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New Apple Queen to be crowned

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Lincoln County contestants compete for college scholarships ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer This weekend, 16 talented Lincoln County women will compete in the 35th Lincoln County Apple Queen Pageant. The pageant is sponsored each year by Lincolnton’s Business and Professional Women’s Organization. “Historically, it has always been the kickoff to Apple…

Family battles rare disorder

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Abby Grace Ferguson has an infectious smile. The vivacious 9-year-old is a little princess in every sense of the word. She loves to dance and play with Barbie’s and more than anything, wants to go to Disney World to meet Princess Elsa from Frozen. For all…

Work First grant up for commissioner discussion

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will discuss a motion to continue with the Work First Block Grant at a meeting tonight. Director of Social Services Susan McCracken is expected to present the request. In the agenda item document, she explained that the state requires the 2014…

Gaston man charged with 2007 sexual assault of a child

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Gastonia man was arrested on Friday by Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies in connection with a sexual assault that occurred in Lincoln County in 2007. Detective Kelly Paris called in Jonathon Ray Campbell, 23, for questioning after being contacted by the Pottsdam, New York police department…

Lincolnton rehab changes hands

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Formerly owned by Kindred Healthcare, Lincolnton Rehabilitation Center was recently purchased by Southern Healthcare Management, a company out of Casselberry, Florida. Providing short-term therapy and long-term skilled nursing beds, as well as physical, speech, occupational and aquatic therapy, the newly renamed Lincolnton Rehabilitation Center will continue…

Lincolnton Fire Department receives grant for smoke detectors

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincolnton Fire Department was recently awarded a grant that will provide smoke detectors for homes in need. Through the North Carolina Office of the State Fire Marshall, the grant will apply to residents that live east of Generals Boulevard within the city limits. The available…

Around Town — 7-21-14

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TODAY Board Meeting Lincoln Charter School will hold their monthly school board meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Denver campus. Free Scholarship Class College will be hosting a Basic Skills Student Success class to prepare students for a free scholarship to pay for the GED test. Class is from…

Criminal Charges — 7-21-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Cormie Lee Young, 63, of 3405 Ironton Place in Iron Stations was charged July 16 with one count each possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute a controlled substance schedule II and sell or deliver controlled substance schedule II. A…

Down by the river

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Deputies search for driver who threw water bottle, injured boy

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man that threw a bottle of water out of a car window on Tuesday night around 8 p.m., resulting in an injury to a 2-year-old boy. Deputies responded to the 2700 block…

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