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West Lincoln ROTC holds Pass in Review

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County boasts crisis response school

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   For at least the last six years, Lincoln County has served as the only location in the country with a crisis response training school. County Fire Marshal and Lincolnton Pastor Mike Futrell joined in 2007 with Dr. Tina S. Brookes, internationally-known critical response trainer…

Candidate forum coming up

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to host a candidate forum for those municipal-government hopefuls on the ballot in November. “It’s such a big city-election year,” Tim Holder, interim chairman of the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee, said Wednesday. Holder, who will…

UNC science bus makes stop in Lincoln County

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Alpaca festival funds reading program

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “Reading is the basis for everything,” Iron Station resident Shelly Walsh said. She and husband Mike, owners of Good Karma Ranch Alpacas, located on Brevard Place Road, plan to donate a portion of the proceeds from their second annual fall festival this weekend to…

WIC takes hit from federal shutdown

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer While the shutdown of the federal government continues, effects are starting to be felt locally. As of today, the county’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutritional program —which is funded entirely at the federal level — will see an impact as the service will begin…

Staff opposes moving Asbury

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      MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor   The Lincoln County Board of Education held a special called meeting on Monday to gather input from administrators and staff within the Lincoln County Schools system on the future of Asbury Alternative School. And while no concrete decisions regarding Asbury were made…

Christmas is just around the corner

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Arwood charged with stalking ex-girlfriend

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Already facing involuntary manslaughter charges in accidental deaths of two children JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An eastern Lincoln County man charged in the deaths of two young children, including his daughter, was jailed Friday for stalking his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend, a student at East Lincoln High School, the Sheriff’s Office said.…

Students’ free lunch in danger

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer     Funding for free or reduced lunches may soon be in jeopardy for students of Lincoln County Schools due to the shutdown of the federal government. Assistant Superintendent for Business Steve Zickefoose updated the Board of Education on the situation Tuesday night. As of…