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Man is deputy by day, jewelry maker by night

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Dan Snellings may fight crime as his full-time job, but his true passion is hunting for gemstones and turning them into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Since his mother worked as a geologist, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s deputy, who resides in Casar, just outside Vale, with his…

Shooters to bring in the New Year

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Cherryville Traditional Shooters send 2013 out with a bang ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The eve of each New Year is often spent in celebration with friends and family. Regardless of the venue where New Year’s Eve is spent, traditions often play a significant role in the festivities. Popular traditions in…

Christian Ministry announces donors for Week 4 of Christmas Fund

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Staff Report Christian Ministry of Lincolnton recently released its Christmas Fund donation list for week four of the six-week long effort. Numbers this year were down from last year’s fundraiser, but organization officials plan to still take donations through the end of the month. Christmas Fund money not only provides…

Local physicians among best in North Carolina

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Staff Report A handful of local physicians were named among the best doctors in the state for the second year in a row. Best Doctors, Inc., a Boston-based group, chose five physicians from Gastroenterology Associates, P.A., for the North Carolina list, according to a press release from the medical practice’s…

9/11 engine makes stop in Lincolnton

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The topic of discussion for one Lincoln County fire department the day after Christmas focused on the heroic sacrifice made by one group of first responders on September 11, 2001. A fire truck that carried firefighters to their death while responding to the World Trade Center…

Woman heeds call to donate to Christian Ministry

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer It was on a tour of Christian Ministry of Lincolnton earlier this month that fitness gym co-owner Valerie Pettit discovered her next calling. Pettit stated that she was consumed with emotion after seeing the non-profit organization’s empty shelves. At that time, Christian Ministry of Lincolnton was…

Denver Fire shares Christmas cheer with local kids

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Custom wheel business booming for Lincolnton’s Ride-A-Bike shop

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Bicycle enthusiasts looking to take their sport to the next level can secure customized wheels at Lincolnton’s Ride-A-Bike Bicycle Shop. Manager Calvin Stiles completes all the customized work through a brand he established four years ago called “No Gas Wheels.” The brand caters to a local…

Christmas Day fire displaces family

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two unrelated holiday house fires destroyed at least one residence this week in Lincoln County. On Wednesday, while families relaxed in their homes, savoring the last few hours of Christmas Day, a family of seven watched their home burn to pieces on Ivey Meadow Lane in…

Caroling group shares old tunes

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The Olde Towne Carolers of Lincolnton sing at the Arts Council of Lincoln County’s Festival of Trees. Pictured are (from left) Charles Holland, Sandy Eldridge, Diana Bayne and Michael Wright. JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Timeless holiday tunes. Classic look. Sharing the heart of Christmas. That’s the three-fold purpose of newly…