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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…

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…

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…

Look at Lincoln

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Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Jerry Cochrane hugs Edith Warren as her husband, honoree James W. Warren, looks on Sunday at the Citizens Center dedication. Diane Turbyfill / LTN Photo…

Gasoline prices rile customers

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Jean Navey fills up her tank with gas at the BP in Boger City. Gas prices have hit a record high, and officials expect prices to continue rising. Sarah Grano / LTN Photo Gas station cashiers have heard a lot of grumbling since gas prices hit a record high. “Customers…

Arrest made in downtown shooting

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Lincolnton Police arrested a man wanted on two counts of attempted murder after he returned his getaway car to a dealership in South Carolina. Robert Jeter Jr., 55, is being held on $125,000 secured bond in Lincoln County Jail. Jeter allegedly fired at least one shot at his estranged wife,…

Morale high as unit moves toward Iraq

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The exact location of 113th National Guard unit troops in the Middle East at this time is questionable, but unit commanders do their best to keep families in North Carolina informed. A letter to families dated March 1 from Brigadier General Dan Hickman, commander of the “Old Hickory” 30th Brigade…