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Unleashing Dazzling Designs

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Fostering a family

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The Mawyer clan isn’t a typical nuclear family. The family is made up of a mom and a dad and two biological sons, ages 27 and 12. Then there are two biological siblings, ages 11 and 9, who were adopted after coming to the home as foster children and one…

Blackberries a new crop for west Lincoln

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Houser Farms has become the first farm in Lincoln County to commercially produce blackberries. “When you go to spend $10,000 on an acre of crop, you start to get nervous,” said Daniel Houser, co-owner of Houser Farms and president of the North Carolina Commercial Blackberry and Raspberry Growers Association. “It’s…

Social geared toward west Lincoln residents

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There’s something new going on at Howards Creek Community Center, and it’s all geared toward west Lincoln residents. “I want to get the community more active,” Drew Chance, program director for Lincoln County Parks and Recreation, said of the new program he’s calling the Social at Howards Creek. April 14…

Union Elementary receives gold STAR

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Union Elementary was the first recipient of the new STAR Achievement Award, sponsored by the Southwest Education Alliance. The name of the award is an acronym for “Schools That Achieve Results.” According to Union principal Kirby Oldham, the STAR Award was born when superintendents of 12 districts decided to recognize…

2 more charged in break-ins

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Authorities made two more arrests in connection with a number of break-ins that occurred over a seven- month period. The rash of break-ins occurred between September 2007 and March 2008 near Cat Square Road, said Larry Seagle, public information officer with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department Clinton Andrew Barnes, 16,…

East Lincoln Relay for Life concert not allowed this year

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In one of his final lessons at East Lincoln High School, senior Chase Gorowski is learning the hard way about the power and pitfalls of music. The 18-year-old band student and Interact Club president is the latest young-adult to take on a tradition at the school: raising critical cash for…

County likely to give YMCA four acres

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County commissioners gave preliminary approval Monday to donate four acres adjacent to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln in Lincolnton to the Lincoln County Family YMCA. The undeveloped land next to the hospital parking lot on Gamble Drive would serve as an expansion of the Lincolnton YMCA facility. If approved, the site would…

Community Calendar

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CLUBS, GROUPS Chamber networking lunch The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Networking Luncheon will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 7 at the East Lincoln Community Center. Speakers will include Department of Transportation officials Mike Holder and Jackie McSwain. Cost is $11 for members and guests and…

Festival begins Friday

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The 18th annual Cherry Blossom Festival is just around the corner. “The festival is always a lot of fun for everyone in this community,” said Diana Beam, assistant director of the Cherryville Chamber of Commerce. “We had over 10,000 people attend last year.” The two-day event will have music, games,…