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Ministries give jobs to people in Haiti, Thailand

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Volunteers from Lincoln County are helping to provide jobs to men and women in some of the poorest areas of the world. Mowi Beads, a nonprofit ministry, was started by Carolyn Hatten to help people in Mowi, Haiti. Currently they are employing 26 beaders making…

Alex Patton reflects on 12 years as county commissioner

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Alex Patton has been a fixture in Lincoln County politics for more than a decade, serving three consecutive terms on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. Now, after 12 years of dedicated service to his community, he will step away from the board following next Monday’s…

Lincolnton man’s instrument collection spans globe

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Rick Ramseur could have a very interesting concert at his home, if he ever has the desire to do so. He’s been collecting musical instruments for much of his life and, for the past 35 years, has been collecting instruments from all over the world.…

Habitat for Humanity helps woman become homeowner

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Even though she has held a full-time job at a bank for almost five years, Rosanny Cruz couldn’t obtain a mortgage from a conventional bank. “I didn’t make enough for the banks to give me a loan,” she said. “Friends told me about Habitat so…

BOC approves sublease of future jet hangar

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners has approved an agreement with Kyle Busch Motorsports to sublease half of a jet hangar that will be built at the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Airport. “We were always planning to have a jet hangar as part of the airport business park…

Charlotte men arrested for car theft, break-ins

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Staff report Three Charlotte men have been charged in connection with several vehicle break-ins that took place in Denver in October. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives said a van was stolen on West Berkeley Road on Oct. 12 and that another vehicle at that property and several others on Berkeley…

Deputies ask for public’s help to find larceny suspects

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives asking for public’s help to identify two women they believe stole money from checkout registers at the Wal-Mart in Denver. Store security officers told deputies that two black women came into the store on Highway 73 at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday and pretended…

Martin looks back as time on BOC nears end

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting on Dec. 5 will be the last for Cecelia Martin. Martin, a former Department of Public Safety judicial district manager, was elected to the board in 2012 following an unsuccessful campaign two years earlier. “I had worked in government…

Cuban-born dancer to grace the stage in ‘The Nutcracker’

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer “When you dance, you don’t need to know what language a person speaks,” Ana Acela Perez said. “When they are dancing, you can understand what they are feeling. There’s no need to use words.” Perez, a young dancer who recently moved to Lincolnton from Cuba,…

‘Happy Tree’ program brings Christmas to foster children

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Two Lincoln County residents are partnering with area businesses in an effort to bring Christmas to local foster children. Tracy Silver, a Lincolnton attorney, and Roger Calhoun, owner of Auto Body Solutions, are working together to coordinate a program similar to the Salvation Army’s “Angel Tree”…

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