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Faith and family celebrated at birthday

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Family and friends of Essie Foster came from across the nation to celebrate her 90th birthday Saturday at Court Street Grille in Lincolnton. As Foster walked into the crowded room, a look of excitement came across her face. “To see all of these people, well you know that’s exciting,” she…

Gates retires

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Teachers give working conditions a favorable grade

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Lincoln County scored higher than surrounding school districts in the 2008 North Carolina Teacher Working Condition Survey results. Gov. Mike Easley began the survey in 2002 to improve working conditions for North Carolina teachers. Since 2002, school teachers and administrators have been asked to complete the survey every two years.…

Tobacco-free policy in goes into effect

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In compliance with state mandate, Lincoln County Schools passed a 100 percent tobacco-free policy that went into effect Monday. During the summer of 2007, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction passed a policy mandating all local education agencies to be 100 percent tobacco free. The Lincoln County Board of…

Sheriff plans 2nd academy for citizens

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After much success in 2007, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is taking applications for its second Citizens Police Academy. The 11-week academy will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning in September. Participants will be introduced to several areas of law enforcement including patrol procedures and criminal…

Stepping out

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Record-setting crowd expected in Lincolnton

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Looking for something to do over the July Fourth weekend? Lincolnton will be having its 18th annual July Fourth celebration starting at 5 p.m. Friday. The celebration has four different programs, which include children’s activities, a parade, a ceremony and fireworks at Lincolnton High School’s football stadium. “More people are…

Old farmstead near Denver peaks interest of historians

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A farmstead possibly dating back 150 years has been discovered near Denver, within the 116 acres of land conditionally approved for purchase last month by the county for a future park. Nestled deep into the parcel in overgrowths of periwinkles and other plants, the site contains remnants of an old…

Around Town 7/2/2008

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PRESCHOOL PROGRAM Hardin Baptist Church, Dallas, is adding two new programs to its children’s ministry this fall. There will be a half-day preschool for children ages 2 to 4 that will include the ABeka curriculum, music, art, sign language, a snack and free play. An after school program for elementary-age…

Around Town 6/30/2008

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HOSPICE MEETING Hospice and Palliative Care of Lincoln County invites all who have experienced the death of a loved one and would like to meet others in the grief recovery process through a monthly meeting. The meeting will be at noon on July 1 at the Hospice office, located at…