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One dead in eastern Lincoln County wreck

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer One person died after a single car accident on Saint James Church Road on Saturday in eastern Lincoln County left the vehicle overturned. Emergency personnel arrived at the scene after crews were dispatched at about 2 p.m. The Denver Fire Department, East Lincoln Fire Department, Lincoln…

Lincolnton family displaced when fallen tree hits duplex

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer No injuries were reported when a fallen tree struck a duplex early Saturday morning on Hatchett Road in Lincolnton. One family was displaced in the incident, which brought out a dozen firefighters from the North 321 Volunteer Fire Department. “The tree was large and it nearly…

Business Expo pumps up local industries

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City Council approves new Lincolnton pharmacy

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council has approved a request for a conditional use zoning permit that will lead to the construction of a Keever Pharmacy in the city. Mike Joyner of Lincolnton Main Street, LLC approached council about the proposed facility at a meeting on Thursday. The permit…

Lincoln Times-News marks 50 years of publication

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Guy M. Leedy, 84, left his office for the last time on West Water Street in Lincolnton on a January afternoon in 1994, he wasn’t retiring as publisher of the Lincoln Times-News, the newspaper that he was so passionate about and spearheaded through a merger…

Country singer Jimmy Wayne to share life story at Pisgah UMC

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Pastor David J. Duncan will welcome a special guest Sunday at Pisgah United Methodist Church’s weekly worship service. But Jimmy Wayne, who has made a career as a country music singer and songwriter, isn’t expected to join the chorus or belt out one of his songs.…

Luncheon promotes domestic violence awareness

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Wayne Vinzant read from a scripted sheet of paper, but he couldn’t fight back his emotions. Reading from the personal account of a domestic violence victim on Thursday afternoon, Vinzant started to think of his family’s own victimization, of a sister engaged to an abuser. As…

Benefit for Alzheimer’s Disease draws national acts

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A Lincolnton-based benefit show for the North Carolina Alzheimer’s Association on Friday has grown as national acts have signed on to perform, causing organizers to make a switch of venue from the Lincoln Cultural Center to the James W. Warren Citizen Center. Headlining the acoustic-themed show…

Saine named co-chair of Marco Rubio’s NC campaign

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County Rep. Jason Saine announced Thursday he will help lead the charge to earn Florida Sen. Marco Rubio the Republican presidential nomination. Saine will co-chair Rubio’s state campaign with Republican Sen. Andrew Brock, who represents citizens in Iredell, Rowan and Davie counties. “I’ve always been…

City, county officials prepare for Joaquin

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer An atypically dry summer still has Lincoln County in a state-declared severe drought advisory, but a fast-approaching hurricane could rapidly change things and put much of the region in a state of emergency. The National Weather Service has placed Western North Carolina under a flash flood…