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Photo exhibit opens

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The 2009 Arts Council of Lincoln County Amateur Photography Competition has a total of 158 entries, more than double last year’s number. Why it grew so much is a mystery to the competition’s organizers. “I don’t know,” said Gary Lee, president of the Arts Council. “We did pretty much the…

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…

Full school bus slides down embankment

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Sheriff’s officials said an East Lincoln High School bus slid down an embankment near the school Wednesday afternoon, after the driver pulled over to correct a student. There were no injuries and no damage was reported, according to Sheriff’s spokesman Larry Seagle. The incident happened after 3 p.m. Wednesday, about…

Church Briefs

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KIDZ CLUB Hill’s Chapel United Methodist Church’s Kidz Klub will meet 6 until 8 p.m. tonight. The event will consist of dinner, crafts and games. Children ages 3 through 5th grade. Reservations are not required and parents may drop their children off. For more information contact Patty Crow at (704)…

Around Town 1/9/2009

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AUXILIARY SALE The American Legion Auxiliary Unit #30 will have an inside yard sale from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday at 1120 N. Aspen St., Lincolnton. Proceeds will benefit the veterans. EXAMS Lincolnton High School will have exams from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. MUSIC CLASSES Emmanuel Reformed…

Around Town 1/7/2009

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MUSIC CLASSES Emmanuel Reformed Church will hold music-reading classes for beginners 6:30-7 p.m. beginning this evening at the church on Main Street across from the Post Office in Lincolnton. Classes will also be held Jan. 14, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 Adults are welcome to attend. EXAMS Lincolnton High School’s…

Art show debuts Friday

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Artwork featured in the Lincoln Economic Development Association Art Invitational will be on display at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s parish house beginning Friday. “This is the second time we’ve done one of the LEDA shows,” said Mary Whisonant, an organizer. “This time we’re going to be doing LEDA with friends,…

New fire department rising

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A new $3.5 million fire station for the East Lincoln Fire Department is taking shape as the old headquarters are being readied to go on the market. After moving a residence last year to make room at the new site — 406 S. Pilot Knob Road — construction crews have…

Keeping bus service may take county cash

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The number of people who hopped on a bus last year in east Lincoln County nearly doubled and led regional records for growth. Now, keeping the costly commuter service to Charlotte rolling could mean spending a few more county dollars during tough economic times. Lincoln County is scheduled to lose…