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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…

Lowery helps independence in S. Africa

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The Rev. Franklin Lowery of Gold Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Stanley has racked up a lot of frequent flier miles. He just returned from a 10-day mission trip to South Africa, and it wasn’t his first trip across the Atlantic. “We try to do one every year,” Lowery said…

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…

All hands got a taste of high seas on Pirates Day

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It was all hands on deck as G.E. Massey Elementary School teacher Karen Kellett celebrated “Pirates Day” with her kindergarten class on Tuesday. The annual event gave students a taste of the high seas as they joined in a treasure hunt taking them to key sites throughout the school. Their…

West Lincoln students attend boys, girls state

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The American Legion sponsored three West Lincoln High School to represent Lincoln County this summer in reality-based workshops. Whitney Beaver and Heather Sain, seniors at West Lincoln, attended Tar Heel Girls State, a weeklong workshop at Catawba College, which teaches students the mechanics of North Carolina government. Students are assigned…

Each court has specific purposes

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third of 11 weekly installments by staff writer Lisa Brown as she goes through the Citizens Police Academy training. Look for her columns on Mondays. Shortly after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday I found myself sitting on the front bench of a courtroom at the Lincoln County…

National Older Worker Week celebrates seniors

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This week may be the United States Department of Labor’s National Employ Older Workers Week, but for three women who work at Lincoln County’s Employment Security Commission, it’s an occasion to be celebrated 52 weeks a year. Rose Sherrill, Jane Lewis and Linda Hall are employed with ESC through the…