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No fault found with library director

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  Staff report   After completing a month-long investigation, Lincoln County officials have determined that allegations of misconduct, mismanagement and misuse of funds leveled against Library Director Jennifer Sackett appear to be unsupported. Several library employees expressed their concerns to county leadership in late October. According to County Manager Tracy…

New child abuse laws take effect

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The arrival of December brought several new laws regarding child protection into effect in North Carolina. The laws were passed during the last session of the North Carolina’s General Assembly. According to Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, more than 134,000 children from the state were referred…

Blake named Chamber’s Woman of the Year

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer     Lincolnton businesswoman Terri Blake was named the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year at the Chamber’s recent annual banquet. The Lincolnton Business and Professional Women’s Club presented Blake, a lifetime resident of Lincoln County, with the award. “It’s a…

Stroup named Chamber’s Man of the Year

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Chip Stroup of First Federal Savings Bank in Lincolnton was named Lincoln County’s Man of the Year at the recent Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet at the Laboratory Mill in Lincolnton. For the past 40 years, Stroup has been a leader of First Federal…

Local musician planning to make it big in 2014

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton High School graduate Eddie Rosa felt called to be a musician at the young age of 6. He couldn’t resist grabbing the mic and performing songs with his brother inside their eastern Lincoln County home when he was little. Rosa, known more commonly by friends…

Man heads to court to face charges in kids’ deaths

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A man accused in the deaths of his daughter and nephew earlier this year in eastern Lincoln County is set to make his next district court appearance in the case this week. A probable cause hearing for Jordan Keely Arwood, 32, will take place…

Problems with food stamps vastly improve

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Four months after the Lincoln County Department of Social Services experienced an unexpected shutdown in computer operations, delaying monthly food stamps for a number of citizens, DSS officials have seen ample improvements while simultaneously bracing themselves for future healthcare changes. The food stamp issue stemmed from…

County to hold another public hearing on solar farm

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  Staff report   The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and Planning Board are holding another public hearing tonight regarding Strata Solar Farms request of a conditional use permit to construct a solar power generator facility in the eastern end of the county. The Times-News previously reported that more than…

Lincolnton gets the Christmas spirit

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LHS drama students present mystery theatre

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton High School’s performance this month of Eileen Moushey’s play “The Great High School Whodunit” includes mystery, comedy and some unpredictable twists and turns. With a cast of more than 15 students ranging in age and experience level from amateur freshmen to seasoned senior, the…