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Authors inspired by Lake Norman

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“Follow your bliss.” Those three simple words from the late Joseph Campbell, a professor and writer, changed the life of Diana and Bill Gleasner more than 30 years ago. The Gleasners were living in Buffalo, N.Y., after they married in 1958. Bill sold air compressors. Diana was an English and…

Preacher feature to hit racetrack

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Racing fans will get to find out who is the “faster pastor” this Saturday. The East Lincoln Speedway will host the 5th Annual Clash of the Clergy. A portion of the proceeds will benefit East Lincoln Christian Ministry, a Denver-based nonprofit group run by volunteers. The race is one of…

Around Town 8/17/2009

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SCHOOL SUPPLIES The Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department is holding their first annual school supplies drive for local schools. All donations may be dropped off at the Pumpkin Center VFD, 2911 Lee Lawing Road. For more information, call the station at (704) 735-4271. RED CROSS DRIVES The Lincoln County Chapter…

Around Town 8/14/2009

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HESED HOUSE RAFFLE Raffle tickets to benefit the Hesed House of Hope will be sold through Saturday at Carolina Trust Bank, First Federal Savings Bank and Peoples Bank. Tickets are $1 and the winning ticket will receive half of the proceeds from ticket sales. The drawing will be held Aug.…

Church Activities

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CAMP MEETING The Balls Creek Camp Meeting will begin 2 p.m. today at the campground, located at the 2100 block of Buffalo Shoals Road in Catawba. Dean Lilly will perform from 2-5 p.m. today and a Saturday Night Singing featuring The Dove Brothers and The Anchormen, will begin 7 p.m.…

Woman stays sober thanks to surrendering

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An alcoholic and crack addict, Gwen had spent four years living on the streets before stepping into Surrender House in Lincolnton. “I was the very first person to ever walk in that door,” said Gwen (not her real name). The halfway house for women battling substance abuse opened in Lincolnton…

Selling fried pies

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Love of dogs leads to business success

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The owner of Clipper Den Dog Grooming in Lincolnton has been working with dogs for 22 years and has no plans to try something new. “Retirement’s boring, and I love grooming dogs, and I don’t see me doing anything else,” said Linda Jetton, owner. Jetton first fell in love with…

Charter school teachers have been preparing for students

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Contrary to what some of their students may believe, the teachers are Lincoln Charter School don’t abandon the building all summer to go have fun in the sun. “We’ve all been in and out over the summer,” said Cathy Thornburg, a middle school math teacher at the Lincolnton campus. “There’s…

3 retired teachers take over consignment shop

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Three longtime friends are embarking on a new journey together with the help of a business. Whitney King, Libba Thompson and Beth Wiseman have opened Lizzie Lu’s, formerly Tres Chic & The Shoppes on Main, in downtown Lincolnton. Laura and Bill LeFevre opened the consignment shop almost one year ago,…