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Son keeps Home Place tradition alive

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Though he’s been gone three years, the thought of David Heafner still stirs up emotions in his 25-year-old son. Tears well up in Clay Heafner’s eyes as he reminisces about his late father, the former owner of Home Place Restaurant at 1700 Highway 27 in Lincolnton.…

Knights, Wolves cross the stage

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Singer hopes to make it big in country music

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Kelby Costner didn’t need to lose weight. He didn’t make plans to quit smoking, increase time with family and friends or get organized. He didn’t make it his mission to get more sleep or learn a new language. In a way, he did decide to discover…

Foundation grants support nonprofits

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Community Foundation recognized 15 county nonprofit organizations this month, gifting them $18,493 in grant money to help fund essential programs. Sherry Reinhardt, Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse executive director, credited last year’s LCCF grant for training that led to Lincolnton police arresting…

Grandson confesses to murder

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Staff report The Morganton man accused of murdering his 77-year-old grandmother in February has confessed to the crime, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Chadwick Allen Bean, 40, of 3187 Rabbit Ridge Road, confessed on Thursday to stabbing Lucille Miller Punch to death, prior to being taken to the…

East, West hold graduation

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Oil, That Is: Hester ready for ‘Hillbillies’ role

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The thick, white mustache makes it hard to keep things secret, and that is Danny Hester’s dilemma. Lincoln County’s register of deeds has been growing out this portion of his facial hair since May, a break from the norm and an obstacle of sorts. Tonight, Hester…

Car enthusiast inspired by a bygone era

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Denver resident Bryon Webber has a passion for all things related to the late 1960s and 1970s. The music, the “vibe” of the era and, most importantly, the cars. The Eden, New York native with grease in his blood grew up watching his father, Lee, appreciate…

Deputies: Man indicted for murdering his grandmother

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Staff report A Morganton man was indicted on Monday on charges of murdering his grandmother in Lincoln County in February. Chadwick Allen Bean, 40, of 3187 Rabbit Ridge Road, is accused of stabbing 77-year-old Lucille Miller Punch to death at her home at 482 Beth Haven Church Road in Denver…

Braylon Beam, 6, gets contract with Panthers

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Rock Springs student will coach at Aug. 7 Fan Fest   ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Aug. 7 won’t be just another Friday dance party for Braylon Beam. The 6-year-old Rock Springs Elementary kindergartner who became a viral sensation for his weekly dance videos and uplifting spirit while dealing with chemotherapy…