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Arson suspected in city fire

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON   Staff Writer   Police are investigating a case of arson following an outbuilding blaze Wednesday night behind a city residence. The incident occurred just before 10:30 p.m. at 2025 Bost Street in Lincolnton, according to the Lincolnton Fire Department, which served as the scene’s primary responder. The…

Public meeting seeks comments on plans for Denver intersection

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    SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   County officials are looking to map out the future growth for the interchange of N.C. 16 and N.C. 150, and they want to hear from the public throughout the planning process. Led by the Lincoln County Planning Board, the initiative will specifically seek…

Board of Elections members sworn in

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   New members to the Lincoln County Board of Elections were sworn in last week. Appointed by the State Board of Elections at the end of June, the new board will be made up of Republicans Wayne Mitchem and Charles Newman and Democrat Marsha Jordan.…

Troopers, Catawba deputies empty-handed after odd traffic stop

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Blaze claims barn in Denver

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RSI cited by Labor Dept.

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincolnton manufacturing plant where a man died earlier this year is expected to pay nearly $19,000 in penalties for violating the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Act, the North Carolina Department of Labor said. RSI Home Products Manufacturing, Inc., located on Lincoln County…

Cross Connection does work on local homes

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Since moving to his Pine Wood Drive residence a few years ago, Phillip Helms has been unable to utilize his power wheelchair, but thanks to Concord-based nonprofit group Carolina Cross Connection (CCC), his residence now has a new ramp for his ride. “He never had…

King’s Office Supply celebrates 60 years

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   This year marks the 60th anniversary of King’s Office Supply in downtown Lincolnton, one of the few storefronts to have remained unchanged for so long on East Main Street. The store is also one of only a couple of local independent and family-owned businesses whose…

Details emerge in firefighter investigation

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   As Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives continue to investigate an embezzlement case involving two eastern county fire departments, the targeted agencies speak out about this month’s shocking situation. Denver Fire Department’s Public Information Officer Dion Burleson, who is handling media inquiries in the case for both…

Woman with local ties is oldest licensed auctioneer in state

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SARAH LOWERY   Staff Writer   A Lincolnton native is the oldest-living licensed auctioneer in the state. Josie Graves, whose family has been in Lincolnton for generations, is 96 years old, and yet she still has no plans to retire. She has been teaching auctioneering for 41 years at Lenoir…