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Rev. Tommy Conder is new pastor at McKendree UMC

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Rev. Tommy Conder, who moved to Lincoln County earlier this month to serve as the newest head pastor at McKendree United Methodist Church in Lincolnton, said he was just a young child when God called him to the ministry. “I heard it (God’s call)…

County could sweeten pot to lure new jobs

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners is set to take a look at a resolution that would amend the industrial incentives grant policy for the county, in hopes of improving its ability to recruit larger companies. Commissioners will consider the proposal, which calls for adding a…

Board OKs putting funds toward teaching jobs

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Lincoln County received the green light for 24 teaching positions for the upcoming and 2013-2014 school year, as the Board of Education unanimously voted to use the Local Education Agency (LEA) Adjustment Reduction to save the jobs Wednesday night. Twenty-one of the openings are vacant due…

Cherryville, city’s ex-employees face probe from SBI

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DA says fired city manager not a subject of investigation JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The State Bureau of Investigation is currently looking into allegations that two former city of Cherryville employees embezzled funds. Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell ordered the investigation the end of February, SBI’s Public Information Officer…

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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…