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Muscadines, scuppernogs ripe and ready to eat

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With fall officially here, most fruits and vegetables grown in Lincoln County are past their peaks. “This was peas. This was corn,” said Wanda Avery giving a tour of her west Lincoln farm. Muscadines and scuppernogs, however, are just starting to get good. “They’re right about their peak right now,”…

National Older Worker Week celebrates seniors

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This week may be the United States Department of Labor’s National Employ Older Workers Week, but for three women who work at Lincoln County’s Employment Security Commission, it’s an occasion to be celebrated 52 weeks a year. Rose Sherrill, Jane Lewis and Linda Hall are employed with ESC through the…

Brooks inspires growth at New Providence church

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The Rev. Eugene Brooks was called to the ministry in 1978. He says he ran from the calling for two years before God stopped him in his tracks. And when he felt led by God to start a church, Brooks founded New Providence Full Gospel. “We started off with 13…

Red Cross seeks blood donations

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Hurricanes have caused a depletion in the nation’s blood supply, and Red Cross officials are asking Lincoln County citizens for aid. “It’s your chance to help save a life,” Louann Freshour, executive director of the Lincoln County Chapter of the American Red Cross, said. Hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and Ike have…

Fall deer warnings given, caution urged for motorists

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Fall has officially started and motorists need to take extra precaution on the roadways. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, more than 19,000 animal-related accidents were reported in 2007. Ninety percent of these collisions involved deer. “Because of the state’s rapid growth, we are seeing more and more…

1,000 cyclists expected in town Monday

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This coming Monday, Betty G. Ross Park in Lincolnton may look like a staging area for the Tour de France. And while Lance Armstrong won’t be there, around 1,000 other cyclists will. Lincolnton is a stop on the route for the 10th annual Cycle North Carolina, an event that has…

Around Town 9/26/2008

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CRUISE-IN The first Ken Connor Memorial Cruise-In for Christ will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4 at Salem United Methodist Church in Denver. Donations and profits will benefit the Ken Connor Memorial Fund for the education of Justin and Cayce Connor. Cars 25 years old and older are…

Child passenger clinics held during safety week

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Several child passenger safety clinics are being held statewide in conjunction with National Child Safety Week. National Child Safety Week is a reminder for parents to “properly secure their children in a child passenger safety device,” Renee Hoffman, press secretary for the North Carolina Office of the Governor, said. National…

Denver Days growing up

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There will still be rides, vendors and food. The musical acts will continue to thrill revelers. But behind the scenes, organizers for the Denver Days Fall Festival are taking steps now to significantly change how the increasingly popular event is run in the future. From an open bidding system for…

Question of the Week

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“Should all goods and services at Denver Days Fall Festival go through an open bidding process?” Amy Burke, Denver: “I do. I think it’s a way to get better deals. I think it’s unfair [now], I think everyone needs to have an opportunity.” Chuck Geisinger, Westport: “On the surface, I…