local banks boost college expansion

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Peoples Bank and BB&T have each committed $15,000 through the Gaston College Foundation to help build a Science and Technology Center on the Lincoln Campus of Gaston College. The proposed center will allow the college to expand health science offerings and provide complete Associate in Arts and Associate in Science…

Scavenger Hunters

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Students at Lincoln County School of Technology prepare for a scavenger hunt designed to help gather Christmas items for the Christian Ministry of Lincoln County. From left are Danielle Whitlow, Dynasty Clark, Allison Wallace, Sarah Peeler and Reid Ketner. Diane Turbyfill / LTN Photo…

Flower Power — Business is a beautiful arrangement

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Ever since she was a little girl, Ronda Lenex has been decorating. She used to decorate at Christmas and loved how it would transform the whole house. Using everything from silks to fabric to wallpaper, Lenex creates floral arrangements, a talent she has been using for 20 years. She used…