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Commissioners approve Buffalo Shoals Road cell phone tower

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners approved several rezoning requests during its meeting Monday night. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve American Tower Corp.’s request to erect a 195-foot wireless telecommunications tower on Buffalo Shoals Road in the Ironton Township with the Planning Board’s revision. Last Monday, the…

Spelling bee C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N

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Around Town — 1-15-14

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WEDNESDAY Scholarship applications Gaston College students may now apply for scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year. Awards range from $250 to more than $2,500. To apply by Feb. 16, visit gaston.edu. For more information, call (704) 922-6228 or (704) 922-6312. Mentoring Moms The group Mentoring Moms will hold an informational…

Criminal Charges 1-15-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jerome Baxter, 46, of 2521 Country Club Rd. in Lincolnton was charged Jan. 10 with one count of parole violation, for which no bond was set, and one count of assault inflicting serious injury or assault with a deadly weapon, for…

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,…