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Ellen DeGeneres punches Braylon Beam’s ticket to Super Bowl

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Braylon Beam will coach another game. The six-year-old Rock Springs Elementary Student bravely fighting cancer appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show for the third time on Friday. DeGeneres, a noted New Orleans Saints fan, will help Beam see the Saints’ NFC South rival Carolina Panthers play in…

City clerk to receive $10k in sexual harassment case

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton has settled a sexual harassment suit brought by City Clerk Donna Flowers for $10,000. After a closed session related to personnel, attorney T.J. Wilson said the settlement included a full release of claims and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges by the 30-year…

Advocates suggest changes to Lincoln County Animal Services

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County Animal Services held the first of three community involvement meetings at East Lincoln High School on Wednesday. The purpose of the sessions, which continued Thursday at the James W. Warren Citizens Center and wrap up Monday at West Lincoln High School, was to garner…

Campaign cash rolls in for Jason Saine

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Not having an opponent in the upcoming election hurt Rep. Jason Saine’s efforts a bit, but the third-term legislator still raised more than $50,000 for his campaign in the latest finance reporting cycle. The Lincolnton Republican collected $51,128 from July 1 until Dec. 31 after raising…

Lineage, discipline drives Shaolin Kung Fu School

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Decades of study, competitive fighting and community interest have inspired two Denver USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame members to combine their resources and talents to better educate their students. “It just made perfect sense,” Sifu Mark Williams said of the merger. “My lease was up…

School expansion on Lincoln County Board of Education workday agenda

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education agreed Tuesday to host a work day next week designed toward finalizing a solution for the growing space problems in East Lincoln elementary schools. Among choices the board will consider Thursday are expanding two Denver elementary schools, asking commissioners to…

Donation of NASCAR memorabilia will support church

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Thomas Potts died on November 28, 2014, but his legacy will continue to live on thanks to a donation soon to be made to his longtime church. Betty Potts married her sweetheart in 1969 and spent the next 45 years by his side. A big NASCAR…

Woman burned in Boger City fire

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A Boger City woman suffered a burn to her right hand while extinguishing a small kitchen fire on Thursday afternoon and was transported to CHS-Lincoln for treatment by Lincoln County EMS. Five firefighters from the Boger City Volunteer Fire Department responded to 1849 Woolie Road after…

Deputies: Man sold heroin near school

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Staff report A Maiden man has been charged by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office with selling heroin to an undercover detective. Jeffrey Brian Walker, 47, of West School Street, allegedly arranged meetings with an undercover office at a public location in Lincoln County to sell heroin. According to detectives, the…

Officers: Man hid drugs inside himself

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Staff report A Cherryville man has been charged with hiding drugs inside a body cavity. The Lincolnton Police Department arrested Jonathon Allen Rudisill, 25, of 109 Woodvale Street, on Friday and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers approached him in the area near East Main Street and Salem…

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