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Bee’s top speller works to ‘alleviate’ pressure for the win

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Thirteen-year-old Eric Gunter spelled his way to a w-i-n at the 2013 Lincoln County Schools Spelling Bee last week. The room was silent at First Baptist Church in Lincolnton as a West Lincoln Middle student worked his way through the correct spelling of the…

Putting out a barn blaze

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Obituaries 1-7-13

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Betty Gabriel Ross Mrs. Betty Gabriel Ross, age 87, of Lincolnton, died on January 5, 2013 at Carolina Care Center in Cherryville. Her funeral service will be 2 p.m. today at Boger City United Methodist Church with Rev. Joe Ervin, Rev. Allan Van Meter, and Rev. Mike Devine officiating. Burial…

Good news: 26 new jobs; Bad news: 50 jobs lost

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Tenowa announces expansion; Reports: Furniture maker closes SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Thursday brought both good and bad news for Lincoln County’s economy, with one local company announcing plans to create 26 new jobs and another reportedly halting operations and laying off 50 workers. According to multiple reports from area news…

Getting schools back on track

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Repairs under way at LHS, WLHS AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Runners at Lincolnton and West Lincoln high schools will have completely revamped tracks to use when spring track season gets under way. Both schools’ track facilities are in the process of major improvement projects. The schools shared similar issues with…

4 plead guilty in Cherryville police corruption case

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer After pleading guilty Thursday in federal court to safeguarding stolen property and proceeds from their sale in 2011, three local cops and one Cherryville resident face the prospect of serving federal sentences for their crimes. According to media reports Mark Ray Hoyle, Casey Justin Crawford, Wesley…

McCrory: Alexander to take charge of Personnel

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A Lincoln County resident was among those named Thursday to Gov.-elect Pat McCrory’s administration. Neal Alexander of Denver will serve as the director of the State Office of Personnel. The announcement came at a press conference in Raleigh, during which the former Charlotte mayor filled out…

Luck runs out for Lincoln County sweepstakes centers

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Local law enforcement agencies said they cracked down this week on Internet video sweepstakes centers across the city and county following a North Carolina Supreme Court ruling last month that upheld the state’s ban on such businesses. The decision, which reversed an earlier appellate court’s ruling…

First baby of 2013

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Obituaries — 1-4-13

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Virginia Woodard Mashburn Virginia Woodard Mashburn, 85, of Lincolnton, formerly of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord January 2, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Mashburn; sons, Ronnie Mashburn, Bruce Mashburn, Richard Mashburn; and daughters, Linda Mashburn and Janey Mashburn. She is survived…