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County battles childhood obesity

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Child Nutrition employees in Lincoln County are hopeful that new regulations for what students are putting on their trays in local cafeterias, and programs such as  N.C. Farm to School will help decrease, or at least slow down, the child obesity rate in the county. “Childhood…

Mercury discovered in western Lincoln County

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Nearly three pounds of mercury were located inside a barn Tuesday on the county’s western end. Assistant Emergency Manager for the county, Bill Summers, said residents of home on Frank Cline Road in Howards Creek were cleaning out a barn on their property when they found…

Health Matters — The Importance of Vitamin D

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WISSAM NADRA, MD Guest Columnist Why Vitamin D? Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins because insufficiency of this vitamin especially in infants and children results in failure of bone mineralization i.e. adequate bone growth.  The growth plates of bones continue to enlarge, but in the absence of…

Around Town — 5-25-12

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Lifeguard training City of Lincolnton Parks &  Recreation will host a lifeguard training class each night Friday through June 7 at the W. M. Lentz Recreation Center at Betty G. Ross Park, 800 S. Madison St. in Lincolnton. Deadline for registration is Monday (May 21). For more information, call (704)…

Job Listings — 5-25-12

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Division of Workforce Solutions Job Listings Purchasing Clerk Assistant (Job #010114595) Will do purchase orders, data entry, matching, files maintenance and other duties related to purchasing. Place orders with vendors. Relay information to other departments. Prefer purchasing clerk experience. Production Operator B-Roller Grinder (Job #010114606) Set up and operate a…

Top students celebrated at ceremony

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Tear-filled eyes, congratulatory hugs and proud parents filled the auditorium at the Citizens Center on Thursday night as high school seniors were awarded for excellence. Lincoln County’s top 40 students from all four high schools were recognized at the Academic Achievement Awards. Chair of the Education…

Lincolnton man flees from police in stolen van, crashes

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Catawba and Lincoln County deputies worked together this week to apprehend a Lincolnton man fled from officers on foot after crashing a stolen van into a power pole, according to officers. Around 3:30 p.m. Monday, deputies followed Jeffrey Wayne Hammons, 23, of 791 Springs East Road…

Commissioners discuss possible tax increases

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A couple of proposed tax increases were discussed by members of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners during a budget work session Wednesday evening. County Manager George Wood’s 2012-2013 budget currently calls for a hike in the East Lincoln Water and Sewer District tax rate from…

Criminal Charges — 05-25-12

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Arnet Seals Jr., 35, of 224 East Independence in Charlotte was charged May 21 with one count of failure to comply. A $315 bond was set. Jamie Adell Perkins, 23 of 1324 Highland Bluff Ct. in Lincolnton was charged May 21…

This is a tale of growing old

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist When I retire I will travel and read all the library books that I can carry home each week. It will be easy to keep up with the housework after I clean all the closets and kitchen cabinets. I really thought that I would do that,…