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Police seek two for passing fake payroll checks

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Lincolnton Police are looking for two men wanted for passing fake payroll checks here and in seven other nearby jurisdictions. Authorities in Lincolnton, Newton, Catawba County, Troutman, Mooresville, Huntersville, Conover and Concord have charges pending against Ryan Michael Napier and Christopher William Towers, Detective Matt Painter said. Towers will be…

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…

Alcohol sales approved for town events

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City Council members Thursday approved the sale of beer and wine at two downtown events this year. Alcohol will be sold at the five Alive After Five concerts and the Hog Happenin’ festival. Last year was the first that beer and wine had been offered at both events, and city…

Bidders flock to auction

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West Lincoln Cheerleaders Kristen Crouse (left to right), Sheena Simpson and Cameron Young cozy up to a stuffed shark up for bidding at the Rotary Club Auction. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo Rotarian volunteers sped around the James W. Warren Citizens Center Thursday evening making sure everything was in place…

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…