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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…

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…

Jarrett loses School Board chairmanship

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The Lincoln County Board of Education voted to replace Fred Jarrett as chairman of the board at a special called meeting Saturday morning. “I think the board chairman needs to be a leader among leaders, and that hasn’t happened in the past months,” said Tommy Houser, a board member and…

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…

Look At Lincoln

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