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Around Town 8/9/2004

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DEMOCRATS TO HEAR BOWLES Crandall C. Bowles, wife of U.S. Senate candidate Erskine B. Bowles, will be the speaker at the Lincoln County Democrats meeting Tuesday. The event, at East Lincoln Community Center, opens at 6:30 p.m. when county chairman Roby Jetton calls the meeting to order with the Pledge…

Wedding Winners

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PCMS completes outdoor classroom

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Children, school staff members and a raccoon named Gus all pitched in to create an outdoor classroom for Pumpkin Center Middle School students. “I think students are going to be biting at the bit to get a teacher to take them down there,” said Abby Huss, a teacher who helped…

City Hall project faces unexpected problems

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Contaminated soil and other unexpected problems have added $200,000 to the cost of renovations to City Hall and the Lincolnton Fire Department and also pushed back the completion date by several months. Ken Newell with Stewart, Cooper, Newell Architects gave the Lincolnton City Council an update on the project Thursday.…

Ramseur to perform at YMCA Family Night

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Lincolnton native Hunter Ramseur will perform Thursday night at the Lincoln Cultural Center. Ramseur and noted musician Scott McCall will play at the Lincoln Cultural Center with proceeds going toward community outreach programs at the Lincoln County Family YMCA. “We have lots of community outreach programs. We have summer day…

Awards presented at banquet

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The Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District held its annual banquet Thursday night at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. Freeman Owle, Cherokee storyteller and historian, entertained those attending with his tales of nature. He talked about how the Cherokee people work to preserve the land and plant things that…

First school day goes smooth

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Arlo Bucholz hugs her son, Kyle Baker, goodbye as she drops him off for his first day of school at Battleground Elementary School. Diane Turbyfill / LTN Photo Michaela Izard gives her friend Amber Williams a hug after she arrives at her second grade classroom at Battleground Elementary School. Diane…

Council defers action on UDO

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Lincolnton City Council members Thursday night deferred a decision on the proposed Unified Development Ordinance, which includes a residential component objected to by some community members. Council members agreed to give residents more time to look at the plan and provide input. The ordinance is a combination of the city’s…

ABC scores touted — 7 named `Schools of Excellence`

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Lincoln County Schools officials celebrated recently released ABCs test scores, which showed 65 percent of schools making high growth and seven schools being named Schools of Excellence. “We’re pleased,” said Elaine Jenkins, superintendent of curriculum and instruction. “We see many positive points in this report and then, inevitably, we see…

Mural restoration begins

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Customers stopping by the Lincolnton Post Office next week can do more than purchase stamps and drop off packages — they’ll have a chance to see a piece of Lincoln County history being revived. Conservation work on the 1938 mural “Threshing Grain” will start Sunday. Conservator Elizabeth Kendall with Chicago-based…