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Acing the essay

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55th Wedding Aniversary

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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…

Sheriff restructures patrols around lake

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Residents may not notice the change, but Lincoln County Sheriff`s deputies are patrolling rapidly growing eastern Lincoln County in a different way. Instead of two patrol areas split between north and south, sheriff’s officers this February began responding to calls in four areas: north, central, south and the lake. “The…

QUESTION of the WEEK

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Are there too many unsightly signs in eastern Lincoln County? Joanna Foley, Denver: “No. I don’t notice any, I guess. The ones I see are fine. Nothing bothers me.” Karen Backer, Westport: “I think we could do a better job of that. I don’t think it makes it look like…

Around Town 2/6/2008

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ALTRUSA AWARD Completed nomination packets for the 2008 Altrusa Award of Excellence must be received by the Gaston College Foundation office by March 1. The award recognizes Gaston College employees who have made a significant contribution to the educational success of students, and who have demonstrated a love for lifelong…

COMING UP

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n Hello, Mr. Smith: N.C. Sen. Fred Smith (R-12) will be stumping with local GOP groups from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Safari Miles in Denver as part of his run for the governor’s seat this year. n Meet Jim Klein: County Commissioner Jim Klein will hold…

Workshop series focuses on sustainable agriculture

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Area farmers and gardeners met for four Cooperative Extension classes with one focus – to learn about sustainable agriculture and in turn help the environment and their business. “Really part of the goal of this series was to strengthen the farmers markets in the area, to give our growers more…

Community Calendar

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CLUBS, GROUPS Rotary meeting The Denver/Lake Norman Rotary Club holds its weekly meeting at 7:30 a.m. each Wednesday at Westport Community Club on Golf Course Drive. All members are welcome. For more information, call Andrew Johnson at (704) 340-1290. Rotary art auction The Denver/Lake Norman Rotary Club will hold its…

Vocal competition applications open

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Those wanting to compete in the Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition, which will be held in March at the Lincoln Cultural Center, still have a few days to send in their applications. Singers ages 18-40 can download applications from www.heafnerwilliamsvocalcompetition.com. The deadline is Saturday. “It’s an excellent experience,” said Carolyn Heafner, who…