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NC House Speaker fields questions at town hall

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  SARAH LOWERY, STAFF WRITER   During Wednesday’s town hall meeting at the Lincoln Cultural Center, North Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis fielded questions covering a variety of topics, while also addressing a few issues of his own choosing. Following an introduction by N.C. Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln,…

ELHS thespians tackle adult themes in ‘Children’s Hour’

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON, STAFF WRITER   East Lincoln High School’s drama program presented its first performance of the year Thursday night with a production that’s been labeled one of the “raciest” scripts in school history. The Children’s Hour first hit movie screens in 1961 as Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine and James…

Knights to offer patriotic encore

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MARTHA K. SEAGLE, STAFF WRITER   Fans of inspiring patriotic music and marching bands have one final opportunity to see “Red, White and You” 7 p.m. Tuesday at North Lincoln High School. Neil Underwood, director of the Band of Knights, said the inspiration for the award-winning show was a patriotic…

Gaston convicted felon linked to Lincoln break-ins

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON, STAFF WRITER   A Gaston County man with a history of felony convictions has been connected to two separate break-ins Tuesday morning at automotive businesses in Lincoln County’s eastern end. The break-ins occurred only an hour apart from one another, authorities said. Joshua David Carter, 23, of 304-A…

Decision on police headquarters renovation put off until 2012

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  SARAH LOWERY, STAFF WRITER   The Lincolnton City Council decided at Thursday’s meeting to delay taking action on plans for the expansion and renovation of the Lincolnton Police Department until next year. City Manager Jeff Emory reintroduced the item to see if council members were ready to take action.…

Around Town for November 4, 2011

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  Book Sale The Lincoln County Public Library will have a book sale 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Citizens Center, W. Main Street in Lincolnton. A wide variety of books, CD’s, DVD’s and VHS tapes will be available. For more…

Sen. Forrester dies, leaves behind ‘real void’

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SARAH LOWERY, STAFF WRITER N.C. Sen. Jim Forrester, R-Gaston, passed away Monday at the age of 74 after being admitted to the hospital over the weekend for tests. Once at Gaston Memorial Hospital in Gastonia, his condition quickly deteriorated, and he was placed on life support following some cranial bleeding,…

Sen. Jim Forrester, 1937-2011, remembering a public servant’s legacy

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  SARAH LOWERY, STAFF WRITER   Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1937, Jim Forrester spent much of his life in the service of others, including in the U.S. military, the community, in government and as a doctor. After years of legislative service as a member of the minority party, he…

Feedback sought on plans for School Board election districts

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  MARTHA K. SEAGLE, STAFF WRITER   Citizens can express their input on the three proposals for Lincoln County School Board redistricting Wednesday at the district’s offices on North Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton. “I hope we have a good turnout from all areas of the county,” Ed Hatley, chairman of…

Deputies: Suspect fled to church

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON, STAFF WRITER   An Iron Station man, who deputies say led them on a chase that ended up at a church after an assault Sunday morning, faces multiple criminal charges and is being held under a more than $20,000 bond. Justin Eugene Blalock, 31, of 1362 Branton…