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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…

Literacy Council selects Arlow as new director

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The Lincoln County Literacy Council has a local familiar face working as its new director. “This particular job in the Literacy Council requires being visible within the community,” said Cristina Arlow, the council’s new director. Arlow has certainly spent her time being visible. She’s already worked with the Citizens Group…

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.…

Around Town 6/2/2004

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BIBLE SCHOOL David Memorial Baptist Church will have Vacation Bible School Sunday, June 5 through Thursday, June 10 from 6 until 8:30 p.m. each night. For more information call 704-735-5481. HOT DOG SALE, SILENT AUCTION, BAKE & YARD SALE The Happy Timers Senior Citizens group of Long Shoals will have…

Look at Lincoln

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Casey Bivens, a graduate of West Lincoln High School, shares his excitement with his 4-month-old niece, Kara Bivens, Saturday at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo…

Splash Down

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The pool at Betty G. Ross Park has opened for the summer. Dontea Kennedy, 15, took full advantage of the warm sunny afternoon Tuesday by swimming and turning flips off the diving board. Diane Turbyfill / LTN Photo…

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,”…