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Local firefighters gather supplies for Columbia

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A group of Lincoln County firefighters are reaching out to their brothers in Columbia, South Carolina, who are still recovering from flooding that resulted from storms that hit the Palmetto State more than a week ago. While fighting the floodwaters, some of those firefighters and their…

City investigating altercation between employees, councilman

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A verbal altercation involving two City of Lincolnton employees and Ward 4 City Councilman Larry Mac Hovis has prompted an internal investigation. According city employee Ryan Poovey, 30, who has been an employee of the city for nearly seven years, the incident occurred earlier this week…

Lincolnton pipe organ company endures industry changes

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer One thing becomes abundantly clear when you enter the workspace of Lincoln Pipe Organs in Lincolnton — there isn’t much downtime in the shop. “We manage to stay busy and keep ourselves focused and moving forward,” Stephen Spake said. “This industry has changed over the years…

Report details impact of wastewater sewage sludge

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A new report from Waterkeepers Carolina details industrial contaminants in sewer sludge and its impact on surface waters in North Carolina. The investigation offers information on how industrial chemicals in municipal wastewater sewage sludge contaminate surface waters when the sludge runs off of agricultural fields into…

Passerby saves family from house fire

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A man traveling by a home at 2500 Windy Knob Trail early Wednesday morning saw the home ablaze and opened the front door to awake the occupants. The North 321 Fire Department was dispatched at 7:34 a.m. and was assisted by the Union, Lincolnton and Howards…

Crouse fire destroys cabinet shop

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A fire destroyed a Crouse cabinet shop Wednesday afternoon, leaving the building a total loss. Five different departments were called to the incident at 2308 Pleasant Grove Church Road. The Crouse Volunteer Fire Department was first to the blaze and arrived at around 2:45 p.m. Lincoln…

Battleground Elementary teacher honored at meeting

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Schools Board of Education officially recognized Jennifer Broome as the district’s Outstanding Elementary School Mathematics Teacher of the Year at its board meeting on Tuesday night. “Jennifer is an extremely talented teacher and exhibits best practice in terms of mathematics,” said superintendent Sherry…

Lincolnton City Council candidates square off at forum

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Those in attendance at the Lincoln Cultural Center on Tuesday night for the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce candidates forum were likely left feeling they know their candidates for the general election for Lincolnton city government a little bit better. Moderated by Tim Holder, president of…

Union Elementary’s Houser named Principal of the Year

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A former three-sport star, Heather Houser is used to balancing heavy workloads with hefty responsibilities. The Maiden High School graduate accepted added duties upon entry into the teaching world, serving as head volleyball coach at Bandys High School from 2003 until 2008. Twelve years and two…

Deputies: Woman arrested in break-in

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said an alert rental property owner helped deputies solve a Sept. 14 break-in at his rental house in the 400 block of South Highway 16 Business in eastern Lincoln County. Deputies were dispatched to the residence after property owner Larry Jones reported that…