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Growth of senior population a major concern

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As the life expectancy steadily increases, the country’s elderly population continues to grow at an alarming rate. The Department of Social Services discussed concerns about being able to meet the needs of this growing age group at Monday night’s meeting. “This is an area I worry about a great deal…

Look at Lincoln

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Lincoln County tribute to retiring teachers heart-rendering

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As many teachers are saying goodbye to their students for the summer, some Lincoln County teachers are saying goodbye to teaching as well. Lincoln County Schools and the North Carolina Association of Educators held the 2004-05 Retirement and Awards Banquet at the James W. Warren Citizens Center Monday night. “You’ve…

Well, ring-a-ding-ding!

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Wade and Lydia Saine met in the spring of 1977. They had their first date on April Fool’s Day of that year. Shortly after, 19-year-old Lydia gave Wade her West Lincoln High School class ring, and he wore it proudly on his pinkie finger. On one warm day in April,…

Buckle up or else pay the price

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A statewide campaign geared to get more motorists to buckle up kicked off Monday. The “Click It or Ticket” campaign will combine high-visibility enforcement and public education to encourage more drivers and passengers to fasten their seat belts. Officers will also be looking for improperly restrained children — with an…

Reading to children early leads to success later

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Kindergartners at Battleground Elementary School will have a head start on learning to read this coming year. Because of Title I funding, the school has started the “Let’s Read” program to aid parents in helping their children’s reading skills. “Research shows that children that are read aloud to are more…

More arrests follow aluminum thefts

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Three more people have been arrested in connection with thefts from a local industry. Lincolnton Police arrested Richard Hunsucker, 20, of 470 Sweetbriar Lane; Melvin Jesse Swink, 54, of 113 W. Pine St.; and Joseph Randal Sanders, 20, of 112 W. Pine St., Apt. B. The three were arrested after…

Move of technology school based upon need

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Officials say the relocation of the marketing program from the Lincoln County School of Technology to North Lincoln High School is designed to better meet the needs of more students. But some students are still concerned about the effect the move will have on their education. “We put the programs…

Belcher drives away as teacher of the year

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Heath Belcher got a lot more than he bargained for at Friday’s faculty meeting at Pumpkin Center Middle School. Belcher was surprised by Board of Education members and Buddy Stasney of Griffin Pontiac-Buick-GMC-Truck with a new car and was named Lincoln County Teacher of the Year. “I was very much…

United Way funding cut leads to closing

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Family Services Inc. has closed its Lincoln County doors due to an 82 percent cut in United Way funding. “I’ve been in this business a long time, and things don’t surprise me as much as maybe they should,” said Dewey Matherly, executive director of Family Services Inc. “But I was…