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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…

ELPAC endorses Arena, Patton, Buff for commissioner

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The East Lincoln Political Action Committee Monday endorsed Republicans George Arena and incumbent Alex Patton as well as Democrat Leroy Buff for three county commissioner seats on the Nov. 4 ballot. ELPAC, the most active independent political group in the county, will campaign independently for the candidates, likely backing them…

McCrary sets his sights on military school

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North Lincoln High School senior Garrett McCrary attended Tar Heel Boys State over the summer. American Legion Post 30 sponsored McCrary for the week-long school at Catawba College. Dorms were termed “cities,” from which participants learned how state legislation actually works. “We got a chance to elect each other [for…

Lowery helps independence in S. Africa

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The Rev. Franklin Lowery of Gold Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Stanley has racked up a lot of frequent flier miles. He just returned from a 10-day mission trip to South Africa, and it wasn’t his first trip across the Atlantic. “We try to do one every year,” Lowery said…

Soph leads Lady Mustangs golfing team

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East Lincoln student Mattie Tobey excels at golf. Only a sophomore, Tobey is the Lady Mustangs’ No. 1 player and has been the medalist through East Lincoln’s first four matches. “She comes from a golfing family. Her brother, who is a senior this year, got a couple of offers to…

Around Town 10/1/2008

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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. Oct. 3 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…

QUESTION of the WEEK

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“Should the county seek a permanent restraining order to prevent future swingers’ parties at Shooters Bar and Grill?” Jim Redd, Westport: “No. I think everybody should, within the confines of decency, do what they want to do.” David Bell, Denver: “They aren’t hurting anybody. I don’t think so. They’ve been…