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First-place winners of the Reflections Fine Arts Contest at Battleground Elementary School are (from left) Freddy Pineda, Mary Walker, Mallory McMahan, Luke Brogden and Ashley Duncan. Contributed / LTN Photo…

Downtown program sparks debate

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Lincolnton’s 2004-05 budget gained unanimous approval Thursday night, but only after the City Council heard both sides of a heated debate over the Business and Community Development department. The public hearing on the budget was a drastic change from last year, when the budget slid through the approval process with…

County hears pleas for computers, towers

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The Lincoln County Health Department needs four new full-time staff members and laptop computers, but all were cut from the county’s proposed 2004-05 budget. During the county’s budget work session Tuesday, Health Department Director Maggie Dollar implored county commissioners to reconsider at least some of the positions. Dollar originally requested…

Herbert racing will move to Lincolnton

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Race car driver and entrepreneur Doug Herbert will move his operations from Cherryville to Lincolnton, according to a news release from the Lincoln Economic Development Association. Herbert plans to locate in the former Hugger textile plant, an 80,000 square foot building located at 1443 East Gaston Street Extension. The operation…

Foster parenting challenging, rewarding

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Life in the Mawyer house includes lots of barking dogs and elementary school-aged children underfoot. “It’s chaotic at best,” said Karen Mawyer, a foster mother. “Mornings are crazy.” Mawyer’s home includes herself and her husband, their birth son Seth and two foster children. The foster family has been a unit…

St. James staff molds programs in new school

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St. James Elementary School opened with a staff of strangers who came from different school systems and even different states. Grass had yet to grow on the campus, and the shiny new classrooms were empty. “Maybe just because of the sheer newness, everyone rolled up their sleeves and pitched in,”…

City may reduce hikes in water and sewer rate

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When Lincolnton’s proposed budget goes up for public hearing Thursday, the water and sewer rate increase might not be as large as expected. Rates were initially expected to rise by 12.5 percent in order to pay off the city’s $40 million in capital improvements. But the city now has the…

NLHS finds identity in first year

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North Lincoln High School’s first school year started on much shakier ground than it finished. “We did not know if we were going to get into the building at all,” said Richard Freeman, principal of the high school. Now, a year after originally predicted, construction is almost complete, and North…

Bikes and barbecue coming

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Bikes and barbecue will take over downtown Lincolnton Friday and Saturday as part of the 2004 Doug Herbert Hog Happenin’. Hog Happenin’ runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and is centered around the courtsquare. The event is a regional bike rally…

Sheriff seeks raises, staff

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In their second round of budget talks, Lincoln County commissioners heard requests for salary adjustments, more staff and better technology. During a nearly six-hour meeting Tuesday, the board continued to hammer out the details of County Manager Stan Kiser’s proposed $91.7 million budget. Another meeting is set for 3 p.m.…