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Cruise-In revs up for downtown

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This Sunday, the traffic in downtown Lincolnton will come to a standstill, and only vehicles made before 1975 will be allowed. It’s time for the Downtown Lincolnton Cruise-In, and Jerry Fletcher, one of the organizers, says he’s expecting a big crowd. “We usually end up filling up,” he said of…

Officials ponder tougher scrutiny of subdivisions

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Lincoln County officials are eyeing changes to N.C. 16 that would jump start a plan opposed by local builders to add scrutiny for subdivisions. A first-ever road fee paid by developers is on the table, too. County Commissioners, Planning Board members and planners huddled last week in a workshop to…

People getting food stamps sets Lincoln record

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The amount of people receiving food stamps in Lincoln County has set a record high. “It’s the economy,” said Susan McCracken, director of the Lincoln County Department of Social Services. As the economy worsens, McCracken said, need goes up. A rising population has also affected the caseload. In February 2003,…

Community Calendar

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CLUBS, GROUPS Chamber networking lunch The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Networking Luncheon will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 7 at the East Lincoln Community Center. Speakers will include Department of Transportation officials Mike Holder and Jackie McSwain. Cost is $11 for members and guests and…

Benefit planned for ‘Sack’ Morrell

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Farrell “Sack” Morrell is the kind of guy who doesn’t hesitate to help a friend in need. Now, his friends are doing the same for him. Morrell was diagnosed with brain cancer on July 19, 2007. He had surgery to remove a tumor last November at M.D. Anderson Hospital in…

Farmers market to open in Denver

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Amy Foster kneels in her garden taking inventory days before the Lincoln County Farmers Market at Denver bustles to life for its second season. Her hands brush over leeks and beets, four different types of broccoli, butter-crunch lettuce and a variety of radish called Giants of Sicily. In a nearby…

Annual lake safety classes are Saturday

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When the Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron launches its annual safety classes this Saturday, a favorite former commander won’t be there to steer the ship. After battling illness for several years, Jack Morgan, 81, died March 30 in Lenoir. Although he left the Denver community in 2006, the avid…

West Lincoln band wins superior rating in Fla.

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The West Lincoln High School band recently took a trip to Orlando, Fla., winning honors and taking in tourist attractions. The group traveled from April 10 to April 13 for the Heritage Festival hosted by Ocoee High School, competing against other instrumental groups from seven states. The West Lincoln band…

Explorers program helps teens learn law enforcement

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Have you ever wondered how to conduct a search of a crime scene or how a jail operates? Teens from across the county learn these aspects and more through the Lincoln County Law Enforcement Explorers Program. “The program will both influence and challenge each young person to live up to…

Around Town 4/28/2008

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CAR SHOW The Sherrills Ford Lions Club will sponsor a car show beginning at 8 a.m. June 28 at the Lions Den, located two miles north of N.C. 150 between Sherrills Ford Elementary School and the fire department on Sherrills Ford Road. Car registration will be from 8 a.m. to…