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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…

Hammer the Grammar

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50th anniversary

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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…

Around Town 12/22/2008

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BLOOD MOBILE The American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. today at Crouse United Methodist Church, Old Highway 150. CHRISTMAS CAROLS Daniels Lutheran Church Christmas carolers will visit homebound church members this evening. Carolers are asked to meet 5:30 p.m. at the church. A…

Many families not making use of free and reduced school meals

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Despite the downturn in the economy, the number of students receiving free or reduced lunches in Lincoln County schools has not seen an increase. “We haven’t, but we should, and that concerns me,” said Kathy Buelin, child nutrition director for Lincoln County Schools. Students in families that are up to…

All county schools open to student transfers, deadline to apply Feb. 15

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Every school in the Lincoln County system will remain open to transfers in 2009. “The administration will be looking as these transfers come in, grade level by grade level, school by school,” said David Martin, superintendent of Lincoln County Schools. Transfer requests will be available Jan. 15 and are due…

New state laws tackle gangs, video gambling

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State laws intended to stop the growth of gangs and video poker went into effect earlier this month. Senate Bill 180 is an act to clarify that certain server-based electronic game promotions are prohibited, authorities said. This bill recognizes that it’s unlawful to promote, operate, or conduct a server-based electronic…

Around Town 12/19/2008

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TOY DRIVE The Denver Fire Department and Fit Dimension have teamed up to help local children within the fire district who are in need this holiday season. Unwrapped toys fir grade-school-age boys and girls at Fit Dimension, 3273 N.C. 16 N. Families in need may stop by the Denver Fire…