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Asheville Dem announces challenge to McHenry

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   An Asheville Democrat has filed to run for North Carolina’s 10th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, currently held by Republican Patrick McHenry. Tate MacQueen filed last Friday. For the past 20 years, MacQueen has served public schools throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland…

Man’s icy creation far from average snowman

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  Contributed      John Rippe built this replica of the Coca-Cola polar bear outside his Vale home during the recent snowstorm.   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   From polar bears and dinosaurs to penguins and cartoon characters, one Vale resident has a knack for crafting snow sculptures. While most people seemed…

A different kind of ministry

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest columnist I was talking with some ladies in a coffee house last Friday, realized we were laughing loudly and turned around to apologize to the gentleman sitting at the table beside me. Jason Williams was working on his laptop and just laughed and said it was no…

Obituaries — 2-17-14

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Emma Louise Rhyne Devine STANLEY — Emma Louise Rhyne Devine, age 94, of Stanley Total Living Center, died on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Her funeral service was 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 16, 2014, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charlene Hutchings officiating. Burial followed in the Laboratory…

Sen. Curtis named to Obamacare analysis committee by Berger

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   State Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) announced last Wednesday that he has appointed Sen. Fletcher Hartsell (R-Cabarrus) and Sen. David Curtis (R-Lincoln) as senate co-chairmen of a legislative committee that will examine the impacts of the Affordable Care Act on North Carolina.…

Tremors felt in Lincoln County

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  Staff report   A small earthquake shook South Carolina and Georgia late Friday, and could be felt as far away as Lincolnton. The quake happened at 10:23 p.m. and had a preliminary magnitude of 4.1, said U.S. Geological Survey Geophysicist Dale Grant. It was centered 7 miles west of…

Commissioners to hear details on water plant expansion

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer     The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight to discuss an engineering proposal for the preliminary design and cost analysis phase of a possible water treatment plant expansion. Senior Utility Engineer Michael Neff will provide County Commissioners with a summary of…

Criminal Charges 2-17-14

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:   Patsy Bryson Whitesides, 57, of 214 Lantern Ridge Dr. in Lincolnton was charged Feb. 13 with one count of harassing phone call. No bond was set. Brandon Scott Houser, 17, of 213 Bynum Rd. in Lincolnton was charged Feb.…

ASPIRE for Higher Education

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  APRIL DILLON Guest Columnist   As parents and educators, we aspire for our students to do well in school and be accepted to a college that will help them attain their career goals. What do college admission departments look for in a student? While college admissions may vary slightly…

Winter storm leads to blood shortage

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  Staff report   The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) is facing a significant blood shortage as a result of Winter Storm Pax, and is urging the community to donate blood. In a press release, the organization said the winter storm stopped them from collecting more than 700…