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Feds: Father-son duo stole $11 million from clients

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Staff report A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Oct. 23 for an Iron Station man and his 72-year-old father, operators of a payroll company, for allegedly defrauding their clients of more than $11 million. James William Staz, 43, of Iron Station, and his father, William James Staz, 72,…

Candidate Survey: U.S. House of Representatives

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Editor’s Note: The Lincoln Times-News submitted a series of questions to candidates for North Carolina’s 10th District in the U.S. House of Representatives related to policy and political views. The responses from Republican incumbent Patrick McHenry and Democrat challenger Tate MacQueen are listed below. — M.G. Describe a piece of…

County schools receive $635,000 Timken grant

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Funds to be used to promote advanced manufacturing skills among students Staff report Through a collaboration with the Lincoln Economic Development Association and local industry leaders, Lincoln County Public Schools is making strides to ensure a future workforce for local manufacturing industries. The Timken Foundation presented Lincoln County Public Schools…

Group hopes to bring local farmers together with local consumers

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The North Carolina Cooperative Extension hosted a food council meeting at the James Warren Citizens Center that brought together members of the community to discuss access to local food on Tuesday. Jared Cates, a community mobilizer from the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, gave a presentation on…

Deputies: Man tried to rob pharmacy with BB gun

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Staff report A Denver man was taken into custody by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies after allegedly attempting to obtain narcotics from a Walgreens on Highway 73 on Friday. According to a press release issued by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Benjamin Michael Lineberger, 22, of 8346 Unity Church Road,…

McHenry questions DoD on Ebola preparedness

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Staff report Congressman and Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry questioned Department of Defense witnesses on Friday during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s hearing titled, “The Ebola Crisis: Coordination of a Multi-Agency Response.” During his five minutes of questions, McHenry spoke with Major General James M. Lariviere, Joint Staff…

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…

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