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Local man named American Legion’s national chaplain

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincolnton resident Randy Cash stepped onto the national stage Aug.28, as the retired Navy chaplain took the oath of office to become National Chaplain for the American Legion. An active member of American Legion Post 30 in Lincolnton and a faculty member at the Navy Chaplaincy…

Bank employee arrested for fraud

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A former employee of Fifth Third Bank in Boger City has been arrested on fraud charges by Lincolnton Police officers. Jeffrey Dean Etchison, Jr., 33, of 113 West College Street, Apartment E in Stanley, was arrested on Tuesday after an investigation into a fraudulent withdrawal at…

Students rally around sick classmate

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Ending the 2013-2014 school year was supposed to be exciting. For most students, it was the beginning of summer and the eventual promise of being one year closer to graduation. For a rising junior at North Lincoln High School named Simon Oaida, the year ended with…

Man overcomes checkered past to open Do-Gooders

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Do-Gooders Pizza’s name is more than just a catchy phrase designed to draw customers into the new restaurant on Vandiver Drive in Lincolnton. It’s a reflection of the character of owner Billy Leonard and his path from a 10-month prison sentence to work with local charities…

Sailors young and old take on Lake Norman

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Cherryville woman charged for arson, theft

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Matt Burgess has arrested one person and charged another in connection with a suspicious house fire that was set on June 15. Susan Starlene Waldenville, 38, of 6717 Charleston Trail in Cherryville, was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with…

Study ranks county schools among most productive in NC

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A new study shows that Lincoln County Schools is among the most productive school districts in the state. The Center for American Progress, a nonpartisan research and educational institute, released the study “Return on Educational Investment: 2014” in July, its second study focusing on educational productivity,…

Report: Equality will help state economy grow

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Staff report A new study released today reports that an equity-driven economic growth model will expedite North Carolina’s recovery from the Great Recession, which has consistently remained uneven and sluggish across the state, creating recessionary-like conditions in many cities and towns. “The State of Working North Carolina,” a report published…

North Lincoln drummer shines on big stage

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For North Lincoln High School junior Ian Yount, this summer consisted of lengthy rehearsals, long bus rides and the chance to compete against talented drum corps from across the country. Yount, 17, was first introduced to music during his elementary school years. “I homeschooled Ian and…

Deputies help nab fugitive

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Denver man wanted in California and Florida was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals with assistance from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives secured a search warrant for 2896 Sweeping Pines Drive in Denver and took Justin David Goulet, 27, into custody. In Lincoln County,…