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DOT attacks county roads during storm

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For the second time in two weeks, Gov. Pat McCrory activated the State Emergency Response Team in response to the statewide winter storm that temporarily crippled roadways over the last 48 hours. On Wednesday, a state of emergency was declared for North Carolina. “The State Emergency…

K-9 Command celebrates 20 years with move to spacious city facility

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Phil Perry Staff Writer Mark and Amy Connolly have stayed true to their philosophy and applied lessons that they have learned through their small business’s 20-year journey to make K-9 Command one of the most recognized and celebrated businesses in Lincolnton. “We have built our business around offering a personal…

NCPA Awards: Second Place, Sports Features, Phil Perry–Summer of ‘69: A slugger’s brush with the big show

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Smith’s baseball journey took him all the way to the majors PHIL PERRY Staff Writer It was a hot, balmy evening on August 20, 1969. Chicago White Sox ace Tommy John stood confident on the rubber at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. as a young rookie slugger named Richard Smith…

Family mourns murdered woman

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An elderly Denver woman who was the victim of what the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said is a homicide has been identified as Lucille Miller Punch, 77, of 482 Beth Haven Church Road. Punch’s body was found by her son-in-law on Sunday after she had apparently…

Office move revisited by county

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor An effort by first-term commissioner Bill Beam to temporarily halt the county’s $15 million renovation of the former hospital on Gamble Drive in Lincolnton failed Monday because of votes from the three veteran commissioners on the Board. Beam made a motion to stop all work at…

Bulla’s contribution to CAC inspires others to help

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An act of generosity and compassion led a room full of people to come together and help a local nonprofit fund a project that will make the agency technologically able to give abused children a voice within the court system. The Lincoln County Coalition Against Child…

Child struck by car in Maiden

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Staff report A child was struck by a car on Monday in the 500 block of Main Street in Maiden. Emergency personnel, along with the Maiden Police Department, responded via 911 calls regarding the incident. Initial information provided by the Maiden Police Department indicated that the victim was an 8-year-old…

Woman murdered in Denver

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Staff report The body of a 77-year-old Denver woman who was stabbed to death was discovered by her son-in-law on Sunday. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies found the woman at a residence in the 400 block of Beth Haven Church Road after being dispatched there around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday,…

Pitcher Perfect: Instructor teaches more than the mound

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As a lifetime baseball enthusiast, Brad Frazier has found a niche that he wasn’t necessarily searching for. Frazier, 60, retired from a career in sales and moved from Cornelius to a spacious plot of real estate in Iron Station, off of Highway 73. With a regulation…

Men arrested on pot charges

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Staff report Anonymous tips led to the arrest of two men on drug charges in Lincolnton on Thursday. Jamie Thorne Fox, 25, of 2631 Keener Road in Lincolnton, and Jonathan Kyle Hunt, 27, of 108 Luna Lane in Dallas, are accused of possessing 1.5 ounces of marijuana. Investigators went to…