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Local author to sign her book on Sunday

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Receptionist, wife, mother and grandmother to a few grand puppies, Lincolnton resident Paulette Ballard can now add author to the list. She had her first book published about four weeks ago through Creekside Publishing Company in Lincolnton. So far, the feedback has been positive and those…

North Lincoln marketing students compete at national level

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer North Lincoln High School teacher Tammy Gilmore packed up her students and flew the coop last week in hopes of adding another plaque to the wall in her classroom. Gilmore is the advisor of DECA, an association of marketing students. Seven of the NLHS students had…

School Board devotes meeting to saluting students

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Recognizing Lincoln County students’ achievements filled the majority of time at Wednesday night’s Board of Education meeting. Youth from across the county were recognized for awards, scholarships and other merit-worthy accomplishments: West Lincoln and Lincolnton High Future Business Leaders of America students who placed in the…

Mitchem, Martin, Patton take county seats

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Mitchem, Martin, Patton take county seats FRANK TAYLOR and SARAH LOWERY Lincoln Times-News staff Carrol Mitchem emerged as the overwhelming favorite in a six-way Republican primary for three county commissioner seats Tuesday, winning the most votes overall and placing well in nearly every portion of the county. Claiming his third…

Saine takes House race; Senate result unclear

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SARAH LOWERY and FRANK TAYLOR Lincoln Times-News staff With two appointed incumbents seeking election in their own right to seats in the North Carolina General Assembly, Lincoln County Republican primary voters strongly backed Rep. Jason Saine of  Denver but opposed Sen. Chris Carney of Mooresville. While the results in the…

Gunman at large following hold-up

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies said they are on the hunt for a man who pointed a handgun at a Lincolnton store clerk Monday night before fleeing the business with money. An employee at Ricky’s Food Mart, located at 1899 Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton, reported the robbery to the Communications…

Deputies fire shots as suspect flees

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies fired two shots at a fleeing suspect during a disturbance call Sunday night after the man pointed a shiny, concealed object at them, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The incident occurred just before midnight at 3919 Frontier Lane in Pumpkin Center, according to…

Blaze strikes home

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School Board set to take another look at budget

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer An update on the 2012-2013 Board of Education budget will be on the schedule for tonight’s Lincoln County School Board meeting. The board will report on its meeting held with commissioners on Monday, when the projected $158,000 requested for the following fiscal year was discussed. Superintendent…

Zoning issues attract comment, produce some divided votes

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard comments at its meeting Monday evening on several zoning cases that attracted a large crowd and a lot of input, resulting in a split decision from the Planning Board on several issues. Of the six public hearings conducted, two…