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Fees implemented for Driver’s Ed.

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Driver-education classes will now cost Lincoln County students, or their parents, $50, following a vote Tuesday night by the Board of Education. During a discussion on budget updates, the group made the move at the recommendation of school administrators. Assistant Superintendent for Business Steve Zickefoose explained…

Theatre Guild to present ‘Steel Magnolias’

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Cast member says show is ‘something people will relate to’ JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “You need to get together with a group of your best girlfriends and come see it,” Amanda Cline-Grant said. The Maiden resident plays the part of “Shelby” in the Lincoln Theatre Guild’s performance this month of…

Some roads still closed

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Four roadways in Lincoln County remain closed after sustaining damage during the flooding disaster that hit the area at the end of last month. Excessive rainfall on July 27 and 28 led to multiple closures of roads immediately following the storm. A few weeks out, a…

Man drops 400 pounds

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “My stylist opened the door to freedom (for me) and gave me my life back,” Lincolnton resident Todd Reynolds said. The 49-year-old Lincolnton High School graduate recently reached one of the most significant milestones of his life by losing 400 pounds. Reynolds shed the weight through…

Thieves hit unlocked vehicles

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton subdivision recently experienced a high volume of vehicular break-ins, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies are seeking the public’s help in the incidents and reminding residents to keep their vehicles locked, since all of the vehicles targeted in this month’s break-ins remained unlocked, according to…

Dispute may lead to changes in court scheduling

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An overcrowded courthouse has been a Lincoln County issue for years, but it took a recent disagreement between a judge and the sheriff to prompt a serious discussion of the county’s heavy daily case load and chaotic scheduling process. On July 31, Judge K. Dean Black…

Search for county manager nears its end

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Negotiations are in the final stages for a new Lincoln County manager, local officials announced Friday morning. William (Tracy) Jackson, who currently serves as the assistant county manager for Iredell County, is expected to take up the post, “assuming all goes well” with finalizing his…

School security on agenda for Board of Education

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Education is expected to take action during its meeting Tuesday night on school-security measures for the district’s middle and high schools. The group previously signed off on access control and video surveillance for local elementary schools, which have now been…

Rock Springs Camp Meeting closes with wet and wild day

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‘Leadership Lincoln’ accepting applications

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce recently announced that it is taking applications for its annual “Leadership Lincoln” class. “Many of the leaders in this community are proud graduates of this successful program,” Chamber officials said in the announcement. “They have found it to…