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Deputies: Couple lost $6K to phone scam

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A scam artist living in Montreal, Canada, pretended to be an eastern Lincoln County couple’s family friend in order to swindle them out of more than $6,000 last month, deputies said. As a result, the Sheriff’s Office administered an agency press release late last…

Teachers find new curriculum rewarding for young students

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   As Lincoln County schools prepare to see changes in curriculum in the upcoming school year, two elementary school teachers who have already incorporated the changes into their classrooms over the last two years, talked last week with the Times-News about Common Core State Standards…

Police: Suspect in double murder acted alone

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Wilbert Fair, 43, of Lincolnton charged Thursday JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A 43-year-old Lincolnton man is facing two counts of first degree murder in the slaying of a couple in their home on July 26, with police saying they believe Wilbert Lester Fair, 43, of 1452 Cloverleaf Lane, acted alone.…

Deputies: Search on for man who fired shots at ex-girlfriend

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Catawba County deputies are on the hunt for a Conover man accused of using a pistol to assault a former girlfriend, then trying to shoot her while the two were at a party over the weekend. The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office sent out an urgent notice…

SageSport returns to Lincolnton

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A business that started in Lincolnton 30 years ago has returned home after a long absence. SageSport, which was first started in downtown Lincolnton by owner Corky Fulton in 1982, opened a new store to the public Thursday morning. Located in the Lincoln Center shopping plaza…

Lincoln schools get mixed results on state scores

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer The 2011-2012 ABCs of Public Education Accountability Report, which the state released Thursday, sheds light on graduation rates in Lincoln County and how local schools performed last school year. Rock Springs Elementary and North Lincoln High received Honor School of Excellence recognition — the highest-ranking received…

Lending a hand in Vale

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Aspiring tatoo artist wins t-shirt design contest

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Each year in preparation for Lincoln County’s Apple Festival, it’s tradition to choose a local artist’s work for the annual T-shirt, said Joyce Dorsey, festival liaison at the county’s Cooperative Extension office. This year, the 40th for the festival, 33-year-old Jon Deal’s “quaint, small-town” theme won…

Stores ready for tax-free weekend

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The annual tax-free weekend got under way at midnight Friday and lasts through Sunday, offering shoppers an opportunity to stock up on school-related merchandise, clothing and computers, among other items. The tax breaks are available even if no one in the family is going back to…

Ice cream social to aid Christian Ministry

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Cheerwine, apple pie, Oreo, maraschino cherry, peanut butter and banana peach are just a handful of the delectable, old-fashioned flavors that will be available at this weekend’s annual ice cream social fundraiser for Christian Ministry’s soup kitchen. More than 20 ice cream churns helped feed the…