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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…

Women still make beauty a priority

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Even when their finances are limited, many women make space in their budgets for beauty. “Even though economic times are hard, we women will still do what we need to stay beautiful,” said Amy Brown, owner of Studio 220. “We’ll still get our staple cosmetics. We’ll still get our hair…

First eastside DSS office set to open

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It’s a small church office renovation with a big mission. Thursday marks the ribbon-cutting of a Social Services satellite office in east Lincoln County at Hill’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 988 N.C. 17, in Lowesville. It is the first social service office in the county to be established outside of…

Trailblazing in Denver

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A local church and bike shop have literally carved out a path to bring the popular sport of mountain biking for the first time to east Lincoln County. A handful of volunteers assisted Keith Isenberg — co-owner of Blood, Sweat and Gears Bike and Skate Shop — on Sunday as…

Pastor launches Don’t Foul Out Academy

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Reaching out to youths in their formative years comes naturally to the Rev. Franklin Lowery. The pastor for Gold Hill Baptist Church in Lowesville will now have a new way to accomplish that goal. This Saturday, Lowery will launch the “Don’t Foul Out Academy,” 8-10 a.m. at the church, a…

Teacher’s function is integral to learning

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One-plus-one equals two awards in six years for Lincoln County teacher Libby Fletcher, who is again being honored for excellence in mathematics instruction. Fletcher — a 25-year math teacher and math department chair at North Lincoln High School — was presented in December with her second award since 2002 by…

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…

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…