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Commissioners sink rescue boat plan

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A divided Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Monday sunk a plan to buy what would have been the first fire and rescue boat in Lincoln County. Despite staunch support from first responders, commissioners voted 3-2 against fronting $150,000 to the Denver Fire Department and the East Lincoln Fire Department to…

Chamber lists nominees for board of directors

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The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce has announced nominees for its 2009 Board of Directors. The nominees were chosen by the chamber’s Nominating Committee and announced by committee chairman Ken Morris at the board of directors’ Tuesday meeting. Bill McLucas of R-Anell Housing Group is the 2009 chairman-elect for the…

QUESTION of the WEEK

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“What impact do you think Wal-Mart and Lowe’s have had on east Lincoln County since they opened?” Gene Stallings, Westport: “I have shopped at both big-box stores, but I still shop at the local hardware stores too, so I don’t think it’s devastating them. I hope not. Traffic has been…

CMC-Lincoln launches program offering pedometers to employees

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On July 1, Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln launched a program to encourage and reward employee fitness. The hospital made computerized pedometers available for employees to purchase. Those who chose to participate turn in printouts showing their baseline average number of steps per day. The hospital then promises to pay incentives to…

Coming Up

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n BBQ and baby kissing: The East Lincoln Betterment Association will host its election forum on Sept. 25 in anticipation of the upcoming Nov. 4 general election. Commissioner and congressional candidates are scheduled to take questions. North Carolina gubernatorial candidates may also attend depending on their schedules. Before the politicking…

One-Stop Voting begins on Oct. 16

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Absentee ballots and One-Stop Voting centers are set to begin this month and continue in October for the upcoming Nov. 4 General Elections. The Lincoln County Board of Elections will begin distributing absentee voting forms beginning Monday until Oct. 28. To request a ballot, either write or stop by the…

Community Calendar

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CLUBS, GROUPS Absentee voting The Lincoln County Board of Elections will begin distributing absentee voting forms Monday and will distribute the forms until Oct. 28. To request a ballot, either write or stop by the elections office at 115 W. Main St., Lincolnton, NC 28092. Call (704) 736-8480. One-Stop early…

High Shoals VFD receives $4,717 grant from state

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Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Jim Long announces the awarding of a grant in the amount of $4,717.21 to the High Shoals Volunteer Fire Department. The grant comes to High Shoals VFD through the 2008 Volunteer Fire Department Fund from the State of North Carolina. The funds will be…

Advisory group to detail animal control proposals

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Nearly six months after it was formed, a group charged with helping retool local animal control laws and policy will return tonight with its recommendations to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. In addition, plans for a nearly $1 million expansion to relieve severe overcrowding and other issues at the…