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County considers grants for RATO

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Various grants and incentives for Denver Global Products, acquired by China-based RATO as a subsidiary last year, will receive the attention of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners during tonight’s meeting. Following a public hearing to discuss the potential project, commissioners will consider N.C.…

Lincoln Charter students ASPIRE to higher scores

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A group of Lincoln Charter high school students met for a final session Friday after completing a 10-week program to help them better prepare for the ACT test. Taught by April Dillon, Cooperative Extension agent for 4-H Youth Development, and 4-H volunteer Kristi Johnsen,…

Reader’s Forum — 3-18-13

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Props for Post 30 I am Eric Robinson Lincoln County Veteran Service Officer and I would like to express through my county office my appreciation to American Legion Post 30 Lincolnton. Lincoln County WWII Appreciation Day being held April 6 at noon. I serve all veterans in Lincoln County but…

N.C. Sherriff’s Association seeks honorary members

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Local law enforcement officials are encouraging area residents to join the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association as Honorary Members and support safer community efforts. “(Membership) shows support from our citizens that they believe in our office and the hard work we are doing here in Lincoln County,”…

Health Matters: Colorectal cancer: Do you know the facts?

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DR. ALLISON PRINZ Guest columnist March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and with good reason: colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second most deadly type of cancer in the U.S., claiming the lives of more than 50,000 Americans a year. The good news? More than…

Visit to the graveside

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Criminal Charges — 3-18-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Christopher Clayton Culpepper, 17, of 6310 Burnhurst Ln. in Denver was charged March 14 with one count of failure to comply. A $200 cash bond was set. Robert Brandon Simons, 27, of 2950 Maiden Hwy. in Lincolnton was charged March 14…

Around Town — 3-18-13

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MONDAY Polio-support group The Post-Polio Support group will meet 6 p.m. at the Mayflower Restaurant in Shelby. For more information, call Janet Walker at (704) 692-6249. TUESDAY Clothes Closet North Brook Baptist Church, 7421 Flay Rd. in Cherryville, will host The Clothes Closet with gently-worn men’s, women’s and children’s items…

Obituaries 3-18-13

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  Kim Watson Kimberly ‘Kim’ Medford Watson, 34, died March 14, 2013. A celebration of Kim’s life was held at Worship Point Baptist Church on March 17, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.. Interment followed the service in the church cemetery. Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir served the Watson family.…

Sheriff’s Office: Denver man raped family member

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     An eastern Lincoln County man raped a female family member for many of her childhood years, the Sheriff’s Office said. Jeffrey Marshall Sempler, 58, of 4848 Maralane Trail in Denver, had sexual relations with the victim from the time she was…