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Bunker Hill students die in car crash

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Staff report Two 15-year-old Bunker Hill High School students were killed in a car crash in Catawba County on Friday. Troopers said Alex Sigmon of Claremont and Justin Turner of Conover died when the vehicle they were traveling in, a 2002 Mercedes, was traveling east on Riverbend Road in Conover,…

United Way hosts meeting to tackle community issues

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Dozens of representatives from non-profit organizations and local government agencies across Lincoln County came together for a community-wide meeting on Thursday. The discussion, led by United Way of Lincoln County and hosted at the Lincoln County YMCA, was created in an effort to collectively identify and…

State transportation funding on agenda for Board of Commissioners

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing regarding the approval of Fiscal Year 2015 Rural Operating Assistance Program (ROAP) at a meeting tonight. Lincoln County’s Director of Emergency Medical Services, Ron Rombs, is expected to present the proposal to commissioners. According to a…

Criminal Charges — 10-6-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Walter Thomas Rinderer 33, of 1496 Tin Lane in Lincolnton was charged Oct. 2 with one count each of driving while license revoked and careless and reckless driving. A $10,000 secured bond was set. Lisa Michelle Schronce, 33, of 160 Joe…

Around Town — 10-6-14

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TUESDAY Board of Education meetings The Lincoln County Board of Education has scheduled the following committee meetings beginning at 6 p.m. at the Board of Education Administrative Offices at 353 North Generals Blvd in Lincolnton: Policy Committee at 6 p.m.; Budget and Finance Committee immediately following the Policy meeting and…

LEDA marks Industry Appreciation Month

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Staff report The Lincoln Economic Development Association kicked off Industry Appreciation Month with a proclamation signed by Board of Commissioners Chairman Alex Patton and Lincolnton Mayor John Gilleland. For the past 11 years, the city and county have celebrated October as a month to show appreciation for the strong industry…

Politicians get an earful at Lincolnton Senior Center

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Legislators asked about Senior Center location, Medicare ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer City, county and state leaders addressed an array of questions from local senior citizens at a Lincoln County Senior Services’ “Meet and Greet” event on Friday. According to Becky Putnam, Programs and Services Coordinator for Lincoln County Senior Services,…

Burke woman charged for crash that killed Denver resident

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Burke County woman has been charged in the Sept. 27 death of a Denver resident in a crash on Interstate 40 in McDowell County. According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol Communications Department, Jean McDougle Dowdy, 75, of Crossing View Lane in Denver, was killed…

Medical room at Child Advocacy Center named after pair of local doctors

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Friends, family and loved ones packed into the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center on Sunday afternoon to honor two of Lincoln County’s most beloved citizens in a most fitting fashion. The Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center’s Memorial Medical Room was dedicated in honor of Drs. John…

City Council approves new trash bins, police body camera policy

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer City Council members unanimously approved a request to incorporate language regarding the use of body cameras to the Lincolnton Police Department’s Standard Operating Procedures at their meeting Thursday night. “The (Standard Operating Procedures) is a living, breathing document, and as times change and laws change, the…