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Lincoln County Schools could stop offering driver’s ed in August

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Facing uncertainty on what the state’s budget will ultimately look like, members of the Lincoln County Board of Education confirmed this week that the county could potentially join several others in suspending its driver’s education program in August. The program could be restored if the…

Salem Industries celebrates clients’ own independence

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The 58 workers who comprise Salem Industries’ workforce couldn’t fight back smiles during an Independence Day celebration on Thursday. The luncheon, put on by the United Way of Lincoln County, featured a live DJ and dance party. Salem Industries helps intellectually challenged “consumers” with employment tasks…

McHenry: Fast track will keep executive honest

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer President Barack Obama signed into law the Trade Promotion Authority bill on Monday, activating legislation that’ll change the way Congress handles trade deals. TPA, commonly referred to as “Fast Track,” allows Congress an up or down vote on any trade deal. No amendments can be tacked…

Deputies: Man had 3 pounds of marijuana

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with possessing nearly three pounds of marijuana after an anonymous tip to law enforcement led to a search of his home. Terrell Richard Sweet, 45, of 225 Bynum Road, was arrested of Tuesday when Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators followed up…

Capps hopeful for pro career

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor LAKE NORMAN — As the temperature climbs so do the number of swings Miller Capps takes at the Cowan’s Ford Golf Club driving range. Balls one through 75 are hit with different wedges, and balls 76-100 are hit with different woods. Some shots go straight, some…

Shelby drops Lincoln Co. in finale

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Cardinals finish sixth, face Cherryville in first round   RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER — In order to get home-field advantage for the first round of the Area IV playoffs the Lincoln County Cardinals had to figure out a way to beat both Gastonia and Shelby in back-to-back nights. They…

Local To-Dos

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Local To-Dos for July 1, 2015. BASKETBALL CAMPS: East Lincoln has two upcoming basketball camps at the school: A Denver Nuggets-sponsored AAU co-ed camp July 6-9, and a co-ed camp Aug. 3-6. Cost for one camp is $60 in advance, or $70 the day of the camp. Families enrolling multiple…

Rail Trail mural nears completion

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For a few months now, Tyler Hobson has toiled away at a mural overlooking the Marcia H. Cloninger Rail Trail in Lincolnton, painting away at a project that will showcase Lincoln County’s history. On Tuesday, Arts Council of Lincoln County Director Shelly Johnston said the painting…

Care packages give a troops a taste of home

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For the Alpha 1st 113th Field Artillery Battalion troops, who have spent the last month serving overseas in Bahrain, a taste of home is on the way. Sebrena Pearson, the battalion’s family readiness group leader, helped mail out 20 care packages last week. On Tuesday, 80…

OUR VIEW — Sell the caboose

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Brad Wike thought he’d purchased the caboose that sits at the old railway depot on North Poplar Street in Lincolnton when he sent the city $8,400 through the Government Deals auction website. But not so fast — the deal still had to be approved by the city’s politicians at a…