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$8.5 million targeted for ELMS, WLMS

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Between East Lincoln and West Lincoln Middle Schools, $8,503,000 of the $44.6 million bond will be spent if the school bond is approved. Both schools are getting a 20,000-sq. ft. addition with 12 classrooms, a classroom for exceptional children, a science lab, a teacher workroom and additional restrooms each. Both…

Born Marine

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Retired Master Gunnery Sgt. Steve “Top” Reep was practically born a Marine. A Lincolnton native, Reep says he recognized the path he would follow as early as the first grade. He remembers singing military hymns and seeing pictures of Marines at the World War II Battle of Guadalcanal. Those songs…

Around Town 3/31/2008

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HEALTHY LIVING The 15th Annual Healthy Living Series Workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16 at the East Lincoln Community Center and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23 at the Lincoln County Senior Center. Guest speakers will address medication management, exercise, stress management, nutrition and…

Adventures of Nature Boy

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Main Street program gets accredited again

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For the 10th consecutive year, the City of Lincolnton has been named an accredited National Main Street Program by the National Main Street Trust Center. Lincolnton has also been recognized as a North Carolina Main Street City once again, a designation the city has held since 1995. “The North Carolina…

Home destroyed in Saturday fire

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A lightning strike early Saturday morning could be the cause of a fire that left a home in ruins. “It’s still under investigation, but neighbors reported that lightning was seen in the area,” said Susan Spake, director of Lincoln County Emergency Management. Spake says that the fire at 3529 Crouse…

Winston-Salem singer wins vocal competition

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Marvin Kehler of Winston-Salem beat out 12 competitors and took home a $1,500 cash prize at the sixth annual Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition Sunday at the Lincoln Cultural Center. Kehler, a native of California, recently made his debut with the Piedmont Opera as Giuseppi in “La Traviata.” The competition was founded…

6 Lincolnton students headed for D.C.

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Six students from Lincolnton High School have received statewide honors and have been invited to participate in academic competition in Washington, D.C. The LHS High-Q team placed first in the Western North Carolina Knowledge Bowl at Mars Hill College for two Saturdays at the beginning of the month. Traveling team…

Capt’n Bob’s Seafood and Steaks replaces Sidetrax Bar and Grill

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Sidetrax Bar and Grill may be gone, but its owner is alive, well and cooking up seafood and steaks. “I’ve not changed, but I’ve changed my place,” said Bobby Motz, owner of Capt’n Bob’s Seafood and Steaks, which has replaced Sidetrax Bar and Grill. Motz took 12 days to redecorate…

Crops still thriving

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Last Easter proved to be a difficult time for many Lincoln County farmers. The Easter freeze of 2007, which came after a long warm spell, killed off large quantities of strawberries, peaches and apples. This year, however, an earlier Easter came and went without a hitch. “We haven’t had an…