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Where happy little bluebirds fly

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  Pat Propst promotes interest in bluebirds   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Over the years, Pat Propst has taken hundreds of photos of the Eastern Bluebirds that flock to the birdhouses on her Lincolnton property. Since she first laid eyes on what she considers “the most beautiful bird … in…

Coming soon to a small screen near you?

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  County meetings may be recorded, televised SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincoln County residents will likely have the opportunity to view Board of Commission meetings online in the near future. Commission Chairman Alex Patton announced the initiative following a public comment from Robert Avery on the matter during Monday’s regular…

If it seems like it’s too good to be true …

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Sheriff warns of recent scammers targeting Lincoln County residents JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Scammers are at it again, preying on Lincoln County residents over the last month, asking them to send significant amounts of money to third-party locations, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Fraudulent individuals have particularly been using Craigslist…

Schools official resigns; wife issued criminal summons

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Lincoln Times-News Staff Lincoln County Schools Facilities Director Darrell Gettys has resigned, according to Board of Education Chair Candy Burgin. “I can confirm that Mr. Gettys has resigned effective (Tuesday) to pursue other avenues,” Burgin wrote in an email. “The Board wishes him the best. We will be working closely…

The fine art of making dough

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Looking for T-shirt artist with a peel

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The search is on for a local artist to design the 2013 Lincoln County Apple Festival T-shirt, with a deadline for entries set for April 1. Any Lincoln County resident, of any age, may enter up to three designs, which must be the original work of…

Rep. Foxx to address Lincoln Co. GOP dinner

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner is set for Saturday, with U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, of North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District, confirmed as the event’s guest speaker. “This is a great opportunity for not only local Republicans, but also Republicans statewide, to come…

County splits on paying for farmer’s market jobs

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners split Monday night when it came to funding two part-time farmers market positions, ultimately deciding to chip in partially on the expenditure. Extension Director Kevin Starr’s request for an estimated $8,500 for the next fiscal year to cover the cost…

N.C. poet laureate to visit Jonas Library

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer North Carolina’s current Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti, Appalachian State University professor and teacher of prison writing workshops, will be headed to Lincolnton later this month. Bathanti, whom former Gov. Bev Purdue granted the literary title in July and officially installed in September, will be at the…

Mustangs top Knights 66-53

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EL moves to tournament semis with fourth-quarter surge MICHAEL GEBELEIN Sports Editor DENVER — The East Lincoln Mustangs boys varsity basketball team and the North Lincoln Knights have seen a lot of each other lately. The teams played to a 66-53 East Lincoln victory on Monday in the first round…