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New principal named at WLHS; assistants switch schools

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West Lincoln High School will get a new principal next year. Debra Morris, the school’s current principal, has been named director of secondary education for the Lincoln County School System. Mitch Sherrill, an assistant principal at Lincolnton High School, will take her post. “I’m looking forward to the challenges and…

Students taking EOG exams

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For many students across Lincoln County this week it was time for a healthy breakfast and sharpened Number Two pencils. Some were stressing out as they prepared for End of Grade (EOG) tests. “I hope that my hard work and the work of the students will be reflected on this…

Job market improving for Lincoln

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A recent fall in Lincoln County’s unemployment rate may be a sign that the county’s job market is improving. Judi Morton, manager at Lincoln County’s Employment Security Commission, said the past year has been difficult. “But it looks like things are beginning to improve,” she said. The county unemployment rate…

City to change zoning rules

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The city of Lincolnton is considering combining its zoning and subdivision ordinances, and that could mean several major changes for new development. The proposed Unified Development Ordinance comes as a result of the city’s revised land use plan that was adopted in 2003. Because of the revisions, the city now…

Motorcyclist flown to CMC

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A motorcyclist was airlifted in critical condition to Carolinas Medical Center Tuesday after a wreck in downtown Lincolnton. Charles Randy Bumgarner, 47, of 12 Circle Drive is in fair condition today, CMC officials said. The wreck happened at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of East Sycamore Street and North…

Preservation Week kicks off with 5K run

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Historic Preservation Week kicks off Saturday and includes everything from a 5K run to an antiques appraisal. “New Frontiers in Preservation” aims to spark an interest in local history and also offers participants tips on preservation. The week starts Saturday with a 5K run through downtown Lincolnton. The race starts…

Look at Lincoln

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Around Town 5/12/2004

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CONCERT Musician and vocalist Rick Hemphill will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Cup of Grace Coffeehouse. For more information call 704-732-8000. POTTERY FESTIVAL The Burlon Craig Pottery Festival will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday between West Lincoln High School and West Lincoln Middle School. BENEFIT…

Storm hits city hard

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A slow-moving storm system moved through Lincoln County Sunday, dropping about three inches of rain and causing flooding in the city. High winds caused damage in the North Brook area and lightening struck several buildings in Boger City and eastern Lincoln County, but the city of Lincolnton was the hardest…

Relay draws crowds under sunny skies

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Above, cancer survivor Linda Higgs gets a hug from her granddaughter, Ashleigh Woody after the “victory lap” Friday during the Relay for Life at Lincolnton High School. Family members traveled all the way from Tennessee to be with her. Below, Frankie Beam walks with her sister, Patricia, and mom Betty…