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Diaster drill: Catastrophe at Cat Square

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Screams echoed off the walls of EMS headquarters Wednesday. Fire Marshal Mike Futrell hunched over, holding his hands over his mouth. Police Capt. Danny Hallman lay on his back kicking. And EMS Supervisor Carol Jenkins gagged and then let out a blood-curdling scream. Firefighters and paramedics rushed to help them.…

Filing period opens Monday

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Residents who want to take an active role in shaping Lincoln County and the state of North Carolina can file for political office starting Monday. The official filing period for county commissioner begins at noon Monday and ends at noon Friday, May 7. Three seats on the Lincoln County Board…

Pottery sale to help Humane Society

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Hand-crafted mugs of all shapes and sizes will be sold Tuesday to benefit the Humane Society of Lincoln County. For the seventh year, potters at Rising Sun Pottery will hold their annual open house and Mugathon. “We’ve got about 225 to 230 mugs this year of all different colors, shapes…

Look at Lincoln

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Audrey Brunt, a fifth-grader at Pumpkin Center Elementary, shares a box of goodies that her mother, Mildred Brunt, sent her from Iraq. Mildred, who works as an assistant chaplain with the army, put together the box for Audrey’s class. It included a rug for the classroom, key chains and American…

Area dentists provide screening services

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Prissy Helms, a dental hygienist for the Lincoln County Health Department, checks four-year-old Makayla’s teeth during a screening for rising kindergartners. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo Over the past week, many rising kindergartners have had their teeth poked and prodded by the “tooth fairy.” Prissy Helms, a Health Department dental…

Commissioners approve 88-lot tract

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A contested 88-lot subdivision on Lake Norman won county commissioners’ approval Monday, but not before the board tacked several conditions onto the plans. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the rezoning of 73 acres on Burton Lane and Dellinger Road to allow Robert Hecht to develop a major subdivision. The board…

Woman loses life savings in bank scam

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Police are looking for a man who allegedly posed as an undercover agent and stole a Lincolnton woman’s savings. The suspect is described as a dark-skinned black man in his 40s with an average height and build. He worked with an accomplice, described as a black female, also in her…

Employee work policies revised by school board

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Some school district employees holding officer positions in their school’s fund-raising organization will soon have to step down from their positions. “This was to avoid conflict,” said Tony Jenkins, a member of the Board of Education’s policy committee. “It wasn’t to keep any parent or teacher from becoming involved in…

Community vigil highlights child abuse survival

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Kathy Vinzant, director of the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse, spoke out at a vigil held in front of the court house on Sunday evening. The coalition hopes to make the vigil an annual event. Josh Davis / LTN Photo Shirts with the names and ages of North Carolina…

Face-lifting, preservation sought for post office mural

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Conservator Craig Crawford examines damage to the mural inside Lincolnton’s post office Saturday. Local officials are hoping to preserve the mural, which was painted in 1938. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo The mural hanging in Lincolnton’s post office often goes unnoticed every day by residents dropping off packages or purchasing…