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Start Your Engines: Hog Happenin’ begins today

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Bikes and barbecue staples of annual downtown event ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Motorcycle and barbeque enthusiasts are gearing up for the 14th Annual Lincolnton Hog Happenin’, which kicks off tonight. A regional Bike Fest and Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned cook-off, the event features two days of live entertainment from…

Council adopts budget for city

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council voted unanimously to approve their 2014-2015 Fiscal Year Budget at their meeting Thursday night. Prior to the vote, council members held a public hearing to allow citizens the opportunity have their say about the budget. Resident Nancy Stokes was the first to address…

Man charged for drugs after crash

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton man placed behind Catawba County bars late last month after crashing his drug-filled vehicle into a pole appeared in court this week. The 26-year-old driver, James Patrick Coughlin, a resident of 209 Arbor Run Drive, crashed his vehicle May 20 while driving down N.C.…

Candidates file for Board of Education seats

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Filing for Lincoln County’s Board of Education began Monday. As of Thursday night, only three candidates have filed, including two who are running for re-election. Candy Burgin, who currently serves as the board’s chair, was the first to file on Monday. She will seek re-election for…

Carolinas HealthCare shows off new facility

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer After Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) opened the doors late last month in Lincoln County to its first medical facility designed solely around meeting and enhancing patient care and convenience, the state-of-the-art structure is now catching fire across the region. Lincoln Medical Plaza II, located on the…

Sportsman wins award for hunter education

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Denver resident Link Grass has been selected as this year’s recipient of the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA-USA) Volunteer Instructor of the Year award. He is one of more than 55,000 IHEA-USA instructors who reach more than 650,000 hunter education students annually. Grass received the award…

Editor’s Note — Leave no man behind

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What’s the life of an American soldier worth? That’s the question that’s begging to be answered in the wake of the prisoner exchange that led to the release over the weekend of five members of the Taliban from the Guantanamo Bay prison, in exchange for captive Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.…

Garden lovers still plant for good eating

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It’s garden-making time and planting and sowing are the talk of the garden lovers around here. Almost everywhere you go you can see those small plots where grass isn’t allowed to grow because soon it will be where supper is gathered. Now the plants get special…

Eagle Scout Award

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Criminal Charges 6-6-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Donald Lee Davis Jr., 45, of 1846 Hines Cir. Rd. in Stanley was charged June 1 with one count each of driving while license revoked, DWI, speeding to elude arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting, delaying and obstructing a public officer,…