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Relay for Life headed downtown

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  Staff report   Lincolnton’s Relay for Life has announced the location for their 2014 event. According to a statement released Tuesday, the 20th Relay for Life Celebration will take place on May 2 in Downtown Lincolnton.  The event is designed to support the American Cancer Society and honor those…

CMC-Lincoln awarded for care

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln is now among the top 33 percent of all Joint Commission accredited hospitals. Last week, the hospital was named a “top performer on key quality measures” by the Joint Commission for its clinical performance in multiple specialties. According to the hospital’s press release,…

Officials offer tips for safe Thanksgiving

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  Staff Report   Both the Lincolnton Fire Department (LFD) and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), in order to prevent potential area emergencies, have issued citizens a number of safety tips for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday. The following LFD list is also based on information acquired from…

Taking advantage of a good day to stay in

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Issa, McHenry decry Obamacare at field hearing

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Gaston County Courthouse was packed Friday morning as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee listened to local testimonies regarding the impact the Affordable Care Act has made on North Carolinians. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., led the discussion for “Obamacare Implementation: Sticker Shock of Increased…

Lentz Center repairs move along

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Following unprecedented summer flooding throughout the county and region this year, officials with Betty G. Ross Park’s William M. Lentz Recreation Center anticipate the facility re-opening early next year. Currently, the gym floor is undergoing a $25,000 asbestos treatment to remove the original tile located underneath…

State uneployment rate dipped in October

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   North Carolina’s unemployment rate is on a downward slope. According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the state’s seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate was 8%, a 0.3% decline from September’s revised rate of 8.3%. October’s state unemployment rate is 1.4% lower than it…

Guerilla Poets mix medium with message

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer For the Guerilla Poets, the power of the word has become a way to inspire others and change lives. Each of the 10 members who comprise the pack, which branched off from local poetry group Poetry Lincolnton just last year, possesses multiple artistic talents, working on…

Christian Ministry fund starts fast

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Christian Ministry of Lincolnton collected nearly 10 percent of its targeted Christmas Fund total during the first week of donations, organization officials said. The nonprofit, located at 207 Poplar Street, hopes to gather at least $100,000 in financial donations during the six-week fundraiser. Funds not only…

Drug suspects still at-large in ‘Operation Top 40’

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is looking for nearly 20 suspects still at-large in the agency’s sixth drug operation since 2011. “Operation Top 40” commenced Wednesday after a 6 a.m. briefing, headed by Narcotics Lieutenant Jason Reid. He and fellow drug officers carried out a six-month-long…