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LHS athlete to compete in 21st annual Down Under Sports Tournament

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During his 16 years of life, Lincolnton High School track star Rashad Thompson has never been farther away than Virginia. This summer, however, his athletic ability will take him to the other side of the world. “I feel like this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Thompson said. Thompson, a junior, will…

Nonprofit hires new director

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The Partnership for Children of Lincoln and Gaston Counties has a new executive director, Steve Eaton. Eaton assumed leadership Dec. 22. The Partnership is a nonprofit organization providing services to local families and children through Smart Start. Eaton most recently served as executive director of the Alexander County Partnership for…

Around Town 12/26/2008

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LIBRARY HOURS Libraries in the Gaston-Lincoln Regional Library system have announced closings for the holiday season. All branches will be closed today in observation of Christmas. The three Lincoln County branches will also be closed on Saturday. All branches on Wednesday will be closed in observation of New Year’s Day.…

Reward offered as police seek golf course vandal

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Authorities are on the lookout for whoever caused $25,000 in damage to a local golf course. Authorities found a section of the Lincoln Country Club Golf Course heavily damaged early Sunday morning, reported Lincolnton Police Officer R.J. Barlowe II. Investigators suspect that someone drove across the course and did a…

Planned sewer plant may boost development

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A new sewer plant approved by state officials this month is not expected to immediately spur building in east Lincoln County — but it may shake things up. State officials Dec. 11 approved the final permits to begin work on the new $23 million Killian Wastewater Treatment Plan on more…

Volunteers matter for care centers

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Dorothy Kraus, 86, leaned forward from the recliner in her private room at the Wexford house — an assisted living facility in Denver. Her eyes lit up as she spoke. “In a way, it’s an adventure,” Kraus said of living in the communal home. “That’s what my son always said.”…

Recognized by Rotary

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QUESTION of the WEEK

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“What was the biggest news story in east Lincoln County for 2008?” Gaye Lybrand, Denver: “Operation Noah’s Ark, where they took the animals, was pretty bad. It was important because she didn’t take care of her dogs. That and the Wal-Mart. We needed a Wal-Mart around here.” Angela Jones, Denver:…

Community Calendar

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CLUBS, GROUPS Wayne’s Monthly Feasts Wayne’s second Friday monthly feast will be 9:45 a.m. on Jan. 9 at Captain Pete’s Restaurant on N.C. 150 in Denver. The meeting will feature a presentation by Frank Katz of Foot Solutions on how to take care of your feet in 2009. The cost…

Around Town 12/24/2008

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LIBRARY HOURS Libraries in the Gaston-Lincoln Regional Library system have announced closings for the holiday season. All branches will be closed today through Friday in observation of Christmas. The three Lincoln County branches will also be closed on Saturday. All branches on Jan. 1, 2009 in observation of New Year’s…