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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…

Art Crawl 2015 Featured Artist: Beth Hunter Marulanda

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer After 40 years spent as an employee of the federal government’s Social Security division, Beth Hunter Marulanda, who is bilingual in Spanish and utilized those skills in her profession, has found herself dedicating more time to her passion for spinning pottery in her home. “I find…

Two injured, 16 pets perish in Denver fire

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Two people sustained injuries and nine dogs and seven cats perished in a single-wide mobile home fire on Campground Road in Denver, at the intersection of Executive Circle, early Thursday morning. Denver Fire Department Engine 11 was first at the scene after receiving a call at…

Rising Sun Pottery carries torch of 200-year tradition

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Owner hopes to expand to accommodate growing business PHIL PERRY Staff Writer With each passing decade, pottery turning becomes richer with tradition within the Catawba Valley region. Many artists have traveled south to study the techniques and artistry of the pottery turners located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.…