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East Lincoln Relay for Life to try again after storms cancel event

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    Details not yet set for follow-up celebration JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer While heavy rain and winds forced East Lincoln Relay for Life officials to cancel the much-anticipated annual event on Friday for the first time since its inception, a second chance to walk for cancer victims and survivors…

District Dems to meet in Shelby

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  Staff report   Democratic delegates and citizens will gather in Shelby on Saturday for the annual convention of 10th Congressional District Democrats. Delegates from the seven counties in the 10th District are expected to attend. The district includes all of Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Polk and Rutherford counties and parts…

Narc reflects on career after being named Officer of the Year by local VFW

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s law enforcement meth expert reflected on his nearly 10-year career this month after being named the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ 2014 officer of the year for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The Shipp-Lockman VFW Post 1706 in Lincolnton presented the award to…

Vale woman charged with theft of saddles from cowboy church

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  Minteer   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Vale woman accused of stealing saddles in January from a church in western Lincoln County has been placed behind bars, deputies said. Officers arrested Sylvia Juanita Minteer, 43, of 3627 Bridle Path Drive, on Saturday. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said…

Doctor charged with rape sues accuser

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A former Lincolnton doctor accused of raping a female patient nearly two decades ago has filed a civil suit against his alleged victim. According to John Marshall’s attorney, David S. Rudolf, of Rudolf, Widenhouse & Fialko in Charlotte, Marshall filed a complaint against…

School Board member Silver, commissioners clash over funding

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   A proposed wish-list from the Lincoln County School Board led to a heated discussion at the May 5 county commissioner meeting. School Board member Bob Silver presented the proposal to county commissioners. Silver currently serves as the chairman for Lincoln County School Board’s Budget…

WoodMill celebrates blessing of vineyard

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Governing bodies take notice of Supreme Court ruling on prayer at public meetings

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   The U.S. Supreme Court has given limited approval to public prayers at a New York town’s board meeting, citing the country’s history of religious acknowledgement in its legislature. The majority in the 5-4 ruling stated that opening local government meetings with sectarian prayers does…

County Senior Center wraps up program making ‘fidget aprons’

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Volunteers with the Lincoln County Senior Center celebrated an early end to their seasonal project this year, making specialized aprons for local residents suffering from severe memory-loss. The facility held a special reception Friday morning for those who helped sew, sort, patch and design…

School Board to hear Asbury update

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Education will recognize several outstanding citizens during its meeting Tuesday night. The Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District has chosen Jeff and Alvin Carpenter as the 2014 Conservation Farm Family this year. According to the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water…