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Charlotte woman charged with stealing credit card

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Kathy Joyce Canipe, 52, of 945 North College Street in Charlotte, is currently behind bars at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center in Lincoln County after confessing to using a credit card that was stolen from a vehicle in the parking lot of SABO USA Inc.…

Quadruplet brothers reach Eagle Scout

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Josh and Jake Massey stand out for many reasons. The 14-year-old quadruplet brothers and members of the East Lincoln High School band recently achieved one of the highest honors in the Boy Scouts of America, earning their Eagle Scout awards. Recognized on Aug. 2 at Unity…

Plant expansion plans on agenda for commissioners

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will meet Monday to discuss several proposals from the Lincoln County Public Works and Utilities department. Public Works director Don Chamblee will speak to commissioners regarding a motion to approve an engineering study regarding a water treatment plant expansion. Based upon…

West Lincoln student revitalizes memorial

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For nearly 40 years, a small memorial nestled in the grassy quad between two West Lincoln schools has stood as a silent tribute to the students whose lives tragically ended before their high school graduation. Known as the Circle of Friends, the memorial was left neglected…

Piece of folk art comes home

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‘Christ Lives Again’ now on display in Lincoln Cultural Center ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer “Christ Lives Again” was once an obscure piece of folk art. A commission from the Samaracand Manor in Eagle Springs for a local artist in 1957, the large painting that was once a focal point in…

Mother-daughter team tackles new antiques shop

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Downtown Lincolnton will soon welcome a new antique store to Main Street. In just three weeks, mother and daughter duo Gail and Theresa Swinney will open Red Door Antiques to the public, a store which will offer not only traditional antiques, but vintage and shabby chic…

Board of Education hears update on programs

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Education discussed several reports regarding local child programs at a meeting on Tuesday. This summer, 32 students from Catwaba Springs Elementary School and Iron Station Elementary School participated in the Y Reader Program, a free program designed to improve reading, writing and…

Teacher pay increase in state budget, puppy mill bill stalls

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer After many weeks of debate, North Carolina is moving forward with a budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Governor Pat McCrory signed the state government budget bill on Thursday, a bill which gives teachers and state employees significant pay raises for the first time in several…

Last days at the Rock Springs Camp Meeting

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Teen rider, rescue horse make a run at international event

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Taylor Long’s love of barrel racing began with a can-do attitude, affection for horses and a need for speed. The 16-year-old recently displayed her passion for the sport at the National Barrel Horse Association Youth World Championships. The invitation-only event was held in Perry, Georgia from…