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Schools drill for weather crisis

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Second-graders at Catawba Springs Elementary School take part in a tornado drill Wednesday as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week. Jenny Walling / Lincoln Times-News Students at schools across the county crouched in hallways with their hands over their heads Wednesday as part of the state’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.…

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.…

Maiden hires new town manager

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Todd Clark has been hired as the new town manager for Maiden. The announcement was made this morning, after the Town Council went into closed session Monday evening. “He had a really good interview,” said interim Town Manager Kevin Sanders. “According to his references I understand he is very much…

Elmore leaves Charter School

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Bill Elmore was relieved of his position as senior principal of the Lincolnton Campus of the Lincoln Charter School last week after a lengthy closed-session Board of Directors meeting. The board had privileged information on Elmore, said Les Canipe, president of the Board of Directors. “Sometimes based on that information…

Woman arrested for fraud, embezzlement

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A Sherills Ford woman was arrested Tuesday on embezzlement and fraud charges for incidents involving over $90,000 and spanning more than two years. Sharon Dieffenbach is charged with two counts of embezzlement, one count of financial card fraud and three counts of forgery and uttering. She was also indicted by…

Rolex scam yields 20K, suspended sentence

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Selling fake Rolexes to people all over the United States through the Internet got one man more than $20,000. It also got him a day in court. Alan Tudor pled guilty to nine counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. Due to a plea arrangement, all charges were consolidated to…

Commissioners seek solution

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County commissioners will pursue a real estate transfer tax as an alternative way to help pay for school construction, the board decided Monday night. Struggling with how to deal with millions of dollars in debt brought on by new schools and facing another $47 million bond issue, the board has…

Planning Board favors rezoning plea

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Planning Board members voted in favor of a downtown rezoning Tuesday that one resident says goes against the city’s Land Use Plan. Members of the Lincolnton Planning Board voted unanimously to recommend that the City Council approve an application from Citizens Insurance Agency to rezone the land located at the…

Maiden church roots go deep

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Nancy Anthony (left) and Jeri Crow check out photographs for the Historical Association’s next book, a collection a pictures by Clyde Cornwell, Saturday. Some people in the pictures have yet to be identified. Jenny Walling / Lincoln Times-News MAIDEN — St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ in Maiden began as…

Woman dies in car crash

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A Lincoln County woman died Sunday after a single-vehicle wreck in Catawba County. Ginger Herndon Williams, 29, of 2084 Shuford Road was driving toward Maiden at about 7:20 a.m. Sunday, Sgt. C.D. Berry with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said. Williams was traveling north on Henley Road approaching its…