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Criminal Charges— 5-26-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Andrew Shawn Thiessen, 43, of 7545 Windy Pine Cir. in Denver was charged May 23 with one count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possessing controlled drugs, equipment or paraphernalia and making a false report to law enforcement…

Around Town— 5-26-17

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SATURDAY Breakfast Daniels Lutheran Church, located at 3170 Reepsville Rd. in Lincolnton will host a country breakfast from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. A $7 donation is suggested to benefit the church building fund. Take-out will be available. SUNDAY Homecoming Laurel Hill United Methodist Church, located at 731 N. Hwy…

LCSO Capt. Tim Johnson announces Lincoln County sheriff campaign

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Tim Johnson has announced his intent to run for Lincoln County sheriff in 2018. Johnson filed paperwork with the Lincoln County Board of Elections on Monday morning that will allow him to accept donations during his campaign for office. “I’ve always…

Kindergarten students donate to Lincoln County domestic violence shelter

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer As part of a learn, serve and engage project, three classes of kindergarten students at Lincoln Charter School’s Lincolnton campus gathered toiletries to donate to Amy’s House, a Lincoln County shelter for people suffering from domestic violence. The toiletries which were delivered to Amy’s Closet…

Lincoln County School of Technology seeing success

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln County School of Technology (LCST) has had a successful year and principal Dr. Cale Sain said he is looking forward to continuing with this success and growth in the coming years. Lincoln County Schools (LCS) Career and Technical Education (CTE) is connected in all…

Nonprofit ‘Spiritus Project’ supports cystic fibrosis patients

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Jessica Link was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth and fought a daily battle with the disease for more than 20 years. As her disease progressed, Link spent more and more time hospitalized and, while she was there, she talked to doctors, nurses and respiratory…

Middle school band impresses at regional music festival

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln Charter middle school band left quite an impression at the Music in the Parks festival in Rock Hill, South Carolina earlier in May. The band, which was founded less than three years ago in the fall of 2014 with just 25 members, has come…

Lincoln County native publishes first interactive fantasy novel

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A Lincoln County native has extended an invitation into an alternate dimension through the publication of his first novel, “Goblin’s Gift.” John Withers IV, a 1997 graduate of East Lincoln High School, is an English instructor at Gaston College who penned the book in his downtime…

The Veteran’s Corner: Navigating VA healthcare

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ALEX PATTON Guest Columnist As your veteran service officer, I often have veterans and surviving spouses come into the office who want to sign up for VA benefits. Somehow, there is the misconception that there is a package of benefits just waiting on you to come and get. I wish…

Criminal Charges— 5-24-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Travis O’Bryan Cole, 28, of 152 Millers Park Ln. in Vale was charged May 19 with one count each of failure to appear, probation violation and possession of drug paraphernalia. A $500 secured bond was set. Charlie Jacob Calaway, 18, of…