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Around Town 3/24/2008

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QUILT GUILD The Lincolnton Piecemakers Quilt Guild meets 10 a.m. to noon the first Wednesday of each month at the Lincoln County Senior Center, located at the Lincoln Campus of Gaston College, 511 Aspen St., Lincolnton. Annual dues are $15. Guild members are there to teach and encourage those interested…

Paying his way paid off

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When George Edwards was around 13 years old, he got his first job. It wasn’t because he was ready to enter the working world. It was because he wanted to go to college. “I told my mom when I was in eighth grade I wanted to go to college,” said…

60th anniversary

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Mr. and Mrs. Charles Putnam will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary March 27. They were married in 1948 at High Shoals Church of God. They have two children, Melissa Groves and husband Lee of Dallas and Randy Putnam and wife Debra of Vale. Grandchildren are Tara, Jacob and Noble. Step-grandchildren…

Rock Springs in line for $1.6 million

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If Lincoln County’s $44.6 million bond passes in May, Rock Springs Elementary in Denver would receive $1,605,350. In addition to more space, the school also needs extensive repairs. Rock Springs’ proposed 8,000-square-foot addition is not just needed – it’s legally required. At 111 percent enrollment capacity, Rock Springs is the…

Battle of the Books competition heats up

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The Battle of the Books teams at Union Elementary and West Lincoln Middle schools have far surpassed the old advice not to judge a book by its cover. In fact, these students know everything there is to know about the books they read in preparation for competition. Both groups won…

LEDA honors Lincoln businesses

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Several Lincoln County businesses were honored by the Lincoln Economic Development Association at its Milestone Achievement Awards, held Thursday at Court Street Grille in Lincolnton. According to Crystal Gettys, existing business manager for LEDA, the awards are given out each year to honor manufacturers and distributors celebrating an anniversary of…

Principals ad punctuality guideline

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Since the beginning of exam exemptions, students have had to maintain grades and attendance. Recently, however, high school principals requested that punctuality be added to the expectations of students allowed to exempt. Initially, the Board of Education’s Policy Committee questioned the point of allowing exemptions. School board member Carl Robinson…

Teachers would promote, retain under new policy

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This spring, North Carolina’s end-of-grade tests will not determine whether Lincoln County students will be promoted to the next grade. If the temporary policy change is approved by the Board of Education, teacher recommendation will promote a child to the next grade or retain him in the same grade for…

Church Briefs

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BLESSING OF BIKES Lincolnton Church of God, located on N.C. 150 bypass, will hold its second annual Blessing of the Bikes beginning at 10 a.m. March 29. Anyone with or without a motorcycle is welcome to join the church and its bike ministry, Driven by Grace, for free food, music…

Most Wanted

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Contact intensive surveillance officers Ted Overcash at (704) 732-2229 or David Carpenter at (704) 732-4784 or the Crime Stoppers hotline at (704) 736-8909 if you have information on the following criminal suspects. n Keymandy Williamson Wanted by the North Carolina Department of Corrections for possession with the intent to sell…