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Heavner tapped as interim fire chief

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Lincolnton Fire Department chief Mitch Burgin hangs up his uniform for the last time at the end of January, he will leave a void at the station that has been filled with his professionalism and dedicated service to the community where he grew up, just…

Pipe organ builder remains on cutting edge

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Denver firm keeps the music playing with premium instruments PHIL PERRY Staff Writer In an industry that has become smaller over the last two decades, the employees of Cornel Zimmer Organ Builders in Denver have carved a niche for their expertise as master craftsmen and respected artisans. “We don’t punch…

Obituaries — 1-23-15

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Timothy S. Biggerstaff LAWNDALE — Timothy S. Biggerstaff, age 54, of Flay Road, Lawndale died January 22, 2015 at Carolina Medical Center, Charlotte. Tim was born on Dec. 26, 1960 in Gaston Co., a son of Howard Biggerstaff, of Lawndale and the late Kathryn Nadine Powell Biggerstaff. He was a…

Pair arrested for selling meth in Ingles parking lot

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Staff report Two people are facing felony narcotics charges after investigators said they saw them conduct a drug transaction in the parking lot of the Lincolnton Ingles grocery store on Saturday. Investigators observed an exchange between several individuals and attempted to intervene, according to a press release from the Lincoln…

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy

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Shooting leaves man hospitalized

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Staff report After a night of drinking, a Denver man is hospitalized with a gunshot wound and his roommate has been charged with the shooting, deputies said. Charles Edward Harvell, 44, and George Ronald Lovell, 58, of 4827 Maralane Trail in Denver, had spent Monday evening drinking at Twin Oaks…

Minor arrested after drug deal assault

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Staff report A Lincoln County minor is facing robbery charges following a physical altercation during a drug deal on Saturday. When Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on the scene at Westdale Lane in Lincolnton, Christian Ramos, 20, of Denver, told them that he had been stabbed in the arm…

Around Town — 1-21-15

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TODAY Ministry event Evangelist Scott Callahan, from Fort Mill, South Carolina will be holding a drive-in ministry event at 7:30 p.m. at 103 State Street in High Shoals. THURSDAY AARP meeting Local AARP 3682 will meet in the Senior Center’s multi-purpose room at the Gaston College-Lincoln Campus at 511 S.…

Lions Club welcomes ‘Hesed House of Hope’ as guest

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, 1.7 million people in the United States were homeless at one time in 2014. On a local level, the Lincolnton Chapter of the Lions Club welcomed representatives from the Hesed House of Hope, Lincoln County’s homeless…

Stroud to direct next LTG production

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When the acting duo of Holly Perkins and Travis Sinclair takes the stage for the Lincoln Theatre Guild’s February production of Abigail Grotke’s comedy “Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, & Marriage,” audience participation will be encouraged in the television talk show setting. According to Grotke’s…