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First you dig

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Ground was broken early last week for the new First Charter bank. Pictured (top photo, front row, from left) are: Rick Manley, Archie Mathis, Bud Warlick, Glenda Noles, Bo King, Bob James, councilman Fred Houser, Cain Leonard and Jim Beam; (back row, from left) and Jim Mauney, Pete Acker, Jerry…

Battle of Ramsour’s Mill celebrated with many events

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It was probably on a day like Saturday, hot and stifling with the threat of rain of overhead, that the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill took place 225 years ago. Revolutionary War reenactors grasped at that distant past Saturday and acted out the battle that saw locals fighting each other. “This…

Home Health once again accepting new patients

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(Editor’s note: The following is a press release from Maggie Dollar, the county’s Health Department director and Home Health administrator.) Lincoln County Home Health is back to full operational status and is accepting new patient referrals. Letters notifying patients, physicians and referral sources were mailed out this week. The agency…

One dead in three- vehicle wreck over the weekend

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PUMPKIN CENTER —One person died and several more were injured in a three-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon, emergency responders said. Official reports from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol were unavailable by press time, but sources confirmed that the fatality victim was 16-year-old Harold Dean “Trey” Whiteside III, of 2386 Kings…

County offering free immunization shots

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Paper and pencils are not the only thing that kids will be getting this summer in preparation for school. The Lincoln County Health Department is offering free immunizations for children. “I don’t think people know where all their taxes go to,” said Shannon Alfaro, an registered nurse at the health…

Children’s Literacy Council conducts first meeting

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Brainstorming and doughnuts were in abundance Monday morning as numerous community officials met to discuss the formation of the Children’s Literacy Council. The newly-formed council held its first meeting at the Lincolnton campus of Gaston College, with the objective of creating a unified council mission. “Literacy is an ongoing process…

Graduates, all

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Lincoln County schools exceed state standards

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The Lincoln County Board of Education received positive updates on this year’s testing at Wednesday night’s meeting. Preliminary results show continued improvement in the county’s End-of-Grade tests in reading with a slight decrease in the math portion. Reading has improved from 85.4 percent to 86.9 percent from last year. Math…

New schools finally receive names

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Lincoln County residents can now put a name to the face, so to speak. The Board of Education selected names for the new elementary, middle and intermediate schools Wednesday night at its regularly scheduled meeting. “We now have three new school names,” said Jim Watson, superintendent of schools. “The decision…

Call to break up fight leads to “pot”-ted plants and an arrest

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Officers responding to a call in western Lincoln County over the weekend found more than just the fight that was dispatched. Deputy Billy Martin with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fight on Diamond Lane in Vale at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday. That’s when he saw a man,…