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The Arts Council of Lincoln County has renamed its annual art competition in honor of the late Paul C. Rhyne, one of the organization’s original founders. “He was community-minded, and he was a strong supporter of the arts,” said Gary Lee, president of the Arts Council. Rhyne was also a…

School board chair, vice chair back in their old positions

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Two months after he stepped down as chairman of the Lincoln County Board of Education, George Dellinger took back the gavel. After a nomination from Joan Avery, Dellinger was unanimously voted to head the group by his peers. “I’ve done what I’ve done for a reason,” Dellinger said of his…

Remembering the attacks

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Litter sweep starts Saturday

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Encouraging individuals, civic groups and businesses to help clean up area roadsides is the goal of Lincoln County Parks and Recreation Department through the Fall Litter Sweep campaign beginning Saturday. During Monday’s Lincoln County Commissioners meeting, the board proclaimed Sept. 15-29 as Fall Litter Sweep 2007 in Lincoln County. They…

Schools add eighth nurse’s position

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Thanks to money through the state’s School Nurse Funding Initiative, Lincoln County Schools will add a nurse at its schools. The grant money, totaling $50,000, will bring the district’s full-time nurse count to eight and its student-nurse ratio to approximately one nurse to every 1,500 students. “We’re getting there, we…

Company plan focuses on what customer needs

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Karen Simpson always had the idea of being a business owner in the back of her mind. “I was a human resources executive in financial services and the company had a change of leadership,” she said. “I found myself looking for other opportunities.” The one that appealed to her most…

Around Town 9/12/2007

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HOMECOMING Crouse United Methodist Church will have its annual homecoming Sunday. Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m. and worship service will begin at 11. The church is located at the corner of N.C. 150 West and Pleasant Grove Church Road. All members, past members and friends are invited to attend.…

Calendar, cards showcase historic sites

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The Lincoln County Historical Association’s 16-month calendar full of unexpected images comes out Friday, just in time for the Apple Festival. The calendar, which was made in a 1920s style, consists of modern-day black-and-white photographs of historic Lincoln County sites. “People are connected to their home, to their community and…

50th Wedding Anniversary

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Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Whiteside celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 25. They are the parents of three daughters: Melanie McLeod, Amy Dellinger and Tina Philemon. They have six grandchildren. Family and friends celebrated the anniversary with a reception at the Whiteside’s home in Iron Station.…

Chamber endorses proposal to put defibrillators in vehicles

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The Lincolnton-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce voted Monday to endorse a plan to equip lifesaving defibrillators into each county law enforcement vehicle. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Lincolnton Police are reportedly some of the few law enforcement agencies in the region to not have the machines in their cars. Defibrillators…