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City readying Independence Day celebration

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As cities and towns across the country celebrate the 239th Independence Day, Lincolnton will be no different, as children’s activities, a patriotic parade and fireworks will be in store for community consumption. “I believe that the fact that Independence Day falls on a Saturday, we can…

Eccentric collection tells stories of city, county

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For one Lincolnton resident, collecting items of historical significance, personal value or for sentimental reasons drives his passion for the past and his vision for how he can creatively display the items in his business for his customers and members of the community to enjoy. “It…

Historian feeds passion through family research

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Genealogy researcher enjoys unearthing stories PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Sparked by an unanswered question many years ago, Mona Ramsey has dedicated much of her life to tracing and feverishly documenting the history of her own family while sharing that passion and knowledge with others. “I asked my dad what my…

Community comes together to honor deceased veterans

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A collection of veteran’s organizations are coming together to honor deceased veterans in Lincoln County with a drive to place a flag on each grave within the county. The gesture has been observed in Lincoln County for decades and a meeting on Thursday by the Lincoln…

Donation will help sustain Christian Ministry

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A surprise phone call from a generous, grieving county resident resulted in the donation of $8,000 in medical equipment to Lincoln County’s Christian Ministry on Thursday. Joseph Mannino said he gave the organization about 25 wheelchairs, 40-50 walkers, 30 canes and 200 crutches because it’s something…

Bill Fortenberry named assistant fire chief for city

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer On Tuesday morning, Bill Fortenberry will begin a new chapter in his firefighting career, which has spanned over three decades. The 26-year employee of the city will celebrate a promotion to the Lincolnton Fire Department’s new assistant fire chief. After former assistant Ryan Heavner was promoted…

Martin leads by example

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer At times, Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners meetings get testy. Sometimes officials trade verbal barbs in an effort to get policy passed or refused. Often, they speak passionately to make their point clear. At all times, Cecelia Martin tries to keep a more peaceful, conciliatory…

House shuns Senate budget

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer North Carolina’s House of Representatives made its opinion of the Senate’s budget plan perfectly clear on Tuesday afternoon, voting 112-0 to not concur with its proposal and setting the stage for what Rep. Jason Saine said could make for a long summer. “There’s some vast differences,…

SWAT raid nets robbery suspect

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Staff report The Lincolnton Police Department and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team raided two homes in the Oaklawn community in the city on Tuesday. Officers searched 1018 East Catawba Street and 1029 East Catawba street simultaneously after an investigation into a series of armed robberies in the area,…

Local singer to hit big stage in Denver

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Along with the many unfamiliar hurdles for Camryn Wilson to leap on Saturday will come one familiar, unmistakable obstacle. When the 16-year-old North Lincoln High School rising junior takes the stage at the Denver Area Business Association festival and fireworks show, the 18,000 people in attendance…