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Lincolnton locals hooked on competition

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The Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition takes place March 28 and 29 at the Lincoln Cultural Center. In the end, there can be only one. “It’s like a classical version of American Idol, and the kids are wonderful,” said Carolyn Heafner, who founded the competition along with her husband, Robert Williams. “They…

Lincoln County Home Educators present musical

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Members of Lincoln County Home Educators don’t spend all their time isolated at home. “They don’t miss out on anything. We have band and we have chorus. We have tennis,” said Anne Rhyne Bailey, who home-schools her children. “Home-schooling has come a long way.” They also have theater, and this…

Advocacy center may not get zoning

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The city of Lincolnton Planning Board chose not to recommend a rezoning request that would allow the Lincoln Coalition Against Child Abuse to relocate to a residential house where a double murder and suicide once took place. “The Planning Board recommendation is for denial, and there really wasn’t a specific…

Around Town 3/20/2009

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT All Health Department services (including Home Health and Environmental Health) will be open during regularly scheduled hours, except medical clinics. Medical clinics will be closed one Friday per month until June to allow staff to observe the county furlough schedule. Clinics will be closed today, April 17, May…

Church Activities

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ST. DOROTHY FISH FRY St. Dorothy’s Catholic Church will have a shrimp dinner from 5:30-7 p.m. Fridays during Lent. Plates are $7. ALL PRAISE CHOIR The All Praise Choir, featuring 100 members from more than 20 area churches, will perform this evening through Sunday. The choir will perform 7 p.m.…

New book focuses on healing, faith

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Denise Surratt-Williams makes it her business to help people who are broken. “We sometimes find ourselves as people in a desert land in a waste-howling wilderness, meaning the problem is howling louder than the solution. It seems our issue is never ending,” she said. “We are being misunderstood while in…

Honoring the Earth

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Grant rocks 1st-grade science

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Getting kids interested in science at an early age can always be a challenge. However, first-grade teachers at St. James Elementary School in east Lincoln County think they may have found an inroad. “It’s a fact that first-graders love rocks,” said Jennifer Carroll, a teacher at the school. With the…

Wayne’s Feasts still bring folks together

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Its namesake passed away 12 years ago this March, however Wayne’s Second Friday Feast lives on each month like clockwork. “It just brings me a sense of happiness in seeing people who are older out being active and enjoying themselves,” Celia Deese said. Deese, along with her husband, Paul, have…

College brings classes closer to east Lincoln

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Until this month, Gary Caldwell would have had to spend an hour commuting outside east Lincoln County to become a certified notary. Now classes are just a five-minute drive north on N.C. 16 from his business, thanks to a highly anticipated expansion by Gaston College. :I just think a notary…