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Issa, McHenry decry Obamacare at field hearing

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Gaston County Courthouse was packed Friday morning as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee listened to local testimonies regarding the impact the Affordable Care Act has made on North Carolinians. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., led the discussion for “Obamacare Implementation: Sticker Shock of Increased…

Lentz Center repairs move along

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Following unprecedented summer flooding throughout the county and region this year, officials with Betty G. Ross Park’s William M. Lentz Recreation Center anticipate the facility re-opening early next year. Currently, the gym floor is undergoing a $25,000 asbestos treatment to remove the original tile located underneath…

State uneployment rate dipped in October

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   North Carolina’s unemployment rate is on a downward slope. According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the state’s seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate was 8%, a 0.3% decline from September’s revised rate of 8.3%. October’s state unemployment rate is 1.4% lower than it…

Guerilla Poets mix medium with message

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer For the Guerilla Poets, the power of the word has become a way to inspire others and change lives. Each of the 10 members who comprise the pack, which branched off from local poetry group Poetry Lincolnton just last year, possesses multiple artistic talents, working on…

Christian Ministry fund starts fast

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Christian Ministry of Lincolnton collected nearly 10 percent of its targeted Christmas Fund total during the first week of donations, organization officials said. The nonprofit, located at 207 Poplar Street, hopes to gather at least $100,000 in financial donations during the six-week fundraiser. Funds not only…

Drug suspects still at-large in ‘Operation Top 40’

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is looking for nearly 20 suspects still at-large in the agency’s sixth drug operation since 2011. “Operation Top 40″ commenced Wednesday after a 6 a.m. briefing, headed by Narcotics Lieutenant Jason Reid. He and fellow drug officers carried out a six-month-long…

New kid on the block, sort of

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Eaddy looking forward to serving as elected official ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer It has been almost three weeks since Lincolnton voters elected Martin Eaddy to serve on the City Council. New to the realm of politics, he knows his term will be challenging, and mistakes may be made. But he…

Local students named to All-American Marching Band

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two Lincoln County students were among only eight high schoolers across the state picked to play in this year’s United States Army All-American Marching Band. Students throughout the country will unite Jan. 4 on the Alamodome field in San Antonio, Texas, to play…

Love of aviation leads to man’s eclectic collection

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Minnesota native Daniel Neuman is an enthusiast for anything related to his passion for aviation. His hangar at Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport is proof of that, with aviation magazines dating back to the 1940s, propellers from airplanes of decades past, and even the engine from the…

Fire claims Vale house

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Firefighters from three counties battled a residential blaze for more than three hours Wednesday night near the Lincoln-Catawba line, Catawba County fire officials said. A resident of 9279 Willis Road in Vale called the Catawba County Communications Center just after 10 p.m., Catawba…