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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…

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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…

Woman, child die in wreck

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PUMPKIN CENTER — A Granite Falls woman and her 2-year-old granddaughter were killed Friday after their SUV collided with another vehicle and overturned. Patricia Kay Chandler Baker, 56, was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck, which happened at about 1:40 p.m. Friday. Caitlin Renay Jenkins, 2, of Lincolnton…

9 vie for commissioner seats; editor files for House

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Filing for local and state offices ended at noon Friday with nine people vying for seats on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. Incumbents also face competition in the race for state House and Senate positions. Three seats on the Board of Commissioners are up for grabs this year. Incumbents…

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Around Town 5/10/2004

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PACKING LIGHTLY WORKSHOP If you are one of the many who could use some help in packing lightly for a trip, the Cooperative Extension will hold a workshop. A guest speaker will share information Wednesday, May 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the James Warren Citizens Center. To register, call 704-736-8461.…