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Optimists set essay contest

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The East Lincoln Optimist Club invites Denver-area students to participate in an essay scholarship contest that could award up to $6,000 in college scholarships. Participants must elaborate on the topic “Today’s Choices Shape My Future.” The top three writers selected by three East Lincoln community members will be given medallions.…

50th Reunion

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Around Town 12/24/2007

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CHRISTMAS SERVICE A drop-in Christmas Eve communion service will be tonight beginning at 9:30 p.m. at Crouse United Methodist Church, Old N.C. 150, Crouse. All are invited. For more information, call (704) 735-8629. NEW YEAR’S PARTY Holy Spirit Catholic Church will host a New Year’s Eve Party at 8 p.m.…

Lawing household has special furniture

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A lot of the furniture in Tony and Margaret Lawing’s Lincoln County home is special. It didn’t come from a furniture store, or even an antique store. It came from Tony Lawing’s workshop. “It’s just an interest,” said Lawing of the hobby that has filled up his house with handcrafted…

Dresses sewn with skill, love

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Mary Keener, 87, knows the joy of a well-made dress. As a child, she sewed garments for her dolls, and when she was 15, she declared she wanted to make a dress for herself. Her mother forbade her, but Keener did it anyway. From there, Keener was hooked. Not only…

105th birthday

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Sallie Mae Parker’s 105th birthday was celebrated with a party Wednesday at the Brian Center in Lincolnton. Above, she reads a card given to her by her nephew. Left, she plays Chinese Checkers with her sister, Paulene Turner, who visits her every day. Chris Dean / LTN Photo…

Around Town 12/21/2007

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CENTER HOURS The Lincoln Cultural Center and Gift Shop will be open extended hours this weekend. The Center will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by to grab last minute Christmas gifts, tour the Museum of History or view the work of local artist…

Seasons readings

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Christmas will be in summer for new Habitat house owner

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The holidays will be here soon for all of us, but for one Lincoln County resident, a second Christmas should arrive by summer. Tomeka Dunbar and her two sons will have a home of their own in a few months thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County. The organization…

Three charged with conspiracy

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Three people were arrested Monday at a local store on charges of conspiracy, larceny and fraud. Lynette Hudson, 39, was charged with felonies for identity theft conspiracy, conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense and identity theft. Shawn Robinson, 30, and Everette Lee Hunt, 46, Charlotte, were charged with felonies…