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First Federal to celebrate grand opening of new branch in Vale

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Western Lincoln County residents will now have easy access to one of the county’s most well known banks. First Federal Savings Bank will hold their grand opening and ribbon-cutting celebration on Thursday at 5 p.m., followed by a Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” event from…

Commissioners approve Buffalo Shoals Road cell phone tower

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners approved several rezoning requests during its meeting Monday night. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve American Tower Corp.’s request to erect a 195-foot wireless telecommunications tower on Buffalo Shoals Road in the Ironton Township with the Planning Board’s revision. Last Monday, the…

Spelling bee C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N

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East Lincoln Relay for Life set to begin

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer It’s been nearly 10 years since Anne Willis heard the news she had cancer. As co-chair of this year’s 15th Anniversary event of East Lincoln’s Relay for Life — also headed by Sandy Hannigan — her goal is to continue encouraging the community, and entire county,…

Heroin suspect charged with breaking into buildings in own neighborhood

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A 21-year-old man is accused of breaking into three different locations last month in Iron Station, deputies said. Jordan Ray Vanzandt, of 5693 Nora Drive in Iron Station, broke into a storage garage and unoccupied residence on Dec. 24, taking metal parts, copper tubing, a box…

Man captures back-to-back wins at photo competition

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Woman starts pageant, scholarship in memory of departed daughter

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Shakia Newman remembered for loving, caring spirit JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer One local mother is planning to host a community beauty pageant this month to raise scholarship money in memory of her daughter. For the last six months, Lincolnton resident Barbara Smith has been organizing the event — named “Big…

Rock Springs Park nearing completion, March opening, in eastern Lincoln County

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County residents should be looking forward to a new park opening this spring. According to Lincoln County Parks and Recreation Director Erma Deen Hoyle, Rock Springs Park will be the seventh addition to the park system in Lincoln County. Hoyle said the idea for developing…

Board of Education meeting set for Tuesday

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Staff report Lincoln County’s Board of Education will reunite Tuesday evening for their first meeting of the new year. East Lincoln High School’s 2A Girls Cross Country Champions will receive special recognition that night, along with recipients of the National Board Certification Program and North Lincoln High School Director of…

Commissioners to decide rezoning requests

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer County commissioners will determine the fate of several zoning permit requests at their meeting tonight. At the Jan. 6 meeting, officials listened to three rezoning and conditional use permit requests, one of which was fairly controversial. Last week, neighboring residents shared mixed feelings about applicant American…