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Rep. McHenry, Millard spar at Hickory forum

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The two candidates running to represent the 10th Congressional District of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives met face-to-face on Tuesday afternoon at the Lake Hickory Country Club for a debate hosted by the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. Incumbent Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry…

Spooktacular to be held Saturday in Vale

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Spooktacular, held at Woodmill Winery in Vale, is in its eighth year of offering a safe, family-friendly event for children to enjoy Halloween festivities. This year’s event will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Hosted in conjunction with the Partnership for Children of…

Woodmen donates new flags to LMS

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincolnton Middle School principal Dana Ayers didn’t know how old the United States and North Carolina flags were that were being used at the school, but they were getting worn and tattered. The North Carolina flag was actually missing the rings for the holes to…

Lincoln Charter School approves annual budget

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln Charter School’s board approved the 2016-2017 annual budget at a monthly board meeting held Monday night at the school’s Lincolnton campus. The budget for the Denver campus changed very little from the 2015-2016 budget due to no change in enrollment or staff. The increases…

Two arrested in connection with kidnapping

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Staff report Two people have been charged in connection with a recent kidnapping in eastern Lincoln County. Tagema Lecoly Finandis, 23, and Teri Lynn Houser, 19, both of 1759 Hines Circle Road in Stanley, are charged by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office with helping Jacob Allen Houser kidnap his ex-girlfriend…

Man charged with trafficking opiates

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Staff report A Lincolnton man arrested for trafficking opiates allegedly told deputies he stole painkillers from his grandmother and then sold them. Dwayne Marcus Lail, Jr., 31, of Mauney Drive, was arrested on Monday by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said they saw what appeared to be a hand-to-hand…

Lincolnton PD hosts Citizens Academy

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer It’s been said that you really can’t get to know someone until you walk a mile in their shoes. For the first time, the Lincolnton Police Department offered civilians that opportunity. The whole point is police-community relations, according to Lincolnton Police Department Lt. Matthew Painter.…

East Lincoln, Denver fire departments help coastal communities

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer When Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina, 10 firefighters from East Lincoln and Denver were deployed to assist with swift-water rescues. Fire departments throughout Lincoln County train, prepare for and specialize in various types of rescue scenarios, according to East Lincoln Fire Department senior firefighter Casey…

Sen. Richard Burr makes Lincoln County visit

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Sen. Richard Burr was in Lincoln County on Saturday for a Republican Party event at Commissioner Carrol Mitchem’s farm in Vale. Burr is currently running for re-election, facing Democrat Deborah Ross, a former member of the North Carolina General Assembly Burr affirmed that he supports…

Vintage malt shop opens in downtown Lincolnton

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Walking through the doors of Lincolnton’s Downtown Dairy Treats is like stepping into a time machine. The sensation of a different era flows through the old-timey malt shop. A jukebox belts out classics from the corner and vintage records line the walls. In addition to the…