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Bostian to direct the Arts Council

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   As the torch is passed to the next director of the Arts Council of Lincoln County, area art instructor Laurie Bostian will try her hand at further developing and expanding the local organization, in hopes of bringing to light the importance of the arts.…

Deputies: Suspect confesses to 5 break-ins

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   An eastern Lincoln County man admitted to deputies on Tuesday he was involved in five attempted break-ins in the area between late November and early December, the Sheriff’s Office has said. While investigating an attempted break-in at Westport Marina in Denver, deputies apprehended Joshua…

Tier change could mean more local jobs

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County should receive more support from the state when landing industries next year, thanks to a shift in economic-development tier rankings that will make bigger tax credits available. The N.C. Department of Commerce announced the new tier designations last week for all 100…

Students team up with symphony

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  Performance includes song by teacher’s father AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff writer Students from 10 Lincoln County elementary schools and Lincoln Charter School attended a matinee performance by the N.C. Symphony on Thursday, before the evening performance of Holiday Pops at the Citizen’s Center. The daytime performance ended with a sing-along…

More federal sentences in online child porn ring tied to Lincolnton man

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two Wisconsin men and one Missouri man were sentenced Tuesday for their role in a six-person child pornography ring that also involved a Lincolnton man, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office in the Western District of North Carolina said. A federal judge sentenced Daniel Slott,…

Gun permit applications can now be done online

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County residents can now apply for and purchase gun permits through the Sheriff’s Office website. The agency recently made the switch to online applications to “provide better customer service” and “streamline the permit process,” ultimately cutting back on the public’s flow of traffic…

Deputies charge 2 cocaine suspects

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office locked up a homeless man and a Gaston County man Friday on felony drug charges, following a month-long investigation headed by the narcotics division, deputies said. Investigators were working surveillance at the Marathon gas station on East Main Street…

Patton returns to chair county commissioners

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Mitchem casts dissenting vote   SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County Commissioner Alex Patton will retain his post as board chairman for the next two years, following a 4-1 vote by fellow commissioners Monday night. Commissioner Carrol Mitchem cast the sole dissenting vote. The decision came after this year’s…

Picking out a tree at local farms

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  Natural Christmas tree customers have several farms to choose from SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer For those Lincoln County residents still on the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree, there shouldn’t be much road to travel. Local farms are offering up a variety of trees ready for choosing, and the…

Kiser named ‘mayor’ for Cat Square parade

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Cat Square community has named former N.C. Rep. Joe Kiser its 2012 “mayor.” Kiser, who also served as the county’s head law enforcement official from 1989 to 1994, will be featured in Saturday’s 38th annual Cat Square parade in Vale. The 79-year-old also…