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Heafner-Williams 2006 champ wins big in New York City

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Erich Rene Barbera walked on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, faced thousands of people – including prestigious judges – and ended up with $15,000 and a few very impressive auditions. “I was a little taken aback,” Barbera said of first facing the nearly-full audience at the 4,000-seat opera house.…

Lincoln school bond compared to others

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The Citizens Committee for Education recently discussed how Lincoln County’s bond compares to bonds other school districts request. Citizen member David Baxter, from Denver, mentioned Cabarrus County. “We have the same problems,” he said, adding that the last he heard about Cabarrus County’s bond conversations involved a price tag of…

‘Steel Magnolias’ to be presented at East Lincoln

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The six young women chatting and laughing as they talked about putting on “Steel Magnolias” have lots in common with the women they portray. The playbill says, “the underlying group-friendship among all six women is prominent throughout the drama.” Similarly, the friendships that have developed among Bev Jones, who plays…

‘Sound of Music’ to be staged at North Lincoln

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The stage was alive during the final dress rehearsal when Morgan Roberts sang as Maria in “The Sound of Music.” Roberts, a senior, has participated in plays at North Lincoln High School since she was a freshman. Her parts have included a Silly Girl in “Beauty and the Beast,” Rizzo…

Schools, county meet on budget

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At the first meeting of school budget discussions Wednesday night, a face-off between school and county officials seemed likely, if not inevitable. Members of the Lincoln County Board of Education gathered on one side of the table in the Central Office conference room, and county officials gathered on the other…

Retrial begins for doctor who lived in area

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It seemed that everyone at Montrose General Hospital knew about the affair between the doctor and the nurse. Not that Dr. Stephen Scher and Patricia Dillon took any steps to conceal their torrid extramarital relationship. In fact, they seemed to flaunt it, locking themselves in an exam room, going lingerie…

Contract approved for water line

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Commissioners approved a contract to have water lines relocated at the intersection of N.C. 16 and N.C. 73 Monday. The North Carolina Department of Transportation is requiring the lines be moved, so county officials had no “choice but to move the lines as requested,” Public Works Director Steve Gilbert said.…

Big-box stores: Good and bad

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They rival Egyptian pyramids in scale and stand sentinel over the new N.C. 16 gateway to and from Charlotte. Nearly 340,000 square feet is dedicated to the main buildings. More than $250,000 in taxes combined will flow into county coffers each year as result of their development. That’s the second…

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‘Transportation toolbelt’ may decrease traffic

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Associate planner Andrew Bryant presented the “transportation toolbelt” to Lincoln County Commissioners and the Planning Board Monday night with ideas as drastic as a building moratorium. The toolbelt was planners’ response to growth concerns Commissioner Bruce Carlton raised at the Jan. 20 meeting. A subdivision moratorium would “prevent the creation…