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Emergency management leader dies

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James Robert “Bob” Willis, coordinator of Lincoln County Emergency Management for 30 years, died Thursday. Willis headed up Emergency Management from 1963 to 1993 and was coordinator during the civil defense period, during which a nationwide system of fallout shelters was created. In 1989, Gov. James Martin conferred upon Willis…

Middle schools sweep awards

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Lincoln County middle schools had a lot to brag about at this month’s Board of Education meeting. The county has won three separate regional titles for middle schools, including Team of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Superintendent of the Year. Lincoln County competes in a region that has…

LMC volunteers more meals

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Lincoln Medical Center has a lot on its plate now that the amount of meals it provides for Christian Ministry has doubled. Jenny Walling / Lincoln Times-News “No one else in Lincoln County is capable of doing this number of meals at this quality,” said Mitzi Williams, the coordinator of…

Searching for the right words

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Ashley Huffman searches for a book to check out at North Brook Elementary School’s library. Her school will receive thousands of new books due to a grant from the Library Services and Technology Association. See the full story on page one. Jenny Walling / Lincoln Times-News…

Former pastor faces sex charges

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The former pastor of an eastern Lincoln County church was arrested on sex charges last week in Yadkin County. The Rev. Ted Eugene Hendrix, 65, of Denver is charged with second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense, incest and crime against nature, according to police Chief Tim Parks of the Yadkinville Police…

Local talent takes to the stage this weekend

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Local talent will take to the stage this weekend at the Lincoln Cultural Center. For the third year the Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition will offer cash awards to area singers. The weekend of music will begin Friday night at 7:30 with An Old Fashioned Variety Show in the reception hall of…

Grants boost school libraries, thousands of new books replace old volumes

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Joshua Hall, a North Brook Elementary School student, reads one of the new books he wants to check out. His school, along with Rock Springs Elementary, Union Elementary and West Lincoln High School received large grants to go toward new books. Jenny Walling / Lincoln Times-News North Brook Elementary School’s…

Woman, children injured in wreck

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The driver of this car had to be flown to CMC after a single-vehicle wreck in eastern Lincoln County. An Iron Station woman is in fair condition today at Carolinas Medical Center following a wreck Friday afternoon. Laura Mason, 37, of 5181 Arden Gate Drive, was flown to CMC in…

High winds rip trees, cut power

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High winds ripped through Lincoln County Sunday night causing widespread damage and knocking out power to some residents. “There should be widespread damage across the county,” said Bill Hoover, shift supervisor for Lincoln County Communications. “It was from (N.C.) 16 to (N.C.) 18.” Officials estimated that wind gusts reached up…

Schools to add teachers, Staff

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There was good news and bad news. The school system has no additional state cuts to their budget for the next school year, but cuts from previous years remain in place. “It’s better news than we’ve had the last two years, even though the cuts are still there,” said Superintendent…