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Arts Council announces winners of annual competition

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The winner of the Arts Council of Lincoln County’s 2010 Amateur Photography Competition didn’t pick up a camera until he was 65 years old. Now 74, he’s won his second Best in Show award for his photograph “Crab Tree Falls One.” “I bought the first (camera) off the Internet for…

Pastor preaches about near-death experience

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An avid hunter, 76-year-old Norman Lutz was sitting in a deer stand in the Virginia Mountains when he had a stroke that left half of his body paralyzed. The minister of Antioch Baptist Church in Lincolnton spent seven hours in that stand doing what came naturally to him. “I prayed,”…

Giving the gift of lunch

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People getting lunch at McDonalds in downtown Lincolnton Monday were met with a surprise. When they went to the pay window, the customers’ money was rejected, and they were given a card that stated “Your lunch is free. For 15 years, instead of exchanging gifts at Christmas, my relatives all…

Warning: second-hand shopping can become incredibly addictive

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Hello. My name is Sarah, and I’m a thrift-store-aholic. Most people like to buy things new. They like to go into stores, easily find what they want and then purchase the items. They want to be the very first owners of these new things. I, on the other hand, cannot…

Charter school expansion under way

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Lincoln County Charter School’s Denver campus has started a $1.2 million expansion. The campus’ high school will be adding six classrooms, additional physical education space and additional seating for school and sports events. “The expansion is to handle new growth plus future growth that we will be experiencing,” said Dave…

Fire safety laws changed this month

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With a new year comes new laws and regulations. Fire officials are spreading the word that there are several updated fire safety laws to better protect families. “It’s important that we get the word out because many of these laws will help save lives,” Lincoln County Fire Marshal Mike Futrell…

DOT helps Denver reclaim identity

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It seems that Denver has gotten its identity back with the placement of one sign. “I feel like Denver should be recognized,” said local resident Terry Brotherton. “I would hate to run around all my life without having a name.” A “Denver” sign once stood at the intersection of Campground…

Christian ventriloquist brings show to Denver

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Steve Brogan is no dummy, but you might say some of his co-workers are. The comic ventriloquist is bringing his family-friendly show to Salem United Methodist Church on Friday. “My show will include all comedy with several different ventriloquial figures,” he said. “Most people call them dummies, but they prefer…

Veterans of ‘Extreme Makeover’ open for business in Denver

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A couple who worked with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has brought their new business to Denver. Lisa and Dale Pendry, owners of Fabric and Drapery Designs, opened the store earlier this month. They also own a store in Greenville, N.C., which has been open for nine years. Last spring, the…

Around Town 1/27/2010

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AUTISM SOCIETY The Autism Society of North Carolina, Lincoln County Chapter, will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Lincolnton, located at 201 Robin Road. Amy E. Sturkey will speak on relationship development interventions for children with Autism. For more information or if child…