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Hospital imposes restrictions as flu outbreak spreads

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Carolinas HealthCare System announced a tighter visitation policy this week in light of an increased number of flu cases in the region. All of its Greater Charlotte area in-patient hospitals, including CMC-Lincoln, are affected. As of yesterday, the hospital system is restricting visitors under…

City to do own recycling

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  Council splits on contract extension for city manager SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Beginning next month, Lincolnton solid-waste personnel will assume responsibility for picking up the city’s recyclables, a service previously contracted out to GDS for $150,000 annually. The Lincolnton City Council, which first discussed the change last spring, was…

Giving blood

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Another suspect in Cherryville case takes federal plea bargain

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A fifth person has pleaded guilty in federal court this month to conspiracy to transport or receive stolen property in connection with an undercover FBI operation focused on Cherryville in 2011 that involved six total men, three of whom were cops. John Ashley Hendricks,…

$70K donation to launch new education loan fund

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    FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor A new student loan program for Lincoln County residents has been set up through the Centralina Development Corporation and will be administered by the Rotary Club. Representatives of the nonprofit organization attended Monday’s Lincolnton Rotary Club meeting to make the $70,000 presentation in memory…

Sex offense suspect pleads to kidnapping

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincoln man who formerly worked at schools in Denver and a church in Cherryville pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to second-degree kidnapping in a Lincoln County Superior courtroom, court officials said. Brandon James Carter will spend 22 to 36 months behind bars for a…

Moms seek more secure schools

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  FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor   Fears that school violence could spread to Lincoln County motivated two local moms to appear Tuesday before the Board of Education, calling for measures to increase security. “Since Sandy Hook, we moms and dads feel like our schools are sitting ducks for the next…

Solar farm gets green light from county

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Strata Solar received unanimous support Monday night from both the Lincoln County Planning Board and Board of Commissioners to move forward with plans for a solar facility in western Lincoln County. Several representatives of the company, the largest solar-farm developer in the state, were…

Conversation with a crash survivor

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Kayla Glenn was headed home this past fall from her shift at the Wal-Mart store in Hickory when a driver, who troopers said had been drinking and playing with her phone, crossed into Kayla’s lane and struck her vehicle, severely injuring the 21-year-old Lincolnton…

Former church leader due in court for sex offense

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincolnton man and former music director at a Cherryville church will appear in a Lincoln County Superior courtroom today on accusations he was involved in a sex-related incident with a teen girl nearly a decade ago. Brandon James Carter, 33, of 4294 Royal…