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Owner sees community service in bail bond biz

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Larry Lazarides may be a bail bondsman, but he still strives to treat his clients and their families with respect. “First, it’s important to treat everybody with respect, and second, it’s a competitive business,” said Lazarides, who recently opened 1st Choice Bail Bonds in downtown Lincolnton. “It’s a community-based thing…

Around Town 12/15/2010

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DIABETES EDUCATION CMC-Lincoln Diabetes Education is sponsoring a grocery shopping tour at 10 a.m. Dec. 16. Space is limited and registration is required. Call (980) 212-6037 to register. RELAY FOR LIFE Lincolnton Animal Hospital is hosting pet pictures with Santa. The event will be held from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m.…

Fire drives family from home in Vale

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A family of three escaped a house fire late Saturday night off NC 27 West, in Vale. North Brook firefighters responded to the incident shortly after receiving a call around midnight. According to Lincoln County’s Interim Emergency Management Director Bill Summers, the house sustained significant damage. “They can’t move back…

Lincolnton man wins $750K in NC lottery

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A Lincolnton man has won $750,000 in the North Carolina Education Lottery’s Jumbo Bucks game. John W. Bowlin, a welder, plans to use the money to purchase a new home and help send his children to college. “I could barely walk,” Bowlin said in a press release of finding out…

Donors support Christian Ministry

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The following donations have been made to Christian Ministry of Lincoln County’s Christmas Fund: n Roseland Baptist Church — $350 n Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Brewster — $50 n Sharon Baptist Church — $152.25 n Gainsville Baptist Church — $728 n Mr.and Mrs. Glenn Parker — $100.00 n Mr. and…

Biz owner returns from Guard duty

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Joe DiPento is a businessman, a father, a husband and a Denver resident. But he is also a lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Army National Guard. DiPento, owner of a Denver Allstate franchise, returned from a tour three months ago. He is a logistics specialist, but was involved with a…

Ministry leader gives credit to volunteers

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East Lincoln Christian Ministry vice president Laura Moore said the nonprofit organization would not be as successful as it is without the help of dedicated volunteers. The Denver-based organization usually has 50 volunteers working when it’s open. They can be seen running the cash registers, stocking shelves, sorting clothes and…

Donating to Christian Ministry

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DOT completes upgrades of two local RR crossings

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The N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) has made crossing safety improvements at two Lincoln County intersections in recent months. DOT revised signals and installed gates at the intersection of Academy Street and CSX railroad tracks in Lincolnton on July 28 for $175,086. The Academy Street project was paid with 90…

Around Town 12/13/2010

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LIBRARY EVENTS “The Spirit of Christmas & Other Stories,” a storytelling event for adults, will be held at the Shanklin Branch Library, 7837 Fairfield Forest Road in Denver, at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. For more information, call (704) 483-3589. L&L DONATIONS Every Monday in December, 10 percent of all purchases…