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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…

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 12/22/2008

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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…

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…

Church Briefs

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CHRISTMAS SCENES First Presbyterian Church, 512 Old Mt. Holly Road, Stanley, will present live Christmas scenes 7-9 p.m. tonight. You may drive through or park your car to walk through the scenes. For more information call, (704) 263-4275. CHRISTMAS CANTATA Westport Baptist Church, N.C. 16 and Lakeshore Road South, Denver,…

Cardboard boat racing helps students learn

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The Lincoln County Family YMCA’s inside pool smelled like wet cardboard and chlorine Wednesday afternoon. A total of 15 Lincolnton High School Physics II Honors students raced six boats made of cardboard and kept together with duct tape. “It was exciting to see them actually racing and also to see…

Art stroll to take place in downtown Lincolnton

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The volunteers behind the Downtown Lincolnton Art Stroll see big things in Lincolnton’s future. “We’re at the threshold of a kind of future vision of what this whole area can be,” volunteer Karen Banker said. “I think the whole country is moving in this direction. We’re kind of just waking…

Student plans professional singing career

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Courtney Derr, 17, has a big voice and even bigger dreams. “If God gave it to me, I’m not going to waste it,” she said of her voice. The Lincolnton High School junior plans to have a career in music. She’s already recorded songs with producer Ronnie Garrett with Big…