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A rising motocross star

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Most 15-year-old girls have hobbies like cheerleading, soccer or horseback riding. But ask Melanie Hansen what she would rather be doing on any given day and the answer is surprising — motocross. The rising junior at West Lincoln High School has been riding since she was…

Policy changes coming for students, teachers

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A new technology policy could alter the digital landscape of classrooms in Lincoln County. During a June 25 policy committee meeting, the Lincoln County Board of Education voted to approve revisions to Policy 3220, Technology in the Education Program, and added a “Bring Your Own Technology…

McHenry praises Lincoln County Library

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) spent his Tuesday morning touring the Charles A. Jonas Public Library in Lincolnton. During his visit, McHenry spoke with Lincoln County Public Library director Jennifer Sackett about the library’s current initiatives, as well as the programs being offered, including job-training and…

Freedom Church shows some ‘L-Town Love’

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer With their website and their mission statement saying they desire to live life in 4D — display, delight, disciple and declare — Freedom Church at 125 East Main Street in downtown Lincolnton will be opening its doors on Aug. 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in an…

Obituaries 7-2-14

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Monroe David Rikard Monroe David Rikard, age 72, of Lincolnton passed away Monday, June 30, 2014 at CMC-Lincoln. He was born in Gaston County to the late Charles Douglas Rikard and Olive Webb Rikard. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn S. Rikard of the home; two sons, David Rikard…

Meth, pot seized by probation officers

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s narcotics investigators, working hand in hand with probation and parole officers, seized several bags of marijuana and three bags of methamphetamine during a warrantless search of a probationer’s residence on Monday. After concluding the search that began around 10:30 a.m. at 2204 Drive…

Deputies: Leads exhausted in search for missing woman

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are still looking for a woman from western Lincoln County that has been missing for over a month. Exhausting most of their leads, detectives went house to house on Palm Tree Drive on June 26 in an area she was known…

County unveils Citizen Alerts

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Staff report Through a partnership between Lincoln County and the City of Lincolnton, residents will now have a new provider for their emergency notification system. As of Tuesday, the new system, Citizen Alerts, has replaced the LincAlerts/LincInfo notification system that has been offered since July 2011. According to a press…

Filing closes for Board of Education seats

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Staff report Filing for seats on Lincoln County’s Board of Education closed at noon on Monday. Denver resident Todd Wulfhorst filed Friday, seeking the District 5 seat this fall. Wulfhorst came in third during the three-way race between incumbent Mark Mullen and Joan Avery in 2012. However, for this election,…

Editor’s Note — Save your Homeland Security money

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Terrorists aren’t going to attack Lincolnton, Lincoln County, or anywhere else in the Catawba Valley region. Ever. When you get done knocking on wood and hyperventilating into a paper sack at the use of the words “Lincoln County” and “terrorists” in the same sentence, consider this — Catawba County will…