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EDITOR’S NOTE — Hands off the recorder

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Journalists like tape recorders. If you touch them, or try to take them away from us, we can’t be responsible for what happens next. That’s why I’m not buying the sorry excuses being offered up by state Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, who on Tuesday told everyone…

Around Town — 5-23-14

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FRIDAY Camp registration Registration is now available for students interested in participating in one of the summer camp programs with Lincoln County’s 4-H Youth Development and the N.C. Cooperative Extension. To register or for more information on specific camps offered, call (704) 736-8452. Medal of Honor Day American Legion Post…

More rest needed, rocking chair nearby

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist A friend who says she would not miss one of my newspaper columns called last week and wanted to know if I still had my rocking chair. I told her that it would be among the last things to go. I spend more and more time…

Reader’s Forum — 5-23-14

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  An open letter to Lincoln County   In the newly proposed County budget: Teachers would get no increase in county-funded supplements, which is a projected $213,000 shortfall, a half a percent salary increase. Lincoln County Schools’ average supplement is $2,928, compared with the state average of $3,553 — a…

Local woman killed in hit-and-run

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON  Staff Writer Troopers are continuing their search for a person they said killed a Lincolnton woman Wednesday night in a hit-and-run. Law enforcement officials held a press conference Friday afternoon at a body shop in Conover and said they are searching for a white 2001-2006 Chevrolet…

School Board members clash over presentation to commissioners

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Education is undergoing some internal disagreement after a May 5 budget allocation proposal to county commissioners. According to Lincoln County Board of Education member Clayton Mullis, there has been some disagreement among the board members as to the approach board…

Maiden man gets 100 years for child rape

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  Rogers   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Maiden man received a prison sentence of more than a century this week for raping a child in 2011, Catawba County court officials said. Judge Eric Levinson handed down the weighty judgment in Newton on Monday. Ron Christopher Rogers, 42, raped…

Tech transforms learning for students

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    Initiative puts devices in hands of county elementary students JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Following three years of one Lincoln County Board of Education member’s plan to increase area schools’ technology, students at various educational facilities in the county are now reaping the benefits of new computers and additional…

Council members discuss changes to city employee insurance at budget meeting

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s city council members continued their budget discussions at their meeting Wednesday night at City Hall. According to City Manager Jeff Emory, several changes have been made to the original budget proposals. “This is a whole new set of expenditures…basically every department changed,” he said.…

Suspects charged for break-ins

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Following almost a year of unsolved residential break-ins across western Lincoln County, deputies have finally made arrests in the incidents. Deputies have apprehended two western Lincoln County men but are looking for four other individuals, including at least one teen, connected to the break-ins,…