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Around Town — 5-5-17

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FRIDAY Yard sale Salem Baptist Church, located at 1982 Salem Church Rd. in Lincolnton will host a mission yard sale from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the fellowship hall. BBQ sale Bethel Lutheran Church, located at 509 Long Shoals Rd., in Lincolnton will have a BBQ sale from 11 a.m. until…

NC Works Job Listings — 5-5-17

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You must currently be registered with NC Works 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 NC Works Career Center, Lincolnton, 704.735.8035, or come to NC Works Career…

Criminal Charges — 5-5-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Kenneth Bradley Keziah, 31, of 4163 Red Oak Ln. in Iron Station was charged Apr. 27 with one count of assault on a female by a male over 18 years of age. A $500 bond was set. Lindsay Hope Neal, 32,…

Obituaries — 5-5-17

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Joan Eleanor Stamey Campbell NEWTON — Joan Eleanor Stamey Campbell, age 76, passed away on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Trinity Village in Hickory. Born December 6, 1940, in Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late James Coon “Bud” Stamey and Ila Mae Long Stamey. Joan was a…

Hitt ~ Plage Engagement

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Dr. William and Toni Hitt of Lincolnton are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Nataleigh Hitt to Michael Plage of Wilmington. Nataleigh is a graduate of UNC and the UNC School of Dentistry. Michael is also a graduate of UNC and the UNC School of Dentistry. Dr. Plage…

Reader’s Forum

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Quiz Bowl team deserving of praise The Lincolnton High School High-Q Team is to be commended for qualifying for the National Academic Knowledge Bowl in Washington, D.C. in June. Due to their successful record in academic competition during this school year, they have qualified to represent their school, Lincoln County…

Guest View— Voter fraud in North Carolina

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There was voter fraud in North Carolina last year. But not much. The audit by the State Board of Elections released last week concludes that at least 508 ballots were cast by ineligible voters. That’s a tiny fraction of the 4.8 million votes tallied, but it isn’t nothing. So neither…

North Carolina should raise age

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Almost exactly one year ago, South Carolina’s state senate was presented with a measure to raise the default age at which those accused of committing crimes were treated as adults rather than as juveniles. For decades, that age had been 16 in South Carolina. The distinction…

How the Great War divided North Carolina

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I, it is useful to remember that North Carolina was very divided about entering “the war to end all wars.” For many Tar Heels, World War I was another in a long list of bloody European conflicts…

Obituaries — 5-3-17

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Carolyn Lee Merritt Lancaster Carolyn Lee Merritt Lancaster, age 86, of Carillon Assisted Living in Lincolnton, died on Monday, May 1, 2017. Her funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Macedonia Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Randy Setzer and Rev. Joe Canipe officiating.…