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West Lincoln JROTC cadets go to sea on U.S. Navy ship

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West Lincoln High School’s Naval JROTC program took 15 cadets to sea this summer. Along with spending five days “under way,” or 50 to 100 miles offshore, they also earned certification in sailing small crafts. Those certifications, senior Ryan Helton said, are lifelong and can be used on bases “as…

Principal will have many hats

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Christy Hutchinson, the new principal at Lincoln Charter School’s east campus, always knew she wanted to work in education. She cites that realization as occurring around second grade, but she says her mother tells people Hutchinson knew her future career path before that. “I was telling my brothers what to…

Back-to-school tips recommended

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Summer is coming to an end and students are heading back to school. Safety is a subject that should be on every student’s mind, Lincoln County Sheriff Tim Daugherty said. According to local authorities and the American Red Cross, there are several ways for students to protect themselves from dangerous…

Chamber’s Business Expo adopts theme from Olympics

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The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Grab the Gold Business Expo, slated for 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at the James W. Warren Citizens Center, should be bigger and better than ever, says committee chairwoman Donna Campbell. “We increased the booth space this year because we have sold…

Poor find living even tougher

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Margaret Blalock, 60, resides only a few miles from the lakeside neighborhoods and golf course communities that define east Lincoln County. She lives in an entirely different world. During a typical summer day, the Lowesville resident can be found in her front yard off Old Plank Road wearing her trademark…

State says no to plan

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With threats of litigation by area developers against Lincoln County, state officials have rejected a novel plan to provide sewer service for a few projects now in limbo using the existing wastewater treatment plant and hauling any excess waste to adjoining counties. County Manager George Wood approached state officials with…

Talent leads to success in woodworking

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Phillip Clay “never dreamed” that discovering a new talent would lead to owning a successful business. “In 1995, I decided that I needed a new [hobby],” Clay said. “I chose woodworking because I thought it was something I would enjoy doing. I got pretty good at it, and it developed…

Band to present history lesson at East Lincoln

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East Lincoln fans will get an ancient history lesson through music during halftime of home football games this fall. The Showband of the Carolinas, East Lincoln High School’s marching band, began work in early August on its show for the year, “The Rise and Fall of Rome.” The show features…

Around Town 8/20/2008

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FARM TRACTOR SHOW The C. Grier Beam Truck Museum will sponsor an Antique Farm Tractor Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The tractor show will have food, tours of the museum and raffles. A People’s Choice Award will be given to the tractor that receives the most votes.…

Experience big as 11 return to tennis team

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The North Lincoln Lady Knights tennis team will look to have a strong season with 11 returning members from last season’s squad. “We have good prospects and we’re going to work on a conference championship if we can,” North Lincoln tennis head coach Libby Fletcher said. Fletcher said the team…