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United Way tops goal of $460,000

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Even though it has just finished its 2003 campaign, the United Way of Lincoln County has already set its focus on the future. “I think we have untapped potential in this community,” said Brad Guth, the organization’s new president. The United Way of Lincoln County had a landmark year. Participants…

Failed landing gear prompts airport scare

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Firefighters and airport officials look over a plane that had a bumpy landing Thursday at the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Regional Airport. No one was injured. Diane Turbyfill / Lincoln Times-News A small airplane had to make an emergency landing at the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport Thursday morning after the pilot failed…

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.…

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 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…

Queens visit schools

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Apple Queen 2003 Autumn Stokes (left) looks on as Young Miss North Carolina Elaine Gregory talks to her classmates at Lincolnton Middle School about pageants. Jenny Walling / Lincoln Times-News Local royalty visited Lincolnton Middle School on Friday wearing heels and tiaras and emanating smells of perfume in the hallways.…