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Library part of state pilot program

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Public Library has been selected to participate in a Community Needs Assessment pilot project by the State Library of North Carolina, one of only eight libraries chosen as lead participants in the statewide initiative. As a result, input is being sought…

Soldier’s mom hopes to greet him on return to U.S.

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “Being in Washington when my son lands on U.S. soil would make him and us feel really good,” Tammy Elmore told the Times-News on Friday. Her son Joshua Elmore is currently stationed in Afghanistan but is set to return home next month with the…

College student raises awareness for young victims of cancer

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   At the entrance of the East Lincoln High Pink Out Night football game on Friday, sat two 21-year-old women selling bright, glittery headbands — not something patrons at the event would normally see. Lauren Athey, a 2009 graduate of East Lincoln, sat with Kaley…

Schools consider range of new ideas

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Becoming more aggressive against bullying and creating programs to recognize academic merit, are a few of the ideas local educators pitched during a recent Board of Education committees meeting to ensure a positive, stronger learning environment for Lincoln County students. In response to the…

Feds charge Cherryville cops with aiding ‘crooks’

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   An undercover federal investigation is shaking up the Cherryville Police Department this week, amid claims that some police officers were operating on the wrong side of the law. Four law enforcement officers and two other men who are accused of  conspiring earlier this…

Mom, friend surrender hair to support chemo patient

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “There are no boundaries when it comes to a mother’s love,” Michelle Callands told the Times-News this week. Callands is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Her mother Annie Bryant shaved her head Thursday in support of her daughter. “I told her, ‘Mama, don’t…

Deputies: Man forged checks he stole from Vale eatery

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A western Lincoln County man allegedly stole multiple checks from the Vale restaurant where he worked, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies charged Michael Shane Perryman, 31, of 8555 Old N.C. 18 South in Vale on Tuesday with one felony count each of forgery of…

Fewer new E.coli cases late in week

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The rate of increase in E. coli infections among Lincoln County residents who attended the Cleveland County Fair appears to be slowing, rising slightly from 10 detected cases on Tuesday to 13 on Thursday. Earlier in the week, the number had almost doubled in…

Bank seeks more time on permit for condos

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The bank that now owns land once slated for a Lincolnton condominium complex is seeking a additional time on the conditional-use permit for the development, which was originally approved by the City Council in 2006. The Lincolnton Planning Board voted Tuesday afternoon to recommend…

Fall festival where the alpacas roam

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Iron Station ranchers, Mike and Shelly Walsh, are taking on a new fete this weekend, as they host their first fall festival. Good Karma Alpaca Ranch Fall Festival will feature local vendors and artists, full-face painting, pumpkin decorating and livestock, such as horses, llamas and…