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Northern Irish poet finds love, art in region

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Northern Ireland native Adrian Rice had no idea his five-week visit to the United States in 1999 would be the starting point of a future life here. Lenoir-Rhyne University, in connection with the Catawba County Arts Council, had invited Adrian through their U.S. Exchange Residency program…

Solar farm on agenda for commissioners

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County Commissioners will meet tonight to determine the fate of a contentious 36-acre solar farm proposed for Webbs Road in Denver that has drawn the ire of residents of the neighboring SailView residential community. Last Monday, the Planning Board voted 4-4 not to recommend county…

Gay-Straight Alliance club raises eyebrows at WLHS

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Controversy spread through the halls of West Lincoln High School last week due to the recent formation of a new school club. West Lincoln high school students and parents expressed their concern over a Gay-Straight Alliance club starting at the school in conversations with administration and…

Cat Square Parade brings in Christmas season

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‘Copper’ the fire dog retiring from the force

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Firefighters at Lincolnton Fire Department will miss Copper’s mischievous behavior around the station, including eating off their plates while they’re out fighting fires or responding to other emergency calls around town. But due to his old age and lack of agency funding, Fire Chief Mitch Burgin…

Board of Education member Bob Silver named All-State

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County Board of Education member Bob Silver has been named to the honorary All-State School Board by the North Carolina School Boards Association. Silver was recognized during the Awards Ceremony of the Association’s 44th Annual Conference for Board Member Development on Nov. 19. According to…

Man’s humanitarian work takes him to Philippines

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Priscilla and Howard Wise of Lincolnton haven’t seen their son since last Christmas and, if they are lucky, they get to talk to him a couple of times a year. Aaron Wise, 31, who grew up in Lincolnton and attended Lincolnton High School for two years,…

Event benefits local needy children

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two local couples united earlier this month in a holiday effort meant to touch the lives of Lincoln County children. Named “Santa’s Sac,” the first effort took place Dec. 7 at the Lincoln Country Club. During the event, co-founders Scott and Jackie Chapman and Chad and…

LCSO seizes meth lab No. 22

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A dangerous methamphetamine operation was located inside a western Lincoln County mobile home Wednesday afternoon, resulting in one resident’s arrest, the Sheriff’s Office said. Narcotics investigators said Carl Lloyd Almany III, was harboring a “shake-and-bake” or “one-pot” lab at his property, located at 1656 Knoll Drive…

Zackie Warlick is Cat Square Mayor

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Vale resident Zackie Warlick grew up picking cotton and raising chickens and pigs with his family. The 10-member crew often completed what he called “back-breaking” work on their Sain Milling Road property. He even took five weeks out of school each year to carry out the…