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Obituaries — 5-28-14

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Ava Ninghua Chang Ava Ninghua Chang, 65, of Dallas, Tex., formerly of Denver died Saturday May 24, 2014.  She was born in Nanjing, China South Capital July 10, 1948.  Coming from Communist China, she loved and appreciated the good life America had to offer.  Her family became US citizens and worked…

OUR VIEW — There are better options than insurance cuts

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Lincolnton’s City Council heard during a budget work session that cuts might have to be made to public employees’ spousal insurance plans to save around $250,000 for the city coffers. City Manager Jeff Emory told council members that the city has faced a 25-percent increase in the cost of premiums,…

Criminal Charges 5-28-14

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:   Swandy A. Ramirez Turcios, 21, of 3430 Mission Dr. in Lincolnton was charged May 23 with one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a schedule VI controlled substance. A $2,000 secured bond was set. Tina…

Officials: Vale library needs expansion

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    Board of Trustees cites lack of space, resources in presentation to commissioners     ELIZABETH HEFFNER  Staff Writer   Lincoln County Library’s Board of Trustees is asking county commissioners for their help in upgrading the library facility and services offered in western Lincoln County. At the commissioners’ May…

Course prepares future cops for the courtroom

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON  Staff Writer   Cherryville resident Steven Hoyle has always dreamed of working in the police field. At age 26, he finally decided it was time to sign-up for the Criminal Justice Academy — also known as Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) — with Gaston College. Since…

City pool set to re-open after flood repairs

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        ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincolnton’s William M. Lentz Pool, located in Betty Ross Park, is scheduled to reopen this weekend for the summer season. According to recreation program coordinator Nathan Eurey, the pool received significant damage from heavy rains and flooding that swept across the…

Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board investigating Denver man’s death in plane crash in Catawba County

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A federal investigation has been launched into a plane crash over the weekend that killed a Denver man in Catawba County. James B. Thomas died Sunday after his aircraft crashed in a Newton wheat field shortly after lifting off from Laneys Airport, located on…

Around Town

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  WEDNESDAY   College class Registration is now open to students interested in completing the GED or Adult High School programs through Gaston College. The college will hold a four-day Basic Skills Student Success class, which students must attend prior to taking the GED. The class will be 5:30-8:30 p.m.…

Officials share more details on recent 911 outage

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer More information has been released regarding the Lincoln County’s 911 system outage last week. The emergency communications center first noticed the problem early Wednesday morning. “At 5:45 a.m., all of our 911 lines lighted up, so we knew we had a problem,” Lincoln County’s 911 Director…

Service to honor local soldier who died in WWI

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer It’s been nearly a century since Lincoln County World War I veteran Private David Milo Wright gave his life in the midst of battle. For the last three years, members of the American Legion Post 30 have wanted to celebrate the local soldier’s life and sacrifice.…