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Around Town 8/4/2004

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GOSPEL SINGING Grace Baptist Church, Horseshoe Lake Road, will host a gospel singing featuring Anchored in the Rock at 7 p.m. Saturday. For more information call 704-735-1390. . LEATHERMAN/LEATHERMON REUNION Descendants of Harriet and Rudolph Leatherman will hold their annual reunion at noon Sunday with lunch at 1 p.m. at…

Assistant chief named

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It was Friday morning, and Harvey Gates was waiting. And when a call came into the county’s 911 center about a possible fire at Cochrane Furniture plant, he was ready, but nervous. “I’ve been waiting on the big one,” said Gates, who had just that day taken over the position…

Lincoln celebrates `Night Out`

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Residents and public safety workers partied together Tuesday night as part of Lincolnton’s National Night Out. Lincolnton police officers, along with fire and EMS workers, visited various sites around town that held block parties. City officials also joined in the festivities. National Night Out aims to heighten crime and drug…

Paradise Lakes — Officials ask for new plan

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Can it still be paradise if there are no lakes? After the fourth public hearing this year on the controversial Paradise Lakes proposal, county commissioners gave developer Bob MacLeod 30 days to revise plans for the development and bring them back to the board, either minus the two artificial ski…

Schools ready to open

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A fresh new school year begins on Thursday morning, and Lincoln County teachers have worked hard to prepare themselves for the influx of students. “When you’re trying to get everything done at one time, it takes a lot of work,” said Stacie Keever, a first grade teacher at Pumpkin Center…

City may adopt new development rules

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The City Council Thursday night will hear comments on a proposed ordinance that could place new requirements on commercial developments. The Unified Development Ordinance combines the city’s zoning subdivision ordinances and implements new elements of the new Land Use Plan adopted in 2003. The City Council’s meeting starts at 7…

Rev. James Cool — Long-time minister preaches last sermon

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After 44 years of service in the ministry, 18 at Lincoln Avenue Baptist, Rev. James Cool preached his last sermon on Sunday. “I’m leaving and making myself available for interim work, as a supply pastor, or even as pastor for another church,” said Cool. He also wants to spend more…

Lake Norman Raft-Up — More than 1,400 boats set record

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DAVIDSON — The 2004 Lake Norman Raft-Up beat the record for boats rafting up pulling in 1,453 boats, 509 more boats than last year. There were roughly 6,000 to 8,000 people who came out to the event Saturday. The festive event was marked by partying, swimming dancing and cooking. All…

Recount fails to change election

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It’s official. Tom Anderson, Marie Moore and Alex Patton will be the Republican candidates for county commissioner in November. Saturday’s recount of votes received for the Republican primary election did not change the outcome of the close race, election officials said. “It’s exactly the same,” said Judy Caudill, director of…

Couple wins a $10,000 wedding

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All-expenses-paid wedding bells will ring for a Lincolnton couple who have won a radio contest after competing with over 1,000 entries. The $10,000 wedding will be paid for by WSOC FM 103 and will be aired on WBTV Channel 3 on Friday afternoon. The bride, Mary Ray, is happy to…