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Sheriff Carpenter offers tips for school bus safety

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  Staff Report   Thousands of Lincoln County students will be headed to and from school today as classroom doors open for the start of a new year, drawing teachers, parents and school buses loaded with children onto area streets. Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter issued a press release earlier…

Charges possible in construction accident deaths

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A father whose daughter and nephew were killed in an eastern Lincoln County construction accident in April may soon be charged with involuntary manslaughter, the Sheriff’s Office said. Lieutenant Tim Johnson, head of the agency’s Criminal Investigations Division, said the case has yet to…

Faith, fellowship abound at Tucker’s Grove

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  Locals and visitors alike enjoy annual religious event JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Monroe resident Betty Deese is approaching nearly three decades of attendance at Tucker’s Grove Camp Meeting, one of Lincoln County’s annual revival-based gatherings. “It’s like a big family reunion,” she said. “You see families gather and…

Denver woman hopes to make Lincoln County’s animal shelter ‘no-kill’

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   One local woman is on a mission to save the lives of as many animals as possible. Denver resident Jena Healy is leading a grassroots effort, aligned with the No Kill Advocacy Center’s nationwide movement, to urge local leaders to make the Lincoln County…

Winery’s ‘Grape Stomp’ festival kicks off Saturday

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   What started as a family gathering has now become an annual staple for WoodMill Winery, drawing in thousands from across the state. The Vale facility, also the county’s only agricultural-based winery, will host its popular Grape Stomp Festival on Saturday and Sunday. While summer…

Police Chief, Sheriff sound off on court ruling on sex offenders and social media

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County law enforcement officials are speaking out about a recent North Carolina Court of Appeals ruling which deemed unconstitutional a law preventing sex offenders from using social media sites. The ruling, made Tuesday, called current legislation, which says it’s illegal for individuals convicted…

Commissioners hire new county manager

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer William (Tracy) Jackson is officially the new Lincoln County manager, following a unanimous vote of approval by the Board of Commissioners Monday night. Jackson, who currently serves as the assistant county manager for Iredell County, will take up the post Sept. 3. Final negotiations between him…

Referees earn their stripes

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County approves plans for new shooting range, Dunkin’ Donuts

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Board of Commissioners unanimously signed off on plans for a new Dunkin’ Donuts and indoor shooting range in eastern Lincoln County during its meeting Monday night. The two zoning cases were recommended for approval by the Planning Board after public hearings at the Aug. 5…

Commissioners approve contract package with City of Lincolnton

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Despite the Lincolnton City Council’s decision last week to head back to the table with various contracts between Lincolnton and Lincoln County officials, the Board of Commissioners went ahead and approved the package deal Monday night. Commissioner Carl Robinson, who was a part of the negotiations…