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Rombs: Animal ordinance not a new leash law

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Ron Rombs didn’t understand the confusion. Lincoln County’s animal services director didn’t get why the county’s new proposed animal ordinance drew such scorn and he doesn’t understand why, at a public hearing on Monday night, so many would come out to oppose its…

County votes to put new building for offices at site of old hospital

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   After more than five years of planning, Lincoln County commissioners finally reached a conclusion on county office moves at a meeting on Tuesday. The board voted 3-2 against using an old building and 4-1 against constructing a new building behind the James W.…

Burgin receives award, reflects on career and family

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      PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Lincolnton’s Terry Burgin was honored in late March as the recipient of the United States Marshals Service 4th Circuit U.S. Court Security Officer of the Year. The 4th circuit includes South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and the District of…

Criminal Charges — 4-8-15

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Kirk Alan Headley, 47, of 8900 Unity Church Rd. in Denver was charged Apr. 2 with one count of failure to appear. A $500 bond secured bond was set. Anthony Christopher Doll, 30, homeless, in Lincolnton was charged Apr. 2 with…

Week of the Young Child upcoming

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  AMY WADSWORTH Guest Columnist   It’s almost time for the Week of the Young Child, April 12-18. The Week of the Young Child is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The purpose is to focus attention on the needs of young children and their…

Deputies: Man assaulted woman with beer bottle, accused of kidnapping

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    Staff report   A Lincolnton man is facing felony assault and kidnapping charges following a domestic dispute on Thursday. Jonathan Adam Brown, 23, of 1939 River Road in Lincolnton, is accused of assaulting a woman and taking her cell phone to keep her from calling 911, according to…

Coalition Against Child Abuse recognizes volunteers

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  The Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center held its annual appreciation luncheon on Tuesday to honor volunteers and present awards. Lifetime Achievement: Det. Sally Dellinger, LCSO Volunteer of the Year: Cesi Salazar Ola Mae Foster Award: Rotary Club of Denver Melinda Houser Award: Attorney Frances…

Competitive cheer teams

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At 91, Helen Blackburn keeps playing

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  Musician has held post at Lincolnton’s Riverview Baptist Church for 72 years     PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Lincolnton resident Helen Blackburn, 91, defies many perceptions of what life may be like for an elderly person. She has a quick wit, a keen sense of humor and a…

Ordinance gets new public hearing

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Today’s meeting for the county’s Board of Commissioners won’t exactly be typical. The expected audience is large enough that having the meeting in the chambers on the third floor of the James W. Warren Citizens Center — the board’s normal locale — won’t…