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State legislature harming public education

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  BOB SILVER Guest Columnist   Although the NC Legislature receives a passing grade regarding state tax reform, they receive an “F” in their budget allocation for public school education. Their treatment in several areas of concern is completely and inexcusably despicable and irresponsible. Let’s just go through a couple…

Reader’s Forum

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    City leaders show ‘belligerence’ at meeting  After reading Friday’s article about the debate concerning city-county contracts, I’m even more concerned about the questionable decisions our city leaders are making on behalf of their constituents. We have two city councilmen working on a new agreement with the county who…

Criminal Charges 8-19-13

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following charges:    Julian Emilio Mejia Guerrero, 24, of 1935 Salter Ridge Dr. in Charlotte was charged Aug. 14 with one count of possession of a schedule III controlled substance. A $1,000 secured bond was set. Justin Kyle Elmore, 23, of 2941…

Around Town — 8-19-13

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MONDAY Soccer registration Fall soccer registration is currently taking place 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 27 at the Lentz Recreation Center at Betty G. Ross Park in Lincolnton. Volunteer coaches are needed. For more information or additional registration times, call (704) 735-2671. Hair services Gaston College’s Cosmetic…

Training session to be held for sexual assault service providers

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Area sexual assault service providers will gather in Lincoln County Tuesday to train on how to better assist and care for child sex trafficking victims. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, more than 2,700 children were rescued from prostitution across the country over the…

Delay in food stamps depletes local food bank

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   More than a month after a software system with North Carolina’s Department of Social Services crashed, backlogging food stamps issuances for numerous counties, including Lincoln, the problem remains at a standstill. In fact, the issue is now affecting the food supply at Christian Ministry of…

Obituaries — 8-19-13

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Harrison Randolph Fisher Jr. Mr. Harrison Randolph Fisher, Jr., age 68, of 1594 Lenora Circle in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, August 15, 2013. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kathy McAbee officiating.  The family will receive friends from…

Camp meeting opens at Tucker’s Grove

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Tourism spending increased in 2012

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County saw a boost in visitor spending for 2012, according to figures released last week as part of an annual statewide study. Commissioned by the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development and conducted by the U.S. Travel Association,…

Internships give college students real-life experience

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Several Lincoln County college students recently completed a summer of hands-on learning at local companies as part of the Industrial Managers Association’s internship program. In its second year, the opportunity is designed to give students who return home for the break a chance to…