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‘People’ key to success for Carolina Eye Care

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When a business can successfully provide quality services to a community for nearly four decades, there are generally many factors contributing to that success. Carolina Eye Care, founded by Dr. David Curtis, who is also a member of the North Carolina Senate for District 44, boasts…

Lincoln County schools get their grades from state School Report Card

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Staff report Lincoln County schools got their grades last week. The state’s Department of Public Instruction released its 2013-2014 School Report Card on Thursday. According to a press release from the school system, “the School Report Cards provide information on individual schools and districts including school profile, performance, indicators, environment,…

Criminal Charges — 2-9-15

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:           Tonya Fox Clemmer, 52, of 1613 Boy Scout Rd. in Lincolnton was charged Feb. 5 with one count of harassing phone call. Devon Ray Blanton, 21, of 3192 Exodus Church Rd. in Maiden was charged Feb. 5 with one count…

BALLARD: Showering at the wrong time

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist I have met very few people who gave me an unforgettable moment as funny yet unnerving as the one Anne Michael gave me. I met Anne through another writer friend of mine and as we all conversed and learned about each other, I asked Anne for…

Tax software causes DSS headaches

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JACLYN ANTHONY Chief Photographer For a few weeks in January, people using Intuit’s TurboTax, a popular tax preparation software, to file their 2014 taxes, had the option to determine whether they qualify for financial assistance from the government. Once they completed their income tax return, they were provided with a…

Couple busted in SWAT raid

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team executed a drug raid at a home on Kent Street in Maiden on Wednesday and arrested a husband and wife on several felony charges. Narcotics agents seized several grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and weapons from the home at 4160 Kent…

Wine, coffee and spirits arrive at Denver eatery

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As any successful business owner can attest, there is risk involved with any new venture. Keys to success lie in the research and location. DJ’s Wine and Coffeehouse has realized both, as time spent developing a business plan for the Denver area and nailing down a…

‘Price is Right’ benefit coming back to downtown

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Fundraiser for Coalition Against Child Abuse enters 9th year PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For the ninth year in a row, the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center will hold its “Price is Right” themed event, as a platform to raise money for the organization. “This community…

Mayes to speak at McKendree UMC

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Local broadcasting legend Doug Mayes will make a public appearance on Sunday as a guest speaker at McKendree United Methodist Church in Lincolnton. The North Carolina Broadcasting Hall of Famer, World War II Veteran, Grand Ole Opry performer and past president of the Oasis Shriners will…

Two nabbed for probation violations

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Staff report Two people have been arrested for probation violations following a joint effort of Lincoln County and Catawba County deputies and state probation and parole officers on Wednesday. Probation and parole had received information about the whereabouts of Thomas Harrison Andrew Ford and Megan Ann Cooke, according to a…