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School board picks Beam as chair

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Rusty Beam was elected as chairman of the Lincoln County Board of Education with a unanimous Wednesday night at its December meeting. Beam has been a member of the board for seven years and has served as vice chairman twice. “I feel like I’m ready,” he said. “I just feel…

More than 300 charged locally in crackdown

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The North Carolina State Highway Patrol announced Wednesday that more than 83,000 people statewide were cited on traffic and criminal violations during the Thanksgiving holiday. Twenty-six state and local officers conducted five checkpoints in Lincoln County. These checkpoints led to 346 violations, which included four felony arrests. Operation Slow Down…

Most wanted

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Contact intensive surveillance officers Ted Overcash at (704) 732-2229 or David Carpenter at (704) 732-4784 or the Crime Stoppers hotline at (704) 736-8909 if you have information on the following criminal suspects. n James Bogan Wanted by the North Carolina Department of Correction on charges of possession of cocaine. Male,…

Floats are getting ready for Denver Christmas parade

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Raye Watson-Smyth wants to win at least one, if not more, trophies in the Denver Christmas Parade. Watson-Smyth, queen of the Bling Bats in Red Hats of North Carolina, a chapter of the Red Hat Society, is among 93 entries, roughly 1,500 participants, in the parade, sponsored by the East…

Artist plans her first show since moving to Denver

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Diane Pike did not know that her first painting class would change her life. “I think I was surprised at the passion it unleashed,” she said. “All I wanted to do was paint.” This weekend, Pike will show off more than 50 oil paintings at her first open house since…

Around Town 12/2/2009

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FOOD DRIVE The Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is holding a food drive for Christian Ministries. Non-perishable items may be dropped off at the fire department through Dec. 15. CANCELLATION The Lincoln Theatre Guild has canceled weekend auditions for “Cat on the Hot Tin Roof.” Auditions will be…

50th anniversary

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Larry and Geraldine Carpenter of Lincolnton celebrated their 50th anniversary Nov. 28 at the Lincoln Country Club. They are the parents of Pamela Tadych of Vale and Larry Carpenter Jr., Tammy Carpenter and Regina Hallman, all of Lincolnton. Grandchildren are Mandy Auten, Megan Tadych, Austin Lowery, Elliott Tadych, Maddison Hallman…

Daisies spend a day on the farm

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Ban on texting while driving goes into effect

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Law enforcement officers are eyeing drivers more carefully as the new law prohibiting driving while texting came in effect Tuesday statewide. By making it illegal to text message or send e-mails while driving, state officials are hoping the roadways will be safer for drivers. In June, Governor Bev Perdue signed…

Cyclist hopes someone saw hit-and-run crash

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A Catawba County man, injured in a hit and run, is asking for someone to come forward with information about a vehicle that struck him while cycling over the weekend. Bryan Cable of the Mountain View area told the Times-News that he was traveling South on Hickory-Lincolnton Highway just before…