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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…

Locks of Love

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Calvary connection unknown to children

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The last surviving member of the Lincoln County Calvary turned 90 on Sunday. “Horses were a part of life,” said Ransom Schronce of the 1930s. The Calvary was a precursor the National Guard. Back then, the boys would go off for weeks to train in places like Mississippi. “The boys…

Most wanted

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Contact intensive surveillance officers Ted Overcash at (704) 732-2229 or David Carpenter at (704) 732-4784 or the Crime Stoppers hotline at (704) 736-8909 if you have information on the following criminal suspects. n Keymandy Williamson Wanted by the North Carolina Department of Corrections for possession with the intent to sell…

Around Town 4/25/2008

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BLOOD DRIVE A blood drive sponsored by Emmanuel Lutheran Church will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the church fellowship hall. For more information or to schedule a time, call Sue at (704) 735-3302. CAR SHOW The Sherrills Ford Lions Club will sponsor a car show…

Sheriff pushes expansion in east Lincoln

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Lincoln County Sheriff Tim Daugherty is pushing for changes to keep up with growth and the crime that goes with it in east Lincoln County. Adding deputies, altering patrol patterns, tweaking policing strategies and educating the public are all agenda items Daugherty said he hopes to accomplish in the coming…

Shoreline – Medical center to open doors on Thursday

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June Smith-Hartness didn’t realize how quickly her dreams would come true after breaking open a fortune cookie. “My fortune said that I would soon be a business owner,” said Smith-Hartness, physician assistant and owner of Hartness Medical Center. “I laughed and then thought that the idea really was possible.” The…

Catching a bus catches on

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Barbara Shenberger’s sport utility vehicle went in the shop for a week, forcing the Wachovia technology supervisor to board a bus for the first time last year. She quickly found out she didn’t miss sitting in the driver’s seat. Each weekday commute is now a ritual of numbers: The 88x…