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Contract approved for water line

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Commissioners approved a contract to have water lines relocated at the intersection of N.C. 16 and N.C. 73 Monday. The North Carolina Department of Transportation is requiring the lines be moved, so county officials had no “choice but to move the lines as requested,” Public Works Director Steve Gilbert said.…

Big-box stores: Good and bad

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They rival Egyptian pyramids in scale and stand sentinel over the new N.C. 16 gateway to and from Charlotte. Nearly 340,000 square feet is dedicated to the main buildings. More than $250,000 in taxes combined will flow into county coffers each year as result of their development. That’s the second…

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‘Transportation toolbelt’ may decrease traffic

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Associate planner Andrew Bryant presented the “transportation toolbelt” to Lincoln County Commissioners and the Planning Board Monday night with ideas as drastic as a building moratorium. The toolbelt was planners’ response to growth concerns Commissioner Bruce Carlton raised at the Jan. 20 meeting. A subdivision moratorium would “prevent the creation…

QUESTION of the WEEK

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Do you think big-box retailers are good or bad for eastern Lincoln County? Homer Sparks, Stanley: “I guess it’s good for the poor people. It also adds to the tax base.” Dale Harris, Lincolnton: “Well they are coming regardless. They bring jobs and you can’t do away with growth. It…

Intersection overhaul begins in April

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The most heavily traveled intersection in eastern Lincoln County will soon undergo a massive overhaul. A $1.5 million dollar construction contract was awarded in December to Scurry Construction to help unlock growing traffic congestion at old N.C. 16 and N.C. 73 in Stanley, according to North Carolina Department of Transportation…

Active students comprise SGA at East Lincoln

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The school-wide blood drive on March 19 is just one of the ways the Student Government Association work to make East Lincoln High School a better place. SGA Vice president Tyson Leonhardt said students would pre-register, but parents and community members also are welcome to participate. Participants must be at…

Healthy option available at Denver fish fry

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For the sixth or seventh year in a row, Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Denver is having a fish fry every Friday during Lent. But this year, there’s something a bit different: healthier options. According to organizer Bob Johansen, a number of people requested some non-fried items. To that end,…

Around Town 3/5/2008

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OAK GROVE MEETING The Oak Grove Meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Community Building adjacent to the Marvin Methodist Church on Startown Road. SUNDAY LUNCHEON Homeplace Restaurant and the Realy for Life team at Norris Childers Elementary School will be hosting a buffet-style Sunday luncheon 11 a.m.…

Playing with a purpose

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The driving range at Cowans Ford Golf Club at Lake Norman in Stanley was a popular place before the shotgun start of the Relay for Life golf tournament benefiting the American Cancer Society. Ron McCann / LTN Photo Kenneth Primm keeps his head down and takes a divot during his…