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‘Colloquial’ for the win at spelling bee

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  SARAH LOWERY   Staff Writer   Local students battled it out during the Lincoln County Schools 2012 Spelling Bee on Friday at First Baptist Church in Lincolnton. Spelling bee champions from area elementary and middle schools took part in what Superintendent Dr. Sherry Hoyle called the “only competition where…

City delays action on hens, goats

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincolnton City Council discussed allowing backyard chickens and goats during Thursday’s meeting, but delayed further action until the council’s upcoming planning retreat. Following a swearing-in ceremony, during which the recently re-elected incumbents Mayor John Gilleland, Ward II council member Dr. John “Les” Cloninger and…

Search on for two area missing teens

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Authorities are looking for teen girls who recently disappeared from their homes in Lincoln and Gaston Counties late last month and early January in two separate missing person’s cases. Molly Hill, 15, went missing around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday from her Lincoln County foster home in the…

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…