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YMCA honors dedicated volunteer

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A retired health and physical education teacher, Linda Harrill-Rudisill joined the Lincoln County Family YMCA to stay fit. She soon learned, however, that the organization was more than just a gym. “I realized that the overall purpose of the Y is to put Christian principals into practice through programs that…

First Presbyterian expands children’s outreach

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What began as the First Presbyterian Church inviting one teenage girl into its congregation has grown into much more. “It was one of those wonderful Holy Spirit things,” Rev. Claude Wilson-Stayton said of the church’s children’s outreach program. It all started when some members of the church started picking up…

Huge brush fire scorches 20 acres off Reepsville Road

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A massive brush fire kept local firefighters busy Wednesday afternoon. “Someone was burning brush and it just got away from them,” said Bob Scronce, former chief of the Union Volunteer Fire Department. “It ended up burning about 20 acres.” The fire, located behind Daniels Lutheran Church on Reepsville Road, took…

Former Lincolnton doctor convicted again in death of friend

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MONTROSE, Pa. (AP) – A former North Carolina doctor whose own attorney called him a liar and adulterer was convicted anew Thursday of murdering his best friend three decades ago so he could marry the friend’s wife. A jury convicted Dr. Stephen Scher, now 67, of first-degree murder in the…

Project Child Find identifies children with special needs

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Programs for children with special needs are available through Lincoln County Schools even if the child is too young to attend school. “Project Child Find” identifies infants through 21-year-olds with disabilities who may need special education or other services. The program targets children with special needs who are not receiving…

Around Town 3/14/2008

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EASTER EGG HUNT The City of Lincolnton Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor the 61st annual Easter egg hunt beginning at 10:30 a.m. March 22 at Betty G. Ross Park. Children will be divided into two age groups: 6 to 9 years old and 5 and under. Prizes will be…

Absolute Organics delivers organic produce to customers’ front doors

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What started as a decision to be more health conscious during pregnancy has morphed into a successful small business for one Newton couple. Steve and Vonda Hodun decided to eat organically seven years ago when Vonda was pregnant with their son, William. “We wanted to give William the best we…

Fire squads have growing pains

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Strained to the limit from a record housing boom in recent years, fire departments across eastern Lincoln County are now expanding services unlike ever before. From new substations and fire engines to a growing roster of full-time firefighters, four departments are undergoing the most dramatic increase in resources in decades,…

Covenant basketball clinic

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Pictured above are participants and coaches in the 3- and 4-year-old team in the Covenant Basketball Clinic: Jude Anthony, Ethan Hansley, Gavin Ellis, Noah Keener, Jerry McGill, C.J. Powell, Jacob McGill, Gavin Haynes and Gid Anthony (not pictured is Elijah Walton.) Pictured below are participants and coaches in the 5-…

QUESTION of the WEEK

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Would you pay more taxes for expanded fire and emergency services in eastern Lincoln County? Rebecca Jones, Denver: “Absolutely. Just because my daughter has type one diabetes and so it’s really important for us, absolutely.” Michael Connell, Westport: “No, but I don’t have much of a choice. I’m willing to…