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Lions help screen young eyes

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Civic club volunteers help to check students’ vision AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Elementary school children in three Lincoln County schools may soon be seeing more clearly thanks to vision screenings provided by the Lincolnton Lions Club this week. Battleground, G.E. Massey and S. Ray Lowder elementary schools hosted the club…

Deputies: Two charged after 4.5 pounds of pot

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Narcotics investigators arrested two Lincolnton residents Monday on drug charges following a SWAT team raid last week on the individuals’ home, in which deputies seized a handgun and nearly five pounds of marijuana, the Sheriff’s Office said. Masked and armed, the SWAT unit…

Painting pumpkins in Long Shoals

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Stroupe unopposed, believes in mission of Conservation District

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Meet Pamela Stroupe — a grandmother of three, a lifelong Lincoln County resident who grew up on a farm and later-raised her family on one, and a woman who formerly taught high school algebra and geometry for a decade. More currently, she’s up for…

Cherryville police chief submits resignation as FBI probe continues

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Cherryville Police Chief Woody Burgess, who was placed on suspension earlier this month in connection with a federal probe of his agency, handed a resignation letter to Interim City Manager Jeff Cash on Monday, but the action won’t go into effect until Thursday, Cash…

State OKs funds for new park in Denver

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Construction on the first phase of the East Lincoln Rescue Park should begin soon now that funding has come through in the form of a North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund matching grant. The Lincoln County Parks and Recreation Department announced Friday that…

Volunteers travel into disaster zone

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Denver resident and local American Red Cross volunteer Ray Roedel packed his bags and headed for the Northeast on Tuesday in an effort to provide disaster relief for individuals who’ve suffered from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy. Because the deadly storm has forced…

Deputies: Suspect breaks officer’s nose

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An Iron Station man assaulted a deputy, fracturing his nose and sending him to the hospital Thursday after the officer responded to an area disturbance call, according to Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Travis Williams was forced to hold Robert Hayes Hunter, 42, of 734 Trinity Lane, at…

At the Spooktacular

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Worrying a pesky bug could be worse

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Smaller than the size of a penny, dark in color and indigenous to China, the kudzu bug is continuing to populate Lincoln County, as well as other parts of the Southeast. This year, farmers and county Cooperative Extension Agent for Agriculture Libby Yarber have noticed a…