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East Lincoln`s horticulture class motivated

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East Lincoln High School’s horticulture class has come a long way in three years – literally, from the ground up. Shane Norris, East Lincoln’s third-year horticulture teacher, said juniors and seniors have been present from the program’s building of its greenhouse to the plant sale it’s having now. “It’s been…

Derby Winners

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No changes in dispute over turn lane for charter school

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A dispute over land for a proposed turn lane at the new Lincoln Charter School facility off N.C. 16 remains in limbo. Commissioner Bruce Carlton said he would work to shut down the school by August unless a deal was reached compensating homeowners and businesses for roadside parcels near Galway…

Some farmers oppose nature trails

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Connecting Lincoln County to its neighbors through a system of nature trails could increase open space. But some farmers and large landowners are saying keep out. Several farmers around Lincolnton and at least one representative for National Fruit Product Company told County Commissioners Monday they oppose the creation of trails…

Community Calendar

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CLUBS, GROUPS DABA special luncheon The Denver Area Business Association will host a large networking luncheon at 11:30 a.m. April 17 at Verdict Ridge Country Club in Denver. Duke Energy will provide the guest speaker. Cost is $17 in advance and $20 at the door. Checks can be mailed to…

Tax rate won’t be set before primary

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The board of directors of the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce failed to persuade Lincoln County commissioners to set the county tax rate before residents vote on the school bond referendum May 6. Board members learned at the commission’s Monday evening meeting that setting the county tax rate by April…

N. C. 16 committee appointed

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Developers and business advisers, a transportation expert, retired business owners and an east Lincoln County resident are among nine people selected to help plan the future of the old N.C. 16 corridor in coming years. Two alternates, a business owner and community activist, were chosen to round out the group.…

Y executive faces biggest challenge

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From youth soccer camps in Texas to leading a facility in Lincolnton, Ron Johnston said his life’s work at the YMCA led up to this moment. Now 36, Johnston faces his greatest challenge: acting as point man on the creation of the first YMCA in east Lincoln County history, known…

Question of the Week

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Do you think east Lincoln County needs more public transportation? Cathy Hoard, Denver: “Yes. I haven’t really seen a whole lot of it around here and at N.C. 16 and 73 it’s getting really congested, and it’s always busy.” Anita Winemiller, Lowesville: “Yes, because there’s nothing around here; no bus…

Education Briefs

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PALADIN SALES DOWN The 2007-08 Paladin, North Lincoln High School’s nationally acclaimed yearbook, is available, and sales are at an all-time low. Books are pre-ordered and can be purchased from any yearbook staff member in the yearbook room for $75. The staff member who sells the largest number of yearbooks…