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East, West hold graduation

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Oil, That Is: Hester ready for ‘Hillbillies’ role

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The thick, white mustache makes it hard to keep things secret, and that is Danny Hester’s dilemma. Lincoln County’s register of deeds has been growing out this portion of his facial hair since May, a break from the norm and an obstacle of sorts. Tonight, Hester…

Car enthusiast inspired by a bygone era

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Denver resident Bryon Webber has a passion for all things related to the late 1960s and 1970s. The music, the “vibe” of the era and, most importantly, the cars. The Eden, New York native with grease in his blood grew up watching his father, Lee, appreciate…

Deputies: Man indicted for murdering his grandmother

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Staff report A Morganton man was indicted on Monday on charges of murdering his grandmother in Lincoln County in February. Chadwick Allen Bean, 40, of 3187 Rabbit Ridge Road, is accused of stabbing 77-year-old Lucille Miller Punch to death at her home at 482 Beth Haven Church Road in Denver…

Braylon Beam, 6, gets contract with Panthers

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Rock Springs student will coach at Aug. 7 Fan Fest   ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Aug. 7 won’t be just another Friday dance party for Braylon Beam. The 6-year-old Rock Springs Elementary kindergartner who became a viral sensation for his weekly dance videos and uplifting spirit while dealing with chemotherapy…

Pillar of Costa Rican community to be honored

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The life of Luis Gerardo “Jerry” Lobo Avila, one of the founders of the Costa Rican community in Lincoln County, will be honored and remembered on Sunday at St. Dorothy’s Catholic Church in Lincolnton. A memorial bench on the grounds of the church will be dedicated…

Bikes and barbecue roar into downtown

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Former Apple Queen headed to Miss North Carolina event

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For Shanice Street, the pageant lifestyle came at a relatively old age. The New York native was not a toddler in a tiara, nor did she have pushy stage parents trying to showcase their child from the moment she stepped outside the womb. No, Street waited…

After city budget adoption, council members look ahead

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer In what many city officials have referred to as one of the toughest fiscal stretches the city has seen in recent years, finalizing the 2015-16 budget proved to be one of concession and compromise. For the second time in five years, a decline in tax revaluation…

Arts Council offering seminars by local artist

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Local artist Kathryn Berkowitz will lead three summer arts seminars through the Arts Council of Lincoln County for students 9-15 years of age. Berkowitz, who taught at a similar workshop in 2014 that focused on mixed-media collage, is inspired to be a part once again. “I…