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Friends remember wreck victim as happy, friendly man

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “When you saw him coming, you knew that you were going to smile,” Jerry Long said of longtime friend and Crouse resident Michael Rhyne, who passed away this week in a vehicle wreck in Gaston County. Long, a former Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy, met…

Pro-Motion Motor expands in Lincolnton

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Pro-Motion Motor Company recently completed an expansion that owner James “Buddy” Chaney hopes will allow his company to continue on its path of growth. “I really want to thank God and the support of our community,” he said Tuesday. Without either, he added, Pro-Motion…

Community Foundation gives grants to local charities

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Community Foundation recently awarded more than $12,000 in grant monies to eight area nonprofits to assist with programs primarily affecting students, pregnant women, needy residents and the area’s homeless population. The LCCF, established more than a decade ago as a charitable giving…

A view from the Cowans Ford dam

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Around Town — 10-2-13

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TODAY Quilt Guild Piecemakers Quilt Guild will meet 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Senior Center, located on the Gaston College-Lincoln campus, 511 S. Aspen St. in Lincolnton. For more information, call Linda at (704) 483-2778. Art competition Entries will be accepted 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-6…

Our View: We can do better

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor The state health insurance exchanges that are a result of the Affordable Care Act went live in North Carolina on Tuesday. That means that in the coming days and months, the reality of President Obama’s sweeping healthcare reform law will, in many ways, cease to be…

Reader’s Forum — 10-2-13

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Some voters ignore the facts During the 1991 U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas, Sen. Howell Heflin (D-Ala) asked Anita Hill if she was “out of touch with reality.” I would pose the same question to any Lincolnton voter who mistakenly thinks that…

Carolinas HealthCare System welcomes new physicians

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Carolinas HealthCare System recently welcomed a number of new physicians to CMC-Lincoln and practices in Lincoln County. Hematology/oncology specialist Kwabena Osei-Boateng, MD, has joined the Lincolnton location of Levine Cancer Institute, a network of elite cancer centers across the Carolinas. Dr. Osei-Boateng completed his residency in internal medicine at the…

Senior Center celebrates National Senior Month

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Lincoln County Senior Center Director Marti Hovis welcomed a room full of local dignitaries and senior adults to an open house celebrating National Senior Center Month. Proclamations were issued by both the county and the city naming the month of September as Senior Center Month. Local leaders presented the proclamations…

Criminal Charges — 10-2-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Allen Michael Bruner, 21, of 1570 J. Rhyne Reep Rd. in Vale was charged Sept. 27 with one count each of misdemeanor larceny and obtaining property by false pretenses. A $2,000 secured bond was set. Bobby Eugene Smith, 35, of 1093…