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Ready for kindergarten

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Coming Up

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n Red, White, Blue bash: There will be the rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air at the Denver Area Business Association’s eighth annual Independence Day celebration on July 5. Gates open at 8:30 p.m. at East Lincoln High School. Parking is free. n Pigskin and pom-poms: Have a…

Ham radio operators to show off equipment

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Thousands of participants will be showing off their ham radios this weekend as a part of Amateur Radio Week. This annual event, called Field Day, will take place across the nation, giving the public a chance to meet and talk with amateur radio operators. Using only emergency power supplies, the…

Community Calendar

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CLUBS, GROUPS Meeting on future of N.C. 16 Lincoln County planners will hold a community input meeting on the future plans for Business N.C. 16 from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. July 17 at Unity Presbyterian Church in Denver. Call (704) 736-8472. DABA after-hours The Denver Area Business Association will…

Community Foundation awards grants

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The Lincoln County Community Foundation recently awarded $4,000 in grants to four non-profit organizations in Lincolnton. The foundation, established in 2001, makes charitable gifts to the community with the help of donors. Affiliated with the Charlotte-based Foundation For The Carolinas, the Lincoln County Community Foundation instills philanthropy, increases charitable giving…

Ocean Blvd. plays Thursday

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Last week, Ocean Blvd. Band’s original song, “Let’s Go Shaggin’ Tonight,” hit No. 1 on the charts at Myrtle Beach’s 94.9 The Surf for the second time. Soon, folks in Lincolnton will get a chance to hear the song live, as Ocean Blvd. Band is scheduled to perform Thursday at…

Lake deputy keeps alert watch

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His eyes hidden behind sunglasses, Lincoln County lake patrol deputy Jason Hutchinson scanned the waters of Lake Norman until he zeroed in on something. In a “no wake” zone, Hutchinson spied a man in his 30s on an older model jet ski. “He was doing doughnuts and spraying people,” he…

Fire district tax accord still elusive

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Gaston and Lincoln County officials are not budging in a dispute involving disparate tax rates paid to support Alexis Fire Department. Unless a deal is reached soon, some residents in southeastern Lincoln County could see continued delays in response times because of inadequate staffing of a new $550,000 substation, according…

Doctor learns while treating young patients

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Four years ago, Dr. Wissam Nadra opened Lakeshore Pediatric Center. Nadra, who treats patients from birth to 21 years old, said he wanted to be a physician since childhood. “I grew up in the Mediterranean area of Europe and would see the kids who were caught in the middle of…

Growth spurs church to add family center

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For the congregation of Westport Baptist Church in Denver, building a new family life center was a matter of necessity. “The community is growing and we need the space,” Susie Sherrill, the church’s senior administrative assistant, said. The church broke ground on the new facility last November after about two…