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Aqua NC to raise rates without hearing

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Aqua North Carolina is looking to switch to a new method of raising customer rates without public hearings. Presently, the company is seeking a 19 percent rate hike, its third increase in North Carolina in the past five years. If approved, the method would…

New pastor takes helm at First Presbyterian

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer When Interim Pastor Rev. Veronica Cannon isn’t preaching from the pulpit on Sundays at First Presbyterian Church in Lincolnton, she may have her nose in a book, be strapped to her roller skates or hiking the side of a mountain. On her bucket list of daredevil…

Bank teller foils fraud

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Charlotte man accused of trying to pass a counterfeit check at an eastern Lincoln County bank on Monday. Deputies said Kyle David Flood, of 945 N. College Street, tried to cash a more than $850 check at People’s Bank…

Relay for Life headed downtown

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  Staff report   Lincolnton’s Relay for Life has announced the location for their 2014 event. According to a statement released Tuesday, the 20th Relay for Life Celebration will take place on May 2 in Downtown Lincolnton.  The event is designed to support the American Cancer Society and honor those…

CMC-Lincoln awarded for care

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln is now among the top 33 percent of all Joint Commission accredited hospitals. Last week, the hospital was named a “top performer on key quality measures” by the Joint Commission for its clinical performance in multiple specialties. According to the hospital’s press release,…

Officials offer tips for safe Thanksgiving

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  Staff Report   Both the Lincolnton Fire Department (LFD) and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), in order to prevent potential area emergencies, have issued citizens a number of safety tips for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday. The following LFD list is also based on information acquired from…

Taking advantage of a good day to stay in

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Issa, McHenry decry Obamacare at field hearing

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Gaston County Courthouse was packed Friday morning as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee listened to local testimonies regarding the impact the Affordable Care Act has made on North Carolinians. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., led the discussion for “Obamacare Implementation: Sticker Shock of Increased…

Lentz Center repairs move along

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Following unprecedented summer flooding throughout the county and region this year, officials with Betty G. Ross Park’s William M. Lentz Recreation Center anticipate the facility re-opening early next year. Currently, the gym floor is undergoing a $25,000 asbestos treatment to remove the original tile located underneath…

State uneployment rate dipped in October

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   North Carolina’s unemployment rate is on a downward slope. According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the state’s seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate was 8%, a 0.3% decline from September’s revised rate of 8.3%. October’s state unemployment rate is 1.4% lower than it…