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Softball tournament draws crowd

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West Lincoln Optimist Park was crowded with vans and buses this past week as girls from across the state came to play in the North Carolina Dixie State Softball Tournament. This is the second year the park has hosted the event. “We did such a good job hosting it two…

Storm causes damage, but animals survive

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Scott and Lori Wren of Crouse were having a nice supper in downtown Lincolnton when a storm hit their home Tuesday night. Driving back, they knew it was rainy, but they didn’t realize the extent of the damage until they pulled into their driveway. “When we saw the roof, we…

Fallston farmer simply loves to grow

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Loyd Lewis has been farming all his life, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love it,” he said. “I guess it’s in my blood.” Lewis, who owns a farm in Fallston just past the Lincoln County border, grew up farming with his father. He was one of…

80th birthday

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Drama depicts real-life scenarios

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Last year, hundreds of people’s lives were changed at New Vision Ministries’ “Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames,” a live drama depicting several real-life scenarios and their potential eternal consequences. This year, the Rev. Scott Mann, pastor of New Vision, hopes the event will have a similar outcome. “This is the…

Commissioners approve planning board appointments

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A semi-retired engineer, an attorney and a banker will fill three seats open on the nine-member Lincoln County Planning Board, which oversees how the county grows. Lincoln County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday for the appointments of Gary Garlow to the Catawba Springs Township seat, Keith Johnson to the Ironton Township…

Community Calendar

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CLUBS, GROUPS Foreclosure seminar Lincoln County Cooperative Extension will hold a seminar on helping avoid and weather a foreclosure from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 2 in Denver at the Shanklin Library. The event is free but reservations are encouraged. Call (704) 736-8461. Riverkeeper training The Catawba Riverkeeper…

Fundraisers scheduled to benefit Surrender House

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Although Surrender House received much fanfare and loud resistance when it first opened nearly a year ago, it has since dropped from public consciousness. “A lot of people still don’t know about us,” said Linda Shaffer, executive director of the non-profit. Surrender House serves as a halfway house for eight…

Coming Up

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n Homegrown cookin’: Blake Dewey, owner of Pomodoro’s Restaurant in Mooresville, plans to put his culinary artistry on display this Saturday at the Denver Farmers Market. Foodies can catch his cooking lesson beginning at 9 a.m. The Denver Farmers Market opens at 8 a.m. each Saturday at Rock Springs Elementary…

Ex-mayors on different sides of lane dispute

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Richard Vinroot and Eddie Knox are both former mayors of Charlotte and high-powered attorneys. Now they share one other fact: They represent opposite sides in a simmering dispute on future turn lanes at Lincoln Charter School in Denver. Since the new Charter School was opened in August 2007 for 500…