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Uncertainty about virtual charter schools

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Most school officials hope courts will block online classes; others see no problem   AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Lincoln County Board of Education members hope courts will act to block a new virtual charter school from competing with them for students and funding on what they believe will be…

Easier to qualify for reduced price lunch

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Changes in the free and reduced lunch program in the state may save parents time and money, and could  make the process more private and efficient with the addition of new features. The income-level brackets that spell out how much families are allowed to…

Filings ensure 4 contested school board races

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   As candidate filing continues for the Lincoln County Board of Education, all four seats up for election in November will feature contested races. Filing began June 4 and will continue through noon on July 2. Up this year are seats in the new Districts…

Taking aim at summer

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Hall of Fame inductees

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Lincoln Co. families set to host orphans from Eastern Europe

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Starting the end of the month, at least two area families from Providence Church, which meets weekly at Lincoln Charter School’s Denver campus, will each host a European orphan for a five-week period. Denver residents Tracey and Timmy Rominger plan to host 16-year-old Janis…

2 charged in fatal shooting

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Two suspects have been charged in the shooting death of a man found dead in a vehicle in southwestern Catawba County, as well as the attempted murder of a passenger who was also wounded. The deceased, identified as Aaron Ruff, was found behind the wheel of…

Exploring pieces of local history

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Archaeology campers learn as they sift through local artifacts AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Campers enrolled in the Lincoln County Historical Association’s (LCHA) archaeology camp aren’t just playing in the dirt. The archaeologists-in-training are learning a variety of new skills, from using a compass to laying out grids on a dig…

Whooping cough on the rise in N.C.

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Two probable cases of pertussis — also known as “whooping cough” — have been identified in Lincoln County in recent weeks, as state officials warn that reported cases are on the rise in various counties. Teena Leonard, communicable disease program manager for the Lincoln County Health…

Vale college student’s research chosen for new GWU program

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer An area university has selected a Vale resident with a nose for science to be the first to participate in a new research program. “One of the goals of undergraduate research is to foster scholarship that goes beyond the classroom; it can start there, but the…