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Library celebrates Shakespeare

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Public Library, together with a number of other counties across the state, is currently hosting a Community Read effort and series of events in honor of one of history’s greatest poets and playwrights — William Shakespeare. Since the English writer and actor…

Meet the Candidate: Candy Burgin

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  MICHAEL GEBELEIN  Managing Editor   Candy Stevens Burgin puts a premium on customer service. She cut her teeth at King’s Office Supply soon after graduating from Lincolnton High School and has grown with an office assistant position at the Department of Transportation. She’s held a leadership position as current…

Police: Serial toe sucker charged

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police have charged a man they said sucked a stranger’s toes after luring the person to try on shoes inside the Lincolnton Wal-Mart on Monday. Michael A. Brown, a registered sex offender from Concord, was charged with misdemeanor assault on a female by the Lincolnton Police…

A war hero looks back

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Local man served valiantly with 105th Engineer Combat Battalion JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton native John David Abernathy, who served for 15 months during World War II, is considered the last surviving member of the United States Army’s 105th Engineer Combat Battalion. Nicknamed by the Germans as “Roosevelt’s SS,” the…

City of Cherryville employee sentenced for stealing utility payments

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Staff report A former City of Cherryville employee was sentenced on Thursday to just over a year in prison for embezzling nearly $93,000 from the city. Jennifer Neal Hoyle, 36, of Cherryville, pleaded guilty to three felony counts of program fraud in 2013 as the result of a joint state…

Sen. Curtis, committee hear about effects of ACA

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer North Carolina lawmakers continued their debate over the controversial overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system this week. The Joint Study Committee on the Affordable Care Act and Implementation Issues held its first meeting in Raleigh on Tuesday. The committee was created in January by Republican House…

Six candidates vying for 2 Board of Commissioners seats

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer This year, six candidates are running for two available Board of Commissioners seats. Republican candidates include Bill S. Beam, Mike Davis, Anita McCall, Martin Oakes and Richard Permenter. Adam Long is the only Democrat candidate running for a County Commissioner seat. County Commissioners James Klein and…

Brother stabbing ruled self-defense

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Staff report A Vale man was transported to Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby with life-threatening injuries on Wednesday after being stabbed by his brother. Rodney Scott Wright, 45, was stabbed in the abdomen with a pocketknife by his brother, John A. Wright, 43, according to an incident report from…

Commissioners OK community center expansion

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners has voted to move forward with the renovation of a community center after a tense debate. At their meeting Monday night, commissioners listened to Director of Public Works Don Chamblee and Director of Lincoln County Parks and Recreation Erma…

Thread Trail growth planned

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    Groups hope extra miles are completed in 2014 JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Additional segments of the Carolina Thread Trail (CTT), a 15-county network of greenways, trails and corridors throughout North and South Carolina, are slated for completion this year in Lincoln County. Established in 2005 by the Foundation…