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Schools back educational forest plan

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education unanimously approved the drafting of a letter showing support for the Mountain Island Educational State Forest at Wednesday’s meeting. Superintendent Sherry Hoyle will draft the letter, which will then be up for approval. Laura Shidal, supervisor of the forest, presented…

Deputies: 911 call helps catch thieves

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Three men were arrested after a neighbor spotted them stealing an A/C unit from an unoccupied residence in Lincolnton Thursday morning, according to deputies. The incident occurred just before 10 a.m. at a home on Drew Drive, where two of the suspects lived, authorities said. According…

Police short on leads in downtown break-ins

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Blood samples could change case JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer More than a week after thieves targeted a number of businesses in downtown Lincolnton, police said they still remain empty-handed as far as case leads. Detectives said they’re waiting for blood samples to return from the crime lab. Blood was found…

Autopsy shows inmate died of natural causes

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Autopsy results have revealed how the husband of a Shelby woman, who is set to be tried for murder in Lincoln County next month, died earlier this week in his Cleveland County jail cell. Eight days after 45-year-old Dwight Stacy Justice, an overweight smoker, was convicted…

County refinances debt to save $1.6 million

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   After successful refinancing efforts last month, County Manager George Wood’s office announced that another bond issuance conducted Tuesday will save the county more than $1.6 million over the 12-year life of the bonds. According to the news release, the county refinanced $17.2 million of…

Sen. Burr to address annual GOP dinner

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    SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County Republican Party Chairman Bradley Putnam announced earlier this week that U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., has confirmed his attendance as the guest speaker for the Lincoln County GOP’s upcoming Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner 2012. “This is a great opportunity for not only…

Quartet hitting Valentine’s notes

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincolnton resident Kristi Conner has been singing in barbershop style musical groups since she was a teen, and for the second consecutive year, she’s joining with fellow singers from internationally known women’s chorus the “Sweet Adelines” to bring Valentines’ cheer to local residents. Four women,…

Talking about medicine

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    Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln pharmacist Ashley Garling (left) discusses medications and dietary supplements with Doris Ray during this week’s “Brown Bag with a Pharmacist” program at the hospital. The program, aimed to educate people about medications and possible interactions, is sponsored by CMC-Lincoln Diabetes Education and Self-Management program and…

Murder case to be tried in Lincoln

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Stepfather of victim found dead in cell Tuesday JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A mother charged in the death of her toddler son is set to go to trial in Lincoln County next month. On March 12, a Lincoln County jury will decide the fate of 23-year-old Kathy Lynn Swafford, of…

Mayor delivers ‘State of the City’ address

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Mayor John Gilleland presents his “State of the City” address to Lincolnton Rotary Club members on Monday. Gilleland: Development going well; lack of water customers a threat SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Mayor John Gilleland presented his “State of the City” address at the Rotary Club of Lincolnton’s meeting on Monday…