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Editor’s Note: No showdown

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Well that was easy, wasn’t it? The House of Representatives made the right move on Tuesday by voting to increase the nation’s debt limit and avoiding a showdown with the Senate that would surely generate negative reviews for Republicans and end in an eventual, inevitable Democrat victory. A motion to…

Reader’s Forum 2-14-14

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Organ donation saves lives While most readers know Feb. 14 as Valentine’s Day, this day is also National Donor Day, an observance very close to my heart. National Donor Day is a time to reflect on the incredible gifts of life we can all give to each other, including through…

Around Town 2-14-14

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FRIDAY Mentoring Moms Mentoring Moms Community Outreach will be starting a new mentoring session for single moms ages 18-40. To register or obtain more information, call Gwen Cobb at (704) 477-8360.   Scholarship applications Applications for “The Trey Whiteside Memorial Scholarship” are now being accepted through April 8. A $1,000 scholarship…

United Way making dreams come true with prom dresses

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Because each year many Lincoln County girls are unable to afford a dress and matching accessories for prom, one of the most highly anticipated nights of their high school career, one local nonprofit continues to help their dreams come true. Since 2006, United Way…

Board of Education passes on school voucher lawsuit

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Fifty-four school boards in North Carolina have now signed on as plaintiffs in the North Carolina School Board Association’s school voucher lawsuit. The lawsuit calls into question the constitutionality of offering families $4,200 annual taxpayer-funded scholarships to use at private schools. Lawmakers voted last…

Criminal Charges 2-14-14

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:   Tracy Adams, 43, of 1571 Reep Hill Trl. in Lincolnton was charged Feb. 11 with two counts of communicating threats. No bond was set. Michael Gerald Parmer, 42, of 2601 Keever Dairy Farm Rd. in Lincolnton was charged Feb.…

Division of Workforce Solution Job Listings

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    You must currently be registered with DWS to be referred on any of our jobs. Go to www.ncworks.gov to register or update an existing registration. Job listings for all of North Carolina may also be accessed. Call DWS, Lincolnton, 704.735.8035, or come to the Lincoln County JobLink Career…

County pummeled by snow

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    Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News       Katie Carpenter, 8, throws a giant snowball on Water Tank Hill on Thursday afternoon. Over 1,000 county residents without power, emergency crews surprised by low call volume during storm JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer With nearly a foot of snow piling up across the…

Woman, 90, set to run in Denver 5K

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  Margaret Hagerty   JENNA-LEY HARRISON  Staff Writer   Margaret Hagerty is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the oldest person to complete a marathon on each of the seven continents. “I’m right next to John Glenn,” she said. “He’s the oldest person to travel in space.”…

New teacher pay proposal met with welcome, questions

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   The proposal Governor Pat McCrory announced Monday to raise the base pay for early-career teachers was met with both approval and immediate questions about raises for educators with more experience. Under McCrory’s proposed plan, teachers with up to 10 years of classroom experience would…