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Stroup named Chamber’s Man of the Year

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Chip Stroup of First Federal Savings Bank in Lincolnton was named Lincoln County’s Man of the Year at the recent Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet at the Laboratory Mill in Lincolnton. For the past 40 years, Stroup has been a leader of First Federal…

Local musician planning to make it big in 2014

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton High School graduate Eddie Rosa felt called to be a musician at the young age of 6. He couldn’t resist grabbing the mic and performing songs with his brother inside their eastern Lincoln County home when he was little. Rosa, known more commonly by friends…

Man heads to court to face charges in kids’ deaths

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A man accused in the deaths of his daughter and nephew earlier this year in eastern Lincoln County is set to make his next district court appearance in the case this week. A probable cause hearing for Jordan Keely Arwood, 32, will take place…

Problems with food stamps vastly improve

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Four months after the Lincoln County Department of Social Services experienced an unexpected shutdown in computer operations, delaying monthly food stamps for a number of citizens, DSS officials have seen ample improvements while simultaneously bracing themselves for future healthcare changes. The food stamp issue stemmed from…

County to hold another public hearing on solar farm

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  Staff report   The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and Planning Board are holding another public hearing tonight regarding Strata Solar Farms request of a conditional use permit to construct a solar power generator facility in the eastern end of the county. The Times-News previously reported that more than…

Lincolnton gets the Christmas spirit

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LHS drama students present mystery theatre

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton High School’s performance this month of Eileen Moushey’s play “The Great High School Whodunit” includes mystery, comedy and some unpredictable twists and turns. With a cast of more than 15 students ranging in age and experience level from amateur freshmen to seasoned senior, the…

Confederate prison staffed by Lincoln County guards

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer History fans of all ages will be able to catch a glimpse of North Carolina’s past, thanks to the Salisbury Confederate Prison Association. This Friday, the association will host a free exhibit on the Salisbury Confederate Prison at the Rowan Public Library. Although the Civil War…

Local nurse among top 100 in state

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincolnton resident Kim Kirkland was recently named among the top 100 nurses in the state, an honor that continues to boggle her mind. “It has truly been the most gratifying, humbling, life-long experience that is too hard to put into words,” she said. Kirkland was…

No plans yet to raise dropout age in Lincoln

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Two school districts in Catawba County are raising their compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18, a first for North Carolina. The decision is part of a pilot program the state approved this past summer. The Hickory and Newton-Conover districts will join 20 states and…