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City Council repeals trash fee, approves plans for brewery

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Those Lincolnton residents and businesses calling for a repeal of the recently imposed trash tax got their wish in an unexpected move Thursday night. The City Council voted 3-1, with Councilman Dr. John “Les” Cloninger in opposition, to get rid of the fee. This…

Lincolnton man gets more than four decades in prison for double homicide

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer More than a year after police discovered the beaten bodies of a couple inside their Lincolnton home, the man charged with killing them pleaded guilty in court Friday afternoon. Judge Forrest Bridges handed down a hefty sentence on Wilbert Lester Fair inside a Lincoln County Superior…

Suspect arrested in East Lincoln Christian Ministry break-ins

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Nearly three days after deputies identified a woman accused of breaking into a Denver organization twice in one morning, officers have apprehended her. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for Sarah Elizabeth Leatherman’s arrest on Sept. 9 after detectives said they learned she…

Commissioners to vote on regulations for film, television projects in county

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will revisit during its meeting Monday night an issue that previously elicited a split vote. During their Aug. 19 meeting, commissioners voted on revisions to the county’s ordinance regulating “special events and mass gatherings.” The changes are geared…

City gearing up for Apple Festival

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   With this year’s Apple Festival just over a week away, several groups are gearing up their preparations for the event. One of these includes the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension, which is once again hosting its annual “Apple Dish Contest.” Entries are currently being accepted.…

Chamber hosts panel discussion

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Proper remembrance of 9/11 lacking

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer I could not have been more disappointed Wednesday to see the lack of support and patriotism across Lincoln County and the surrounding region for the anniversary of Sept. 11. The day seemed to come and go, in the blink of an eye, with no indicators that…

Clerk employee celebrates retirement

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Pregnancy Care Center to hold fundraiser

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Staff Report East Lincoln Pregnancy Care Center will host a Walk for Life Saturday at Denver Baptist Church in an effort to raise funds for area families and celebrate a decade-and-a-half of business. Organization officials and other community members will walk to collect money for those needing various items and…

Cultural attitudes toward education in the US

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John McHugh Guest columnist One of my favorite shows on television is The Big Bang Theory, but I am always troubled with pangs of guilt whenever I watch it. For all its popularity, the show, for me, just reinforces the negative cultural attitude toward education that exists in American society.…