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Local NAACP looks to the future with new officers

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Debra Williams is fully aware of the challenges her organization faces. Like many groups in Lincoln County, the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People branch faces the stark reality of dwindling membership numbers. At monthly meetings, oftentimes it’s just the executive board…

Mitchem: Teacher pay increases a good idea

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A private meeting held with county representatives on Wednesday gave some school board members healthy optimism that significant upcoming budget requests will be fulfilled. Board of Education chairman Mark Mullen, board member Cathy Davis, Lincoln County Schools superintendent Sherry Hoyle and Lincoln County Schools finance director…

Rhyne family makes South Fork Rail Trail a reality

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Wednesday proved to be the perfect climate to celebrate Earth Day and the new South Fork Rail Trail extension, which is scheduled to open to the public in late 2015. The Carolina Thread Trail covers 15 counties, two states and 2.3 million people —…

Lincoln Country Club celebrates new era

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Lincoln County land developer Willie Heafner first presented the idea of buying the Lincoln Country Club, his son, Luke, wasn’t quite sure what his father had in mind. “I knew he was interested and I knew that he was thinking about all of…

Man charged with robbing grandparents

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    Staff report   A Maiden man who reported a fictitious break-in at his home on Wednesday was arrested on charges that he robbed and kidnapped his grandparents in 2012. Zachary Cecil Lawing, 33, of 3440 Walker Road, was charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and second…

Parents speak out against new school lines

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A sparse crowd and limited speaking times forced a scheduled community meeting at Pumpkin Springs Intermediate School about revised school attendance lines on Thursday to last less than a third of the allotted 90 minutes. Eleven people spoke during a 19-minute open comment session. Their…

Man charged with sending obscene photo to woman

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    Staff report   A 36-year-old Cherryville man has been charged with disseminating obscenity by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office after allegedly sending a photograph of his private parts to a woman he was harassing. Ashley Dean Waters, of 1861 Wehunt Store Road, was arrested on charges of misdemeanor…

Silver, Davis finalists for ‘Children’s Hero of the Year’ award

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          PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Two Lincoln County residents are finalists for Eckerd’s 2015 “Children’s Hero of the Year” award. Bob Silver of Denver and Cathy Davis of Lincolnton have made the short list for the award, which will be presented in three categories on…

Legislators unconcerned with Supreme Court order on district lines

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Local legislators are calling a United States Supreme Court ruling simply procedural. The decision, handed down Monday without an opinion attached, vacates a previous judgment from the state’s Supreme Court and asks North Carolina to reconsider redistricted legislative maps drawn in 2011, in…

Crowning Achievement: Lincoln Dental Services celebrates 15 years

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      PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   For 15 years, Lincoln Dental Services has provided dental care to indigent children in Lincoln County and, on June 8, it will host an open house that will provide a sneak peak at a brand new facility equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that…