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60th anniversary

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Mr. and Mrs. Charles Putnam will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary March 27. They were married in 1948 at High Shoals Church of God. They have two children, Melissa Groves and husband Lee of Dallas and Randy Putnam and wife Debra of Vale. Grandchildren are Tara, Jacob and Noble. Step-grandchildren…

Rock Springs in line for $1.6 million

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If Lincoln County’s $44.6 million bond passes in May, Rock Springs Elementary in Denver would receive $1,605,350. In addition to more space, the school also needs extensive repairs. Rock Springs’ proposed 8,000-square-foot addition is not just needed – it’s legally required. At 111 percent enrollment capacity, Rock Springs is the…

Easter egg hunt at Betty G. Ross Park an annual tradition

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The Easter Bunny plans to hide more than 2,000 eggs in Betty G. Ross Park this Saturday, and it’s up to the children of Lincolnton to find them. “You have anywhere from say 75 to 100 kids running around, and it’s just like one massive search,” said Nathan Eurey, program…

Genealogy class to help participants research family trees

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The author of two family genealogy books will speak 7 p.m. March 26 at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. Wilma Ratchford Craig of Gaston County will discuss her experiences researching her family tree. “I think it helps you to know who you are. It’s been really fascinating,” Craig said.…

LEDA honors Lincoln businesses

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Several Lincoln County businesses were honored by the Lincoln Economic Development Association at its Milestone Achievement Awards, held Thursday at Court Street Grille in Lincolnton. According to Crystal Gettys, existing business manager for LEDA, the awards are given out each year to honor manufacturers and distributors celebrating an anniversary of…

Principals ad punctuality guideline

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Since the beginning of exam exemptions, students have had to maintain grades and attendance. Recently, however, high school principals requested that punctuality be added to the expectations of students allowed to exempt. Initially, the Board of Education’s Policy Committee questioned the point of allowing exemptions. School board member Carl Robinson…

Teachers would promote, retain under new policy

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This spring, North Carolina’s end-of-grade tests will not determine whether Lincoln County students will be promoted to the next grade. If the temporary policy change is approved by the Board of Education, teacher recommendation will promote a child to the next grade or retain him in the same grade for…

Church Briefs

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BLESSING OF BIKES Lincolnton Church of God, located on N.C. 150 bypass, will hold its second annual Blessing of the Bikes beginning at 10 a.m. March 29. Anyone with or without a motorcycle is welcome to join the church and its bike ministry, Driven by Grace, for free food, music…

Most Wanted

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Contact intensive surveillance officers Ted Overcash at (704) 732-2229 or David Carpenter at (704) 732-4784 or the Crime Stoppers hotline at (704) 736-8909 if you have information on the following criminal suspects. n Keymandy Williamson Wanted by the North Carolina Department of Corrections for possession with the intent to sell…

Around Town 3/21/2008

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REUNION The 20th Employees Reunion of the Carlton Yarn Mill and SCT will be held at 5 p.m. March 27 at DJ’s Restaurant in Cherryville. All employees are invited. For more information, call (704) 435-2295 or (704) 435-6182. DEMOCRATIC WOMEN The Lincoln County Democratic Women will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday…