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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…

Felony charges against former city employee

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Cherryville: Embezzlement investigation is ongoing   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A former city of Cherryville employee has been charged with embezzling city funds as the result of a still-ongoing investigation that could ultimately result in additional charges against her or others. Jennifer Neal Hoyle, 34, of Cherryville, was charged…

Bad year for U.S. corn, good for Lincoln farmers

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Though severe heat and drought have hit the U.S. Corn Belt states hard this season, conditions generally have been excellent for growing in Lincoln County and across North Carolina, potentially suggesting a big payoff for local farmers. The Corn Belt is a section of…

Dentist accused of stealing from his employees

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   An eastern Lincoln County dentist has been charged by criminal investigators with the North Carolina Department of Insurance with deducting money from employees’ paychecks last year for health insurance coverage while simultaneously failing to pay the required premiums. Denver dentist, Daniel Owen Carson, 54,…

Schools ahead of most on new CPR requirement

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   High school students across the state will soon be responsible for learning CPR and the Heimlich maneuver before being able to graduate, following a mandate from Gov. Bev Perdue. They’ll be joining Lincoln County students who already undergo the training. The new law was…

2nd armed robbery looks much like the first

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police are investigating the second armed robbery in less than a month outside the Little Caesar’s Pizza on East Main Street in Lincolnton. Details of the latest incident, which occurred around 10 a.m. Saturday, were similar to those in a hold-up in early July…