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Rotary, ELMS battle in the bee

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When the Lincolnton Rotary Club and East Lincoln Middle School were last teams standing Tuesday night in the Adult Spelling Bee, emcee Cain Leonard called the face-off “sudden death.” It was more like a long illness. The teams went through another six rounds, either both correctly spelling the word or…

LHS to join America Sings

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Lincolnton High School students will go to Washington, D.C. in April to combine music with community service. “It’s a celebration of hope and unity among our nation and in the world,” said Tony Bathea, director of the school’s chorus. The students will participate in “America Sings,” an event that brings…

Downtown tax resurfaces

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When the idea of a downtown tax first surfaced in 2002, feelings were mixed. About 50 downtown property owners came out to a meeting designed to gauge public opinion, and many disagreed with the proposal. A Municipal Service District, also known as a Business Improvement District, means property owners in…

Recreation tax to be decided by county vote

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Lincoln County Commissioners Monday night voted unanimously to offer a referendum to the county voters on a 1 to 5 cent recreation tax to give the county recreation department its own budget. Only county voters living outside Lincolnton would vote on the tax, as it would not apply to Lincolnton…

More funds sought for Rail Trail

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BLOWING ROCK — The city’s Public Works and Utilities department wants to add two new staff members who will focus solely on the Marcia H. Cloninger Rail Trail and downtown Lincolnton. Street and property maintenance staff currently spend a total of a week to a week and a half per…

ELHS band invited to Pearl Harbor celebration

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The East Lincoln High School Marching Band has been offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent North Carolina at the 65th anniversary of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. “This is just an outstanding honor to be able to do this,” said Logan Rodgers, a band member. The catch is the band will…

Board reviews classroom schedules

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To block, or not to block? That was the question before the Lincoln County Board of Education during Friday’s planning session. “I think the one thing we really need to do is study and talk, talk, talk,” said Elaine Jenkins, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. The block schedule, which…

Medicaid relief sought

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Lincoln County Commissioners tonight will consider tonight a resolution urging the N.C. General Assembly to “provide immediate Medicaid relief to Lincoln County.” The meeting begins tonight at 7:45 in the Commissioners Room, third floor of the James W. Warren Citizens Center. A meeting before the board for the East Lincoln…

Spring Fling

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City considers fees for garbage pickup

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BLOWING ROCK — The Lincolnton City Council spent a lot of time talking trash at the city’s annual budget planning retreat Friday through Sunday. The retreat took place at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock and included City Council members and department heads. The annual retreat has faced recent scrutiny…