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Obituaries — 2-9-15

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Bobbie Jo Ray Beaver Mrs. Bobbie Jo Ray Beaver, age 42, of 101 Loy Avenue, Bessemer City died Saturday, February 7, 2015. Her funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 11, 2015 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Abraham officiating. Burial will follow in Goshen Cemetery in…

Council approves study for downtown developments

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council voted unanimously on Thursday to endorse the concept and design of three upscale developments containing 38 new multi-family units within the city and to examine the projected cost of upgrading utility services to support the project. Prior to the meeting, Ward II councilman…

Firefighters battle massive blaze in Denver

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A brush fire off of Deer Track Drive in eastern Lincoln County resulted in an East Lincoln plant being destroyed by fire on Sunday. Universal Rubber Products, just off of Highway 16, is located adjacent to Forest Oak Drive. The call initially came in to the…

Rebels bring home state wrestling title

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County native shoots movie in Lincolnton

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JACLYN ANTHONY Chief Photographer In the last several years, Lincoln County has served as a location for several major film and television productions. Parts of “Max,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Banshee” and “Careful What You Wish For” were filmed here and featured recognizable locations such as the Lincolnton-Lincoln County airport, the Laboratory…

Art Crawl 2015 Featured Artist: Kathryn Berkowitz

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Inspiration can come from any number of places. It can manifest itself through music, a physical location or a specific corner of your own mind. Beading artist Kathryn Berkowitz draws inspiration for her work through her faith and primarily visual color stimulation. “Much of my work…

‘People’ key to success for Carolina Eye Care

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When a business can successfully provide quality services to a community for nearly four decades, there are generally many factors contributing to that success. Carolina Eye Care, founded by Dr. David Curtis, who is also a member of the North Carolina Senate for District 44, boasts…

Lincoln County schools get their grades from state School Report Card

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Staff report Lincoln County schools got their grades last week. The state’s Department of Public Instruction released its 2013-2014 School Report Card on Thursday. According to a press release from the school system, “the School Report Cards provide information on individual schools and districts including school profile, performance, indicators, environment,…

Criminal Charges — 2-9-15

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:           Tonya Fox Clemmer, 52, of 1613 Boy Scout Rd. in Lincolnton was charged Feb. 5 with one count of harassing phone call. Devon Ray Blanton, 21, of 3192 Exodus Church Rd. in Maiden was charged Feb. 5 with one count…

BALLARD: Showering at the wrong time

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist I have met very few people who gave me an unforgettable moment as funny yet unnerving as the one Anne Michael gave me. I met Anne through another writer friend of mine and as we all conversed and learned about each other, I asked Anne for…