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School board holds final meeting of school year

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Education spent nearly an hour paying tribute to various students during its final meeting of the school year on Tuesday. The school board spent its time before a nearly two-hour-long closed session acknowledging a packed audience for various achievements earned both for…

Criminal Charges — 6-15-15

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Criminal charges for June 15, 2015. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Carl Hampton Melchor, 48, of 1524 J Rhyne Reep Rd. in Vale was charged June 10 with one count of simple assault. A secured $2,500 bond was set. Judy Girdler McGee, 66, of 6141 Clearbrook…

Program will keep kids fed

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County parents searching for a way to feed their children now that school is out of session will have little reason to worry this summer. All children 18 and under will be able to pick up free breakfast and lunch at 25 different locations each…

Museum shows rich southern railroad heritage

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Just a short jaunt across the Lincoln County line into Catawba County sits a railroad museum perched in the downtown district of Newton. For train and railroad enthusiasts, an afternoon spent touring the grounds could serve as time well spent. The Southeastern Narrow Gauge and Shortline…

Son keeps Home Place tradition alive

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Though he’s been gone three years, the thought of David Heafner still stirs up emotions in his 25-year-old son. Tears well up in Clay Heafner’s eyes as he reminisces about his late father, the former owner of Home Place Restaurant at 1700 Highway 27 in Lincolnton.…

Knights, Wolves cross the stage

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Singer hopes to make it big in country music

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Kelby Costner didn’t need to lose weight. He didn’t make plans to quit smoking, increase time with family and friends or get organized. He didn’t make it his mission to get more sleep or learn a new language. In a way, he did decide to discover…

Foundation grants support nonprofits

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Community Foundation recognized 15 county nonprofit organizations this month, gifting them $18,493 in grant money to help fund essential programs. Sherry Reinhardt, Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse executive director, credited last year’s LCCF grant for training that led to Lincolnton police arresting…

Warrants issued after car hits home

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Five warrants have been issued for a driver who crashed into a mobile home in Vale on Monday night. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Jordan Sain, 28, last known address at 2228 Cat Square Road in Vale, is wanted for felony hit and…

Two men accused of credit card fraud in Denver

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Staff report Two men are accused of trying to use a cloned credit card at a Dollar General store in Denver while a detective was in the store investigating a similar incident. Detective Richard Calhoun was in the store office on June 3, viewing surveillance video of $3,500 worth of…