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2 critical in separate accidents

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A Vale man remains in critical condition today following a wreck that killed a Hickory man Saturday. Glenn Boyd Smith, 71, of Cranberry Trail in Vale is in critical condition at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, officials there said. Joseph Ingerling, 19, of Hickory was killed in the wreck, which happened…

Police probe assaults

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Three people were assaulted and their money taken in two separate incidents this weekend in Lincolnton. The first happened at 1 a.m. Saturday at 600 Huss St., Lincolnton Police Detective Kameron Keener said. The owners of the house were having a party, and there were 15 to 20 teen-agers there,…

Festival Fun

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Diaster drill: Catastrophe at Cat Square

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Screams echoed off the walls of EMS headquarters Wednesday. Fire Marshal Mike Futrell hunched over, holding his hands over his mouth. Police Capt. Danny Hallman lay on his back kicking. And EMS Supervisor Carol Jenkins gagged and then let out a blood-curdling scream. Firefighters and paramedics rushed to help them.…

Filing period opens Monday

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Residents who want to take an active role in shaping Lincoln County and the state of North Carolina can file for political office starting Monday. The official filing period for county commissioner begins at noon Monday and ends at noon Friday, May 7. Three seats on the Lincoln County Board…

Pottery sale to help Humane Society

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Hand-crafted mugs of all shapes and sizes will be sold Tuesday to benefit the Humane Society of Lincoln County. For the seventh year, potters at Rising Sun Pottery will hold their annual open house and Mugathon. “We’ve got about 225 to 230 mugs this year of all different colors, shapes…

Look at Lincoln

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Members of the Gold Hill Baptist Church choir sing gospel songs at the child abuse vigil held by the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse Sunday at the courthouse. Josh Davis / LTN Photo…

Look at Lincoln

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Audrey Brunt, a fifth-grader at Pumpkin Center Elementary, shares a box of goodies that her mother, Mildred Brunt, sent her from Iraq. Mildred, who works as an assistant chaplain with the army, put together the box for Audrey’s class. It included a rug for the classroom, key chains and American…

Area dentists provide screening services

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Prissy Helms, a dental hygienist for the Lincoln County Health Department, checks four-year-old Makayla’s teeth during a screening for rising kindergartners. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo Over the past week, many rising kindergartners have had their teeth poked and prodded by the “tooth fairy.” Prissy Helms, a Health Department dental…

Commissioners approve 88-lot tract

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A contested 88-lot subdivision on Lake Norman won county commissioners’ approval Monday, but not before the board tacked several conditions onto the plans. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the rezoning of 73 acres on Burton Lane and Dellinger Road to allow Robert Hecht to develop a major subdivision. The board…