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Optimists set essay contest

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The East Lincoln Optimist Club invites Denver-area students to participate in an essay scholarship contest that could award up to $6,000 in college scholarships. Participants must elaborate on the topic “Today’s Choices Shape My Future.” The top three writers selected by three East Lincoln community members will be given medallions.…

50th Reunion

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Ministry offers meal

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Benefit game aids Virginia Tech

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Many people around the country were touched by the events of April 16, 2007, when a gunman opened fire on the campus of Virginia Tech, killing 32 people before turning the gun on himself. Yet for some, the Virginia Tech massacre hit a little closer to home. J.T. Spanos, who…

Around Town 12/24/2007

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CHRISTMAS SERVICE A drop-in Christmas Eve communion service will be tonight beginning at 9:30 p.m. at Crouse United Methodist Church, Old N.C. 150, Crouse. All are invited. For more information, call (704) 735-8629. NEW YEAR’S PARTY Holy Spirit Catholic Church will host a New Year’s Eve Party at 8 p.m.…

Lawing household has special furniture

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A lot of the furniture in Tony and Margaret Lawing’s Lincoln County home is special. It didn’t come from a furniture store, or even an antique store. It came from Tony Lawing’s workshop. “It’s just an interest,” said Lawing of the hobby that has filled up his house with handcrafted…

Commissioners OK emergency plan

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From manmade and natural disasters to pandemics and epidemics, county emergency responders have updated how they will handle a host of emergency scenarios if a catastrophe strikes locally. County Commissioners Monday adopted the plan. Funded with a $20,000 grant and nearly a year’s worth of work, the plan helps county…

Rescuers find missing man

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The search for a missing man who walked away from Boger City Rest Home midday Thursday came to an end around 1:30 a.m. today He was found unharmed. Rescue crews who had been searching for the man in his late 40s found the man on the way back to the…

Living the sweet life

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Patrick Duschel (above), owner of Creative Cakes in Lincolnton, works on the details on a school bus he made with two sheet cakes and buttercream frosting. Pictured below is a cake he made for a baby shower. Ron McCann / LTN Photo He agonizes over concepts, slaves away in the…

Software, Web design new business’ specialty

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Cobblesoft International owner Richard J. Stevenson sells his software to large corporations thousands of miles away from his new home in Lincolnton. West Virginia University and Cybershift Inc. are two big names that have benefited from his Helpdesk software. “I like designing solutions,” Stevenson said. “That’s what it boils down…