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Year in Review: 2015

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Editor’s Note: Each year, we take a look back at some of the top news stories in Lincoln County. These are some of the stories we felt had the greatest impact on the county or were the most significant to our readers. — M.G. Braylon Beam Braylon Beam is Lincoln…

Director tackles first production in ‘Adam and Eve’

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer While the Lincoln Theatre Guild’s production of Mark Twain’s “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” doesn’t mark Lincolnton’s April DeGregory’s first hand in producing community theater, it does represent her first directing credit. “Pete (April’s husband) and I generally just dive in together and I have…

Hatley: Lincolnton must be aggressive in moving forward

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton Mayor-elect Ed Hatley has wasted no time in evaluating the needs of the city after being sworn into office earlier this month. “We must be aggressive,” he said. “There is no room for a passive attitude and I intend to move forward and address the…

Curtis, Carney set for Senate primary

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Chris Carney will be the only major party contender challenging incumbent Sen. David Curtis for a third term in Raleigh. Carney, a Mooresville Republican, held the seat in late 2011 following Jim Forrester’s death and relinquished it in January 2013, after Curtis defeated him in a…

New clinic will offer eye care to the needy

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer David Curtis announced his retirement from Carolina Eye Care on Tuesday, the same morning he debuted a free clinic at Westport Baptist Church. Curtis, who represents Lincoln County in the North Carolina Senate, will step aside from his part-time job at the practice he founded in…

Mother charged with involuntary manslaughter in baby’s death

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Staff report A Dallas woman has been charged with felony involuntary manslaughter after the death of her 6-month-old son. Stephanie Amber Tillman, 30, of 1747 Temple Lane, was charged after an autopsy performed on the child in Winston-Salem on Monday was unable to determine the exact cause of the child’s…

Noise levels measured near proposed extreme sports park

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A Denver businessman is hopeful the results of a sound study quell concerns for the proposed Whitehouse Extreme Sports Park. Brittan Schnell wants to turn the now vacant White House Foods manufacturing facility in Lincolnton into an all-year academy, where students can study while putting in…

Girl Scout awarded top honor

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A local Girl Scout has won the organization’s top accolade, according to a Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont press release. Carrie Huffstetler, of Lincolnton, earned a Girl Scout Gold Award for her project, “Carrie’s Cover-Up Cause,” which focused on assisting low- and no-income families with…

LFD ‘Volunteer of the Year’ inspired by childhood incident

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincolnton Fire Department’s “Volunteer of the Year” for 2015 was inspired by the bravery and dedication of firefighters who responded to a dangerous situation at his grandmother’s home when he was a teenager. “I was about 14 and there was a gas leak at my…

Deputies investigating armed robbery

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating an armed robbery at the Dollar General at 1299 Highway 16 Business South in Denver. Deputies were dispatched to the scene around 8 p.m. Monday after an employee called the Lincoln County Communications Center to report the robbery. Detectives said two…