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‘Someone’s going to get injured’

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Debbie Hartsell knows the precautions to take every time she crosses the street to the Lincoln County Courthouse. Hartsell, who works in the Lincoln County Emergency Management Office, said between getting to work, going to lunch, picking up the mail and running other errands, she crosses the road five to…

School official knows importance of arts in education

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DENVER — Though St. James Elementary School principal Larry Shouse spends most of his days educating children, he fills his free time and weekends exploring his other passion — his love of music. “My wife calls me a Renaissance Man,” Shouse said. “People may think, he’s a data guy, he’s…

More technology for technology school?

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The Lincoln County Board of Education Building and Site Committee is looking into putting more technology into the School of Technology. The committee is in the early stages of gathering information about possibly adding another building to the campus for culinary arts, digital media classes and other courses. “We’re talking…

Will convicted murderer walk?

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A man who pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of his estranged wife in 1984 is being considered for parole. Jerry Allen Beal, 43, who was 21 at the time of the killing, received a life sentence in prison for strangling his estranged wife, 19-year-old Kimberly Diane Rudisill Long Beal,…

Appearance, traffic conditions tacked on

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County commissioners Monday night approved plans for a Wal-Mart Supercenter in eastern Lincoln County, ending five months of intense discussion between residents and company officials. Commissioner Marie Moore voted against the proposal, which will permit the 203,091-square-foot store to locate on 28 acres near the N.C. 16/73 intersection. The approval…

School bus policy approved

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The Board of Education Policy Committee has approved a school bus idling reduction policy in order to help with rising fuel costs and dangerous emissions. To receive allotment adjustments from the state Board of Education, the school district must have a policy in place by Jan. 6. School systems across…

Abernethy Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge readies grand opening celebration

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A local automobile dealership with firm roots in Lincolnton is preparing for a three-day celebration of its newest addition. According to Tres Abernethy, general manager of Abernethy Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge, the family business began in 1958 where Eckerd Drug Store currently sits. “The dealership was started by my grandfather and father,” he…

So many pumpkins, so little time to pick

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East Lincoln erosion concerns to be addressed Thursday

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Residents concerned about erosion and water quality in eastern Lincoln County can learn more about a proposed ordinance Thursday. A drop-in session focusing on the proposed Lincoln County Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control/ Buffer Protection Ordinance will start at 6:30 p.m. and run till 7:45 p.m. Thursday at the East…

It may be make or break for Wal-Mart tonight

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The fate of the proposed east Lincoln Wal-Mart Supercenter could be decided tonight. The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will consider the application for the 203,091-square-foot supercenter at tonight’s regular meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. in the James W. Warren Citizens Center. The county’s planning board voted unanimously Oct.…