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Correction

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A story in the June 17 edition contained two misspelled names. Bryan McClure recovered one of two dogs stolen from his property. Shari Knowles, of 315 Laurel Ridge Drive in Vale, was arrested in the case on June 6.…

City Manager defends unpopular garbage fee

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   It’s been almost three weeks since the Lincolnton City Council approved its budget for the next fiscal year, but one particular aspect of the new financial plan, set to take effect July 1, remains at the forefront of many local residents’ minds. A new…

Benefit to be held for child sick with cancer

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON   Staff Writer   Local doctors have given five-year-old Kaleb Boarders just four months left to live after a nearly 17-month battle with brain cancer. His aunt and uncle, Elizabeth and Maurice Moore, owners of Maurice Moore’s Karate Academy in Lincolnton, hope to fulfill their child nephew’s…

Playing for the kids

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Authorities seeking help with fire investigation

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer As a fire investigation gets underway surrounding a more than century-old mill consumed by flames Monday, police and fire officials are seeking the public’s help in determining the cause. Massapoag Mill in Lincolnton burned from at least 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., pushing smoke into…

EL grad goes from homelessness to GM of Gaston restaurant

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        JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Nearly a year after East Lincoln graduate, wife and mother of three Heather Bowman lost her job and moved into a homeless shelter with her family, the chef is back on her feet and anticipating the upcoming opening of Trecosta’s Coffee…

Saine battles puppy mills with help from Ann McCrory

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      SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A bill designed to crack down on puppy mills and spearheaded by N.C. Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, has also attracted the support of the state’s first lady, Ann McCrory. The two joined forces Wednesday afternoon during a press conference in Raleigh to urge…

Retiring county manager honored with reception

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    SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   County Manager George Wood, who announced in April that he would be retiring at the end of this month, was honored with a reception Monday evening, just prior to serving in his role for one last Board of Commissioners meeting. “This is a…

Commissioners approve incentives to aid in manufacturer’s growth

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners unanimously signed off on incentives Monday night for Interlogix, part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, to move forward with an expansion of its local facility. The company, located in the Lincoln County Industrial Park, plans to invest…

Public spec building on agenda for county

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Discussion of moving forward with the construction of a speculative building using public funds will once again be on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners’ agenda tonight. The item, a decision on which was tabled earlier this year after a private developer had expressed…