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Johnson teaches Lady Knights life lessons

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PUMPKIN CENTER — First-year Lady Knights’ varsity basketball head coach David Johnson has made a positive impact for the North Lincoln team both on and off the basketball court this season. Already with a 10-6 overall and 7-1 in 1A/2A Southern Piedmont Conference place, good enough for sole possession of…

QUESTION of the WEEK

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“How much influence should county commissioners have on the independent group appointed to study N.C. 16 while they do their review?” Robert Tintze, Denver: “They should have quite a bit of input. Sure, why not, to keep regulations.” Blair Olmstead, Denver: “Directly, no, because they appointed a panel for it.…

Community Calendar

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CLUBS, GROUPS DABA luncheon The Denver Area Business Association is hosting a luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at Denver United Methodist Church in Denver. Guest speaker Chip Scholz will attend. Cost is $11. DSS satellite office opening A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on Jan.…

Truck’s weave linked to weed

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A Lincolnton man faces drug-related charges after deputies said they found more than 30 grams of marijuana during a traffic stop. A vehicle driven by Bradley Clifford Hunter, 22, was pulled over Monday on Buffalo Shoals Road for weaving in traffic, sheriff’s investigators said. When investigators requested consent to search…

Grant buoys Battleground’s ‘Leap Frog’ strategy

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Thanks to a grant from the Lincoln County Public Education Foundation, Battleground Elementary School students will soon take a hands-on approach to reading. The school’s media specialist Karen Dellinger wrote the $1,000 grant application, which she called “Leap into Reading with Leap Frog’s Literacy Center.” She discovered the literacy center…

Around Town 1/12/2009

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TRAIN SPEED CSXT Transportation Inc. has announced that the authorized speed of freight trains on its lines through Lincolnton increased at 12:01 a.m. this morning from 25 to 35 mph. On Jan. 19, the speed will be increased further, to 40 mph. To arrange for a free safety presentation, call…

Church Briefs

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KIDZ CLUB Hill’s Chapel United Methodist Church’s Kidz Klub will meet 6 until 8 p.m. tonight. The event will consist of dinner, crafts and games. Children ages 3 through 5th grade. Reservations are not required and parents may drop their children off. For more information contact Patty Crow at (704)…

Around Town 1/9/2009

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AUXILIARY SALE The American Legion Auxiliary Unit #30 will have an inside yard sale from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday at 1120 N. Aspen St., Lincolnton. Proceeds will benefit the veterans. EXAMS Lincolnton High School will have exams from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. MUSIC CLASSES Emmanuel Reformed…

Child raises more than $1,000 —7-year-old helps buy shoes for Thailand children

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A pint-sized do-gooder donated $1,000 to people in need and inspired another to do the same. “We thank you. We appreciate you, and I think you’re pretty special, and when you pick your next project, you let me know, and I’m going to help you,” Ann Sperry, a member of…

Photo exhibit opens

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The 2009 Arts Council of Lincoln County Amateur Photography Competition has a total of 158 entries, more than double last year’s number. Why it grew so much is a mystery to the competition’s organizers. “I don’t know,” said Gary Lee, president of the Arts Council. “We did pretty much the…