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Woman heeds call to donate to Christian Ministry

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer It was on a tour of Christian Ministry of Lincolnton earlier this month that fitness gym co-owner Valerie Pettit discovered her next calling. Pettit stated that she was consumed with emotion after seeing the non-profit organization’s empty shelves. At that time, Christian Ministry of Lincolnton was…

Denver Fire shares Christmas cheer with local kids

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Custom wheel business booming for Lincolnton’s Ride-A-Bike shop

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Bicycle enthusiasts looking to take their sport to the next level can secure customized wheels at Lincolnton’s Ride-A-Bike Bicycle Shop. Manager Calvin Stiles completes all the customized work through a brand he established four years ago called “No Gas Wheels.” The brand caters to a local…

Christmas Day fire displaces family

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two unrelated holiday house fires destroyed at least one residence this week in Lincoln County. On Wednesday, while families relaxed in their homes, savoring the last few hours of Christmas Day, a family of seven watched their home burn to pieces on Ivey Meadow Lane in…

Caroling group shares old tunes

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The Olde Towne Carolers of Lincolnton sing at the Arts Council of Lincoln County’s Festival of Trees. Pictured are (from left) Charles Holland, Sandy Eldridge, Diana Bayne and Michael Wright. JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Timeless holiday tunes. Classic look. Sharing the heart of Christmas. That’s the three-fold purpose of newly…

Paralyzed firefighter’s condition improving

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Adam Dancoff, with Lydia Boyles and his father, John Dancoff, during a therapy session at Phoenix Physical Therapy and Sports Performance in Denver. JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Nearly a year and a half after a Lincolnton firefighter dove into Lake Norman and became paralyzed from the waist down, doctors are…

Saine: State’s tier system for economic incentives is shorting Lincoln County

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer According to the North Carolina Commerce Department’s 2014 County Development Tier Designation Report, Lincoln County is now among the 20 most prosperous counties in the state. The state divided its 100 counties into three development tiers, with Tier 3 being the best and Tier 1 the…

Band with small-town roots finds big success

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer It seems national and international success came overnight for alternative rock band Another Lost Year, whose lead singer and other group members come from Lincoln County and the surrounding region. The musical quintet hasn’t been home in over a year, stopping in town earlier this month…

Men accused of stealing from local business

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two out-of-county men have been charged with breaking into a Lincolnton business this month and stealing copper wire, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies arrested Christopher Alan Townsend, 32, of 5225 Wolfe Road in Hickory, on Monday. Townsend, owner of Auto Diesel Performance in Granite…

Men get 5 years for cocaine

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two men busted for possessing just less than half a kilogram of cocaine inside their vehicle last year on U.S. 321 in Lincoln County recently received a more than five-year sentence for drug crimes, narcotics investigators said. Chad Bernard Beatty, 37, of 166 Ridge Valley Drive…