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Crowds expected for Easter drama

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Joey Choate, Taylor Newton and Buffie Newton act out a scene from “God’s Passion for You: An Easter Drama” at Anthony Grove Baptist Church during a dress rehearsal Thursday. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo CROUSE — More than 100 actors will converge on a gymnasium-length stage to present one of…

Charter School parents divided over high school

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A proposed new high school campus in east Lincoln has parents at the Lincoln Charter School divided. “I think we’re spreading our energies, and we are going too far too fast too soon,” said Barb Lauro, a parent against the proposed campus. The proposed high school would open in fall…

Child abuse workers to get raises

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The Lincoln County Social Services Board voted to give raises to social workers investigating child mistreatment. The state has mandated that all such workers receive a promotion in an effort to retain quality social workers. “We’ve been lucky. Our folks have stayed,” said Susan McCracken, director of the Department of…

Special child brings joy and frustration

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Andrea Wilson sits at home with her five-year-old daughter Jonnie Wilson, a victim of tuberous sclerosis. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo Raising a child with mental retardation can cause moments of both frustration and joy. Andrea Wilson, the mother of a 5-year-old daughter with tuberous sclerosis, has learned to take…

Pricey gas prompts drive-offs

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With gas prices reaching record highs, Lincolnton Police are reporting a high number of fuel thefts at local convenience stores. Police respond to about three gas drive-offs each day, said Lt. Kent Lukach, crime prevention and training officer for the department. “It doesn’t sound like a big deal to some,…

Elmore: ‘I don’t know’ reason for departure

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Since leaving his position as senior principal of the Charter School, Bill Elmore has received many phone calls from concerned parents. “They’re mostly just shocked at my leaving,” said Elmore. Most parents ask him why he’s gone. “I tell them I don’t know, and that’s the truth,” said Elmore. Elmore’s…

Rotary Auction kicks off

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The Rotary Auction kicks off on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Citizen’s Center. The Auction continues through Friday and Saturday. All proceeds from the auction go to low interest student loans for Lincoln County students. Goods of all kinds will be auctioned off including used cars, diamond rings and…

Local businesses, employees receive safety awards

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Cherie Berry, Commissioner of Labor, gives the second consecutive year gold award to Wayne Goodson, a representative of Mohican Mills, Inc. at Tuesday night’s Safety Awards ceremony. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo Employees from local businesses flocked to Gaston College Senior Center Tuesday night to receive safety awards for the…

Property owners can seek rate reductions

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Residents in the Crouse Volunteer Fire Department’s district can now receive up to a 25 percent reduction in annual fire insurance policy if they’re within 1,000 feet of a working fire hydrant. Contributed photo CROUSE — Property owners in the Crouse Volunteer Fire Department tax district can now request an…

Workers get training in terrorism

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Lt. Kent Lukach talks to city and county employees Thursday during a class on awareness of mass destruction. Lukach demonstrated how a number of weapons could be used. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo A gunshot pierced the silence in the James W. Warren Citizens Center Thursday, echoing off the walls…