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Centro Contacto Latino reaches out to the Hispanic community

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Perhaps it was fate that Charles Cranford, former pastor of Salem Baptist Church, went on a mission trip to Senora, Mexico in 1987. That’s where he happened to meet a young woman named Betsy Chacon from Tucson, Ariz. who was attending a Bible college there at the time. “He invited…

Moore adds more awards to his list

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A lot of people around town know who Maurice Moore is. Apparently, a lot of people other places know the name as well. In June, Moore was inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame and was also named to the organization’s board of directors. Moore, a Lincolnton native,…

Prayer Vigil

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Apple Queen dream comes true

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The 2007 Lincoln County Apple Queen has attended the pageant regularly since she was 5 years old. She always dreamed she’d enter it, but never thought she would actually win. “It was really hard to believe I was actually up there,” said Rachel Cochran, 19. “I thought, ‘This is unreal.…

Summer spent sweating in the sun for music

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Rachel Dudley has spent the past three summers working hard, sleeping on gym floors and playing her heart out on the baritone horn in the Memphis Sound, a drum and bugle corps. “It’s kind of like being a rock star performing in a different city every night,” Dudley said. “It’s…

Purple Shoe’s success aids Amy’s House outreach

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The Purple Shoe Thrift Store has moved to a new home on Main Street in Lincolnton. “I think it’s a much better location,” said Vicky Lingerfelt, executive director of the Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. “People can get in and out easier, and it’s a calmer…

2-1-1 may come to county

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If the North Carolina United Way president has his way, Lincoln County residents will soon have access to a program designed to help people in need find solutions to their problems. It’s an easy to remember phone number called 2-1-1 that allows individuals to locate resources they may not even…

Blanketeers to the rescue

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Fried pies from scratch

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Professional baseball player holds his values tight

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Former professional baseball player and coach Tony Cloninger of Denver, says having priorities straight helped his long career in baseball fall into place. When he first began coaching for the Yankees after playing professional baseball for the Braves and the Cardinals, Cloninger was inspired while reading a Zig Ziglar book.…