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DSS: This is ‘worst time period’

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Officials with the Lincoln County Department of Social Services say this is the “worst time period” they’ve seen. “The stressor of people being out of work, the financial crisis, are having devastating effects on families in general,” Tony Carpenter, services program administrator, said. The number of people seeking help at…

Resource officer wins national designation

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School resource officer Tammy Johnson says she was “shocked” when she was named the 2008 National School Resource Officer of the Year. “I didn’t even know I was nominated. … I was just in shock when I was told that I won,” she said. Johnson, who was nominated by Nan…

Cyclists spend night in Ross Park

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Betty G. Ross Park in Lincolnton became a temporary home Monday for hundreds of bicyclists participating in the 10th annual Cycle North Carolina, an event that has folks biking from the mountains to the coast this week. A tent city sprang up in a grassy area near the park’s ball…

County has two marine panel seats

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Lincoln County will have a strong presence in helping chart a course for the Lake Norman Marine Commission during the next year. Lincoln County residents now hold two of five seats on the commission, which oversees a broad range of issues, including safety, on North Carolina’s largest lake. The commission…

All hands got a taste of high seas on Pirates Day

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It was all hands on deck as G.E. Massey Elementary School teacher Karen Kellett celebrated “Pirates Day” with her kindergarten class on Tuesday. The annual event gave students a taste of the high seas as they joined in a treasure hunt taking them to key sites throughout the school. Their…

West Lincoln students attend boys, girls state

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The American Legion sponsored three West Lincoln High School to represent Lincoln County this summer in reality-based workshops. Whitney Beaver and Heather Sain, seniors at West Lincoln, attended Tar Heel Girls State, a weeklong workshop at Catawba College, which teaches students the mechanics of North Carolina government. Students are assigned…

Each court has specific purposes

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third of 11 weekly installments by staff writer Lisa Brown as she goes through the Citizens Police Academy training. Look for her columns on Mondays. Shortly after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday I found myself sitting on the front bench of a courtroom at the Lincoln County…

Weather watcher receives honor

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Johnny Hoyle doesn’t make the weather, he just watches it. Hoyle, who lives in western Lincoln County, is the county cooperative weather observer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service. It’s something he’s been doing for more than 20 years. In August, Hoyle was awarded the John…

Around Town 9/29/2008

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CHICKEN PIE SUPPER New Vision Child Development Center (of New Vision Ministries) will have a chicken pie supper 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday in the daycare building. The fundraiser will benefit the daycare. Cost is $6 per plate, and plates include chicken pie, green beans, slaw, roll, tea and…

School Activities

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BOOK FAIR Iron Station Elementary School held a book fair Thursday and Friday. All proceeds will go to the school’s reading programs and to the purchase of new books for the library. STUDENTS HONORED Lincolnton High School senior Nora Nordmark and West Lincoln High School senior Patrick Welch received Letters…