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DSS making headway with switch to paperless management

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Department of Social Services Director Susan McCracken says the conversion to paperless management is costing nearly $2 million, but will eventually result in substantial savings and efficiency. SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer In the year since the Lincoln County Department of Social Services began implementing its new paperless case management and…

Tire heist leads to calls for tighter industry security

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Sheriff’s Office authorities have called on aid from the county’s Economic Development Association in requesting all area industries to tighten their security measures. The request comes just weeks after a tractor-trailer filled with more than $50,000 in tires was stolen from a trucking company, located…

Police: Gaston County bus driver jailed after touching a young girl

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Gaston County bus driver was placed in jail Tuesday for inappropriately touching a young girl, police said. A Cherryville Police statement said Cherryville resident Laurence Oscar Lee Huss, 50, was driving the child’s school bus at the time. After the girl’s parent notified the principal…

East Lincoln man dies in fire

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Cause of deadly blaze remains under investigation JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An elderly man is dead following a fatal house fire New Year’s Day in the eastern end of the county. Fire officials remain uncertain as to what exactly instigated the blaze that killed 73-year-old resident Richard Helms Jr., at…

Backyard critters back on City Council agenda

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The issue of backyard chickens is once again on the agenda for the Lincolnton City Council, which is set to consider proposed draft language for a potential ordinance amendment at Thursday night’s meeting. Council members will also weigh several budget amendments, one of which is…

Sheriff skeptical about state’s new inmate law

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Of the more than 40,000 new state laws that went into effect across the nation Sunday with the new year, local law enforcement leaders in Lincoln County are speaking out about a particular North Carolina law that’s calling for a shift in where misdemeanor offenders…

Gaston College campuses now tobacco-free

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   With the new year comes changes for Gaston College. As of Jan. 1, all of the school’s campuses, including Lincolnton’s, are now tobacco-free. The college’s Student Government Association pushed for the initiative, becoming one of roughly 30 tobacco-free campuses of the North Carolina community college…

Push is on for local Boys and Girls Club

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County resident and Department of Social Services worker Shaun Newton is heading the effort to bring a Boys & Girls Club program to Lincoln County. Newton knows first-hand the benefits of such an organization after spending six years of his childhood at the Boys and…

First Lincoln County birth of 2012

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’12 sizing up as unrivaled year in N.C. politics

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RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina voters may never feel more loved — or pestered — in 2012 by politicians and others anxious to persuade them on electoral choices. The state is on the cusp of an unparalleled year in politics, anchored by the Democratic National Convention gathering in Charlotte in…