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Belcher leaving LHS, moving to district office

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincolnton High School principal Heath Belcher will be assuming a new role with Lincoln County Schools as director of human resources near the end of January, according to an email from system superintendent Dr. Sherry Hoyle. Belcher has a long tenure of service with LCS,…

New charter school’s application moving forward

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer West Lake Preparatory Academy, a potential new charter school that, if approved, will be located in eastern Lincoln County, made it through the first two rounds of reviews by the North Carolina Charter School Advisory Board and is on its way to potential approval by…

Curtis, Saine discuss HB2

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The North Carolina General Assembly is making headlines for the second consecutive week following a special session called to vote on the repeal of House Bill 2, a law that requires transgender people to use the bathroom based on the gender specified on their birth certificate.…

Drug suspect caught thanks to ankle monitor

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Staff report Two Lincolnton men are facing felony drug charges after leading deputies on a car chase in western Lincoln County on Monday. Deputies said David Nathaniel Neal, 34, of Highland Bluff Court, and Travis Shane Bivens, 36, of Pete’s Road, were charged after the men fled from deputies who…

Around Town — 12-23-16

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FRIDAY Play Augustana Lutheran Church, located off of Hwy. 70 SE, 1523 16th Street SE in Hickory will hold Children’s Christmas play “The Holy Manger: The first Might Fortress at 6 p.m. For more information go to augustanalcms.360unite.com.   SUNDAY Play Augustana Lutheran Church, located off of Hwy. 70 SE,…

Criminal Charges — 12-23-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Deborah Kaye Christian-Laux, 62, of 855 Ivey Church Rd. in Lincolnton was charged on Dec. 18 with one count each of resisting, delaying or obstructing public officer and cruelty to animals. Hon Co Lieu, 57, of 1923 Hidden Valley Ave. in…

Former pastor admits to stealing nearly $1 million

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Staff report A Stanley man who worked as the founding pastor of a Huntersville church has pleaded guilty to stealing between $500,000 and $1 million from the church and its affiliated school. Wade Malloy, 62, pleaded guilty in federal court in Charlotte on Wednesday to one count of wire fraud…

Trio arrested on drug charges after citizen complaints

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Staff report Three Vale residents are facing felony drug charges after Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies investigated a citizen complaint about a home on Cansler Road in western Lincoln County. Deputies said George Rankin Hayes, 45, Amber Denise Woody, 24, and Angela Ruth Greason, 52, all of 3129 Cansler Road,…

Hospital gives back with reading program

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Giving a book to a child is a gift that keeps on giving – not only do they get the excitement of receiving the book but they also are able to take it home and read it again and again and share that gift with…

Haynes promoted to new assistant city manager position

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincolnton city manager Steve Zickefoose announced on Monday that parks and recreation director Ritchie Haynes has been promoted to a newly created assistant city manager position. Haynes will assume his new role at the beginning of 2017. “One thing that I’m looking forward to is being…