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Licensure underway for More at Four

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Lincoln County Schools has offerings in two after school programs, More At Four and Before and After School Care (BASC). The two programs are undergoing North Carolina licensure. More At Four is available at seven county schools, providing quality pre-kindergarten programs for children currently unserved or underserved in a licensed…

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Drive to diversify base yielding results

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he Lincoln Economic Development Association is courting several new industries that officials say will further diversify the county. An announcement is expected to be made in October about one of the industries, which LEDA Executive Director Barry Matherly said is in a “very sensitive” field. The company plans to take…

Course teaches students how to deal with bullies

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Bully-busters are coming to a school near you. The program was started by Pete Nappier and John Santiago, who also provide the program at their business, Safety and Awareness Institute, which is part of Elite Safety Concepts, Inc. “We are much more focused in the schools this year,” Santiago said.…

‘Teacher’s Night Out’ turnout expected to be double last year’s

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Staples in Lincolnton is making it a little easier to get ready for the fast-approaching start of school. The store is holding a “Teacher’s Night Out” from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. “We’re looking forward to having it. It’s a good time for teachers to come out and enjoy themselves,”…

Agency providing much-needed funds to 18 non-profits

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Eighteen non-profit organizations in Lincoln County have something to celebrate: additional funds to meet area needs. BFI provided $50,000 in funding for non-profits as part of its January 2004 franchise renewal agreement to operate the Lake Norman Landfill. The landfill handles construction and demolition waste. “We’re pleased to announce that…

From the top; and a one-two-three-four…

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McHenry makes appearance

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U.S. Congressman Patrick McHenry spent the day in Lincoln County Tuesday, touring downtown and speaking to a packed room. About 80 people squeezed into the Commissioners Room in the James W. Warren Citizens Center Tuesday night to have their concerns addressed by McHenry. The informal “Town Hall Meeting” made it…

School cuts total more than half-million

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Lincoln County Schools is facing about $612,000 in cuts following approval of the state budget Friday. The school system expects to receive the official budget of categorical cuts next week. “I’m sure that everyone doesn’t want to cut anything,” said Jim Watson, superintendent of schools. Officials suggested several discretionary reductions…

Owner says “neigh” to neglect charges

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The owners of horses that were seized Saturday in western Lincoln County have each been charged with 27 counts of animal neglect. Ann Marie MacCullum and Shane Ashley Schlageter turned themselves in Monday and have been released on a $3,500 bond each. “We got numerous complaints from people,” said Lt.…