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McHenry calls for VA secretary’s resignation

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Staff report Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) is calling for the resignation of Department of Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki, following discoveries of mismanagement and mistreatment at Veteran Affairs facilities in Phoenix, A.Z. and across the country. According to the Associated Press, a federal investigation of operations at Phoenix VA…

School’s almost out for county students

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Lincolnton business receives national award

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented a Lincolnton-based logistics company with the President’s “E” Award for exporters at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. Sea Express American Corporation (S.E.A. Corp), founded in 1998 by company president Myra Heavner, specializes in containerized ocean exports. The…

Ministry takes local shoeboxes overseas

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Kyliegh Kite and a team of volunteers with Samaritan’s Purse traveled to the Philippines earlier this month to deliver thousands of toy-filled shoeboxes to impoverished children. The boxes were packed as part of Operation Christmas Child, one of the primary yearly projects carried out by Samaritan’s…

County school system recognizes retirees

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Officials: Vale library needs expansion

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    Board of Trustees cites lack of space, resources in presentation to commissioners     ELIZABETH HEFFNER  Staff Writer   Lincoln County Library’s Board of Trustees is asking county commissioners for their help in upgrading the library facility and services offered in western Lincoln County. At the commissioners’ May…

Course prepares future cops for the courtroom

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON  Staff Writer   Cherryville resident Steven Hoyle has always dreamed of working in the police field. At age 26, he finally decided it was time to sign-up for the Criminal Justice Academy — also known as Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) — with Gaston College. Since…

City pool set to re-open after flood repairs

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        ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincolnton’s William M. Lentz Pool, located in Betty Ross Park, is scheduled to reopen this weekend for the summer season. According to recreation program coordinator Nathan Eurey, the pool received significant damage from heavy rains and flooding that swept across the…

Man charged for fatal hit-and-run

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Fitzpatrick JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Just one day after troopers made a break in a fatal hit-and-run investigation in Lincoln County, an arrest was made. Travis Kirk Fitzpatrick, 33, of Sherrills Ford, was charged Saturday morning after troopers said they received an anonymous tip. The suspect is accused of striking…

Medal of Honor recipients share war stories, life lessons with local students

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer In celebration of Memorial Day weekend, four Medal of Honor recipients visited Lincoln County students Friday morning at North Lincoln High School, offering their personal testimonies of war stories and heroic acts. The North Carolina Army National Guard and American Legion Post 30 in Lincolnton sponsored…