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Secret Service to get look at funny money

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is set to notify federal authorities and Secret Service about an Iron Station man accused of forging more than $1,000 in currency. Deputies searched the home of Daniel Brandon Houser, 23, on Tuesday and discovered more than 20 $100 and $20…

Lincolnton man killed crossing street in Shelby

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Shelby Police Department is investigating why a Lincolnton man was crossing an area roadway Monday night when a motorist struck and killed him. The incident comes as the second pedestrian fatality in Shelby since 2010, authorities said. Officers said the driver collided with 44-year-old Alfredo…

Charter school to break ground for new building

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincoln Charter School is set to break ground on a new elementary school building for its Denver campus tomorrow during a ceremony hosted by PTO members. The new building will be located on Galway Lane, next to the middle and high school building. Dave Machado, chief…

Illegal bath salts bust could be part of trend

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies discovered illegal bath salts inside a Denver woman’s bra Wednesday during a routine traffic stop. Authorities said that a vehicle carrying Stacy Marie Blackwelder, 25, of 7355 Executive Circle, and Kenneth Dean Eaves Jr., 27, of 712 Bethany Road in Gastonia, crossed the center line…

At the food show

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Students learn about the benefits of a healthy diet and proper nutrition as they visit the Fuel Up To Play 60 booth at the annual LCS Food Show on Thursday.…

Calls to Lincoln voters appear illegal

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Six campaigns deny ties to recorded phone messages attacking congressman FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Phone calls to Lincoln County voters with a recorded message that appears intended to discredit a North Carolina congressman are drawing complaints and a possible state investigation this week, after the Lincoln Times-News brought the calls…

Fire Dept. puts sex offender suspect on leave

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Denver Fire Department is speaking out about one of its own who was recently arrested for inappropriately touching a child. As previously reported, Landon Kirk McMahon, 20, of 4517 Catawba Burris Road in Denver, was charged Friday with one felony count each of first degree…

Students lift voices in ‘Annie’

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Drama teacher sees parallels between Depression-era themes, current times JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer More than 60 Lincoln County students are inviting audiences to experience the tears, laughter and love behind North Lincoln High School’s musical production of Annie. The show, set to run tonight through Sunday, is one of three…

County backs incentives to go green

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Businesses that invest in energy-conserving, non-polluting commercial and industrial facilities may start getting a financial boost in Lincoln County. The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal Monday for incentives for the construction of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) industrial and commercial office buildings.…

Schools plan annual food show Thurs.

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Child Nutrition Department of Lincoln County Schools will host its third annual Lincoln County Food Show on Thursday, in collaboration with the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA) and the Carolina Panthers. This year’s theme will be “Breakfast is Brain Fuel,” and the event will…