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Hit list found at WLMS

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will increase its presence at West Lincoln Middle School today after two students found what appeared to be a hit list at the school. The note was found in a bathroom at the school, located at 260 Shoal Road in Lincolnton, on Tuesday.…

School robotics team tackles drones

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The 10 members of East Lincoln Middle School’s CyberKids Robotics team should be forgiven for feeling a bit antsy. After growing accustomed to participating in their extracurricular, after-school activity each September, the students had to wait quite a bit longer this year. “That was the most…

Deputies: Man had pound of marijuana

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Staff report A Denver man has been charged with possessing more than a pound of marijuana following a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office interdiction operation. Terry Jacob Knox, 26, of 1250 Brook Path Trail, was arrested on Monday near the intersection of Optimist Club Road and Oakbrook Lane after being stopped…

Relay for Life gears up for 21st annual city event

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  PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The American Cancer Society will celebrate Lincolnton’s 21st annual Relay for Life event on Court Square with a kick-off on May 1. According to the Relay for Life website, it is “the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer.” The Lincolnton event…

‘Best friends’ retire together

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  Underwoods leave mark on county’s band, theater culture     PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   For North Lincoln High School teachers Neil and Joanna Underwood, the road to retirement was filled with many thrills and milestones. They celebrate over 60 collective years as educators, most of which were spent…

S.C. couple arrested for meth

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  Staff report Lincolnton police have charged a South Carolina man and woman with felony possession of methamphetamine after responding to a domestic disturbance at the city’s Comfort Inn on Friday. Officers responded to a call about a domestic disturbance in the early morning hours Friday. Officers said that drug…

Saine’s tax proposal gets support from some cities

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Local government may soon have another avenue to raise much-needed revenue. House Bill 903, sponsored by state Rep. Jason Saine (R, District 97) would give cities and counties the option of implementing a 0.25-cent sales tax increase. This would serve, in some municipalities, as a…

Local NAACP looks to the future with new officers

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Debra Williams is fully aware of the challenges her organization faces. Like many groups in Lincoln County, the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People branch faces the stark reality of dwindling membership numbers. At monthly meetings, oftentimes it’s just the executive board…

Mitchem: Teacher pay increases a good idea

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A private meeting held with county representatives on Wednesday gave some school board members healthy optimism that significant upcoming budget requests will be fulfilled. Board of Education chairman Mark Mullen, board member Cathy Davis, Lincoln County Schools superintendent Sherry Hoyle and Lincoln County Schools finance director…

Rhyne family makes South Fork Rail Trail a reality

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Wednesday proved to be the perfect climate to celebrate Earth Day and the new South Fork Rail Trail extension, which is scheduled to open to the public in late 2015. The Carolina Thread Trail covers 15 counties, two states and 2.3 million people —…