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Father-son duo honored by fire departments

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A Lincoln County father and son, both firefighters, have received accolades from their departments for their service and dedication to their work in the community. Louis Fletcher of the Boger City Volunteer Fire Department was recognized as “Volunteer of the Year” by his peers and his…

Republican physician, 79, hopes to unseat McHenry

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Age and defeat are two things Forest City native Albert Wiley Jr. is determined to not let bring him down. The 79-year-old physician and scientific advisor, currently making his home in Indian Beach, is no stranger to the election progress. He said he’s run 10 times…

Vale man arrested on felony meth charges

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Staff report A Vale man has been charged by the Sheriff’s Office with felony possession of methamphetamine after a traffic stop in western Lincoln County. Christopher Eugene Self, 41, of Scronce Road, was arrested on Wednesday after narcotics detectives conducting a surveillance operation near Highway 18 and Highway 10 noticed…

Board of Education discussion of East Lincoln schools continues

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Board of Education discussion of the feasibility of a new East Lincoln elementary school continued at a meeting on Tuesday. School board members voted 5-1 to accept a donation of 17 acres by Essex Homes, a developer seeking to build a 200-home, 70-acre neighborhood on Highway…

Women arrested on Lincoln County heroin charges

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Staff report Three women were charged with felony heroin possession in eastern Lincoln County on Wednesday. Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office went to investigate a call about a suspicious vehicle at the Dollar General on Highway 16 Business in Denver shortly after 9 p.m. and found two women…

Early voting for March primary nears

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Judging from the one absentee ballot his office has received and the sparse number of calls his staff has fielded, Brad Putnam is forecasting a lower-than-usual voter turnout this primary season. Registration for the March 15 election concludes on Feb. 19, and early voting opens in…

Roundtable discussion addresses African-American life in county

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer As a part of the Lincoln County Historical Association’s program theme “Honoring the past, securing the future” members of the eastern Lincoln County community came together at Denver’s Unity Presbyterian Church for a community roundtable discussion on Feb. 8 about African-American life in Lincoln County. The…

Lincolnton Food and WineFest to offer variety, family fun

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A dedicated group of volunteers has collectively made what was once an idea to improve upon previous attempts at a local wine festival a reality. The addition of food, children’s attractions and street performers to the original concept of art and wine makes the Lincolnton Food…

Boger City Fire Department sets sights on goals for 2016

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Boger City Volunteer Fire Department experienced change in 2015 and is focused on department goals for the year ahead. Retired Lincolnton Fire Department Chief Mitch Burgin became the fire chief in April. Fire Chief Mike Hill, who was described as a “quiet leader” by the…

Quick response from neighbors, firefighters saves Lincolnton couple

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Quick action from concerned neighbors and the response of three area fire departments helped lead two adults to safety after an electrical fire left their home smoldering while they slept on Feb. 2. Concerned neighbors saw smoke coming from the home of Carl and Barbara Kiser,…