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Around Town 2/8/2008

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CIVIL WAR ESSAY The Lincolnton Chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will grant a $500 college scholarship to the winner of a Civil War essay competition. For an application, contact Dan Bolick at 430 W. 20th St., Newton, NC 28658, or call (828) 464-1440 during the day or (828)…

Sherrill promoted to school position

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The Lincoln County School Board voted Wednesday in closed session to appoint Mitch Sherrill to the position of assistant superintendent of support services for the district. Sherrill has served as an administrator at three of the county’s four high schools: Lincolnton, West Lincoln and East Lincoln. He applied for the…

‘Dentinator’ brings work, paintless, to his customers

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Tom Rogers moved to North Carolina from California to take advantage of the lower cost of living. And he brought his knowledge of cars with him. “I’ve been an auto body repairman for about 30 years,” Rogers said. In moving to Lincolnton, Rogers brought along his skill set, opening a…

Seniors learn new skill

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The pottery of Lincoln County’s seniors is now on display at the Lincoln Cultural Center, and for most of its producers, the opening reception was their first peek at their finished product. “I had no idea it was going to look like this after it was glazed and fired in…

Volunteer paramedic recovering in hospital

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It has been almost two weeks since six local teens found mentor Ken Morrison in cardiac arrest. Morrison has been moved out of the Coronary Care Unit to a regular room at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, Ted Mankowski, operations manager for Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services, said in a…

Downtown gala scheduled for Friday

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On Friday night, community members will have the opportunity to honor some folks who have made contributions to the life of downtown Lincolnton. The Downtown Development Association will present its annual Main Street Gala and Better Downtown Awards ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Cultural Center. “They’ve done…

Planning Board approves kennel/hospital on N.C. 16

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The Lincoln County Planning Board approved a request to build a veterinary hospital with a housing kennel on N.C. 16 Monday night. Veterinarian Dr. Lynn Reed made the request because the property is located in an area zoned for “general business,” which does not include kennels. Neighbors raised no objections…

Dispute threatens huge home project

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Developers are threatening to scrap the Carolina Ridge housing project and nearly $100 million in future tax and investment. The reason: a dispute with the county because of sewer and water development capacity fees that doubled in 2007. Approved in May 2006, Carolina Ridge is an upscale retirement community of…

Sheriff restructures patrols around lake

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Residents may not notice the change, but Lincoln County Sheriff`s deputies are patrolling rapidly growing eastern Lincoln County in a different way. Instead of two patrol areas split between north and south, sheriff’s officers this February began responding to calls in four areas: north, central, south and the lake. “The…

QUESTION of the WEEK

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Are there too many unsightly signs in eastern Lincoln County? Joanna Foley, Denver: “No. I don’t notice any, I guess. The ones I see are fine. Nothing bothers me.” Karen Backer, Westport: “I think we could do a better job of that. I don’t think it makes it look like…