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Three juveniles admit to setting massive mill fire

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police said three juveniles admitted to accidentally setting an abandoned Lincolnton mill on fire earlier this month. The individuals were initially fearful of talking to detectives about what had happened, an agency press release said. The juveniles, two of whom live in Catawba County and a…

New ‘Tag and Tax’ program delayed

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Implementation of the state’s new “Tag and Tax” program, previously scheduled to roll out Monday, has been delayed until Sept. 1. The new system, which allows people to purchase vehicle tags while paying tax at the same time, was initially supposed to begin with registered-vehicle renewals…

Relatives fight to recover child from DSS

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Relatives of one local three-year-old girl are fighting to regain custody of her after they said officials with Catawba County Department of Social Services wrongfully removed the child from their home earlier this month. DSS placed Jocelyn “Josie” Jackson in foster care just one day after…

Religious event set for Sunday

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County will be among thousands of locations across the country Sunday hosting community-based initiatives focused on prayer and repentance. The efforts will be part of a nationwide event called “Call 2 Fall,” sponsored by the Family Research Council (FRC) in Washington, D.C. Organizers have asked…

Saine’s IT bill signed by McCrory

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer One of the 28 bills signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday included a measure headed up by N.C. Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, and designed to implement changes in the governance of the state’s information technology. HB 390, of which Saine was the primary…

Former Cherryville police chief pleads guilty to embezzlement

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Cherryville Police Department’s former chief formally pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to stealing more than $11,000 in city funds, according to the United States Attorney’s Office in North Carolina’s Western district. Between January 2007 and November 2008, Woodrow Paul Burgess, 60, of Cherryville, requested…

City preps for Fourth festivities

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Preparations are in the final stages for this year’s July Fourth festivities in downtown Lincolnton, with organizers still looking for additional parade entries. The July Fourth Celebration Committee, made up of city of Lincolnton and Lincoln County officials, as well as representatives from various local organizations,…

School Board to vote on uniforms

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education is expected to come to a decision regarding Battleground Elementary School’s request to pilot a uniform program during a special-called meeting Thursday night. The issue has been discussed at previous meetings of the group, which decided to delay taking action…

Students see snakes up close

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Library hosts ‘Snakes Alive’ for curious kids JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer From an Australian Bearded Dragon named “Hector” to a 13-foot long Burmese python named “Rosie,” snakes and reptiles came “alive” for a crowd of more than 300 elementary-aged children Tuesday at locations in both Lincolnton and Denver. The Lincoln…

Iron Station man to plead guilty in $1 million Ponzi scheme swindle

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Federal officials said an Iron Station man has agreed to plead guilty to mail fraud after a criminal bill of information was filed against him Monday for running a nearly five-year Ponzi scheme that drew in at least $1 million. C. David Wright, a former school…