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Students drill for Battle of the Books

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East Lincoln Middle School students (left to right) Cooper Hart, Laurel Johnson and Angel Becerra practice for the regional competition of Battle of the Books. Most team members have read at least 20 books in preparation for the competition. Sarah Grano/ Lincoln Times-News Bookworms with a competitive edge have found…

Class enjoys teacher-poet

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Denver Charter School teacher Amber Daugherty helps her student Bejamin Catoe. Daugherty, who teaches the third grade, spends free time writing poetry. Jenny Walling / Lincoln Times-News DENVER — Writing poetry doesn’t always fit easily into a teacher’s hectic lifestyle, but Amber Daugherty has learned how to sneak it in.…

ER sees many poison victims

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Every day, cautious parents take steps to keep their children safe — watching them closely as they play outside, strapping them securely into safety seats and making sure they get the right vitamins and nutrients. It’s easy to sometimes forget about hidden dangers just within arm’s reach of many children.…

First steps taken to ‘paperless’ court

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Ryan Reed and Beverly Gregory with the Administrative Office of the Courts were at the Lincoln County Courthouse Thursday training clerks on the new eCitation system. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo Clerks at the Lincoln County Courthouse were trained last week on a new program that will save time and…

Ex-police chief charged

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CHERRYVILLE — A former Cherryville police chief was charged Saturday with stalking and communicating threats. James Chandler Woodard, 59, of 1502 Lincolnton highway allegedly made harassing phone calls and followed Cherryville resident Lori Gillis during the weekend. He also allegedly damaged Gillis’ friend’s car. Cherryville Police went to Gillis’ residence…

New Maiden town manager excited about job

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MAIDEN — Todd Clark will be taking over the position of Maiden town manager April 14. Clark is currently the town manager in the town of Catawba where he has been for four years. He will leave his position April 6. Clark said he has no hard feelings toward the…

Native son to deliver Lincoln letters to memorial

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On May 29, veterans of World War II can finally reflect on a memorial built in their honor. Thomas Hovis, a native of Lincoln County who lives in Virginia, plans on attending the dedication ceremony in Washington DC, and he hopes to bring a piece of his hometown with him.…

P&R camp targets middle school kids

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If it’s up to the staff of Lincolnton/Lincoln County Parks and Recreation, middle school students won’t be spending their summer days at home without supervision. “There’s a lot of concern from parents of middle school students who aren’t quite ready to leave their children alone,” said Erma Deen Hoyle, director…

Meetings to focus on N.C. 73

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Cars and trucks make their way up a stretch of N.C. 73 Thursday. A meeting unveiling plans for the road’s future will be held Wednesday. Jenny Walling / Lincoln Times-News Plans for the future of N.C. 73 will be unveiled Wednesday at one of three public meetings in the area.…

Warp Knit finds niche in ‘pain checker’ products

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Pain Checker products include gloves, socks and wrist bands. Material for the items is manufactured at Lincolnton’s Warp Knit Mills. Jenny Walling / Lincoln Times-News It was 1996, and Arthur Goldberg had no idea what was about to hit him. His company — the Crystal Textile Group based in Ft.…