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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…

Around Town 6/4/2004

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BIBLE SCHOOL Daniels Lutheran Church, 3170 Reepsville Road, will have Vacation Bible School Sunday through Friday. Times will be Sunday 6:30 until 9 p.m.; Monday-Thursday 7 until 9 p.m. and Friday 6:30 until 9 p.m. with a cookout. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Gainesville Baptist Church will have Bible School Sunday through…

Look at Lincoln

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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…

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,”…

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…