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Man drops 400 pounds

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “My stylist opened the door to freedom (for me) and gave me my life back,” Lincolnton resident Todd Reynolds said. The 49-year-old Lincolnton High School graduate recently reached one of the most significant milestones of his life by losing 400 pounds. Reynolds shed the weight through…

Thieves hit unlocked vehicles

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton subdivision recently experienced a high volume of vehicular break-ins, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies are seeking the public’s help in the incidents and reminding residents to keep their vehicles locked, since all of the vehicles targeted in this month’s break-ins remained unlocked, according to…

Dispute may lead to changes in court scheduling

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An overcrowded courthouse has been a Lincoln County issue for years, but it took a recent disagreement between a judge and the sheriff to prompt a serious discussion of the county’s heavy daily case load and chaotic scheduling process. On July 31, Judge K. Dean Black…

Search for county manager nears its end

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Negotiations are in the final stages for a new Lincoln County manager, local officials announced Friday morning. William (Tracy) Jackson, who currently serves as the assistant county manager for Iredell County, is expected to take up the post, “assuming all goes well” with finalizing his…

School security on agenda for Board of Education

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Education is expected to take action during its meeting Tuesday night on school-security measures for the district’s middle and high schools. The group previously signed off on access control and video surveillance for local elementary schools, which have now been…

Rock Springs Camp Meeting closes with wet and wild day

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‘Leadership Lincoln’ accepting applications

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce recently announced that it is taking applications for its annual “Leadership Lincoln” class. “Many of the leaders in this community are proud graduates of this successful program,” Chamber officials said in the announcement. “They have found it to…

Sheriff attends training program

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter recently attended his third state Sheriffs’ Association’s Annual Training Conference since voters put him in office in December 2010. The 91st North Carolina training event for sheriffs took place the end of July in New Hanover County, the Sheriff’s Office…

Get your fried apple pies today

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Today kicks off the Lincoln County Extension and Community Association’s annual sale of fried apple pies, a fundraising tradition that dates back more than 30 years. Through Friday, the organization will be selling the pies for $2 each in the demonstration kitchen of the Citizens…

Former prosecutor’s wife gets 6 years for fraud

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The wife of a retired Lincoln County prosecutor received a six-year federal prison sentence Thursday for money laundering and health care fraud conspiracy, according to the United States District Attorney’s Office in North Carolina’s Western district. Federal officials said a judge sentenced Linda Smoot…