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Researching Lincoln County roots in your local library

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Those searching for their Lincoln County roots often find themselves under the care of Linda B. Hoyle, library assistant in genealogy and Lincoln County history at the Charles R. Jonas Public Library. Hoyle, who works part time, mans a room full of records. There are hanging drawers full of family…

DJ tells story to Japanese television

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Former WLON radio personality Tim Biggerstaff has dedicated fans – one gave him a kidney, another came to his rescue after he suffered a seizure on the radio. Now, his loyal fan base may stretch across the globe. A Japanese television station has asked to do a story on his…

Guild seeking actors of all ages

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The Lincoln Theatre Guild’s production of “Li’l Abner” needs 28 people to fill out its cast, and auditions begin this weekend. “We need people to come out and give it a shot,” said Sherre DeMao, president of the guild. Auditions will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, 6…

Historic cotton mill becomes wedding venue

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Laboratory Cotton Mill began its life in 1887 when it reintroduced cotton manufacturing to the economy of Lincoln County. Now, the 20,000 square foot structure sits in disrepair on Fork Road in Lincolnton, but it will soon see a rebirth as an events venue. “It’s a nice building,” said Cynthia…

Fireman of the year

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4-H hosts photo contest for youth

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North Carolina 4-H has joined the U.S. Army’s collaborative effort with America’s communities to support the children and youth impacted by deployment. The contest is open to all youth ages 5-18 (you do not have to be a member of 4-H to participate). Youngsters will utilize their photography skills and…

Hill`s Chapel pastor high on church`s outreach, inreach

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When Val Rosenquist became the pastor of Hill’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Stanley last July, she didn’t have to bring a lot of new ideas with her. “It’s a phenomenal church,” Rosenquist said. “It’s building on the strengths and assets that were already here. They’re on fire now.” With…

Around Town 1/16/2008

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NATIONAL PIE DAY National Pie Day is Jan. 22 and the public is invited to sample homemade pies beginning at noon that day at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton. Anyone who wishes to take a pie to the event should submit a recipe to the North Carolina…

Soldier shares his stories

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Army Specialist Joseph Sigmon, 22, was grilled by a roomful of Pumpkin Center Primary School first-grade students (including his two 7-year-old cousins) Tuesday morning. Questions ranged from silly to incredibly serious: “Do you have guns there?” “Do sometimes y’all have to go in wars?” “Do y’all have rocket launchers there?”…

Rhyne announces for Kiser`s seat

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Former state representative and Lincolnton-based attorney Johnathan Rhyne Jr. announced Tuesday he will seek the seat of retiring Lincoln County state legislator Rep. Joe Kiser (R-97 th). Coming on the same day as Kiser’s announcement he would not run for re-election, Rhyne became the first Republican so far to declare…