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Calendar — 7/23/14

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Important dates Aug. 1––First official day of fall scholastic sports practice Aug. 11––First date football teams can hold official scrimmage Aug. 18––First playing date for non-football fall sports Aug. 22––First football playing date Tryouts All athletes interested in playing scholastic sports for the 2014-15 school year must have an up-to-date…

Reader’s Forum — 7-23-14

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Taxpayer will bear cost of increased illegal immigration In response to the July 18th “Come on in” editorial, I feel clarification is needed in several areas. First, and foremost, I quote Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, Improper Entry by Alien: “Any citizen of any county other than…

Around Town — 7-23-14

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TODAY Knitting Club A knitting/corchet club will meet from 1 p.m – 3 p.m at the Lincoln County Senior Center on 514 S. Academy Street in Lincolnton. Bring your current project or come to socialize. Coffee will be provided. For more information, please call (704) 732-9053 VBS Leonard’s Fork Baptist…

Criminal Charges — 7-23-14

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The Lincolnton Police Department reported the following arrests: Misty Cherish Poole, 38, of 2500 Windy Knob Trail was charged July 17 with one misdemeanor count each breaking and entering, larceny and injury to property. A $1500 secured bond was set. George Lamar Brice, 26, of Cherryville was charged July 17…

Ballard: Sheriff keeps county safe

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest columnist Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing our sheriff, David Carpenter. He has served Lincoln County for 31 years and has been our sheriff for four years. As we talked, I found myself in awe of how seriously he takes our safety. As citizens, we know…

Obituaries — 7-23-14

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William L. ‘Bill’ Goins Cherryville – Mr. William L. “Bill” Goins, 80, passed away on Monday, July 21, 2014 at the W.G. “Bill” Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury. Bill was born in Cleveland County on May 3, 1934 a son of the late Clarence Goins and Barbara Moss Goins.…

New Apple Queen to be crowned

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Lincoln County contestants compete for college scholarships ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer This weekend, 16 talented Lincoln County women will compete in the 35th Lincoln County Apple Queen Pageant. The pageant is sponsored each year by Lincolnton’s Business and Professional Women’s Organization. “Historically, it has always been the kickoff to Apple…

Family battles rare disorder

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Abby Grace Ferguson has an infectious smile. The vivacious 9-year-old is a little princess in every sense of the word. She loves to dance and play with Barbie’s and more than anything, wants to go to Disney World to meet Princess Elsa from Frozen. For all…

Work First grant up for commissioner discussion

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will discuss a motion to continue with the Work First Block Grant at a meeting tonight. Director of Social Services Susan McCracken is expected to present the request. In the agenda item document, she explained that the state requires the 2014…

Gaston man charged with 2007 sexual assault of a child

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Gastonia man was arrested on Friday by Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies in connection with a sexual assault that occurred in Lincoln County in 2007. Detective Kelly Paris called in Jonathon Ray Campbell, 23, for questioning after being contacted by the Pottsdam, New York police department…