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Around Town — 2-20-17

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TUESDAY   Blood drive Lincoln Charter School, located at 133 Eagle Nest Rd. in Lincolnton will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.   Supper Fairfield UMC, located at 7860 Fairfield Forest in Denver (across from the library) will host a pinto bean supper from 5:30 p.m.…

Confirmation hearings for all

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist No doubt envious of all the attention federal politicians are getting in our chaotic nation’s capital, North Carolina’s political leaders have set off a constitutional controversy of their own. In December, the General Assembly passed legislation requiring Gov. Roy Cooper’s cabinet secretaries to submit to…

Criminal Charges — 2-17-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Rebecca Jean Brown, 29, of 4524 McCorkle Ln. in Sherrills Ford was charged on Feb. 5 with one count of failure to appear. A $1,000 secured bond was set. Jeremy Keith Reynolds, 27, of 3543 Jeanette Dr. in Iron Station was…

Around Town — 2-17-17

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TODAY Dinner and dance Tucker’s Grove Family Life Center, located at 4601 NC 73 in Iron Station will host a Sweetheart dinner and dance at 7 p.m. until midnight. Tickets are $25 per person.   Senior games Gaston County Senior Center, located at 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy will host a free…

UPDATED: Man reported missing found safe

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives said a missing Lincoln County man has been located in the Waco area and is safe. A report was filed on Wednesday after a Cedar Ridge Lane man had not been heard from since Monday. Detective Dan Snellings said Dillon Andrew Walker, 20,…

The Veteran’s Corner: Local office offers help with benefits

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ALEX PATTON Guest Columnist As I was sitting at home over the weekend I received a Facebook post wanting me to attend a webinar on nine secrets to winning a VA compensation claim. Being new in this job, I signed up for the free one-hour webinar. I listened intently as…

County hires new senior services director

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer County Manager Kelly Atkins has announced the hiring of Kathryn Saine as the new Lincoln County Senior Services director, effective Feb. 18. Saine, the wife of Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine, is a native of Virginia who graduated from UNC-Charlotte with an undergraduate degree in…

Polar plunge to benefit Special Olympics

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Special Olympics Lincoln County will be holding its seventh annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, at the Betty G. Ross Recreation Center in Lincolnton. All proceeds from this event, which program coordinator Celeste Frazier said is the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year, will be kept…

Commissioners, planning board discuss potential building moratorium

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met with the county planning board on Monday evening to discuss the specifics of a proposed moratorium on residential development in East Lincoln. A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27 at the James W. Warren…

Hoyle announces plans to retire as superintendent

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Dr. Sherry Hoyle has announced that she will retire in July as superintendent of Lincoln County Schools. Hoyle has served as superintendent since 2011. “I was finishing my 31st year and I just felt like it was time,” she said. “I invested all my career…