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Police Chief, Sheriff sound off on court ruling on sex offenders and social media

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County law enforcement officials are speaking out about a recent North Carolina Court of Appeals ruling which deemed unconstitutional a law preventing sex offenders from using social media sites. The ruling, made Tuesday, called current legislation, which says it’s illegal for individuals convicted…

Commissioners hire new county manager

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer William (Tracy) Jackson is officially the new Lincoln County manager, following a unanimous vote of approval by the Board of Commissioners Monday night. Jackson, who currently serves as the assistant county manager for Iredell County, will take up the post Sept. 3. Final negotiations between him…

Referees earn their stripes

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County approves plans for new shooting range, Dunkin’ Donuts

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Board of Commissioners unanimously signed off on plans for a new Dunkin’ Donuts and indoor shooting range in eastern Lincoln County during its meeting Monday night. The two zoning cases were recommended for approval by the Planning Board after public hearings at the Aug. 5…

Commissioners approve contract package with City of Lincolnton

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Despite the Lincolnton City Council’s decision last week to head back to the table with various contracts between Lincolnton and Lincoln County officials, the Board of Commissioners went ahead and approved the package deal Monday night. Commissioner Carl Robinson, who was a part of the negotiations…

Seminar details human trafficking

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer North Carolina is ranked among the country’s top eight states for human trafficking, North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s Program Coordinator Kiricka Yarbrough Smith and Human Trafficking Consultant Ashley Bass told the area’s sexual assault service providers Tuesday during a special training at the James W.…

Event to remember children who perished in construction accident, honor first responders who tried to save them

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A 5K race and community gathering will take place in Denver later this month to not only remember the children who perished in a construction site accident in April but also honor the emergency crews who responded to the incident. Lincoln County residents Tanya Dyer, a…

Delay in food stamps depletes local food bank

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   More than a month after a software system with North Carolina’s Department of Social Services crashed, backlogging food stamps issuances for numerous counties, including Lincoln, the problem remains at a standstill. In fact, the issue is now affecting the food supply at Christian Ministry of…

Camp meeting opens at Tucker’s Grove

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Tourism spending increased in 2012

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County saw a boost in visitor spending for 2012, according to figures released last week as part of an annual statewide study. Commissioned by the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development and conducted by the U.S. Travel Association,…