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Massey principal surprised at amount of book donation

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Sandy Johnson, the principal at G.E. Massey Elementary School, was not expecting $10,000 when Steve Zickefoose, Lincoln County Schools associate superintendent for finance, came to her school Friday. Zickefoose presented Johnson with what she described as an “anonymous donation of $5,000, specified to buy books for the library.” Thrilled, Johnson…

Council seeks volunteers to visit prison

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Making the transition from prison to the outside world isn’t easy, but members of the Community Resource Council hope to ease that struggle. “They may not go back to the same lifestyle they were living,” said Tim Scronce, correctional case manager at the Lincoln Correctional Center and volunteer coordinator for…

Firefighters of the year

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Class reunions

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The Union High School classes of 1941 and 1942 met at the Howard’s Creek Community Center in Vale on Nov. 3 for their 65th and 66th class reunions. Members of the 1942 class are (above, from left to right): Robert “Jim” Burgin, Peggy Jonas Hallman, Virginia Meeks Elmore (sitting in…

Superintendent awarded for super job

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Party time at Sunrise Community

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LEDA names manager

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Lincoln Economic Development Association has tapped the member services representative for the Lincolnton-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce to act as existing business manager. Crystal Gettys, who worked for 15 years in mechanical contracting, will maintain and expand relations with industries already located in Lincoln County. She will also work closely with…

Search for new Lincoln County manager narrows

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The search for the county’s first new manager in nearly a decade is narrowing, and front runners are beginning to emerge. Commission Chairman Tom Anderson said “less than five and more than two,” candidates officially remain as contenders for the position, vacated after the firing of Stan Kiser last summer.…

Grassroots group closer to sheltering homeless

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Soon after wrapping up the latest in a series of meetings to establish a winter homeless shelter, the Rev. Gary Dittman prodded a pastor from another Lincolnton church to officially commit his sanctuary to the cause. “Our members are in support, but right now, it’s just the logistics more than…

Needlepoint expert proud of stocking work

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Christmas is a special time of year for Dot Keener. She gets to show off the stockings she’s needlepointed from scratch, one for each family member. “I’ve been doing this for many years,” said Keener of her hobby. Keener says she’s been doing needlepoint for over 30 years. She remembers…