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Contract approved for water line

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Commissioners approved a contract to have water lines relocated at the intersection of N.C. 16 and N.C. 73 Monday. The North Carolina Department of Transportation is requiring the lines be moved, so county officials had no “choice but to move the lines as requested,” Public Works Director Steve Gilbert said.…

Big-box stores: Good and bad

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They rival Egyptian pyramids in scale and stand sentinel over the new N.C. 16 gateway to and from Charlotte. Nearly 340,000 square feet is dedicated to the main buildings. More than $250,000 in taxes combined will flow into county coffers each year as result of their development. That’s the second…

Thanks for the service

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‘Transportation toolbelt’ may decrease traffic

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Associate planner Andrew Bryant presented the “transportation toolbelt” to Lincoln County Commissioners and the Planning Board Monday night with ideas as drastic as a building moratorium. The toolbelt was planners’ response to growth concerns Commissioner Bruce Carlton raised at the Jan. 20 meeting. A subdivision moratorium would “prevent the creation…

School comedy has writing focus

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Iron Station Elementary School teachers dressed as pirates Friday for a comical performance to get their students excited about writing. With the state mandated fourth-grade writing test looming Tuesday, the students have been preparing for several weeks. The teachers’ pirate skit, “The Pirates of the Writing Treasure,” reviewed the components…

1930s-era engine links generations

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When Pate Jenks closed his western Lincoln County flour mill around the early 1930s, he pushed the steam engine that powered the mill into a well, where it was eventually buried. Last Wednesday, his great-great-grandsons dug it up. According to Bobby Jenks, who, along with his cousin Chuck, uncovered the…

Cooking is powerful therapy for Denver native, 76

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Virginia Caldwell may not get around as well as she used to, but that hasn’t stopped her from doing what she loves: cooking. “The doctor told me cooking is my therapy,” Caldwell said. A Denver native, Caldwell suffers from arthritis and diabetes, yet she says it’s a rare day when…

Community night of worship

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Above: Laura Ashley Mosteller performs during Community Wide Night of Worship 2008, held Saturday night at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. Below: U.S. Army Capt. Jeff Struecker, a former U.S. Ranger who is now an Army chaplain, discusses his experiences in firefights in Mogadishu, Somalia, while speaking at the…

Around Town 3/3/2008

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BOARD OF HEALTH The Lincoln County Board of Health will hold its regularly scheduled meeting 7 p.m. Tuesdayin the board room of the Lincoln County Health Department, 151 Sigmon Road, Lincolnton. PRECINCT MEETING The Daniel’s/Vale Democratic precinct meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 at the Union Volunteer…

Upcoming exhibit features two very different artists

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Roger Steele and Gail M. Little, two very different artists, will come together in a joint show opening March 8 at the Lincoln Cultural Center. “Gail’s is so whimsical and wonderful and colorful and dance-like, and Roger’s is very spiritual and quiet and some of the techniques and some of…