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CLUBS, GROUPS Absentee voting The Lincoln County Board of Elections is distributing absentee voting forms until Oct. 28. To request a ballot either write or stop by the elections office at 115 W. Main St., Lincolnton, NC 28092. Call (704) 736-8480. One-Stop early voting One-Stop early voting will begin Oct.…

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…

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…