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Project creates bears to help young victims cope

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Rising Lincolnton High School student Langley Little sought to soothe both traumatized and victimized Lincoln County children when she first decided to make stuffed bears for her Girl Scout Gold Award project. The 17-year-old has already received her silver award and dozens of other accomplished badges…

NL student gets crash course in government during page program

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer After hearing from a friend about her time as a governor’s page, 17-year-old Kaitlin Chandler of Lincolnton was intrigued and decided it was something she’d like to experience for herself. Chandler was the only student from Lincoln County student to join an 11-member page group to…

Police arrest 3, crack down on teen drinking

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police arrested three people and issued more than a dozen citations for underage drinking in connection with a rowdy party over the weekend at a Lincolnton residence. After receiving multiple calls around midnight Sunday regarding illegal drinking and drug use in the area, police quickly responded…

YMCA program focuses on reading

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Schools, Y team up to improve skills AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Twenty-four students from Iron Station and Catawba Springs elementary schools, ranging from (rising) Kindergartners to second-graders, are working on their reading skills during a free, five-week camp this summer. For the first time, Lincoln County is welcoming the YMCA’s…

Hospital invites public to ‘walk with a doc’

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The first-ever “Walk with a Doc” program in Lincoln County is taking place Saturday morning at Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln, allowing citizens the opportunity to get some exercise while discussing their medical concerns with local physicians. Carolinas HealthCare System’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute adopted the nonprofit,…

Legislators talk with Lincoln Co. seniors

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer N.C. Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, and Sen. Chris Carney of the N.C. Senate’s 44th District fielded questions from senior citizens of Lincoln County during a town hall meeting Tuesday afternoon. The N.C. General Assembly’s short session wrapped up last week, and both Saine and Carney, a…

Mathews new head pastor at Ivey Memorial UMC

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Jim Mathews is already a seasoned trumpet player, journalist, photographer, communications director, college sports information director and salesman, but starting Sunday, he’ll take on the role of head pastor at Ivey Memorial United Methodist Church in north-central Lincoln County. The Charlotte native received his license to…

Schools to look at way to boost teacher jobs

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education will consider Wednesday whether to approve a program that could fund more teaching positions in the county, the Local Education Agency Adjustment Reduction. The board’s Budget and Finance Committee previously discussed the $2.8 million allotment the reduction would provide in…

Cash Mob celebrates Independents

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Woman charged with taking employer’s jewelry

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County deputies placed a Mecklenburg County woman behind bars last week after accusations that she took more than $30,000 in jewelry from an eastern Lincoln County home where deputies said she worked as a housekeeper for nearly a decade and a half. Mubeen Khan Davis,…