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Two schools receive phoned bomb threats

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Bomb threats called into two Lincoln County schools forced police to turn students and parents away from planned activities Thursday night. At about 5 p.m., Lincolnton Police received a call from Lincoln County Schools officials about a possible bomb threat called into the school’s administrative offices on Generals Boulevard, police…

General gives local troops high marks

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Lincolnton’s C-Battery of the North Carolina National Guard continues to lead the way in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Major General William Ingram said Monday. Ingram, adjutant general over North Carolina’s National Guard and Air National Guard, visited Lincolnton Monday to thank the American Legion Post No. 30 for its support of…

County authorizes study of growth control tool

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In a continuing effort to manage growth and reduce strain on county infrastructure and facilities, commissioners Monday night agreed to finance the study of a tool that could do just that. An Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance ties development approvals to the availability and adequacy of public facilities. It’s designed so…

Look at Lincoln

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North beats Polk Co.

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The North Lincoln Knights used a solid pitching performance from Kyle Baker to record a 7-4 over Polk County Tuesday night. Baker pitched 5 2/3 innings, striking out three batters to earn the victory. T.J. Skidmore pitched the remainder of the ballgame, striking out three as well to earn the…

Voters approve $47 million bond bill

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Supporters of the Lincoln County school system celebrated Tuesday night after 68 percent of voters supported the $47 million bond referendum. “We are very pleased that the citizens of Lincoln County have shown that the school district is a priority,” said Jean Dellinger, vice chairman of the Board of Education.…

Man dies in crash

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A Iron Station man died Tuesday after his car collided head-on with another vehicle. Paul Fitzgerald Jones, 38, was transported to Lincoln Medical Center and then airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where he died, according to Lincolnton Police Department reports and obituary information. The driver of the second…

Gaston College kicks off campaign

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Gaston Community College has started organizing its Lincoln County troops. “We’re so excited to get started because we feel the expansion of the Lincoln campus is so important,” said Rosalind Welder, dean for Lincoln Campus. An assortment of business leaders, government officials and retired politicians have signed on to help…

Planning board approves Cline Farm project

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A 286-acre planned district that will incorporate residential, commercial and rural elements won initial approval Monday night from the Planning Board. Commissioners have the final say on the application from developer Larry Clark, which could create the first major subdivision of its kind in western Lincoln County. “This is one…

Olympians draw smiles and cheers

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Debbie Roach, an exceptional children’s (EC) teacher at G.E. Massey Elementary School, looks on with pride as Mitchell Reel competes in the 50-meter dash. Years ago, Reel, 12, couldn’t walk. This year he competed on his own two feet. “He has made tremendous progress,” said Roach. Roach and EC teacher…