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First eastside DSS office set to open

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It’s a small church office renovation with a big mission. Thursday marks the ribbon-cutting of a Social Services satellite office in east Lincoln County at Hill’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 988 N.C. 17, in Lowesville. It is the first social service office in the county to be established outside of…

Trailblazing in Denver

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A local church and bike shop have literally carved out a path to bring the popular sport of mountain biking for the first time to east Lincoln County. A handful of volunteers assisted Keith Isenberg — co-owner of Blood, Sweat and Gears Bike and Skate Shop — on Sunday as…

Pastor launches Don’t Foul Out Academy

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Reaching out to youths in their formative years comes naturally to the Rev. Franklin Lowery. The pastor for Gold Hill Baptist Church in Lowesville will now have a new way to accomplish that goal. This Saturday, Lowery will launch the “Don’t Foul Out Academy,” 8-10 a.m. at the church, a…

Teacher’s function is integral to learning

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One-plus-one equals two awards in six years for Lincoln County teacher Libby Fletcher, who is again being honored for excellence in mathematics instruction. Fletcher — a 25-year math teacher and math department chair at North Lincoln High School — was presented in December with her second award since 2002 by…

Johnson teaches Lady Knights life lessons

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PUMPKIN CENTER — First-year Lady Knights’ varsity basketball head coach David Johnson has made a positive impact for the North Lincoln team both on and off the basketball court this season. Already with a 10-6 overall and 7-1 in 1A/2A Southern Piedmont Conference place, good enough for sole possession of…

QUESTION of the WEEK

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“How much influence should county commissioners have on the independent group appointed to study N.C. 16 while they do their review?” Robert Tintze, Denver: “They should have quite a bit of input. Sure, why not, to keep regulations.” Blair Olmstead, Denver: “Directly, no, because they appointed a panel for it.…

Around Town 1/12/2009

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TRAIN SPEED CSXT Transportation Inc. has announced that the authorized speed of freight trains on its lines through Lincolnton increased at 12:01 a.m. this morning from 25 to 35 mph. On Jan. 19, the speed will be increased further, to 40 mph. To arrange for a free safety presentation, call…

Grant buoys Battleground’s ‘Leap Frog’ strategy

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Thanks to a grant from the Lincoln County Public Education Foundation, Battleground Elementary School students will soon take a hands-on approach to reading. The school’s media specialist Karen Dellinger wrote the $1,000 grant application, which she called “Leap into Reading with Leap Frog’s Literacy Center.” She discovered the literacy center…

Full school bus slides down embankment

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Sheriff’s officials said an East Lincoln High School bus slid down an embankment near the school Wednesday afternoon, after the driver pulled over to correct a student. There were no injuries and no damage was reported, according to Sheriff’s spokesman Larry Seagle. The incident happened after 3 p.m. Wednesday, about…

Church Briefs

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KIDZ CLUB Hill’s Chapel United Methodist Church’s Kidz Klub will meet 6 until 8 p.m. tonight. The event will consist of dinner, crafts and games. Children ages 3 through 5th grade. Reservations are not required and parents may drop their children off. For more information contact Patty Crow at (704)…