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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…

No cause discovered for blaze at popular Maiden restaurant

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Investigators recently completed an investigation into what started an early morning fire at the popular Brookwood Family Restaurant. “At this time, we aren’t sure of the exact cause of the fire,” said J. David Pruitt, Catawba County fire marshal. “The investigation was completed with the cause being unknown.” The March…

East Lincoln grad has fast transition to model and actor

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When Payton Brady graduated from East Lincoln High School last June, he didn’t waste much time hanging around. He moved to Los Angeles on July 22, and by October, he was filming the reality TV show “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency.” “It all just happened kind of quick,” Brady, 19,…

Nantz prepares for 19th season

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It’s a tranquil afternoon at East Lincoln Speedway. Owner Ralph Nantz, 70, peers out from under a baseball cap at the signature red-clay dirt lining his track. The silence will be broken April 5th when as many as 1,000 spectators fill the stands and stock cars rumble to life on…

Lakefront properties pass Iredell

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Move over Iredell. Lake homes in Lincoln County may have caught up in value because of a 78 percent average increase in the past four years. After a state-mandated revaluation of all Lincoln County property was completed in January, 1,500 lakefront homes are now priced at an average of $758,527,…

Comng Up

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Cycle for SallyЎ¦s Y: Join Keith Isenberg and his mother Robin, owners of Blood, Sweat and Gears Cycle and Skate Shop, and nearly 400 riders as they pedal to put a dent in the final $1,000,000 needed to build the first YMCA in eastern Lincoln County. Event starts at 1…

Around Town 3/19/2008

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RESTRICTIONS PULLED The City of Lincolnton has lifted its Phase II water conservation order and wishes to thank residents for their cooperation during the time the order was in effect. Although the City acknowledged that recent rainfall and improved water levels prompted the change, it also urged all customers to…

Question of the Week

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How do you think the upcoming commissioner election will impact eastern Lincoln County? Ann Hunsucker, Denver: “I have no idea other than I hope they will put someone in there who will reappraise all our property.” Kathleen Barker, Denver: “Hopefully for the better, but who knows? I don’t know much…