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Heavner receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   After serving the people of Lincolnton for the past 35 years, Carroll Heavner was honored Thursday night with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award. One of the most prestigious awards one can receive in North Carolina, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine…

Volunteers assist church with construction

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Cherryville officers handed prison time

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Staff report Two former Cherryville police officers who provided protection for what they believed were tractor trailers transporting stolen goods through Gaston County have been handed prison sentences. Casey Justin Crawford, 33, received a 33-month prison sentence from U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. in Charlotte today, according…

City Council honors retiring city workers

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton City Council members met Thursday night to discuss multiple zoning requests and honor two retiring public servants. Lt. Kenny Shrum of the Lincolnton Police Department was honored after serving the Lincolnton Police Department for 22 years. “I’ve enjoyed working with the guys and doing my…

Christian Ministry starts holiday fundraising

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Christian Ministry of Lincolnton kicked off its largest fundraiser of the year on Monday. The annual six-week long Christmas Fund effort, which drew in more than $116,000 last year, is designed to help impoverished, needy community families, like the Cobbs, from Lincolnton, celebrate the holidays without…

‘Missing’ Maiden woman charged with stealing from employer

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A formerly missing Maiden woman has been charged with stealing more than $15,000 from her employer, police said. According to a Maiden Police Department news release, officers arrested 36-year-old Jennifer Leigh Wynn Thursday for allegedly taking money on Oct. 7 from Royal Enterprises, where she worked…

Trio charged for murder of Denver woman

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A mother, son and his girlfriend accused of their involvement this month in the death of a Denver woman made their first appearances in the case today through video arraignment. Judge Meredith Shuford read each suspect’s rights, gave them the opportunity to seek a court-appointed attorney…

Dems keep City Council

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Democrats maintained control of Lincolnton’s City Council after Tuesday’s municipal elections. Martin Eaddy took Lincolnton’s Ward III seat on the council over Republican Jay Thomas, and kept the Democrats at a 3-1 advantage. Republican incumbent Devin Rhyne won the Ward I seat over Democrat Mary…

Solar farm vote delayed

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Roughly 100 people attended the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Meeting at the Civic Center Monday night, with the majority interested in the recent developments with Strata Solar Farms. Strata Solar, LLC has requested a conditional use permit to construct a solar power generator facility in…

Native American brings his art to Lincolnton

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “Our kids are our future,” Lincolnton resident Christopher Rowland said. The Montana native and Native American artist/musician, born with the name “Ma’heonehoo’estse” — meaning “man from holy place” — has a vision to use various avenues of art to both empower and heal Native American youth…