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More than gymnasticsat academy

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The name of Lake Norman Gymnastics Academy includes only one part of the Denver school’s curriculum. Gymnastics classes are available, along with cheerleading, dance, Kung Fu, tumbling and an array of adult fitness classes. Children as young as 18 months old can take a class to begin building the flexibility…

Denver church puts spotlight on missions

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This summer, Denver United Methodist Church is shining the spotlight on mission work. “We have three full groups,” the Rev. Stephen Knopp, executive pastor at Denver UMC, said. One group, made up of the youth from Denver UMC, has already come back from a mission trip to Georgia. “They actually…

Faith and family celebrated at birthday

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Family and friends of Essie Foster came from across the nation to celebrate her 90th birthday Saturday at Court Street Grille in Lincolnton. As Foster walked into the crowded room, a look of excitement came across her face. “To see all of these people, well you know that’s exciting,” she…

Gates retires

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Teachers give working conditions a favorable grade

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Lincoln County scored higher than surrounding school districts in the 2008 North Carolina Teacher Working Condition Survey results. Gov. Mike Easley began the survey in 2002 to improve working conditions for North Carolina teachers. Since 2002, school teachers and administrators have been asked to complete the survey every two years.…

Tobacco-free policy in goes into effect

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In compliance with state mandate, Lincoln County Schools passed a 100 percent tobacco-free policy that went into effect Monday. During the summer of 2007, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction passed a policy mandating all local education agencies to be 100 percent tobacco free. The Lincoln County Board of…

Sheriff plans 2nd academy for citizens

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After much success in 2007, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is taking applications for its second Citizens Police Academy. The 11-week academy will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning in September. Participants will be introduced to several areas of law enforcement including patrol procedures and criminal…

Stepping out

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Record-setting crowd expected in Lincolnton

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Looking for something to do over the July Fourth weekend? Lincolnton will be having its 18th annual July Fourth celebration starting at 5 p.m. Friday. The celebration has four different programs, which include children’s activities, a parade, a ceremony and fireworks at Lincolnton High School’s football stadium. “More people are…

Old farmstead near Denver peaks interest of historians

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A farmstead possibly dating back 150 years has been discovered near Denver, within the 116 acres of land conditionally approved for purchase last month by the county for a future park. Nestled deep into the parcel in overgrowths of periwinkles and other plants, the site contains remnants of an old…