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South Fork Fire Department makes strides for the future

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer After celebrating 50 years of service to the community last summer, the South Fork Volunteer Fire Department immediately got back to work and focused on the future of the department and what the next 50 years could hold. With his first year as fire chief, John…

West Lincoln teen snags NAGA championship

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A West Lincoln High School senior was named champion of the female teen division at the North American Grappling Association tournament in Concord. The events, which run through mid-December across the country, saw Kirsten Robertson, 18, tie the highest score of 120 across all divisions. “She…

Woman charged with trafficking opiates

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Staff report An Iron Station woman has been charged with trafficking opiates by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Tessa Lee Hinson, 23, was arrested after deputies received information that drug sales were being conducted “at a location south of Lincolnton” on Thursday, according to a press release. Hinson allegedly was…

Denver Canine Club opens for Lincoln County adoptions

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Prospective pet owners have a new place to adopt cats and dogs in Lincoln County. In December, Denver Canine Club co-owner Pat McCafferey volunteered the space to Lincoln County Animal Services, two months after the Huntersville Petco contracted with a Charlotte humane society and limited the…

Lincoln County legislators advocate for bond referendum

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s state legislators are hopeful that a March 15 bond referendum leads to growth for the state’s university, community college and water and sewer infrastructures. The $2 billion Connect NC Bond wouldn’t go to any specific Lincoln County cause, though Rep. Jason Saine argues the…

Patton looks back in final year as commissioner

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Alex Patton knows a day will come fairly soon when his schedule will be much more manageable. The longtime commissioner didn’t file to run for a fourth term, ensuring his reign will end after 12 years serving Lincoln County. Come December, the Lincoln County native will…

City produces ‘lost’ maps but questions remain

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton has complied with a public records request and produced two sets of stormwater maps officials say represent more than $280,000 in spending and four years of work. The Lincoln Times-News published a story on Dec. 17 detailing elected officials’ questions about the…

Denver Fire Department prepares for growth

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer As Highway 16 continues to develop as the last major vein out of Charlotte, it has become abundantly clear that over time, perhaps within the next five years, the Denver Fire Department, along with other agencies in the area, will take a long, hard look at…

New policies proposed for animal shelter

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A proposal introduced at Monday night’s county commissioner meeting could soon impose a time limit on healthy animals in the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. LCAS Director David Workman suggested a series of changes to the public and commissioners, the last of which would give animals 10…

Planning board votes against extreme sports park

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A Lincoln County commissioner asked a local businessman Monday night if he’d sacrifice his son’s personal interests to better ensure the approval of his business venture. Brittan Schnell declined, and the planning board responded by voting 5-2 to recommend denial of the proposed Whitehouse Extreme…