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Lincoln County Board of Education discusses revised attendance policy

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education met Tuesday night to discuss a revised attendance policy. The amendment addresses excessive unexcused absences and requires principals to review whether to award credit to any student that exceeds five unexcused absences in a given semester. The proposed policy called…

Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame to induct eight

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame will induct eight new members into the organization’s exclusive club on Saturday at an annual banquet. “This is a very special class,” one of the hall’s directors, Paul Haynes, said. “We are very excited about the individuals we will…

Lincoln Photography Club seeks new members

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincoln Photography Club is seeking new members and offering free membership for a limited time to help encourage participation. “We’ve been meeting for about five years,” club secretary Kathy Goodson said. “We have guest speakers on occasion and we welcome people from all experience and…

West Lincoln making progress toward updated athletic facilities

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Aggressive fundraising and overwhelming support from boosters has West Lincoln High School’s quest for updated baseball and softball facilities progressing rapidly. The project will cost a whopping $200,000 to supply both teams with new dugouts, as well as constructing a press box at the softball field.…

Wild Stringdom: Teachers share passion for guitar

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Mike and Rachel Christian have taken a passion for teaching and playing the guitar and turned it into a successful business, spanning more than 15 years. “They are guitar enthusiasts who are excited to share their talent,” Lincoln Cultural Center director Cathy Davis said. “I am…

Officers: Child predator busted in online sting

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Staff report A Connelly Springs man has been charged with trying to meet what he thought was an underage minor in Lincolnton for sex. Tracy Alan Schmitz, 55, of 3751 Owens Mountain Road, was arrested on Wednesday on a charge of soliciting a minor by a computer for sexual activity…

Former employees charged with theft from Trilogy Lake Norman

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Staff report Two former employees of Hunter Construction Group, a company performing work at the Trilogy Lake Norman subdivision on Highway 73 across from East Lincoln High School in Denver, have been charged with breaking into a storage trailer located in the subdivision and removing new copper pipe and brass…

United Way helps fund reading camp at Asbury Academy

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The United Way of Lincoln County is continuing its efforts to help the students and staff at Asbury Academy. A weeklong summer reading camp will be held in July to keep kids involved and avoid any possible setbacks associated with months away from the classroom. “We…

Criminal Charges — 6-20-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Alexander Kyle Teague, 29, of 3657 Bridle Path Dr. in Vale was charged on June 15 with one count each of generally breaking or entering buildings, larceny after breaking or entering, and possession of stolen goods. A $10,000 secured bond was…

Around Town — 6-20-16

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TODAY VBS Shady Grove Baptist Church, located at 3240 Tryon Courthouse Rd. in Cherryville will host a “The Conquerors” VBS from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. each night through June 24. with classes for all ages. For more information call (704) 435-9605. VBS Rehobeth United Methodist Church, located at 9297…