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QUESTION of the WEEK

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Where would you like to see a ‘downtown’ develop on the existing N.C. 16 in the next two decades, if at all? Lynne Gronning, Denver: “From a realistic standpoint, the only place I could really see it would be is down by Stacy’s Restaurant. There’s already so much development down…

Coming Up

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n Independence breakfast: Wear a flag pin on your lapel and don’t forget to bring your appetite. Webb’s Chapel United Methodist Church is hosting a breakfast this Friday, July 4, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. to raise funds for their new family life center building. Ham, bacon, eggs, biscuits,…

Untouchables’ co-owner began in the kitchen

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The Untouchables Burgers, Bakers and Pizza Makers has served Lincoln County residents for almost 25 years. Scott Gillian started washing dishes at the restaurant in 1984. Today, he is a co-owner. “Things have changed a lot since then,” Gillian said. Untouchables Pizza was founded as a “mom and pop store”…

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…

Around Town 7/2/2008

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PRESCHOOL PROGRAM Hardin Baptist Church, Dallas, is adding two new programs to its children’s ministry this fall. There will be a half-day preschool for children ages 2 to 4 that will include the ABeka curriculum, music, art, sign language, a snack and free play. An after school program for elementary-age…

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…