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Around Town 5/3/2004

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NURSES CELEBRATION The Gaston, Lincoln, Cleveland Nurses Celebration will be held Tuesday, May 11 with Exhibitors at 5 p.m. and Dinner at 6:15 at Cramer Mountain Country Club, 102 Hidden Pastures Drive. The cost is $25 per person and the deadline to register is Wednesday, May 5. Send your name,…

Look at Lincoln

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Hospice of Lincoln County received $1000 donation on April 1 from Vietnam Veterans Vice President Clyde Byers and Secretary/Treasurer Bob Tallent. Joy Barrett and Marsha Yount received the check in memory of Susan Seagle Byers. Contributed…

Bond approval could hike taxes

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If the $47 million school bond is approved by voters, it will mean property taxes could go up, but residents aren’t likely to see an increase until next year, Lincoln’s county manager said. County commissioners will begin ironing out the 2004-05 budget soon, and with that process comes wrestling with…

Officials optimistic about bond vote

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The future of Lincoln County Schools will be decided on Tuesday May 4, when residents vote on a $47 million school bond referendum. “If it doesn’t pass the needs don’t go away, just the options to deal with it change,” said Superintendent Jim Watson. If the bond referendum passes a…

Churches join to help Salem Baptist

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It’s been eight months since a bolt of lightening struck Salem Baptist Church and caused its sanctuary to go up in flames. Today, the inside of the church is still blackened. Light streams in through a hole where a large, stained-glass window used to loom over the entrance. Yellow caution…

Look at Lincoln

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Melany Crouse sent in this photo of Lauren Flynn giving a piggy back ride to Katie Fox and Abby Reynolds after Sunday night service at Antioch Baptist church. Contributed…

Questions raised about school bond

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DENVER — Concerned east Lincoln residents addressed questions to a panel regarding the school bond referendum at the East Lincoln Betterment Association meeting Tuesday night. Although ELBA and the East Lincoln Political Action Committee vote “yes” for the $47 million bond issue coming up May 4, the group still had…

High school additions planned if bond passes

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If the May 4 bond referendum passes, three high schools in Lincoln County could see significant improvements. Of the $47 million bond, $18 million would be used to add a cultural arts wing and extra gymnasium each to East Lincoln High School, Lincolnton High School and West Lincoln High School.…

City budget calls for fee hike

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Lincolnton residents will likely see a 12.5 percent increase in water and sewer fees if the proposed 2004-05 city budget is approved. City Manager Jeff Emory presented the draft budget to the City Council Tuesday during the city’s first budget worksession. He’ll deliver the official budget message at the council’s…

Kiser, Forester seek re-election

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The incumbent lawmakers representing Lincoln County in the state House and Senate are both seeking re-election. Rep. Joe Kiser, R-Vale, and Sen. Jim Forrester, R- Stanley, both filed Monday. “It has been an honor to represent the people of Lincoln County in the North Carolina House of Representatives,” Kiser said…