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Early voting hours cause partisan spat

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The location and duration of Lincoln County’s one-stop early voting locations for the November general election have caused significant tension between local political parties. After a 2-1 majority vote, the county’s Board of Elections developed a plan for early voting that offers Lincolnton’s location 38 hours,…

Police search for missing teen

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincolnton Police Department is asking for the public’s help to locate a Lincolnton teen that was last seen on Sept. 12. Taylor Love Blake, 16, was last seen at her residence in the city limits. Blake is 5-foot-6 and 170 lbs. and has hazel eyes…

DSS to unveil Work First plan

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Department of Social Services will present its proposed Lincoln County Work First Family Assistance Plan for 2016-2019 at the Sept. 22 Board of Commissioners meeting. The proposal, first presented to the county’s Social Services Board during its Tuesday meeting, was developed under the guidance…

3 city men facing cocaine charges

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Three Lincolnton men were arrested on Sept. 10 on cocaine charges in connection with a three-month investigation by the Narcotics Division of the Lincolnton Police Department. Anthony Eugene Odum, Rufus Durand Lynch, Sr. and Stefan Delaine Shuford were all taken into custody in the 800 block…

Police identify man who died in city wreck

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincolnton police officials have identified a man who was killed and a woman who was injured in an early-morning wreck on Thursday. Lincolnton Police Department officers responded to a call regarding an accident around 12:03 a.m. on Sept. 11. Reports were that the accident happened at…

D.A.R. group marks Constitution Week

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer For 59 years, the Daughters of the American Revolution have made it a goal to educate the community about the historical events that surrounded the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America. The tradition began in 1955, when a resolution to designate Sept.…

County public schools excel at state measures

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County Schools’ graduation and proficiency scores continue to excel, according to the State Board of Education’s 2013-2014 READY Accountability Report. In a Lincoln County Schools press release, the September report depicts achievement in three ways: proficiency, Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO) and academic growth. The school…

Revolutionary War Patriots to be honored

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Three Lincoln County Patriots that fought for American freedom during the Revolutionary War will be honored on Saturday as the Sons of the American Revolution will hold grave marking ceremonies. The Catawba and Mecklenburg chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution are sponsoring the ceremony…

Watch out for the sharp side

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Art Crawl, Rhyne Competition seeking entries

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The committee of the Lincolnton Art Crawl has officially extended an open invitation for local artists to participate in this fall’s event. Seeking artists in a variety of mediums such as painting, photography, drawing, pottery, jewelry and fiber arts, the committee is asking artists to register…