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Shanklin Library reopens

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Staff report An eastern Lincoln County library reopened Monday morning after being closed due to significant damage triggered by the extreme cold weather last week. The Florence S. Shanklin Library in Denver was forced to close after officials learned below-average temperatures caused the facility’s boiler and several water pipes to…

Reading crucial to child’s development

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AMY WADSWORTH Guest Columnist Have you read to your child today? Fewer than half of young children in the United States are read to daily. In most states, minority and low-income children are less likely to be read to every day. As a result, many children from low-income families enter…

Board of Education honors teachers, athletes

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Education honored community members and discussed the progress made on several school construction developments at its meeting Tuesday night. The East Lincoln High School girls cross-country team received recognition during Tuesday’s meeting. The team won the NCHSAA 2A Girls State Championship for…

Obituaries — 1-15-14

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  Herman Lee Sisk Sr. Mr. Herman Lee Sisk Sr., age 81, of 3030 E. Highway 150 in Lincolnton, died on Sunday, January 12, 2014. A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 16, 2014, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles…

No one wins the unemployment fight

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Congress has to decide whether it would rather compose and pass legislation aimed at finding a solution for the root causes of a flagging economy, or make an empty strategic political gesture at one of the symptoms and, in the process, abandon over 1 million of…

East Lincoln Relay for Life set to begin

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer It’s been nearly 10 years since Anne Willis heard the news she had cancer. As co-chair of this year’s 15th Anniversary event of East Lincoln’s Relay for Life — also headed by Sandy Hannigan — her goal is to continue encouraging the community, and entire county,…

Heroin suspect charged with breaking into buildings in own neighborhood

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A 21-year-old man is accused of breaking into three different locations last month in Iron Station, deputies said. Jordan Ray Vanzandt, of 5693 Nora Drive in Iron Station, broke into a storage garage and unoccupied residence on Dec. 24, taking metal parts, copper tubing, a box…

Man captures back-to-back wins at photo competition

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Woman starts pageant, scholarship in memory of departed daughter

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Shakia Newman remembered for loving, caring spirit JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer One local mother is planning to host a community beauty pageant this month to raise scholarship money in memory of her daughter. For the last six months, Lincolnton resident Barbara Smith has been organizing the event — named “Big…

Rock Springs Park nearing completion, March opening, in eastern Lincoln County

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County residents should be looking forward to a new park opening this spring. According to Lincoln County Parks and Recreation Director Erma Deen Hoyle, Rock Springs Park will be the seventh addition to the park system in Lincoln County. Hoyle said the idea for developing…