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West Lincoln band wins superior rating in Fla.

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The West Lincoln High School band recently took a trip to Orlando, Fla., winning honors and taking in tourist attractions. The group traveled from April 10 to April 13 for the Heritage Festival hosted by Ocoee High School, competing against other instrumental groups from seven states. The West Lincoln band…

Explorers program helps teens learn law enforcement

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Have you ever wondered how to conduct a search of a crime scene or how a jail operates? Teens from across the county learn these aspects and more through the Lincoln County Law Enforcement Explorers Program. “The program will both influence and challenge each young person to live up to…

Around Town 4/28/2008

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CAR SHOW The Sherrills Ford Lions Club will sponsor a car show beginning at 8 a.m. June 28 at the Lions Den, located two miles north of N.C. 150 between Sherrills Ford Elementary School and the fire department on Sherrills Ford Road. Car registration will be from 8 a.m. to…

Lincolnton manager proposes rate cut

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City Manager Jeff Emory proposed a $0.55 per $100 valuation property tax rate – one cent less than the current rate – at a City of Lincolnton budget work session held Friday at Lincolnton City Hall. “This has been a tradition for the past several years,” Emory said of his…

Education Briefs

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STRAWBERRY FEST Denver’s 23rd Annual Strawberry Festival will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at East Lincoln High School. This is the East Lincoln High School Parent-Teacher Organization’s only fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit the school library. The PTO is seeking vendors and entertainment. For more information,…

Bond addresses bus garage, Title IX

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In the series of articles about the school bond referendum, an amount of $25,789,000 has been explored for renovations, additions and routine repairs to existing schools. With a $44.6 million bond referendum on the ballot May 6, that leaves $18,811,000. The schools have plans for that money as well. The…

Fostering a family

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The Mawyer clan isn’t a typical nuclear family. The family is made up of a mom and a dad and two biological sons, ages 27 and 12. Then there are two biological siblings, ages 11 and 9, who were adopted after coming to the home as foster children and one…

Blackberries a new crop for west Lincoln

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Houser Farms has become the first farm in Lincoln County to commercially produce blackberries. “When you go to spend $10,000 on an acre of crop, you start to get nervous,” said Daniel Houser, co-owner of Houser Farms and president of the North Carolina Commercial Blackberry and Raspberry Growers Association. “It’s…

Social geared toward west Lincoln residents

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There’s something new going on at Howards Creek Community Center, and it’s all geared toward west Lincoln residents. “I want to get the community more active,” Drew Chance, program director for Lincoln County Parks and Recreation, said of the new program he’s calling the Social at Howards Creek. April 14…

Union Elementary receives gold STAR

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Union Elementary was the first recipient of the new STAR Achievement Award, sponsored by the Southwest Education Alliance. The name of the award is an acronym for “Schools That Achieve Results.” According to Union principal Kirby Oldham, the STAR Award was born when superintendents of 12 districts decided to recognize…