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Artist: Don’t try this at home

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Jason Bolton uses fire as a medium in artistic endeavors ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Jason Bolton plays with fire. The self-taught artist and happily married father of four expresses his creativity in a way that leaves many people either confused or enthralled. “It usually goes one of two ways,” Bolton…

City readying to roll out new trash bins

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Northern Lincolnton residents will be the first in the city to receive city-provided trash containers in 2015, the first step in an effort to decrease the waste-stream and improve residential recycling trends. Veteran Public Works employees Steve Littlejohn and Salvador Sosa were given the honor on…

Bluegrass festival grew out of family’s love for being together

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JACLYN ANTHONY LTN Staff Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for education of its virtue. — Plato Unlike most music festivals, where profit is the goal, the Catawba Valley Music Revival, formerly known as the Coot Williams Road Music Festival, uses its proceeds to provide soul…

Local man named American Legion’s national chaplain

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincolnton resident Randy Cash stepped onto the national stage Aug.28, as the retired Navy chaplain took the oath of office to become National Chaplain for the American Legion. An active member of American Legion Post 30 in Lincolnton and a faculty member at the Navy Chaplaincy…

Bank employee arrested for fraud

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A former employee of Fifth Third Bank in Boger City has been arrested on fraud charges by Lincolnton Police officers. Jeffrey Dean Etchison, Jr., 33, of 113 West College Street, Apartment E in Stanley, was arrested on Tuesday after an investigation into a fraudulent withdrawal at…

Students rally around sick classmate

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Ending the 2013-2014 school year was supposed to be exciting. For most students, it was the beginning of summer and the eventual promise of being one year closer to graduation. For a rising junior at North Lincoln High School named Simon Oaida, the year ended with…

Man overcomes checkered past to open Do-Gooders

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Do-Gooders Pizza’s name is more than just a catchy phrase designed to draw customers into the new restaurant on Vandiver Drive in Lincolnton. It’s a reflection of the character of owner Billy Leonard and his path from a 10-month prison sentence to work with local charities…

Sailors young and old take on Lake Norman

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Cherryville woman charged for arson, theft

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Matt Burgess has arrested one person and charged another in connection with a suspicious house fire that was set on June 15. Susan Starlene Waldenville, 38, of 6717 Charleston Trail in Cherryville, was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with…

Study ranks county schools among most productive in NC

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A new study shows that Lincoln County Schools is among the most productive school districts in the state. The Center for American Progress, a nonpartisan research and educational institute, released the study “Return on Educational Investment: 2014” in July, its second study focusing on educational productivity,…