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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…

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…

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…

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…