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Lincoln County Schools will host meeting on redistricting

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Education will hold a special called meeting on Thursday to discuss changes to attendance lines that will force some Denver elementary students to change schools. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Pumpkin Center Intermediate gymnasium and follows…

Community rallies around 6-year-old cancer patient

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   It was in November when teachers noticed something might be wrong with Braylon Beam. The 6-year-old kindergartner at Rock Springs Elementary School kept having to move closer to the Smart Board to see, and eventually it became so concerning to teachers Meg Carpenter…

Hit and run driver crashes into school bus

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  Staff report   A school bus carrying 27 children was rear-ended at the intersection of Rock Dam Road and Highway 27 West late Wednesday afternoon. Jeffrey Wayne Powers, of 2279 Fulton Trail in Lincolnton, was the driver of a green 1997 GMC pickup truck that fled the scene. Powers…

City water, sewer hikes imminent

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      PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   As Lincolnton city manager Jeff Emory puts the final touches on the first draft of the city’s 2015-16 budget, it’s become clear that the city will face its first hike in water and sewer rates in five years. “As we stand right…

Ready to Rumble: Principal to defend his EWA wrestling title

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      PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Most would agree that educators are champions. They are champions of knowledge and they dedicate their lives to passing that knowledge on to children in their classroom. Their plight to help prepare them for life as productive, responsible adults is a noble…

Man whose daughter, nephew died in construction accident indicted for drugs

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      Staff report   A Stanley man whose daughter and nephew were buried alive in a 2013 construction accident has been indicted for multiple felony drug offenses. The indictment handed down on April 6 against Jordan Keely Arwood, 32, of 5858 Cedarbrook Court, was the result of an…

Country star will play Denver fireworks show

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Nashville recording artist Lorrie Morgan will grace the stage on June 27 as the headliner for the Denver Area Business Association’s annual Independence Fireworks Show. The event, entering its 15th year, has progressively grown with each passing year. “When the event started, it…

Lincolnton Middle hosts ‘Athletes For Academics’

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Lincolnton Middle School principal Dana Ayers was searching for a way to reach her students to promote the importance of education. She knew that she had to get their attention in order to reach them. With the focus on athletics being so strong…

Lincolnton drama club to perform ‘Godspell’

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   According to Lincolnton High School drama club and choir teacher Shane Stephens, finding the right material for the talent is a big part of putting on a successful production. “I have a very diverse group of students and I was looking for something…

Deputies: Felon tried to sell guns

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      Staff report   A Lincoln County felon and his wife have been arrested on weapons charges following an investigation by Lincoln County and Randolph County deputies. Lincoln County detectives contacted a Randolph County Sheriff’s detective about a man in Lincoln County who was allegedly attempting to sell…