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Around Town 1/14/2009

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MUSIC CLASSES Emmanuel Reformed Church will hold music-reading classes for beginners 6:30 to 7 p.m. this evening. Classes will also be held Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 Adults are welcome to attend. PROGRAM St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 321 N. Cedar St., Lincolnton, will prevent A Basic Exploration of Christianity in…

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…

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…

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…

North Lincoln Middle School student wins county spelling bee

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Lincoln County has a new top speller. Michael Burke, 13, took home the top prize at the Lincoln County Schools/ Lincoln Times-News 2009 Spelling Bee on Wednesday. Michael, an eighth-grade student at North Lincoln Middle School, was cool under pressure. “It didn’t really matter to me,” he said of winning…

City pays tribute to firefighters’ heroism

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The Lincolnton City Council presented awards to five firefighters Thursday night, recognizing their involvement in saving the life of a woman who had passed out inside a burning residence last month. Honored were Captain Rick Blackwell, commander of Lincolnton Engine 1; Fire Engineer Kurt Boyles, Volunteer Firefighter Marco Gonzalez, Volunteer…

Full school bus slides down embankment

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Sheriff’s officials said an East Lincoln High School bus slid down an embankment near the school Wednesday afternoon, after the driver pulled over to correct a student. There were no injuries and no damage was reported, according to Sheriff’s spokesman Larry Seagle. The incident happened after 3 p.m. Wednesday, about…