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‘Best friends’ retire together

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  Underwoods leave mark on county’s band, theater culture     PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   For North Lincoln High School teachers Neil and Joanna Underwood, the road to retirement was filled with many thrills and milestones. They celebrate over 60 collective years as educators, most of which were spent…

S.C. couple arrested for meth

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  Staff report Lincolnton police have charged a South Carolina man and woman with felony possession of methamphetamine after responding to a domestic disturbance at the city’s Comfort Inn on Friday. Officers responded to a call about a domestic disturbance in the early morning hours Friday. Officers said that drug…

Saine’s tax proposal gets support from some cities

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Local government may soon have another avenue to raise much-needed revenue. House Bill 903, sponsored by state Rep. Jason Saine (R, District 97) would give cities and counties the option of implementing a 0.25-cent sales tax increase. This would serve, in some municipalities, as a…

Local NAACP looks to the future with new officers

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Debra Williams is fully aware of the challenges her organization faces. Like many groups in Lincoln County, the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People branch faces the stark reality of dwindling membership numbers. At monthly meetings, oftentimes it’s just the executive board…

Mitchem: Teacher pay increases a good idea

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A private meeting held with county representatives on Wednesday gave some school board members healthy optimism that significant upcoming budget requests will be fulfilled. Board of Education chairman Mark Mullen, board member Cathy Davis, Lincoln County Schools superintendent Sherry Hoyle and Lincoln County Schools finance director…

Rhyne family makes South Fork Rail Trail a reality

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Wednesday proved to be the perfect climate to celebrate Earth Day and the new South Fork Rail Trail extension, which is scheduled to open to the public in late 2015. The Carolina Thread Trail covers 15 counties, two states and 2.3 million people —…

Lincoln Country Club celebrates new era

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Lincoln County land developer Willie Heafner first presented the idea of buying the Lincoln Country Club, his son, Luke, wasn’t quite sure what his father had in mind. “I knew he was interested and I knew that he was thinking about all of…

Man charged with robbing grandparents

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    Staff report   A Maiden man who reported a fictitious break-in at his home on Wednesday was arrested on charges that he robbed and kidnapped his grandparents in 2012. Zachary Cecil Lawing, 33, of 3440 Walker Road, was charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and second…

Parents speak out against new school lines

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A sparse crowd and limited speaking times forced a scheduled community meeting at Pumpkin Springs Intermediate School about revised school attendance lines on Thursday to last less than a third of the allotted 90 minutes. Eleven people spoke during a 19-minute open comment session. Their…

Man charged with sending obscene photo to woman

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    Staff report   A 36-year-old Cherryville man has been charged with disseminating obscenity by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office after allegedly sending a photograph of his private parts to a woman he was harassing. Ashley Dean Waters, of 1861 Wehunt Store Road, was arrested on charges of misdemeanor…