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Around Town 1/7/2009

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MUSIC CLASSES Emmanuel Reformed Church will hold music-reading classes for beginners 6:30-7 p.m. beginning this evening at the church on Main Street across from the Post Office in Lincolnton. Classes will also be held Jan. 14, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 Adults are welcome to attend. EXAMS Lincolnton High School’s…

Art show debuts Friday

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Artwork featured in the Lincoln Economic Development Association Art Invitational will be on display at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s parish house beginning Friday. “This is the second time we’ve done one of the LEDA shows,” said Mary Whisonant, an organizer. “This time we’re going to be doing LEDA with friends,…

New fire department rising

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A new $3.5 million fire station for the East Lincoln Fire Department is taking shape as the old headquarters are being readied to go on the market. After moving a residence last year to make room at the new site — 406 S. Pilot Knob Road — construction crews have…

Keeping bus service may take county cash

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The number of people who hopped on a bus last year in east Lincoln County nearly doubled and led regional records for growth. Now, keeping the costly commuter service to Charlotte rolling could mean spending a few more county dollars during tough economic times. Lincoln County is scheduled to lose…

Question of the Week

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“How much effect has Duke Energy had, and continues to have, on east Lincoln County?” Ed Smith, Westport: “As far as utilities, I think they are one of the best-run in the country. I think they’ve also done a good job at community development as well.” Robert Welch, Denver: “I…

Around Town 1/5/2009

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NAACP The Lincolnton chapter of the NAACP will hold a regular meeting 6:30 p.m. tonight at the old Oaklawn Elementary School in Lincolnton. Everyone is welcome. BLOOD DRIVE The American Red Cross in partnership with the Lincoln Masonic Lodge #137 will hold a blood drive Tuesday at the Freedom Church…

Weight-loss program targets low-income women

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Middle-aged women hoping to lose weight in the new year may want to turn to the Lincoln County Health Department’s Weight-Wise Program. The study is open to overweight, middle-aged, low-income women. “It’s a really good program because it really takes into consideration this population and really will help them lose…

4-H’er earns honor of going to two national events

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An egg-heavy macaroni and cheese recipe landed one Lincolnton 4-H’er in a national competition. Guy Perkins, 15, won the North Carolina State Gold for his presentation on egg cookery. He went on to compete nationally in Louisville, Ken. in November and placed seventh in the nation. “I like mac and…

4-H celebrates its 100th anniversary in North Carolina

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North Carolina is celebrating its 100th year of 4-H. “I would love to see every school-age child involved in 4-H,” said April Dillon, extension agent with 4-H youth development. 4-H first started when adult farmers chose not to listen to recent college graduates’ advice regarding farming corn. “These were just…

Brrrrrr

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Braving very cold temperatures Thursday, participants in the 31st Annual New Year’s Day Barefoot Challenge braved the waters of Lake Norman, launching from Lake Norman Marina in Sherrill’s Ford. (Above) Pat Hutchinson got an extra dose of the frigid water as he wiped out. Meanwhile, the Carolina Show Ski Team…