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Schools report 11th year of improvement in EOG

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Lincoln County schools are quietly celebrating recent results from End of Grade (EOG) tests, which mark the 11th year of student improvement. “They’re officially unofficial,” said Superintendent Jim Watson. Before the results become official, they have to be approved by the State Board of Education, but the early results have…

Supporters fear demise of downtown program

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Is the city of Lincolnton getting ready to ax the downtown development program? Brad Guth of the city’s Business and Community Development office is clearly worried. He has sent out a barrage of e-mail messages urging supporters to be present for the June 3 meeting at the James W. Warren…

Lincoln’s Class of 2004 graduations held

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East Lincoln High School students throw their hats in celebration after their outdoor graduation. West Lincoln High School students (left) Josh Scronce (front) and Cale Farmer leave their high school graduation in downtown Lincolnton on a tractor. Lincolnton High School graduate Curtricsa Courtney gets a hug from Stephanie McLean after…

Commissioners hear budget woes

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Lincoln County commissioners took their first stab at the 2004-05 budget during a work session Tuesday. During the meeting, the board heard from representatives from Lincoln County Schools, the tax department, the Department of Social Services, EMS, recreation and public works. The school system had the most notable presence, filling…

LHS ceremonies stay indoors

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The students at Lincolnton High School will don their caps and gowns and attend their graduation ceremony at the James W. Warren Citizens Center, despite the efforts of some to change the location. Tammy Farris, the mother of a Lincolnton High senior, collected 124 signatures from students who supported moving…

Students celebrate last days

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Children throughout the county have spent the last week of school eating sno-cones and celebrating the coming of summer vacation. School finishes for the year on Friday morning at 11 a.m. Most students are looking forward to hearing the last school bell ring. “School can get you very tired,” said…

Woman in coma after severe beating

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A woman remains in a coma today after allegedly being severely beaten by her boyfriend Tuesday. Beverly McCombs, who police said is in her late 30s, was taken to Lincoln Medical Center Tuesday following the incident. She is in intensive care. Her boyfriend, William “Bubba” Metts, 56, of Lincolnton is…

Around Town 5/28/2004

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321 RESIDENTS MEETING A meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. at 321 N. Fire Department to elect new board members. All residents of the fire district are urged to attend and vote. SUMMER PLAYGROUND PROGRAM Lincolnton/Lincoln County Parks and Recreation is accepting enrollment for this…

Look at Lincoln

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16 indicted on 63 drug charges

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Sixteen people were indicted this week on 63 drug charges brought by the Lincoln County Drug Task Force, and authorities expect to start making arrests in the next few weeks. Most of the charges are possession with intent to sell and deliver. Some are charged with selling and delivering, said…