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Boy’s parents: School ignored bullying claims

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The family of an Iron Station Elementary School kindergarten student is taking a stand against the bullying they said is occurring unchecked at the school. On Oct. 10, parents Stephanie and Fred West launched “Ethan’s Bully Free Zone,” a Facebook page that highlights their son’s experience…

Local students shine at Raleigh State Fair

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McSwain siblings take heifers to Open Holstein Show ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Two West Lincoln siblings traveled to Raleigh to compete with their heifers in the North Carolina State Fair’s Open Holstein Show this past weekend. For West Lincoln High School senior Michael McSwain, his passion for agriculture and animal…

County girl named Children’s Miracle Network ambassador

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Liberty Barnum may be confined to a wheelchair, but she doesn’t let it confine her spirit. The vivacious 10-year-old, who loves to build anything with Legos and wants to be a policewoman or a lawyer when she grows up, was struck by a car on Sept.…

School board violated state open meetings law

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Staff report Lincoln County Board of Education Chair Candy Burgin told members of the media that the school board has been in violation of North Carolina’s open meetings laws in its handling of school personnel matters after the adjournment of a special called meeting on Thursday. The violation came to…

NAACP voters March to the Polls

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Group describes importance of voting, even in a midterm year Staff report Across the state Thursday, numerous registered voters participated in the “Moral March to the Polls,” led by local branches of the NAACP’s Forward Together Moral Movement. According to an NAACP press release, the rallies were designed to encourage…

Candidate Survey: NC House of Representatives

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Editor’s Note: The Lincoln Times-News submitted a series of policy questions to the candidates for District 97 in the North Carolina House of Representatives. The responses from Republican incumbent Jason Saine and Democrat challenger Rosemary Hubbard are below. — M.G. If elected, what is one thing that you will do…

Cherryville police chief won’t serve prison time

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Former Cherryville Police Chief Woody Burgess, 61, will face no jail time after being charged in 2013 for embezzlement. According to documents from the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina’s office, Burgess was charged with one count of program embezzlement after he allegedly…

No decision on LHS AD position from Board of Education

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Staff report Lincolnton High School athletics supporters who came to Thursday’s special called meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Education expecting a second vote on the appointment of longtime teacher and coach Cole Sigmon to the position of the school’s athletic director left the meeting empty-handed when the board…

West Lincoln ROTC cadets hold annual review

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Cadets of the Rebel Navy JROTC at West Lincoln High School moved with precision and expertise as the group lined up for its annual pass-and-review inspection on Wednesday. Lt. Cmdr. Ross Maggard watched with dignitaries like Lincolnton Mayor John Gilleland and Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Dr.…

Criminal Charges

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Carla Alvarez Morse, 44, of 3570 E NC 27 Hwy in Lincolnton was charged Oct. 21 with one count each of simple assault and battery or affray and failure to comply. An unknown bond amount was set. Gina Leatherman Gantt, 50,…