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It may be make or break for Wal-Mart tonight

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The fate of the proposed east Lincoln Wal-Mart Supercenter could be decided tonight. The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will consider the application for the 203,091-square-foot supercenter at tonight’s regular meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. in the James W. Warren Citizens Center. The county’s planning board voted unanimously Oct.…

Flu shots for seniors scheduled

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Cooling temperatures and leaves are not the only characteristics of fall. The coming of the season also brings something else — the flu. To help reach the elderly in Lincoln County, the Health Department is offering flu shot clinics at three locations during the month of October. Since there have…

Suspect to be charged with rape and kidnapping for early Sunday morning attack

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A Lincoln County man is facing kidnapping and rape charges after a woman said he broke into her home and assaulted her early Sunday morning. Timothy Dwayne Smith, 42, of 138 Springs East Road is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, second-degree rape, second-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary, according…

Pumpkin Center carving out an identity for itself

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PUMPKIN CENTER — Pumpkin Center Elementary School is trying to live up to its name, have fun and raise money at the same time. From Sept. 23 to Oct. 21, every day after school, from 3 to 6 p.m., the school is having a pumpkin sale to help raise funds.…

So many pumpkins, so little time to pick

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“Tweety Bird” finds a home

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Irene McClain of Lincolnton says it didn’t take long for Tweety Bird, a cockatiel that flew into her carport almost two weeks ago, to be adopted. After the story ran, the calls started pouring in. “The first caller wanted the bird,” she said. “Several people also came to see if…

Local FOP lodge hopes to give needy families holiday help

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Lincoln County residents are again being asked to show their generosity this holiday season by helping to provide needy families with Thanksgiving meals. The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 85 is holding its second annual fund-raising drive. The effort started Tuesday and will continue through Nov. 11.…

Fire and safety fair excites, educates first-graders

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First-graders from all over the county mixed fun with education Wednesday at the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Fire and Safety Fair at Betty G. Ross Park. The event, in its 14th year, is in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 9 – 15. “Mainly, we want the kids to be…

Bus fuel may end up costing county additional $300,000

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Gas prices remain high, causing budgetary problems for both the general public and the schools. “The supply is something we are continuing to be nervous about,” said Jim Watson, superintendent of schools. The school system is currently receiving shipments of a week’s worth of fuel, but the delivery dates have…

Middle, high school attendance lines barely approved in vote

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The attendance lines for the 2006-07 school year have been approved following community input and two public hearings. The board approved the lines for F.D. “Jack” Kiser Intermediate School and Norris S. Childers Elementary School unanimously in a 5-0 vote. Lines for Lincolnton Middle School and West Lincoln and Lincolnton…