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Scronce honored as county employee of year

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    SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County recently handed out its 2012 “Employee of the Year” award, with this year’s honor going to Senior Grounds Technician Freddie Scronce with the Parks and Recreation Department. Scronce has been employed by the county since 2006. He told the Times-News on…

Animal Shelter changes hours

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   With the new year will come new hours of operation for the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. Lisa Douglas, adoption coordinator for the county’s Animal Services, told the Times-News on Wednesday that the shelter will no longer offer extended hours on Thursdays after the first…

Record year for drug money seizures

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   It’s been a whirlwind year for the aggressive Lincoln County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division, which not only rounded up nearly 140 area drug dealers from three operations, but also seized an unprecedented amount of cash in the process, investigators told the Times-News earlier this month.…

Crash wrecks Vale power pole

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services transported a Vale man to a Cleveland County hospital Wednesday afternoon after West Lincoln Rescue Squad workers said he crashed into a power pole along N.C. 27 West, breaking it in half. The single-vehicle incident occurred around 2…

Untreated sewage spill prompts public warning in Denver

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A roughly 5,000-gallon spill of untreated sewage and wastewater occurred Thursday afternoon in the eastern portion of the county following what appeared to be a lightning strike at a pump station. After the sewage started to flow toward a Lake Norman cove near the…

Rep. Saine to chair IT subcommittee in N.C. House

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s state representative will enter the next session of the General Assembly in a new leadership position. N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, recently announced his appointments to chair various subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee, with N.C. Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, to…

Cooperative Extension seeks to get word out on available scholarships

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   “There are a reasonable number of small local scholarships available, and we want to make sure students are aware of them,” Lincoln County Cooperative Extension Director Kevin Starr told the Times-News last week. As area students head back to class in the new year,…

Suspect accused of scamming Vale family

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County deputies recently arrested a Randolph County man accused of scamming a Vale family out of money by telling them he worked construction jobs for the state, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies charged Tommy Mack Small Jr., 32, of 1011 Shamrock Road in Asheboro, with…

Going to court over water

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Town of Maiden pursuing old lawsuit again Lincoln County SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The town of Maiden has refiled a lawsuit from several years ago against Lincoln County, perpetuating a dispute over sewer-line services for the Lincoln County Industrial Park. Many of the original players involved in the matter are…

School officials look for ways to cut red tape for smaller facilities projects

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Hoping to save time when starting projects at Lincoln County schools, Executive Director of Facilities Darrell Gettys and the School Board’s Policy Committee brainstormed ideas last week on how to clean up the construction plans process. Currently, under regulation code 9020, various guidelines are in place…