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ELPAC backs Arena, Oakes and Moore for commissioner

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The East Lincoln Political Action Committee decided late Monday night to endorse candidates George Arena, incumbent Marie Moore and Martin Oakes in the race for the Republican nomination for the Lincoln County Commission. “[Arena] is so knowledgeable,” Liz Craig, vice chairwoman of ELPAC, said Tuesday. “He’s just worked very hard…

RIDE FOR SALLY’S Y

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John Clancy got ready for the Sally’s Y benefit bicycle ride Sunday afternoon in Denver. The event raised $4,227 toward the last $1 million needed for the new Y. Chris Dean / LTN Photo Jo Clark (left), mother of Sally Clark, gets a friendly lick from boxer puppy, Brux. Holding…

New N.C. 16 could affect number of accidents

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Plans for a new highway in eastern Lincoln County could possibly have one unwanted side-effect: to increase accident rates on Denver’s existing traffic artery. The number of wrecks along old N.C. 16 held constant for the past five years despite a significant increase in traffic volume, state records show. Since…

QUESTION of the WEEK

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Are you concerned about crime in eastern Lincoln County? Michael Lyons, Westport: “I don’t think there’s a lot of crime. The few things that have happened here, the sheriff’s handled it very expeditiously. The fact they notified the residents absolutely amazed me because I’m from New York and that never…

Lady Knights pitcher grows into top role

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The North Lincoln Lady Knights softball team is a fairly young team, to say the least, with five freshmen and four sophomores. Freshman Addy Pound is starting to be relied upon for her versatility as her role to the team increases. “Being a freshman, you can see her role increase…

Around Town 4/2/2008

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FOOD SALE The West Lincoln Ladies Class of the Fairview Baptist Church will sell hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and beverages 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Henderson Sales Co., corner of N.C. 27 west and Lackey Road. 4-H YARD SALE A 4-H yard sale will be held 8 a.m.…

Flower business blooming for Purple Petal

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The Purple Petal Florist in Denver offers customers a large selection of flowers for almost any occasion. The Purple Petal has been serving Denver residents for almost 20 years, said Jane Brown, store owner. Brown says that her daughter was the inspiration for opening her own flower shop. “I started…

‘Vet Mail’ provides information for Lincoln County veterans

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Lincoln County Veterans Services hopes to compile an e-mail list of all 7,000 Lincoln County veterans. With only 10 e-mails so far, it has a long way to go. “We just recently started this process,” said Eric Robinson, county veterans services officer in Lincolnton. “We’re trying to use this as…

Fifth-graders at Saint James learn robotics

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Fifth-graders at Saint James Elementary are learning about robotics with LEGOs. SJES principal Larry Shouse was familiar with LEGO robotics. “I thought that would be a great enrichment project,” he said. The Lincoln County Public Education Foundation donated $2,500 in December for the LEGO robotics program Cecelia Harkey requested in…

Citizens Committee expanding efforts on school bond

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The Citizens Committee for Education’s campaigning for the proposed $44.6 million school bond spread beyond fundraising this week, with the launch of a Web site and the arrival of “Vote Yes” T-shirts. At the Citizens Committee meeting Monday, executive director of construction for Lincoln County Schools, Darrell Gettys, presented a…