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Policy changes coming for students, teachers

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A new technology policy could alter the digital landscape of classrooms in Lincoln County. During a June 25 policy committee meeting, the Lincoln County Board of Education voted to approve revisions to Policy 3220, Technology in the Education Program, and added a “Bring Your Own Technology…

McHenry praises Lincoln County Library

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) spent his Tuesday morning touring the Charles A. Jonas Public Library in Lincolnton. During his visit, McHenry spoke with Lincoln County Public Library director Jennifer Sackett about the library’s current initiatives, as well as the programs being offered, including job-training and…

Freedom Church shows some ‘L-Town Love’

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer With their website and their mission statement saying they desire to live life in 4D — display, delight, disciple and declare — Freedom Church at 125 East Main Street in downtown Lincolnton will be opening its doors on Aug. 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in an…

Plan to move county offices taking shape

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Plans are once again moving forward to relocate several county offices, after upcoming renovations to the site of a former hospital on Gamble Drive in Lincolnton. County commissioners voted 3-1, with commissioner James Klein in opposition, during their 2014-2015 budget workshop meetings to resume the $17…

Changing of the guard in downtown

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Farm-to-table restaurant taking space occupied by Main Street Cafe ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Downtown Lincolnton is welcoming a new restaurant to the culinary scene. Harvest Moon Grille’s owner and head chef, Cassie Parsons, and business manager Natalie Veres met with community members at their new location, the former Main Street…

Deputies make largest pill bust in county history

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators seized the largest amount of illegal prescription drugs in county history on Thursday. Terry Lee Graham, 54, of 3215 River Road in Lincolnton, was stopped at 10:45 a.m. by deputy A. Manns on Jenkins Road. Narcotics investigators arrived shortly after…

Couple takes horseback ministry coast to coast

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Tim and Lynn Tuggle have no home address. In fact, in 2010, they sold all of their possessions. They packed up their rescue horses, what little money they had and began a three year, nine month and 19 day journey that would take them from their…

McHenry named Deputy Whip

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Staff report House majority whip-elect Steve Scalise has chosen Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) as his chief deputy whip. Previously filled by Rep. Peter Roskam, the chief deputy whip role is responsible for directing a team of a few dozen deputies who help the leadership pass legislation by working their…

Couple transforms historic home into bed and breakfast

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Years of travel inspire Carpenters to create retreat near Laboratory Mill ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A new bed and breakfast experience is taking flight in Lincoln County. Known as the Peacock Hill Farm, the bed and breakfast is nestled on the hillside across from the Laboratory Mill. Over the past…

Lack of funding lamented at school board meeting

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Education met Wednesday night to discuss current North Carolina House and Senate education budget proposals. During his presentation, Lincoln County Schools Finance Director Steve Zickefoose spoke on current concerns with the 2014-2015 proposed state and county budgets. With the possible state reduction…