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Board of Ed. to hear policy requests, committee meetings

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Staff report Lincoln County’s Board of Education plans to discuss several policies and committee requests at a meeting on Tuesday. Policy topics include items such as internet safety measures, social media, technology in education, school safety and student food services operations. The Budget and Finance Committee is scheduled to discuss…

Gaston College marks 50 years

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For the past 50 years, Gaston College has served Gaston and Lincoln counties as an outlet for community members to pursue higher education opportunities. At an Aug. 7 meeting, Lincolnton mayor John Gilleland and fellow City Council members honored Dr. John McHugh, dean of the college’s…

Criminal Charges 8-11-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Mark Rusell Henderson, 43, of 7912 Mariners Pointe Circle in Denver was charged August 6 with one count each larceny, possession of stolen goods and driving while license revoked. A $5000 secured bond was set. Adrian Thomas Smith, 30, of 4456…

Write-in candidate certified for sheriff race

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer This fall, Lincoln County residents will choose between two contenders running for the office of Lincoln County sheriff. According to Board of Elections Director Bradley Putnam, Anthony Huss will run against incumbent sheriff David Carpenter as a write-in candidate for the position this election. “I will…

Around Town 8-11-14

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TODAY GED Testing Class Gaston College is offering a free class to apply for a scholarship to pay for GED testing. Class runs from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. from Monday through Thursday, August 14 in room 118 on the first floor. Bring a valid DL, ID and SS card.…

Teacher pay increase in state budget, puppy mill bill stalls

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer After many weeks of debate, North Carolina is moving forward with a budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Governor Pat McCrory signed the state government budget bill on Thursday, a bill which gives teachers and state employees significant pay raises for the first time in several…

Last days at the Rock Springs Camp Meeting

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Teen rider, rescue horse make a run at international event

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Taylor Long’s love of barrel racing began with a can-do attitude, affection for horses and a need for speed. The 16-year-old recently displayed her passion for the sport at the National Barrel Horse Association Youth World Championships. The invitation-only event was held in Perry, Georgia from…

Deputies: Man fled on stolen motorcycle

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ANNIE BLACKBURN
Staff Writer
 A Cherryville man was placed under arrest early Thursday morning after attempting elude a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy on a stolen motorcycle.
Coley Phillip Craft, 43, of 207 Bell Street in Cherryville, was charged with one felony count each of operating a motor vehicle while attempting to elude…

Group asks city to oppose county office move

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Citizens for Smart Spending, along with several downtown merchants and residents urged City Council members Thursday night to endorse their efforts to keep county offices within city limits. Citizens for Smart Spending representative Johnny Lineberger was the first to address council members. “When we learned…