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Event to remember children who perished in construction accident, honor first responders who tried to save them

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A 5K race and community gathering will take place in Denver later this month to not only remember the children who perished in a construction site accident in April but also honor the emergency crews who responded to the incident. Lincoln County residents Tanya Dyer, a…

Delay in food stamps depletes local food bank

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   More than a month after a software system with North Carolina’s Department of Social Services crashed, backlogging food stamps issuances for numerous counties, including Lincoln, the problem remains at a standstill. In fact, the issue is now affecting the food supply at Christian Ministry of…

Camp meeting opens at Tucker’s Grove

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Tourism spending increased in 2012

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County saw a boost in visitor spending for 2012, according to figures released last week as part of an annual statewide study. Commissioned by the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development and conducted by the U.S. Travel Association,…

Internships give college students real-life experience

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Several Lincoln County college students recently completed a summer of hands-on learning at local companies as part of the Industrial Managers Association’s internship program. In its second year, the opportunity is designed to give students who return home for the break a chance to…

Asbury UMC celebrates 150 years

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   One Lincoln County worship facility is celebrating a century and a half this year of uniting Christian believers and serving the community. Asbury United Methodist Church, located at 3097 Asbury Church Road in Lincolnton, is set to host their 150th anniversary celebration 10:30 a.m.…

Man jailed for Newton woman’s murder

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Caldwell County man remains in jail without bond after Catawba County deputies charged him with kidnapping and murdering his ex-girlfriend. Aaron Obdee Compton, 49, of Granite Falls, is accused of taking Tabitha Spake Heavner, 40, from her home on Rocky Ford Road in…

County to vote on new manager

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Board of Commissioners is expected to take an official vote on a new Lincoln County manager Monday night. Chairman Alex Patton announced last Friday that William (Tracy) Jackson, who currently serves as the assistant county manager for Iredell County, would likely be taking up…

Leaders debate city-county deal

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer It’s back to the drawing board for various contracts between the local city and county government. During a special-called meeting Thursday evening, the Lincolnton City Council voted 3-1 to send several contracts, the result of months of negotiations, back to committee. Councilman Devin Rhyne cast the…

Local man’s song makes it big

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  Lincolnton songwriter Bryan Ayers (left), pictured here with his brother and manager Philip, had his song “Always My Girl” recorded by singer Andy Walker. JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A local man’s two-decade old song has traveled from a Lincolnton filing cabinet to London’s famous Abbey Road Studios — the…