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Program helps future childcare professionals

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AMY WADSWORTH Guest Columnist Sandra Gunn’s goal is to be director at a childcare center and she is not going to stop until she gets there. Her story is one that is inspiring because in addition to working full time at Toddler Time Child Care Center in Gastonia, she has…

Selecting best social security benefit option

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MARTY REID Guest columnist Evidence suggests that many individuals may not be receiving adequate advice in selecting their social security retirement benefit. This is mainly due to the confusing spousal benefit options. While beginning the benefit at age 62, before full retirement age, is a popular option, it may not…

Around Town — 4-2-14

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WEDNESDAY Quilt Guild Piecemakers Quilt Guild will meet 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Lincoln County Senior Center on the Gaston College-Lincoln campus, 514 S. Aspen St. in Lincolnton. For more information, call Tony Darr at (704) 992-2871 or email him at ldarrnc@aol.com. Last Man’s Club The Last Man’s…

Myths and facts about pet nutrition

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Karen Miller, DVM Guest Columnist Gluten free is healthier for our dogs and cats? This is a myth. Gluten induced enteropathy (celiac disease) is extremely rare in dogs. It has been reported mostly in Irish Setters. Pets with celiac disease react to the proteins (gluten) in wheat, rye, and barley…

Officers talk about deadly standoff with murder suspect

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    Anthony Ray Osburn admitted killing wife, police say   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police have identified the cause of death for a Lincolnton woman allegedly murdered by her estranged husband on Thursday before dying himself after a standoff with county SWAT officers. Officers said, following an autopsy of…

GOP faithful go over issues at convention

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Republican delegates from across the county met Saturday for Lincoln County’s Annual GOP Convention. The convention, led by State Representative Jason Saine and Lincoln County Republican Party Chairman Jon Propst, was held at the Senior Center on the Lincolnton campus of Gaston College.…

‘Pink Sunday’ to inform about breast cancer

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON   Staff Writer   Today is the final day for Lincoln County churches serving African-American populations to register to participate in the annual cancer awareness event known as “Pink Sunday.” For the fourth consecutive year, the local effort is being sponsored by the Lincoln County Health Department…

Meet the Candidate: Anita McCall

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   A North Carolina native, Republican Board of Commissioners candidate Anita McCall was born and raised in Stanley. When she was not studying in school, McCall could be found working. “When I was 12, I started working with a local florist in Stanley,” McCall…

Gaston program offers no-cost courses to students

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County high school students and parents met Thursday at Gaston College’s Lincolnton campus to discuss new changes to the Career and College Promises program. Gaston College Assistant Dean Gail Ford and Gaston College Coordinator of Educational Partnerships Amy Wisegerber led the discussion. According…

Criminal Charges 3-31-14

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:   Amber Elizabeth Self, 23, of 5142 Flay Rd. in Lincolnton was charged March 26 with one count of misdemeanor larceny. An unknown unsecured bond was set. Forrest Jay Cogdill, 21, of 2401 Skyview Ln. in Lincolnton was charged March…