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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…

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…

County to eye debt choices

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County commissioners tonight will hear a presentation on three alternatives to raising the property tax to pay for school debt. The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting starts at 7:15 tonight in the Commissioners Room at the Citizens Center. A meeting of the East Lincoln Water and Sewer District Board…

Six singers perform for judges

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Samantha Staton, a 23-year-old soprano, won first place in the Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition Sunday at the Lincoln Cultural Center. Diane Turbyfill / Lincoln Times-News Young singers competed for cash awards Sunday at the Lincoln Cultural Center. For the second year Carolyn Heafner and Robert Williams hosted the Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition.…

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.…