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Program helps young readers get up to speed

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     Nearly 50 rising 1st-3rd graders with low reading scores have been participating this summer in Lincoln County’s second annual Y Readers program at Iron Station Elementary School. Last year, YMCA of Greater Charlotte brought the program to the area based on the nearness…

Tech issues result in late food stamps

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Due to this month’s technological issues with the NC FAST software executed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Division of Social Services, some Lincoln County citizens have not received their food stamps on time. According to the DHHS website,…

Pastor in jail after coke, bank robbery arrest

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   More than three weeks after a Lincolnton pastor was arrested on a cocaine charge in Florida, he remains behind bars awaiting extradition to South Carolina for accusations he robbed a bank there, according to the Chester Police Department. Chester police, with aid from City of Gastonia…

Wood named to state library commission

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   George Wood, the recently retired manager of Lincoln County, has been appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to serve on the North Carolina State Library Commission. The announcement came this week in a round of other personnel appointments made by the governor. Wood, who stepped…

Home of Cherryville’s first mayor up for auction

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer     The home of Cherryville’s first mayor, Melvin Rudisill, is set to be auctioned off next Saturday. Built in 1890, the two-story Victorian structure features more than 3,300 square feet of living space, six fireplaces, five bedrooms, two baths, a walk-up attic, as well as…

Firefighter accused of embezzling agencies’ funds served as captain, battalion chief

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An eastern Lincoln County firefighter turned himself into Sheriff’s detectives Wednesday morning on accusations he embezzled from two area fire departments where he worked. Lee Thomas Keever, 36, of 7225 Caley Lane in Denver, has been charged with two felony counts of obtaining property by false…

Together again

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Earnhardt, Young team up one final time By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Garrett Young’s biggest regret from last year’s state championship game was not connecting with receiver Jesse Earnhardt for a touchdown. The gunslinger plans on making amends today. The two East Lincoln High June graduates will take the field…

Post 455 falls to Shelby in Area IV title game

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By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor SHELBY –– A first Area IV championship wasn’t in the cards for the Lincoln County Cardinals. Dustin Greene side-armed his way to six innings of scoreless relief, and an inning in which Post 455 committed three errors led to a pair of unearned runs as…

Heat finish 10th in national tourney

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The Carolina Heat, a sixth-grade youth basketball team from Lincolnton, traveled to North Myrtle Beach, S.C., July 16-20 to compete in the USBA National Championship Tournament. The team won three of its five games and came in 10th overall. The Heat faced teams from New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Charlotte and…

Schedule — 7/24/13

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American Legion N.C. state baseball tournament At Fleming Stadium, Wilson Friday, July 26 G1: Kernersville (29-8) vs. Shelby (34-7), 9:30 a.m. G2: Lincoln Co. (20-14) vs. Randolph Co. (31-5), 12:30 p.m. G3: Jacksonville (13-21) vs. Garner (22-5), 4:30 p.m. G4: Wilson (11-12) vs. Wilmington (25-1), 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27…