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Planners revise junk car measure

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Proposed changes to a county ordinance will not lower the number of junk cars that may be kept on one’s property, but will require they be kept out of sight, says the Lincoln County Planning Board. Board members discussed Thursday ways to revise the current ordinance on junk car ownership.…

Board accepts $10.1 million bid on new middle school

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The Lincoln County Board of Education chose Matthews Construction of Concord to oversee the building of the new Lincolnton Middle School during a special called meeting Wednesday night. Board members unanimously voted to accept the general contractor on the basis of its bid of $10,198,000. “I’m very excited about getting…

Truck Flips

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A tractor trailer driven by Jose Leyden Oviedo of Concord overturned Wednesday morning at the exit 28 on ramp to U.S. 321. Oviedo was charged with exceeding the safe speed, state Trooper B.Y. Hill said. He was transported to Lincoln Medical Center. Hill said as Oviedo took the turn the…

Piedmont Natural Gas to leave Lincolnton

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Piedmont Natural Gas is pulling out of Lincolnton after 39 years of serving the area. An exact date has not been set for the closing of the Sycamore Street location, but it is expected to occur in the middle of 2005. The decision to close was made as part of…

Every dog has her day

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Stonerhaven Gypsy Traveller stands proudly with her owners Merisa and Christina Stoner. The dog won “Best of Winners” in show one at the United Kennel Club event held in Charlotte. Merisa won first place for her Novice Junior Showmanship Class during each of the four shows. Contributed Photo…

Christmas spirit shipped to troops

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Children smeared glue, applied cotton balls and wrote personalized messages on Christmas cards going to troops overseas. “It’s for the army,” said Ian Yount, a 7-year-old who participated in the Lincoln County Library’s project. “Because they’ve done some good things for us.” The individualized cards will be sent to Lincoln…

Winter weather threatens outdoor pets

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As the weather becomes frigid, it’s often Fido who suffers. “Cold weather’s always an issue, especially for older pets,” said Ryan Orr, senior technician at All Creatures Animal Hospital in Stanley. Pets who do not have adequate housing can suffer during the winter months of cold, rain and snow. Some…

Lifelong struggle leads to loving home

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Alex Childers had spent his whole life going from one foster home to the next, never settling into a safe and secure family. When he was 10 years old he had already lived in a Russian orphanage, been adopted into a neglectful home and spent time in both group foster…

Smoke Out — Health workers take anti-smoking steps

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Breaking free from addiction isn’t easy. Mollie Taylor, smoking cessation facilitator at Lincoln Medical Center, has faced the experience firsthand. A former smoker, she now helps others fight their battle against nicotine through a program called Freshstart. Though the program is only held quarterly at the hospital, Taylor offers assistance…

Lessons In Legato — Teacher cellist has time for class

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When Carrie Adams is not teaching, one can probably find her practicing her cello. The 23-year-old started playing the cello at the age of nine and took private lessons all through high school. She has been in the Charlotte Youth Symphony and the Junior Symphony. Now she is involved in…