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Man overcomes checkered past to open Do-Gooders

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Do-Gooders Pizza’s name is more than just a catchy phrase designed to draw customers into the new restaurant on Vandiver Drive in Lincolnton. It’s a reflection of the character of owner Billy Leonard and his path from a 10-month prison sentence to work with local charities…

DWI checkpoint nets 1 drunk driver, other charges

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer People going to and from Lincolnton via Highway 321 at Main Street noticed a large police presence on Aug. 28 as the Lincolnton Police Department set up checkpoints in order to curb drinking and driving. From 9 p.m.-1 a.m., the police department was stopping vehicles and…

Criminal Charges — 9-3-14

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The Lincolnton Police Department reported the following arrests: Bobby Joe Childs, 60, of 452 E Rhodes Street in Lincolnton was charged August 28 with one misdemeanor count indecent exposure. A $1000 secured bond was set. Oscar Melendez Duran, 42, of 410 West Sycamore Street in Lincolnton was charged August 28…

GOP announces ‘Take Back America’ effort

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Staff report Lincoln County’s Republican Party kicked off the “Take Back America” campaign on Monday. According to a press release from the party’s chairman, Jon Propst, the campaign is designed to “energize the Republican base” and encourage supporters to vote at the polls on Nov. 4. “November 4th is a…

Taxi service, North Generals Boulevard improvements on agenda for City Council

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A new taxi service may be in Lincolnton’s future. Lincolnton City Council members will hold a public hearing at their meeting Thursday night regarding a request for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity to operate a taxi cab service. According to City Clerk Donna Flowers, the…

Around Town — 9-3-14

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WEDNESDAY King’s Kids New Grace Baptist Church in Iron Station will host Kings Kids on Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m. Ages 6 through teens. Bible lessons, games, monthly awards. Curriculum and t-shirts provided. Divorce Care River View Baptist Church, 2230 Riverview Road in Lincolnton, is sponsoring a 13-week support group…

Sailors young and old take on Lake Norman

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Cherryville woman charged for arson, theft

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Matt Burgess has arrested one person and charged another in connection with a suspicious house fire that was set on June 15. Susan Starlene Waldenville, 38, of 6717 Charleston Trail in Cherryville, was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with…

Study ranks county schools among most productive in NC

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A new study shows that Lincoln County Schools is among the most productive school districts in the state. The Center for American Progress, a nonpartisan research and educational institute, released the study “Return on Educational Investment: 2014” in July, its second study focusing on educational productivity,…

Report: Equality will help state economy grow

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Staff report A new study released today reports that an equity-driven economic growth model will expedite North Carolina’s recovery from the Great Recession, which has consistently remained uneven and sluggish across the state, creating recessionary-like conditions in many cities and towns. “The State of Working North Carolina,” a report published…