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Woman found responsible for 2013 death

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A civil judgment in Superior Court on Nov. 3 found a Vale woman responsible for the death of her boyfriend following a domestic dispute on March 29, 2013. A jury found the death of Justin Garrett Smith, age 20 at time of death and formerly of…

Stanley woman arrested for prescription fraud

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STAFF REPORT A Stanley woman was arrested and placed in the Lincoln County jail in connection with an on-going investigation into prescription medication fraud. Triesa Jane White, 31, of 15420 Lucia River Bend Highway, Stanley, was arrested Nov. 17 on warrants for trafficking opiate, conspiring to traffic opiate, possession with…

Inmates cost Lincoln County taxpayers nearly $61 per day

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Inmates in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center cost the taxpayers of Lincoln County an estimated $60.95 a day per inmate, according to Karen Doolittle, financial manager for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. According to documents provided by Doolittle, the 2014 daily estimate for inmates in…

’Tis the Christmas season

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Klein, Robinson leaving Board of Commissioners

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For James Klein, his desire to participate in Lincoln County government began nearly a decade ago, while driving deliveries along N.C. 16 Business. “I started thinking, ‘What is Denver going to become in 20, 40, 50 years?’” Klein said. It was that inquisitive nature that prompted…

Plan to move Health Department stalls

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer After a lengthy discussion between commissioners and county staff, Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to deny a $91,000 contract with Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects, PA to begin renovations at the former hospital facility on Gamble Drive in Lincolnton at a Monday meeting. According to Director of…

Local shop helps the handicapped bowl

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Bradley Duke’s business, Double D Fabrication, may be small, but the company is making a big name for itself, making bowling ball ramps for handicapped children in countries around the world. The small welding and fabrication business started in 1999 and is located at Duke’s home…

Animal adoptions spike after release of kill list

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The effectiveness of the steps being taken to make the Lincoln County Animal Shelter a no-kill shelter is unclear in the wake of the recent release of a list of 130 animals that were scheduled to be euthanized. On Nov. 3, Ryan Curry, assistant supervisor of…

Local WCU band members headed to NY for Thanksgiving parade

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Twenty-two Lincoln County high school graduates will take center stage at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as the Pride of the Mountains from Western Carolina University will be the lead band for the annual holiday tradition. Immediately following the iconic Radio City Rockettes, the WCU Marching…

Tillis takes a shot at Denver Defense range grand opening

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Republican senator-elect praises state’s small businesses ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s first upscale indoor shooting range officially opened its doors to the public with a bang Saturday morning. Rather than a traditional ribbon cutting, Denver Defense opted for a “Ribbon Shooting,” inviting U.S. Senator-elect Thom Tillis to serve as…

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