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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…

Paralyzed firefighter’s condition improving

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Adam Dancoff, with Lydia Boyles and his father, John Dancoff, during a therapy session at Phoenix Physical Therapy and Sports Performance in Denver. JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Nearly a year and a half after a Lincolnton firefighter dove into Lake Norman and became paralyzed from the waist down, doctors are…

Saine: State’s tier system for economic incentives is shorting Lincoln County

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer According to the North Carolina Commerce Department’s 2014 County Development Tier Designation Report, Lincoln County is now among the 20 most prosperous counties in the state. The state divided its 100 counties into three development tiers, with Tier 3 being the best and Tier 1 the…

Band with small-town roots finds big success

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer It seems national and international success came overnight for alternative rock band Another Lost Year, whose lead singer and other group members come from Lincoln County and the surrounding region. The musical quintet hasn’t been home in over a year, stopping in town earlier this month…

Men accused of stealing from local business

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two out-of-county men have been charged with breaking into a Lincolnton business this month and stealing copper wire, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies arrested Christopher Alan Townsend, 32, of 5225 Wolfe Road in Hickory, on Monday. Townsend, owner of Auto Diesel Performance in Granite…

Men get 5 years for cocaine

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two men busted for possessing just less than half a kilogram of cocaine inside their vehicle last year on U.S. 321 in Lincoln County recently received a more than five-year sentence for drug crimes, narcotics investigators said. Chad Bernard Beatty, 37, of 166 Ridge Valley Drive…

Ladies lead in Lincoln County

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Over the past century, women have made significant strides in obtaining gender equality in the political, social and career realms. While some may struggle with gender discrimination today, the women of Lincoln County’s School Board have refused to let such obstacles impede their journey to becoming…

Adopt-a-Grandparent program brings joy to the elderly from across the nation

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton resident Kimberly Perkins and her Mary Kay family worked together this holiday season to adopt 1,000 “grandparents” living in nursing homes and rest home facilities across the country. The 24-year-old West Lincoln High School graduate, also known by friends, family and co-workers as…

Sheriff’s Office releases a new vehicle description for at-large armed robber

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies are still on the hunt for an armed robber who took money from a Lincoln County restaurant on Sunday. Based on video surveillance, officers said a 5-foot-10 black male with a slender build and dressed in all black clothing entered the Cookout restaurant on N.C.…