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County residents to voice their opinions

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Residents can tell county commissioners what they think of the proposed 2005-06 budget at a public hearing tonight. The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting starts at 7:25 p.m. in the James W. Warren Citizens Center. It will follow a meeting of the East Lincoln Water and Sewer district, which…

Mascot cute, but program deals with serious issues

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The Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse is monkeying around for a good cause. To help spread awareness for its Awareness Prevention Education (APE) program, the coalition has been leaving behind a stuffed monkey at speaking engagements to serve as a reminder about abuse. “It’s like when you see the…

Save our children’s lives — teach them how to swim

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(Editor’s note: This article was prepared and written prior to the tragic drowning death of the two-year old girl in nearby Clover, S.C. See today’s editorial on page 7A) Everyone lined up in a row, equipment strapped on their backs, ready to tackle the task — blowing bubbles and the…

No happiness for bluebirds in N.C.

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Many people may not know it, but since 1979, the bluebird has been listed as rare in North Carolina. Changes in weather, introduction of other birds and man’s further development of wildlife habitats have decreased the bluebird population by 90 percent. Pat Propst is looking to help the struggling bird.…

Look at Lincoln

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New business coming to county

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A Texas-based business has plans to fill an empty Lincolnton building, officials said Thursday. At the Lincoln Economic Development Association’s (LEDA) annual meeting Thursday, Executive Director Barry Matherly announced that Omni Manufacturing will move into a 12,000-square-foot building located near Lincoln Plaza Shopping Center on North Aspen Street. The building…

Lincolnton gearing up Fourth of July festivities

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Plans for the July 4 celebration to be held in Lincolnton are in full swing. Festivities start at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, with free children’s activities and contests on the courtsquare. Kids can take part in marble shooting and get their faces painted. Free small flags will be given…

High schoolers learn the business of business

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Ninth and 10th grade students had big business on their minds Wednesday and Thursday at the Entrepreneurial Student Conference at First Baptist Church. The two-day conference featured speakers, activities and lectures on numerous leadership and business topics such as multiculturalism, parliamentary procedures and starting a business. “We want to spark…

Move still on to split rec department

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Commissioner Marie Moore continued her push to split up the county-city recreation department during the Board of Commissioners budget meeting Monday. Moore says that by dividing the now-joint agency, it will make it possible for the county to focus more on the West Lincoln Park and Beatties Ford Park, both…

Commissioners presented with school system budg

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Quality and savings were the topic of discussion Monday afternoon when the Lincoln County Board of Education presented its 2005-06 proposed budget to county commissioners. The school board proposed a budget of $13.2 million for current expenses, which is a $776,000 — or 6.2 percent — increase over what they…