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Lincoln County prepares to mark King’s birthday

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Monday, the Lincoln County community is invited to take to the streets the day beforehand to participate in a celebratory march to the courthouse followed by a special service at the James W. Warren…

Winter storm hits western N.C.

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  Light snow accumulation in some local areas Staff and wire reports North Carolina received its first significant sign of winter Thursday as a low pressure system merged with cold air to dump snow from the mountains to the piedmont. As of 9 p.m., light snow was reported in Jefferson…

Exam week at Lincoln schools

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Denver man charged with distributing child pornography online

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations that a Denver man distributed at least two images of child pornography over the Internet this fall, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies and SBI officials have charged Edward Arthur Peck, 47, of 1753…

Pie day celebration

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Members of the Extension and Community Association (ECA), a group of volunteers for the N.C. Cooperative Extension, are gearing up for National Pie Day, to be observed this Wednesday. This marks the first year the celebration will be held on the same day locally…

Houser to lead state conservation district group

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Tommy Houser of Vale was recently named the president of the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The former Lincoln County Board of Education member and current chair of the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District Board was officially sworn in…

Schools ready to ante up for security

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  Excess bond funds likely to cover cost for upgrades   FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Lincoln County schools can expect a major security overhaul in the very near future. Board of Education members meeting in committee Tuesday night advised administrators that they want security improvements to get the highest priority.…

Customer data at risk after breach at Zaxby’s

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Zaxby’s restaurant on East Main Street in Lincolnton has been identified as among those locations affected by a recent data security breach that may have resulted in unauthorized access to credit and debit card information. Suspicious computer files believed to have originated from…

Demand for gun permits soars

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Gun purchase permits and applications for concealed carry handgun permits are on the rise across the country and state, and Lincoln County and its neighboring counties are no exception after the Sheriff’s Office witnessed a nearly 35 percent increase in purchase permits alone from 2011…

Feds: Two more guilty pleas in Cherryville

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two former City of Cherryville employees agreed in federal court Tuesday to each plead guilty to using their positions to embezzle thousands of dollars apiece in city funds over at least the last three years, according to the United States Attorney’s Office in the…