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CLUBS, GROUPS DABA after-hours The Denver Area Business Association will host an after-hours event from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 13 at the Wexford House assisted living home, 3900 Wexford Lane in Denver. For more information, call (704) 489-2633. Rotary meeting The Denver/Lake Norman Rotary Club holds its weekly…

50th Anniversary

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Make the call

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Retrial begins for doctor who lived in area

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It seemed that everyone at Montrose General Hospital knew about the affair between the doctor and the nurse. Not that Dr. Stephen Scher and Patricia Dillon took any steps to conceal their torrid extramarital relationship. In fact, they seemed to flaunt it, locking themselves in an exam room, going lingerie…

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…

Thanks for the service

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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…

1930s-era engine links generations

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When Pate Jenks closed his western Lincoln County flour mill around the early 1930s, he pushed the steam engine that powered the mill into a well, where it was eventually buried. Last Wednesday, his great-great-grandsons dug it up. According to Bobby Jenks, who, along with his cousin Chuck, uncovered the…