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Around Town 1/28/2009

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PUBLIC FORUM Lincoln County Parks and Recreation will hold a public forum to discuss the proposed renovations of Block Smith Gym. Those interested are invited to visit the gymnasium from 4-7 p.m. this evening at its location at 130 Rhodes St. Parking is available in the college lot or in…

Ribbon cut

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2 and 40 pies

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Center offers cutting edge of medicine

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Doctors scrubbed in Monday for the first of what could become hundreds of minor operations performed yearly at a new $5 million East Lincoln Surgery Center built by Carolinas Medical Center. With a state-of-the-art operating room, waiting and intake area, nurses’ station and a handful of recovery beds, the facility…

College to hold classes at Lincoln Charter

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After years of eyeing growth in the area, Gaston College is partnering with Lincoln Charter School to dramatically expand the number of college courses offered in eastern Lincoln County. The first few classes are scheduled for March at the Lincoln Charter High School’s campus, just west of N.C. 16 near…

Question of the Week

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How long should the county give owners of illegal signs on N.C. 16 to come into compliance? County officials say seven years. What do you think?” Larry Straight, Denver: “The maximum should be seven years. I think with all the construction going on during that time is when it needs…

Community Calendar

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CLUBS, GROUPS ELBA meeting The East Lincoln Betterment Association is hosting a meeting at 6:45 p.m. Thursday at Unity Presbyterian Church, 8210 Unity Church Road in Denver. Light refreshments will be served. Topics include electing officers and board members, an update on Sally’s Y and ceremony honoring East Lincoln High…

Church hosts speakers to help women through tough economic times

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When the troubles at Wachovia started last fall, the women’s group at St. Peter’s By the Lake Episcopal Church — including many who were affected directly — decided to do something. What they ended up with was “Helping Women Help Themselves,” a seminar for all women facing tough times. From…

59th Anniversary

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Author encourages students to persevere

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Students at Love Memorial Elementary School heard tales of worlds inside walls, monsters in vents and giant, van-attacking bugs when author Michael Finklea visited Wednesday. “Everything becomes a story. That’s what I want you guys to remember. That’s why I love writing,” he said. Finklea is the author of, among…