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Gatlin gets scholarship at district band clinic

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Instrumentalists from Lincoln County high schools recently participated in the All-District Band clinic and concert, and Beth Gatlin of North Lincoln High School was awarded the prestigious Howren Scholarship. The scholarship will provide Gatlin full tuition to the month-long Cannon Music Camp at Appalachian State University this summer. North Lincoln…

Volunteer paramedic recovering in hospital

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It has been almost two weeks since six local teens found mentor Ken Morrison in cardiac arrest. Morrison has been moved out of the Coronary Care Unit to a regular room at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, Ted Mankowski, operations manager for Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services, said in a…

Downtown gala scheduled for Friday

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On Friday night, community members will have the opportunity to honor some folks who have made contributions to the life of downtown Lincolnton. The Downtown Development Association will present its annual Main Street Gala and Better Downtown Awards ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Cultural Center. “They’ve done…

Planning Board approves kennel/hospital on N.C. 16

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The Lincoln County Planning Board approved a request to build a veterinary hospital with a housing kennel on N.C. 16 Monday night. Veterinarian Dr. Lynn Reed made the request because the property is located in an area zoned for “general business,” which does not include kennels. Neighbors raised no objections…

Dispute threatens huge home project

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Developers are threatening to scrap the Carolina Ridge housing project and nearly $100 million in future tax and investment. The reason: a dispute with the county because of sewer and water development capacity fees that doubled in 2007. Approved in May 2006, Carolina Ridge is an upscale retirement community of…

Education Briefs

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STUDENTS’ MEDICINE The school board’s policy committee voted Monday, Jan. 28 to recommend a revised policy to the board. The revised policy does not allow any school official to give any student medicine without a note from the student’s doctor. Mr. Rusty Beam is the chairman of the school board’s…

Around Town 2/4/2008

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2nd CHANCE CLASSES Second Chance Classes are available from Gaston College from now through March. The majority of the classes are online. For more information visit www.gaston.edu or call (704) 922-6232. LSWA OPEN HOUSE Open house and kindergarten registration will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Long Shoals…

50th Anniversary

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Ex-football player finds new passion

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There was a time when Damien Forney was focused on one and only one thing: football. “I was always wanting to play football,” said Forney, who played at Lincolnton High School. After graduating in 2002, Forney attended Appalachian State University. He says he made the football team there and thought…

Math program assists parents

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Pumpkin Center Intermediate School hosted a parent math night Thursday to encourage parents to teach their children state standards at home. Approximately 30 parents attended, and each family received a Family Kit with a copy of The North Carolina Standard Course of Study with suggested activities at the end of…