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Local artist’s opening draws interest

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The work of local artist Don Olsen is proving so popular, organizers of his upcoming art opening are insisting people RSVP by Monday. “He’s a great wood turner,” said Jason Harpe, director of the Lincoln County Historical Association and one of the event’s organizers. “The guy’s work is phenomenal and…

Gatlin gets scholarship at district band clinic

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Instrumentalists from Lincoln County high schools recently participated in the All-District Band clinic and concert, and Beth Gatlin of North Lincoln High School was awarded the prestigious Howren Scholarship. The scholarship will provide Gatlin full tuition to the month-long Cannon Music Camp at Appalachian State University this summer. North Lincoln…

Volunteer paramedic recovering in hospital

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It has been almost two weeks since six local teens found mentor Ken Morrison in cardiac arrest. Morrison has been moved out of the Coronary Care Unit to a regular room at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, Ted Mankowski, operations manager for Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services, said in a…

Downtown gala scheduled for Friday

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On Friday night, community members will have the opportunity to honor some folks who have made contributions to the life of downtown Lincolnton. The Downtown Development Association will present its annual Main Street Gala and Better Downtown Awards ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Cultural Center. “They’ve done…

Planning Board approves kennel/hospital on N.C. 16

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The Lincoln County Planning Board approved a request to build a veterinary hospital with a housing kennel on N.C. 16 Monday night. Veterinarian Dr. Lynn Reed made the request because the property is located in an area zoned for “general business,” which does not include kennels. Neighbors raised no objections…

Dispute threatens huge home project

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Developers are threatening to scrap the Carolina Ridge housing project and nearly $100 million in future tax and investment. The reason: a dispute with the county because of sewer and water development capacity fees that doubled in 2007. Approved in May 2006, Carolina Ridge is an upscale retirement community of…

Sheriff restructures patrols around lake

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Residents may not notice the change, but Lincoln County Sheriff`s deputies are patrolling rapidly growing eastern Lincoln County in a different way. Instead of two patrol areas split between north and south, sheriff’s officers this February began responding to calls in four areas: north, central, south and the lake. “The…

QUESTION of the WEEK

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Are there too many unsightly signs in eastern Lincoln County? Joanna Foley, Denver: “No. I don’t notice any, I guess. The ones I see are fine. Nothing bothers me.” Karen Backer, Westport: “I think we could do a better job of that. I don’t think it makes it look like…

Around Town 2/6/2008

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ALTRUSA AWARD Completed nomination packets for the 2008 Altrusa Award of Excellence must be received by the Gaston College Foundation office by March 1. The award recognizes Gaston College employees who have made a significant contribution to the educational success of students, and who have demonstrated a love for lifelong…

COMING UP

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n Hello, Mr. Smith: N.C. Sen. Fred Smith (R-12) will be stumping with local GOP groups from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Safari Miles in Denver as part of his run for the governor’s seat this year. n Meet Jim Klein: County Commissioner Jim Klein will hold…