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Religious event set for Sunday

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County will be among thousands of locations across the country Sunday hosting community-based initiatives focused on prayer and repentance. The efforts will be part of a nationwide event called “Call 2 Fall,” sponsored by the Family Research Council (FRC) in Washington, D.C. Organizers have asked…

Saine’s IT bill signed by McCrory

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer One of the 28 bills signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday included a measure headed up by N.C. Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, and designed to implement changes in the governance of the state’s information technology. HB 390, of which Saine was the primary…

Former Cherryville police chief pleads guilty to embezzlement

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Cherryville Police Department’s former chief formally pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to stealing more than $11,000 in city funds, according to the United States Attorney’s Office in North Carolina’s Western district. Between January 2007 and November 2008, Woodrow Paul Burgess, 60, of Cherryville, requested…

City preps for Fourth festivities

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Preparations are in the final stages for this year’s July Fourth festivities in downtown Lincolnton, with organizers still looking for additional parade entries. The July Fourth Celebration Committee, made up of city of Lincolnton and Lincoln County officials, as well as representatives from various local organizations,…

School Board to vote on uniforms

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education is expected to come to a decision regarding Battleground Elementary School’s request to pilot a uniform program during a special-called meeting Thursday night. The issue has been discussed at previous meetings of the group, which decided to delay taking action…

Students see snakes up close

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Library hosts ‘Snakes Alive’ for curious kids JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer From an Australian Bearded Dragon named “Hector” to a 13-foot long Burmese python named “Rosie,” snakes and reptiles came “alive” for a crowd of more than 300 elementary-aged children Tuesday at locations in both Lincolnton and Denver. The Lincoln…

Iron Station man to plead guilty in $1 million Ponzi scheme swindle

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Federal officials said an Iron Station man has agreed to plead guilty to mail fraud after a criminal bill of information was filed against him Monday for running a nearly five-year Ponzi scheme that drew in at least $1 million. C. David Wright, a former school…

Local sixth-grader raises money for church member suffering from cancer

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “She’s truly my angel,” Lincoln County resident Joyce Hoyle said about 10-year-old fellow church-goer Raemy Wensil, of Iron Station. For at least the last week, the rising sixth-grader has been working with friends to make “Angel Bows” to raise money for cancer treatment for “Maw Maw…

Life lost in Sherrills Ford ATV crash

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An ATV crash near the Lincoln / Catawba County line Monday morning claimed one individual’s life, troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said. The victim, whom various news media outlets said was 30-year-old Joseph Hall, was traveling down Slanting Bridge Road, near Tradewinds Drive…

Local arrested at Moral Monday protest

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Iron Station resident calls General Assembly’s agenda ‘shocking’ MICHAEL GEBELEIN News Editor Few people would describe an arrest as “a wonderful experience,” but Iron Station resident Pat Wang is one of them. Wang attended the NAACP North Carolina’s Moral Monday protest on June 17 at the Legislative Building in Raleigh…