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Heafner-Williams 2006 champ wins big in New York City

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Erich Rene Barbera walked on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, faced thousands of people – including prestigious judges – and ended up with $15,000 and a few very impressive auditions. “I was a little taken aback,” Barbera said of first facing the nearly-full audience at the 4,000-seat opera house.…

Lincoln school bond compared to others

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The Citizens Committee for Education recently discussed how Lincoln County’s bond compares to bonds other school districts request. Citizen member David Baxter, from Denver, mentioned Cabarrus County. “We have the same problems,” he said, adding that the last he heard about Cabarrus County’s bond conversations involved a price tag of…

‘Steel Magnolias’ to be presented at East Lincoln

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The six young women chatting and laughing as they talked about putting on “Steel Magnolias” have lots in common with the women they portray. The playbill says, “the underlying group-friendship among all six women is prominent throughout the drama.” Similarly, the friendships that have developed among Bev Jones, who plays…

‘Sound of Music’ to be staged at North Lincoln

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The stage was alive during the final dress rehearsal when Morgan Roberts sang as Maria in “The Sound of Music.” Roberts, a senior, has participated in plays at North Lincoln High School since she was a freshman. Her parts have included a Silly Girl in “Beauty and the Beast,” Rizzo…

Schools, county meet on budget

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At the first meeting of school budget discussions Wednesday night, a face-off between school and county officials seemed likely, if not inevitable. Members of the Lincoln County Board of Education gathered on one side of the table in the Central Office conference room, and county officials gathered on the other…

Around Town 3/7/2008

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CIVIL WAR ESSAY The Lincolnton Chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will grant a $500 college scholarship to the winner of a Civil War essay competition. For an application, contact Dan Bolick at 430 W. 20th St., Newton, NC 28658, or call (828) 464-1440 during the day or (828)…

Playing with mud

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Bobbie Black believes she was born with a love of pottery flowing through her veins. The Denver potter, who owns Bh Black Pottery, grew up a creative spirit. She painted and drew. She performed elaborate shows “on the coffee table most likely,” with changes in costume, music and scenery. She…

Intersection overhaul begins in April

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The most heavily traveled intersection in eastern Lincoln County will soon undergo a massive overhaul. A $1.5 million dollar construction contract was awarded in December to Scurry Construction to help unlock growing traffic congestion at old N.C. 16 and N.C. 73 in Stanley, according to North Carolina Department of Transportation…

Active students comprise SGA at East Lincoln

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The school-wide blood drive on March 19 is just one of the ways the Student Government Association work to make East Lincoln High School a better place. SGA Vice president Tyson Leonhardt said students would pre-register, but parents and community members also are welcome to participate. Participants must be at…

Healthy option available at Denver fish fry

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For the sixth or seventh year in a row, Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Denver is having a fish fry every Friday during Lent. But this year, there’s something a bit different: healthier options. According to organizer Bob Johansen, a number of people requested some non-fried items. To that end,…