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School election forum: They will control how 32 percent of Lincoln County’s $92 million budget is spent. With that much money on the line, it’s important to come out to the East Lincoln Betterment Association’s school board election forum Thursday night. The event begins at 7 p.m. at Unity Presbyterian…

‘Box City’ teaches youth and adults lesson about homelessness

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For the second year in a row, Mary Anne Prather has decided to build her own city. But it won’t have any grand mansions or even modest cottages. Instead, Prather will build her city out of boxes. “We’re going to be homeless,” she said. “We will be in a box.”…

Church cooks 2,400 pounds of barbecue

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It started in 1961 with about 300 pounds of meat. Now, the folks of Rehobeth United Methodist Church in Terrell prepare 2,400 pounds of barbecue for a fundraiser that takes place the second Saturday of November each year. This year’s event is scheduled for Nov. 8. “It takes 24 hours…

50th class reunion

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Fun Runs raise money for area schools

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The Pumpkin Center Primary and Intermediate schools held their annual “Fun Runs” Oct. 10. With help from Parent Teacher Organization members, faculty and the community, both schools reported success with the events. Pumpkin Center Primary School raised $7,100, which will go toward new mulch for the playground and technology equipment…

County takes more expensive approach to masking sewer smell

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After two years and at least $85,000 spent on chemical barrels to mask noxious odors at sewer pump stations in east Lincoln County, Public Works officials say the technology is not working and they need to try a new – and more expensive – approach. Public Works Director Steve Gilbert…

Dentist invents dental tool, invests in pizza restaurant

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When he’s not practicing dentistry, Dr. Michael Muckler is busy with his restaurant and working on his latest invention. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995, Muckler joined the U.S. Air Force. “I was an Air Force dentist for about three years, then worked…

Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador of the Quarter a busy man

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Bill Transon, the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador of the Quarter, is a busy man. In addition to his involvement with the chamber, Transon stays busy running SoTec Inc., an Iron Station-based company that works to make businesses more efficient by “streamlining operations and processes through automation and work…

Sophomore twin sisters beat competition

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DENVER — East Lincoln senior Darla Skidmore just finished her high school volleyball season under first-year Mustangs head coach Stacy Buchanan. Buchanan said that even though she had the senior for a season she thought her leadership was evident in her style of play. “She is an outstanding leader, she…

County goes ahead with bond sales

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Despite higher interest rates spurred by the international credit crunch, Lincoln County on Tuesday sold the $19.2 million in bonds necessary to fund several upcoming county and school related projects. County Manager George Wood was considering the step of delaying the bond sale if interest rates remained above 5.5 percent,…