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Matherly on development board

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Lincoln Economic Development Association’s executive director, Barry Matherly, has accepted a board member position with the nation’s only professional organization for economic developers. During a conference held in Phoenix, Ariz., Matherly said he was invited to sit on the board of the International Economic Development Council, and that he had…

Reading circle

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Helicopter search helps find 7-foot marijuana plant

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A helicopter search by the National Guard for drug operations led to the arrest of two men who allegedly hung a 7-foot marijuana plant from their back porch in Vale. The single plant allegedly contained 13 pounds of marijuana and was four inches at its base, according to authorities. Narcotics…

Caution mixed with fun

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Burnt churches council sets restoration service

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To help begin the healing process, the North Carolina Council of Burnt Churches is hosting a restoration service for the Temple Baptist Church Oct. 13 in Lincolnton. “We can’t even explain how much of a great loss it is to have your church burned by an arsonist,” Rev. Brenda Stevenson,…

Books and Brushes: Artists go on display

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This Friday, people will have the opportunity to celebrate the work of a number of local artists and support a local college at the same time. The fourth annual Books and Brushes event, held at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, showcases the work of a variety of artists from the region.…

Art classes set for students

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The Arts Council of Lincoln County will launch fall art classes for students ages 8-13. Classes will focus on fine art instruction in drawing and painting and will be taught from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays Each session will run for eight weeks, with the following class schedule:…

Around Town 9/24/2007

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WALK-A-THON SET “Exercise Your Engine” is the theme for this year’s walk-a-thon at Iron Station Elementary. The event is scheduled for Oct. 5. Proceeds from the benefit will help fund playground maintenance. For more information, call the school at (704) 736-4292. SADLER CONCERT The Reggie Sadler Family will be in…

Fifth Generation

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Band director enthusiastic about his job

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Lincolnton High School’s newest band director is not a complicated man. “My hobbies are band … band, and then I sleep,” said David Benfield, who comes to the school from Forest View High School in Gastonia. Benfield devotes an average of 75 hours a week to band during the competitive…