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Elementary students may soon be wearing uniforms

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Battleground Elementary School will have to wait a little longer to see if it will be allowed to move forward with a request to pilot a school-uniform program next year. The idea, presented during a Lincoln County Board of Education committee meeting last week, was a…

Man gets five years for coke

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Maiden man and area cocaine dealer was sentenced this week to five years in federal prison for trafficking the drug in Lincoln County two years ago, according to the United States Attorney’s Office in North Carolina’s Western district. County drug investigators said the now-defunct Sheriff’s…

Deputies bust up meth lab

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer At least three Maiden residents have been charged with possessing items for making methamphetamine at a residential property west of U.S. 321, near the county’s northern end, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Those charged in the incident include Angela V. Morrissette, 20, and Sara Elizabeth…

Grover man charged with exposing self to teen girl

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A 51-year-old Cleveland County man is behind Lincoln County bars after Sheriff’s deputies said he exposed himself to a teen girl at an area residence. Steve Watts, of 122 Grace Lane in Grover, blamed the alleged incident on his sleepwalking, claiming “he thought he was going…

Large mural going up on downtown building

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Local artist undertakes biggest project yet JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “I’ve more or less touched every brick,” local artist Mark Smith said. The Lincolnton resident and perhaps one of the community’s most talented hidden gems has been painting a mural since June 7 on the side of Shalom Baptist Church’s…

4H program teaches kids to innovate with art

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Deputies seeking help identifying break-in perps

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in identifying two men who they said broke into a western county store on Sunday. Surveillance video from Half Way Supply, located at 889 North N.C. 18 in Vale, recorded the men on the property just…

Break-in nets TV, trip to jail for teens

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies were quick to apprehend five suspects, including four teens, within minutes after the group allegedly broke into a Lincolnton home to steal a television. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said the following individuals were taken into custody Saturday evening: Brittany Nicole Cornwell,…

Library to roll out new checkout system

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    SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer     The Lincoln County Public Library will host an open house Thursday to mark the implementation of a new self-service checkout technology at all of its branches countywide. The radio-frequency-identification (RFID) system is just the latest of many recent improvements made at local…

Theatre Guild to present ‘Little Women’

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer For the next two weekends, the Lincoln Cultural Center’s Timken Performance Hall will come to life as 11 actors take the stage to recreate the classic story of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. “It’s a way to understand people back then,” actor Bethany Hilmu,…