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Sheriff sponsors police academy for willing citizens

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Second-grade teacher Terri Salmon reached for her gun and shot a suspect multiple times. It wasn’t a real shooting. Salmon was one of 27 who took part in a shooting simulation offered in the Citizen’s Police Academy. “This is the first Citizen’s Police Academy that the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department…

W. Lincoln director says band has best year in decade

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The West Lincoln Rebel Band recently completed its most successful marching season in at least a decade, Director Jack Horner says. In a season of six competitions, West Lincoln never finished lower than second place in its class. “We have worked extremely hard … toward our goal of becoming a…

Churches to rotate as homeless shelters

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With winter knocking, plans to shelter a seemingly growing homeless population by Dec. 1 are taking shape. A grassroots group dedicated to helping fight homelessness settled on a strategy to temporarily shelter homeless men, women and children at Lincolnton churches on a rotating basis every seven days. Under a revised…

Lincoln County Schools name interim assistant superintendent

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Lincoln County Schools announced Friday that Ed Hatley, a former employee, will serve as interim assistant superintendent of human resources until Dr. Marguerita DeSander undertakes the fulltime position Jan. 2. The Board of Education approved superintendent Dr. David Martin’s recommendation to hire DeSander at a meeting Wednesday, Oct. 24. The…

Kemp about to go digital with distribution deal

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Jennifer E. Kemp may have gotten her start in Lincolnton, but she’s about to be worldwide. Kemp, a singer who lives in Raleigh but grew up in Lincolnton, recently signed a digital distribution deal with Sony/BMG and L.G.N. Entertainment, a subsidiary of Ise Blu, a new company whose CEO is…

Love Memorial tries multi-age classroom

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At Love Memorial Elementary School three classes – one kindergarten, one first-grade and one second-grade – share a room, and the result is harmony instead of chaos. “They’re hearing different voices, and they’re learning from different people,” said Dana Avery, the kindergarten teacher. The three teachers who share the room…

Adoption celebrated

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The Lincoln County Department of Social Services will celebrate adoption Saturday and the entire community is invited to share in food, games and fun. “You don’t have to be interested in fostering or adoption to attend,” said Sandy Kennedy, supervisor of foster care and adoptions at the DSS. “Everybody, no…

Learning about preserving

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Representatives from the Lincoln County Historic Properties Commission attended the North Carolina for Preservation’s 2007 conference to network with state officials and learn from the experts. The conference was held in Raleigh Oct. 24-26. People with historic homes, architects, developers, government employees, members of historical societies and “just folks who…

GE Security goes into operation

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Lincoln County is now home to its first electronic company. GE Security, the largest supplier of security products, opened for business Oct. 15 at the Lincoln County Industrial Park. “We’re excited because this company helps to diversify the economy,” said Barry Matherly, executive director for the Lincoln Economic Development Association.…

Judge orders man can have leg back

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A legal tussle over a severed leg found inside a barbecue smoker in Maiden made international headlines. Now a ruling has been broadcast over national television as to the fate of the limb. Judge Greg Mathis ruled on his television show that the owner of the left limb, John Wood,…