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Group stays joint, for now

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After a lengthy discussion and a slew of unsuccessful motions, commissioners Monday still failed to come to a decision about splitting off from the joint city-county recreation department. The only thing they agreed to was to start working on a county master plan for recreation, which was recommended by the…

School budget cuts not as deep as originally feared

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The cuts in the 2005-06 school budget were not as deep as had been anticipated, allowing the Board of Education to fund one teaching assistant position that would have been eliminated. The official budget cuts tally is $587,678, just over $24,000 less than the projected $612,000. Under the old projection,…

Carolina Mills closing plant

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MAIDEN — Forty-nine workers at Maiden-based Carolina Mills learned Thursday they’ll be losing their jobs when their plant and a facility in Ranlo in Gaston County close in November. President and CEO Steve Dobbins said Chinese imports and Hurricane Katrina are to blame for the shutdown that affects 189 people…

All polled love this year`s Lincoln County Apple Festival

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The Lincoln Times-News asked Apple Festival participants picked at random what they thought of this year’s activities. Here is what was said: Indira Roseboro – I`ve been coming every year and even thought it`s really hot, I have enjoyed it a lot. Tamara Stansford – It`s been fun. I like…

Estimated 60,000 people attended this year`s event

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Upwards of 60,000 people attended Lincoln County’s Apple Festival Saturday afternoon, making for a very successful day. “It was a really big crowd,” said Kevin Starr, a member of the Apple Festival Board. “If you had many more (people), it would have been hard to move around.” Lincoln County residents…

Home invasion, robbery at bar believe committed by one person

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Police are still looking for a man who, wearing a Halloween mask and brandishing a handgun, robbed several people at two different locations Thursday night. The first robbery happened at a home at 387 Salem Church Road at about 11 p.m. A family was in the living room watching TV…

Push to hire older workers

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Kay Blosser knows the challenges facing older workers who are trying to find jobs. Blosser, 61, applied for several positions when she was trying to re-enter the workforce. For one job, it came down to her and one other candidate. Her competition’s resume was nearly identical to hers in terms…

Advanced Placement scores rise

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Lincoln County Schools saw increases in Advanced Placement test scores, with numerous classes scoring higher than the 60 percent qualified mark. “This is an excellent achievement,” said Elaine Jenkins, associate superintendent of curriculum, “a plateau that deserves recognition.” Students can take AP classes in a variety of subjects such as…

Auto body shop owner volunteer teacher

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One Lincolnton auto shop owner is using his business sense and talents for a good cause. Roger Calhoun, who owns Auto Body Solutions on East Main Street in Lincolnton, is teaching auto body classes to high school students at Lincoln Christian Academy. “I believe it is more important to give…

Decision may prove costly with lo$$es in the thousand$

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County commissioners’ decision to enforce certain guidelines regarding the use of the James W. Warren Citizens Center could cost the county thousands of dollars in tourism, industry officials said. Citizens Center guidelines state that Sunday use is only allowed between the hours of 1 and 11 p.m. But that’s a…