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‘Copper’ the fire dog retiring from the force

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Firefighters at Lincolnton Fire Department will miss Copper’s mischievous behavior around the station, including eating off their plates while they’re out fighting fires or responding to other emergency calls around town. But due to his old age and lack of agency funding, Fire Chief Mitch Burgin…

Board of Education member Bob Silver named All-State

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County Board of Education member Bob Silver has been named to the honorary All-State School Board by the North Carolina School Boards Association. Silver was recognized during the Awards Ceremony of the Association’s 44th Annual Conference for Board Member Development on Nov. 19. According to…

Man’s humanitarian work takes him to Philippines

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Priscilla and Howard Wise of Lincolnton haven’t seen their son since last Christmas and, if they are lucky, they get to talk to him a couple of times a year. Aaron Wise, 31, who grew up in Lincolnton and attended Lincolnton High School for two years,…

Event benefits local needy children

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two local couples united earlier this month in a holiday effort meant to touch the lives of Lincoln County children. Named “Santa’s Sac,” the first effort took place Dec. 7 at the Lincoln Country Club. During the event, co-founders Scott and Jackie Chapman and Chad and…

50th Anniversary

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Flay “Tip” Clifton Scronce and Jean Simmons Scronce of Vale were married December 1, 1963 at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Lincolnton. They celebrated their 50th anniversary on December 1, 2013 at the home of Michael and Crissy Scronce.Their children are Flay “Chad” Clifton Scronce Jr. of Vale; Amy…

Local middle school student wins big at horse show

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Local middle school student Cody Beam won four classes during the Appaloosa Registered Show and Youth Show this October. Beam also placed in several other categories over the two-day competition. More than 1,200 participants competed at the North Carolina Fair Horse Complex in Raleigh. According to…

Service News

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Army National Guard Pvt. John P. Patton has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare…

Maiden police warn about telephone scam

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Staff report The Maiden Police Department issued a press release on Thursday warning the public of a recent phone scam targeting a number of citizens’ bank accounts. Police said the scammers call residents, telling them they have won a vehicle or large amount of money. The callers then demand the…

Christmas Party for the Blind set for Saturday

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Lincolnton Lions Club is hosting its 15th annual Lions Club Christmas Party for the Blind this Saturday. The organization works with Tammy Loukos, Lincoln/Iredell County Social Worker for the Blind, to identify legally blind or visually impaired Lincoln County residents to invite to the annual…

Criminal Charges — 12-13-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Keith Alan Blakely, 34, of 1543 Atlantic Ln. in Lincolnton was charged Dec. 9 with one count each of DWI, assault on a female, communicating threats, possessing stolen goods, harassing phone calls and misdemeanor larceny. A $1,500 bond was set. Cormie…