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Volunteer group helps people stranded during snowstorm

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The volunteers that make up Tri-State 4X4 and Assistance were kept particularly busy over the past few days, helping people get to work and pulling vehicles out of ditches. Patrick Fowler, David Berryhill, Michael and Sandy Beer, Michael King, Jessie Lynn Stokes and Cody Wright…

Use of county SWAT team declines

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has significantly dialed back the use of its SWAT team over the past year. The unit hasn’t been fully deployed since a raid in May that netted three arrests and six ounces of methamphetamine. An analysis conducted by the Lincoln Times-News…

Lincolnton blacksmith keeps up practice of ancient art

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Using the fire in a forge fed by bituminous charcoal, several different types of hammers, pliers and an anvil made in 1895, Scott Beam creates works of art out of iron at his smithy in Lincolnton. Originally, he learned how to shoe horses because he…

State legislature goes back into session

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The North Carolina General Assembly will begin its 2017 session this afternoon in Raleigh. Tension has continued to mount between newly-elected Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, and a legislature dominated by Republicans who hold veto-proof majorities in the House and Senate. Cooper spoke about reconciliation during…

MLK events begin Saturday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Three days of events celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy will begin in Lincolnton on Saturday. King, who would be 88 if he were still alive today, was a firm believer that all people have the capacity to make a difference no…

Planning board hears three rezoning cases

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners held its first meeting of the new year on Monday evening. Three public hearings presented in front of the planning board highlighted the agenda, which also included the consideration of a grant awarded to the Lincoln County Public Library and…

Deputies: Thieves stole from unlocked vehicles

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Staff report Detectives are investigating thefts from several unlocked vehicles in eastern Lincoln County. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported that residents began reporting the break-ins the morning of Jan. 6 to vehicles parked at homes on Glencrest Drive, Sedgebrook Drive West, Cedarwood Court, Pinkney Place and Brentfield Lane in…

Who ‘hacked’ the election, the Russians or the Democrats?

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NIC HAAG Guest Columnist It seems there will never be an end to the bevy of “experts,” the testimony of folks within the administration of President Barack Obama and “all 17 US intelligence agencies” who claim they have proof the Russians hacked the 2016 election. Forgive me if I don’t…

Denver readies for Valentine’s 5K and Fun Run

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The ninth annual Valentine’s Day 5K and Fun Run will be held at the Cowan’s Ford Country Club in Denver on Feb. 18. The race, as always with the Valentine’s theme, features both couples and singles divisions split into nine different age groups. “When I was…

Trials continued for teacher, entertainer charged in child predator sting

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Two men arrested by the Lincolnton Police Department during an online child predator sting operation were scheduled to appear in court last week, but each had their case continued to a date in March. Ricky Kelvin Carpenter, Jr., of Lincolnton, a former Lincoln County Schools teacher,…