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Family atmosphere drives 45 years of Hecht Realty

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Since 1971, Hecht Realty of Denver/Lake Norman has found success and growth through a philosophy that owner Bob Hecht has cultivated within the heart of his business. “I don’t need to sit at the head of the table during a meeting,” Hecht said. “Every single person…

Police chase ends with shootout in Catawba Co.

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A suspect in a double shooting was shot several times on Wednesday when Charlotte-Mecklenburg officers said that they feared for their safety after a 40-mile car chase. Rodolfo Joel Ulloa-Paz, 29, was the passenger in a stolen truck who was shot by officers. Erik Lopez, 19,…

Helping Hands receives $1 million for new facility

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Helping Hands Health Center will soon undergo expansion, improving its facilities, staff and services to further accommodate the citizens of Lincoln County. The clinic, a satellite of Gaston Family Health Services, has been awarded the maximum amount of $1 million in federal funding to be put…

Community gathers to raise money for burn victim

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The people of Lowesville have rallied around one of their own this summer. A fundraiser will be held Friday and a concert Saturday in support of burn victim Bailey Johnson. “I can’t believe that the community has come together like they have. It leaves me speechless,”…

Duke Energy Foundation awards $50,000 grant to LCS

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Schools system was awarded a $50,000 grant through the Duke Energy Foundation at Tuesday evening’s board of education meeting. A collaborative effort was made between Pam Glass, Diana Carpenter, Tony Worley, Melissa Dellinger and Rhonda Hager to obtain the “Classroom to Workplace: Science…

Mysterious liquid causes hazmat scare

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A jar of liquid that was abandoned at the Howard’s Creek Fire Department brought a hazmat team to Lincoln County on Friday. The liquid was determined to be a non-explosive acid, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. At approximately 11 a.m. on Friday morning, an…

Presentation for historic clock on county agenda

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincoln County Historical Association director Jason Harpe will offer a presentation today to Lincoln County commissioners on Monday regarding the proposed placement of a historic clock on the east side of the Lincoln County Courthouse. Lincolnton City Councilman Roby Jetton and LCHA president Bill C. Beam…

Car crash sets building on fire

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A car crashed into a building on Highway 150 early Saturday morning, setting fire to the structure. According to Boger City Fire Department officials, the occupants of the car crawled out to safety through the vehicle’s sunroof and were out of the car when first responders…

Man charged with selling cocaine, possession of steroids

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Staff report A western Lincoln County man has been charged with selling cocaine. Chad Dylan Smith, 22, of John Beam Road in Vale, was arrested on Tuesday after Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives seized more than two ounces of cocaine, cash and an AK-47 rifle while executing a search…

Three men arrested on crack cocaine charges

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Staff report Three people have been charged with selling crack cocaine in the Buffalo Shoals/Car Farm Road area north of Lincolnton. Jacque Demar Morrison, 30, of Horseshoe Lake Road in Lincolnton, Robert Michael Burton, 62, of Car Farm Road in Lincolnton and Tyron Tremaine Jackson, 39, of Babs Court in…