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Schools add to graduation requirements

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Lincoln County Schools are increasing social studies requirements for students to graduate. Freshmen beginning high school this fall, will be required to take four social studies courses to graduate rather than three, following a Board of Education decision on Wednesday. In another change, they…

Couple robbed in home by masked gunman

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies are on the hunt for a masked man who broke into a north-central Lincoln County home, pointed a gun at an elderly couple and threatened to kill them. A couple was inside their residence on the 3500 block of Goodson Road near Pumpkin…

Motorists charged for crack cocaine

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies arrested a man and woman accused of harboring crack cocaine inside a vehicle Tuesday night. Jessica Leah Whitehead, 32, of Fox Chase Lane in Alexis, and Chad Aaron Williams, 32, of Peachtree Street in Lincolnton, were taken into custody just before midnight on…

Dressing for the heat

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Ex-DMV worker faces more charges

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   More charges have been filed against a Lincoln County woman accused of improperly handing out driver’s licenses at the Department of Motor Vehicles office in Newton where she worked. North Carolina DMV Communications Officer Marge Howell told the Times-News earlier this week that 62-year-old…

Stroup’s celebrates 60 years in business

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Stroup’s Jewelers in downtown Lincolnton is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, having opened for business in 1952. As one of the oldest and most familiar storefronts on East Main Street, owners of the family business said they have managed to survive changing times by…

Exhibit of Crouse folk artist’s work begins today

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Those closest to the late Lemuel Moore Nolen, “Mr.Lem,” knew him first as a father, hairstylist and over-all nice guy; another title would come later on in his life — artist. Starting today and lasting through Aug. 29, Nolen’s life and artwork will be…

County opts for savings, decides against tax cut

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Despite discussions of a possible cut to county property taxes, commissioners have decided to put cost reductions toward replenishing the county’s savings and keep the rate at its present level for the coming year. The decision came during a Monday evening budget work session. Though…

Candidates begin filing for Board of Education using new districts

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor   With new election districts for the first time in four decades, candidates have begun filing to run for the Lincoln County Board of Education. Five candidates so far have filed to run, according the Lincoln County Board of Elections website, with the filing window remaining…

Alcohol blamed in fatal crash

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON   Staff Writer   Troopers said alcohol and speed contributed to the death of a western Lincoln County man, who ran off the road and struck a tree not far from his residence on Friday. Douglas Powell White, 46, of 7811 Rose Ridge Lane in Vale, was…