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School Board to vote on uniforms

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education is expected to come to a decision regarding Battleground Elementary School’s request to pilot a uniform program during a special-called meeting Thursday night. The issue has been discussed at previous meetings of the group, which decided to delay taking action…

Students see snakes up close

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Library hosts ‘Snakes Alive’ for curious kids JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer From an Australian Bearded Dragon named “Hector” to a 13-foot long Burmese python named “Rosie,” snakes and reptiles came “alive” for a crowd of more than 300 elementary-aged children Tuesday at locations in both Lincolnton and Denver. The Lincoln…

Iron Station man to plead guilty in $1 million Ponzi scheme swindle

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Federal officials said an Iron Station man has agreed to plead guilty to mail fraud after a criminal bill of information was filed against him Monday for running a nearly five-year Ponzi scheme that drew in at least $1 million. C. David Wright, a former school…

Local sixth-grader raises money for church member suffering from cancer

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “She’s truly my angel,” Lincoln County resident Joyce Hoyle said about 10-year-old fellow church-goer Raemy Wensil, of Iron Station. For at least the last week, the rising sixth-grader has been working with friends to make “Angel Bows” to raise money for cancer treatment for “Maw Maw…

Life lost in Sherrills Ford ATV crash

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An ATV crash near the Lincoln / Catawba County line Monday morning claimed one individual’s life, troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said. The victim, whom various news media outlets said was 30-year-old Joseph Hall, was traveling down Slanting Bridge Road, near Tradewinds Drive…

Local arrested at Moral Monday protest

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Iron Station resident calls General Assembly’s agenda ‘shocking’ MICHAEL GEBELEIN News Editor Few people would describe an arrest as “a wonderful experience,” but Iron Station resident Pat Wang is one of them. Wang attended the NAACP North Carolina’s Moral Monday protest on June 17 at the Legislative Building in Raleigh…

County library receives $50K grant

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Public Library was announced last week by the State Library of North Carolina as the recipient of a nearly $50,000 grant to go toward funding technological improvements. The local system was one of 42 to be awarded a 2013-2014 Library Services and Technology…

House budget would slash funding for Arts Council

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Arts Council of Lincoln County will have to rely more heavily on local funding in order to continue offering programs and events to the community if a recent North Carolina House budget proposal is approved. Earlier this month, the N.C. House suggested chipping away more…

City to begin accepting online utility payments

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincolnton utility customers will soon have a new method available for paying their bills. Beginning July 1, the city will start offering an online-payment option, made possible by a recently upgraded billing-software system. Finance Director Georgetta Williams updated the City Council at its last meeting on…

Lincolnton police draw taser on fleeing suspect

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton officers drew a Taser on a suspect they said tried to elude police late Friday night. According to a report, Officer J. Green pulled a Taser on 35-year-old Monte Jevon Hall around 11:40 p.m. but did not discharge the weapon after he complied with officers.…