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Baptist Church offers variety of programs

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The preschool at Westport Baptist Church has had many children pass through its doors in the past two decades. “It’s the oldest Christian church preschool in the Denver area,” Susie Sherrill, senior administrative assistant for Westport, said. The church is now registering new students for the program, which Sherrill says…

Commissioners approve planning board appointments

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A semi-retired engineer, an attorney and a banker will fill three seats open on the nine-member Lincoln County Planning Board, which oversees how the county grows. Lincoln County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday for the appointments of Gary Garlow to the Catawba Springs Township seat, Keith Johnson to the Ironton Township…

Community Calendar

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CLUBS, GROUPS Foreclosure seminar Lincoln County Cooperative Extension will hold a seminar on helping avoid and weather a foreclosure from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 2 in Denver at the Shanklin Library. The event is free but reservations are encouraged. Call (704) 736-8461. Riverkeeper training The Catawba Riverkeeper…

Fundraisers scheduled to benefit Surrender House

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Although Surrender House received much fanfare and loud resistance when it first opened nearly a year ago, it has since dropped from public consciousness. “A lot of people still don’t know about us,” said Linda Shaffer, executive director of the non-profit. Surrender House serves as a halfway house for eight…

Coming Up

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n Homegrown cookin’: Blake Dewey, owner of Pomodoro’s Restaurant in Mooresville, plans to put his culinary artistry on display this Saturday at the Denver Farmers Market. Foodies can catch his cooking lesson beginning at 9 a.m. The Denver Farmers Market opens at 8 a.m. each Saturday at Rock Springs Elementary…

Ex-mayors on different sides of lane dispute

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Richard Vinroot and Eddie Knox are both former mayors of Charlotte and high-powered attorneys. Now they share one other fact: They represent opposite sides in a simmering dispute on future turn lanes at Lincoln Charter School in Denver. Since the new Charter School was opened in August 2007 for 500…

14 Lincoln County schools make adequate yearly progress

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Preliminary results for schools’ Adequate Yearly Progress recently were released for Lincoln County Schools. The school system met 91.1 percent of its subgroup goals, but 58.3 percent of its goals for the entire district. Of Lincoln County’s 24 schools, 14 made adequate yearly progress, which means those 14 schools met…

Bus ridership shows huge increase

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Lincoln County’s express bus line posted its single largest increase in ridership last month since it began service to and from Charlotte in 2005, according to Charlotte Area Transit System statistics. Monthly ridership numbers skyrocketed from a record 4,211 total trips in May to nearly 5,669 trips in June, the…

No. 179 – Huge gathering of Methodists begins 2-week stand Monday

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For 178 consecutive years, Rock Springs Camp Meeting has been a gathering of biblical proportions. In spite of multiple fires, one recorded earthquake, a regional polio epidemic, occupation by Union soldiers and at least one lawsuit, the Methodist-founded gathering has consistently come together to blend music, fellowship and Christian worship…

Around Town 7/21/2008

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MEETING CHANGE The Lincoln County Democratic Women will not meet Tuesday. The next meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Lincoln County Democratic Headquarters. VISION VAN The Lincolnton Lions Club and the Wal-Mart Vision Center in Lincolnton are co-sponsoring the North Carolina Lions’ “See the 21st Century” Vision…