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City leaders working on long-range plan

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The City of Lincolnton’s department heads met with Centralina Council of Governments executive director Jim Prosser and information systems administrator Bob Henderson on Monday to discuss the next steps in the city’s strategic planning vision: an interactive open house to help the public understand the functions…

Lincolnton High School Class of 1959

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A burial tradition in Hawaii

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Brenda Beard is one of the happiest ladies I have ever met. She is a breast cancer survivor, having had her surgery in August, and she recently finished her radiation therapy. To her, every day is a good day. She never meets a stranger, because she…

Our View — Tragedy in Peshawar

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Many of us awoke Tuesday morning to the horrifying scenes of destruction and death from Peshawar, Pakistan, where Islamist militants from the Pakistani Taliban stormed a school affiliated with the country’s army and slaughtered more than 100 people, including 132 children, and injured many more, according to reports. Even in…

Obituaries — 12-17-14

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Kenneth Clifford Counts Kenneth Clifford Counts, 60, passed away Sunday, December 14, 2014 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Ken was born October 30, 1954 in Munich, Germany. Ken was the son of Charles Rook Counts, a career Army Officer, and Mary Penick Counts. Ken was a graduate of…

Around Town

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THURSDAY Dementia Education Program A free dementia education program, “Relieving Stress During the Holidays,” will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Lincoln County Senior Center at 515 S. Academy St. in Lincolnton. Call (704) 732-9053 for more information.…

Lincolnton Fire Department applies for grant, seeking equipment

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer With the need for new breathing apparatuses and a new engine on the horizon, the Lincolnton Fire Department recently submitted paperwork for a $230,000 grant from FEMA that would assist in acquiring the air packs. The department expects to receive news regarding the grant by mid-spring…

Criminal Charges — 12-17-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Daniel McKellen Harmon, 29, of 1025 Cedar Grove Church Rd. in Vale was charged Dec. 12 with one count of communicating threats. A $1,000 secured bond was set. Jonas Verdel Ellis, Jr., 42, of 5464 Cajun Dr. in Vale was charged…

School of Technology holds coding class for students

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer With computer code writing at the forefront of computer science education, the Lincoln County School of Technology celebrated its second annual “Hour of Code” program. The national initiative began and was promoted by “code.org” and ran from Dec. 8-14 as a one-hour introduction to computer science…

Our View — Way to go, Mustangs

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Hearty congratulations go out to the East Lincoln Mustangs football team, which captured the 2AA state championship title on Saturday in a 14-13 thriller against Washington High. The title is the Mustangs’ second in three years and the second in school history. It’s Lincoln County’s fourth state championship appearance in…