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BOOK FAIR Iron Station Elementary School held a book fair Thursday and Friday. All proceeds will go to the school’s reading programs and to the purchase of new books for the library. STUDENTS HONORED Lincolnton High School senior Nora Nordmark and West Lincoln High School senior Patrick Welch received Letters…

All hands got a taste of high seas on Pirates Day

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It was all hands on deck as G.E. Massey Elementary School teacher Karen Kellett celebrated “Pirates Day” with her kindergarten class on Tuesday. The annual event gave students a taste of the high seas as they joined in a treasure hunt taking them to key sites throughout the school. Their…

Farmer has 12 antique tractors, used them all

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West Lincoln resident Charles Lingerfelt hasn’t always considered himself a tractor collector, he’s just always had tractors. “I was into antiques when they weren’t antiques,” he said. Lingerfelt began acquiring tractors in the 1960s out of necessity. “I had a tractor for every operation I had,” he said. Lingerfelt grew…

Store specializes in primitives

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West Lincoln’s new Old General Store on N.C. 27 W. is filled with everything from candles to antiques to Amish children’s clothes. “Try to explain to an Amish man why you want to buy their used clothes,” owner Diana Gaines said. “It’s very odd.” Gaines is the owner of Splinters…

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…