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Some Rock Springs students will transfer

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Education will hold a special called meeting on Thursday to discuss changes to attendance lines that will force some Denver elementary students to change schools. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Pumpkin Center Intermediate…

County Democrats elect new chairman

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  PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Tommy Huskey was sworn in April 13 as the new chair of the Lincoln County Democratic Party. The party’s county convention was held on April 11 at party headquarters on West Water Street in Lincolnton. “I am honored and very excited to serve as…

Disabled American Veterans looks to connect with young veterans

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      PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   The Disabled American Veterans of Lincoln County Chapter 53 was formed in 1970 and once boasted over 300 active members. Today, the DAV often doesn’t have enough veteran volunteers to participate in the rifle squad that performs services at the funerals of…

Mitch Burgin leaves retirement to become Boger City chief

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      PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   After a relatively short retirement, Mitch Burgin has been named the new fire chief at the Boger City Fire Department. He begins his duties today. Burgin, 52, retired on Feb. 1 from the Lincolnton Fire Department after a 35-year career that began…

Ugandan Thunder enjoys local fellowship

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      PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   A stroll through the gymnasium of Love Memorial Elementary school early Friday afternoon found it full of children playing. Some were sitting on the bleachers reading. What made this different than any other day is that these weren’t students from the school.…

Lincoln County Schools will host meeting on redistricting

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Education will hold a special called meeting on Thursday to discuss changes to attendance lines that will force some Denver elementary students to change schools. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Pumpkin Center Intermediate gymnasium and follows…

Community rallies around 6-year-old cancer patient

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   It was in November when teachers noticed something might be wrong with Braylon Beam. The 6-year-old kindergartner at Rock Springs Elementary School kept having to move closer to the Smart Board to see, and eventually it became so concerning to teachers Meg Carpenter…

Hit and run driver crashes into school bus

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  Staff report   A school bus carrying 27 children was rear-ended at the intersection of Rock Dam Road and Highway 27 West late Wednesday afternoon. Jeffrey Wayne Powers, of 2279 Fulton Trail in Lincolnton, was the driver of a green 1997 GMC pickup truck that fled the scene. Powers…

City water, sewer hikes imminent

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      PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   As Lincolnton city manager Jeff Emory puts the final touches on the first draft of the city’s 2015-16 budget, it’s become clear that the city will face its first hike in water and sewer rates in five years. “As we stand right…

Ready to Rumble: Principal to defend his EWA wrestling title

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      PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Most would agree that educators are champions. They are champions of knowledge and they dedicate their lives to passing that knowledge on to children in their classroom. Their plight to help prepare them for life as productive, responsible adults is a noble…