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The Tale of Maryvale: More than a day care

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Sisters share faith, arts, academics with local kids PHIL PERRY Staff Writer There is a warmth that you can’t deny when visiting Maryvale Day Care School in Vale. From the moment that you enter the facility, you get the feeling that the staff members take their job very seriously but…

Woman charged with stealing ADA’s wallet at courthouse

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Staff report A Rowan County woman is accused of stealing an assistant district attorney’s wallet while she was awaiting trial at the Lincoln County Courthouse on Wednesday. Jessica Jean Yeckley, 32, of 1580 Amity Hill Road in Cleveland, was at the courthouse to face trial on a misdemeanor charge of…

Fire department’s ‘ELF Project’ helps make Christmas brighter

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For the fifth year in a row, the East Lincoln Fire Department has held its annual “ELF Project” fundraiser to assist needy children in Lincoln County during the holidays. The project, held Tuesday, involved both St. James Elementary and Catawba Springs Elementary students. The recipients are…

NL band wins gold at Charlotte parade

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The North Lincoln High School marching band is no stranger to accolades. The latest comes in the form of a grand champion award from the Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade in Charlotte, formerly known as the Carousel Parade. Band director Neil Underwood’s Knights topped 13 other bands…

County manager contract, raises approved

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners removed the “interim” tag from county manager Kelly Atkins and approved retroactive merit-based raises for county employees at a meeting on Monday. The commission unanimously approved Atkins’ contract as the new county manager. Atkins had previously been appointed to serve…

A firefighter remembered

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Police ask for public’s help to solve card theft

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Staff report The Lincolnton Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect in a case of identity theft. On Nov. 13, a victim reported that his check/debit card was used in various places on several dates in Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln Counties. A surveillance photo…

City leaders working on long-range plan

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The City of Lincolnton’s department heads met with Centralina Council of Governments executive director Jim Prosser and information systems administrator Bob Henderson on Monday to discuss the next steps in the city’s strategic planning vision: an interactive open house to help the public understand the functions…

East Lincoln brings home another trophy

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Board to vote on county manager

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will hear a motion to approve an employment contract with interim county manager Kelly Atkins to serve as county manager at a meeting tonight. Atkins would receive a salary of $110,000 per year during the term of the contract, according to…