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Reader’s Forum — 6-29-15

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Reader’s Forum for June 29, 2015. Police lend a helping hand With all the media coverage on the police recently, I just want to share something positive about an officer who helped me today. Thursday morning, I was on my way to work from Hickory to Lincolnton, when I got…

Sky lights up in Denver

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Lincolnton home a total loss in fire

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A home west of Lincolnton was a total loss on Sunday evening after a fire that started in the kitchen spread quickly and engulfed the structure. The Howard’s Creek Fire Department received a call at 6:01 p.m. that reported an explosion at 1024 West Highway 27.…

Obituaries — 6-29-15

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Obituaries for June 29, 2015. Mary Jeanette Ari Mary Jeanette Ari, age 83, of 300 Labans Lane in Lincolnton, died on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Her funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at First Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Stanley Spence and Rev.…

Study notes Lincoln County population growth

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A recent website posting from a nonprofit dedicated toward improving the quality of life in rural North Carolina confirmed the obvious: Lincoln County is growing. The posting on The Rural Center website used 2010 Census Bureau population statistics to identify Lincoln County — as well as…

Historian feeds passion through family research

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Genealogy researcher enjoys unearthing stories PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Sparked by an unanswered question many years ago, Mona Ramsey has dedicated much of her life to tracing and feverishly documenting the history of her own family while sharing that passion and knowledge with others. “I asked my dad what my…

Community comes together to honor deceased veterans

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A collection of veteran’s organizations are coming together to honor deceased veterans in Lincoln County with a drive to place a flag on each grave within the county. The gesture has been observed in Lincoln County for decades and a meeting on Thursday by the Lincoln…

Donation will help sustain Christian Ministry

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A surprise phone call from a generous, grieving county resident resulted in the donation of $8,000 in medical equipment to Lincoln County’s Christian Ministry on Thursday. Joseph Mannino said he gave the organization about 25 wheelchairs, 40-50 walkers, 30 canes and 200 crutches because it’s something…

Bill Fortenberry named assistant fire chief for city

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer On Tuesday morning, Bill Fortenberry will begin a new chapter in his firefighting career, which has spanned over three decades. The 26-year employee of the city will celebrate a promotion to the Lincolnton Fire Department’s new assistant fire chief. After former assistant Ryan Heavner was promoted…

Martin leads by example

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer At times, Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners meetings get testy. Sometimes officials trade verbal barbs in an effort to get policy passed or refused. Often, they speak passionately to make their point clear. At all times, Cecelia Martin tries to keep a more peaceful, conciliatory…