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Reader’s Forum — 12-18-13

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Support for WLHS principal on Gay-Straight Alliance Kudos to West Lincoln High School Principal Dr. Cale Sain for promoting understanding and acceptance of people’s differences, and for encouraging students to work together in spite of their differences. With all the headlines these days about bullying in schools, it is refreshing…

Service News — 12-18-13

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Private Tommy Harkey graduated from Marines Corp boot camp on Sept. 13. He is currently stationed at Camp Geiger in Jacksonville, N.C., for Marine Combat Training. Harkey is a 2013 graduate of West Lincoln High School and son of Pyth and Amy Harkey of West Lincoln.…

Club News — 12-18-13

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The November meeting of the Priscilla Book Club was hosted by Peggy Lafferty.  After a dessert course, members shared news. President Kay Barefoot opened the meeting with a recording by the Kruger Brothers about the Overmountain Men. After the meeting’s business portion, Program Leader Judy Holland reviewed the book King’s…

Obituaries — 12-18-13

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James William Carpenter WEST LINCOLN — James William Carpenter resident of 5799 Coot Williams Road, Cherryville received his ultimate healing on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, while surrounded by his loving wife of 67 years, Ethel Williams Carpenter, and numerous family members and friends. He was born in Cleveland County on…

Commissioners vote down solar farm

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners voted 3-1 against the construction of a solar farm in Denver during their meeting Monday night. The Times-News reported last week that the Planning Board voted 4-4 against the approval of Strata Solar’s solar farm due to its proximity to SailView,…

Women accused of stealing mail

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two Lincolnton women are accused of driving up to 50 different mailboxes on the county’s eastern end and stealing cash and gift cards to pay for their children’s Christmas presents, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies located the suspects’ vehicle on the wrong side of the road…

Man’s handmade crosses bring smiles

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Formerly a Hickory toy maker, Lincolnton resident Al Franklin now spends his days making wooden crosses for military men, children, nursing home patients and any person in the community who touches his heart. “This time of year people need to think about people (like that),” he…

McHenry votes for latest federal budget

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Senate is expected to vote today on a bipartisan federal budget plan that would remove the threat of a government shutdown for two years. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the Senate advanced the measure over a filibuster threshold on a 67-33 vote, ensuring the…

Former county manager praised for work with local library system

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Former county manager George Wood received recognition for his work with the Lincoln County library system at the North Carolina Public Library Director’s Association annual Award Banquet earlier this month. The association presented Wood with the 2013 Library Champion Award in Chapel Hill on Dec. 5…

Northern Irish poet finds love, art in region

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Northern Ireland native Adrian Rice had no idea his five-week visit to the United States in 1999 would be the starting point of a future life here. Lenoir-Rhyne University, in connection with the Catawba County Arts Council, had invited Adrian through their U.S. Exchange Residency program…