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Nonprofit offers free post-adoption services

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Adoption is a new beginning for parents and children alike, but many children that have been abandoned or removed from previously broken family situations are often conflicted when placed in the foster care system. Feelings of loss and betrayal and lack of self-worth are just some…

Our View: A lesson from Iraq and Syria

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The murder of journalist James Foley, a United States citizen, by Islamic State fighters, should serve not as an impetus for increased military action in Iraq and Syria, but as a reminder of the depths and dangers of religious extremism. That’s what Islamic State is all about: the global proliferation…

Ballard: Husband and wife devoted to the very end

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Melissa Gunter told me she will never forget the endless love her parents had for each other. In the early 1960s after Clyde Hartley’s wife left, Gunter’s dad found himself raising his two young boys, ages 6 and 5. He met Gunter’s mother, Shirley Ann Loveless,…

Criminal Charges — 8-25-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Kevin Gennaro Dunston, 26, of 2567 Lincoln Park Street in Lincolnton was charged August 21 with one count injury to real property. A $1600 secured bond was set. Jason Kyler Beane, 17, of 109 Knowles Drive in Dallas was charged August…

Could cruising make a comeback?

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Charity event brings back memories of a bygone era ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Downtown Lincolnton was swarming with traffic Saturday night as residents participated in the fourth annual Cruisin’ for A Cause. A fundraiser, the event raises money for four local non-profit organizations: the Hesed House of Hope, the Lincoln…

Brazilian company breaks ground on county shell building

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Staff report A Brazilian company is investing in Lincoln County with the construction of a 45,000 square-foot shell building in the Lincoln County Industrial Park. Executive Eduardo Maistro, sole shareholder of Maistro Investments, LLC, along with the Lincoln Economic Development Association and several community leaders, celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony…

Division of Workforce Solutions Job Listings — 8-25-14

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You must currently be registered with DWS to be referred on any of our jobs. Go to www.ncworks.gov to register or update an existing registration. Job listings for all of North Carolina may also be accessed. Call DWS, Lincolnton, 704.735.8035, or come to the Lincoln County JobLink Career Center/DWS, 529…

Around Town — 8-25-14

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TODAY Corn Hole Tournament Lincoln County Senior Services will be having a Corn Hole Tournament beginning at 11 a.m. at the Lincoln County Senior Center at 514 S Academy Street in Lincolnton. For more information, please call (704) 732 – 9053. Board of Trustees Meeting The Gaston College Board of…

Obituaries — 8-25-14

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Kenneth Robert ‘Curley’ Brackett CROUSE — Mr. Kenneth Robert “Curley” Brackett, 56, passed away on Friday, August 22, 2014 at the Robin Johnson Hospice House in Dallas. Kenneth was born in Lincoln County on October 8, 1957 a son of the late Robert “Bob” Brackett and Ruth Rudisill Brackett. He…

County patrols extend to the high seas of Lake Norman

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Thirty-six-year law enforcement veteran First Sgt. Larry Ingle officially retired from law enforcement in June, but came back part time to work a rotation in the Lincoln County Sheriff’s boat, patrolling Lake Norman. From May to September and along with two other deputies, Ingle hits the…