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Program to teach Braille to blind children

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “It’s not an embarrassment to be blind,” Yvonne Franz said. The Lincolnton resident has been teaching visually-impaired students for more than three decades and could not be more excited to teach Braille and other life skills to eight local five to 12-year-olds this week. Franz helped…

School Board to consider vendors

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education is expected to take action on a variety of items during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening, as well as hear various reports. First on the agenda is the consideration of several Policy Committee recommendations, including one regarding attendance, another…

Poetry Lincolnton releases anthology

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN News Editor Poetry Lincolnton has been hosting readings at the Lincoln Cultural Center every month since 2011 and now the fruit of those meetings is something tangible. The group released its first anthology in June, “The Best of Poetry Lincolnton 2013 Reading Series,” through a co-sponsorship with Charlotte-based…

Local funeral director named state ‘Professional of the Year’

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincoln County funeral director was recently named “Professional of the Year” for 2013. The Funeral Directors and Morticians Association of North Carolina, Inc., handed out the annual award in a special ceremony last month in Wilmington. Mary Frances White, owner of Ebony and White’s Funeral…

Police drug roundup nets over 20 suspects

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police have apprehended more than 20 area drug suspects since initiating Operation “Independence Day” on Wednesday. A three-month undercover investigation targeted dealers accused of buying and selling marijuana and pharmaceuticals such as Hydrocodone, Xanax, Dilaudid, Oxycodone and Clonazepam. Undercover officers Sgt. Det. J. Munday and Det.…

Fire Department to help raise funds for Amity Lane washout

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A local fire department plans to help an Iron Station neighborhood raise money to repair a road washed away in this month’s area flooding. Trinity Farms resident Debbie Whitley said Pumpkin Center Fire Department will host a food fundraiser on Saturday and Sunday and donate proceeds…

Lincoln County celebrates Independence Day

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Deputies locate one of two missing sisters

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies said they located one of two Lincoln County sisters who ran away from their residence earlier this month. A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer went to Carolinas Medical Center-Main on Wednesday and identified patient Aniya Symone Mickey-Weeks as one of the missing teens, the Sheriff’s Office said.…

County unemployment rate rises slightly

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincoln County’s unemployment rate ticked back up for the month of May, rising to 9.5 percent from 8.7 percent a month earlier. Not alone, the county was one of 87 statewide to see similar increases, while 12 experienced decreases and one remained unchanged, according to new…

City cops bust drug offenders

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON   Staff Writer   Lincolnton Police said they targeted more than 30 drug offenders Wednesday morning following a nearly three-month undercover investigation. City officers, along with aid from Sheriff’s detectives John Propst and Frank Runyon, took to the streets in teams of two for Operation “Independence…