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Local singer-songwriter headed west

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   For some rising musicians, their hometown is simply a trivial fact. But for Lincoln County singer-songwriter Lily Tallent, the red clay farmland of Lincoln County is a vital component to her music. “Having roots in tradition and history is not something I take lightly.…

County to hear zoning requests

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will vote on a zoning request from a company that is seeking to build a Family Dollar in Denver at its meeting today. C4 Development has requested a conditional-use permit to develop a 1.6-acre lot into an 8,320…

Area nonprofits still facing food shortage

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Christian Ministry isn’t the only county nonprofit experiencing a crisis-level food shortage. In My Father’s House Community Support Services Network, Inc., is also running out of items — food and clothing — to give to community members, Co-Founder and Prophetess Ivey Robinson said. Since 2010,…

Crew demolishes Court Square building

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Introducing: Staff Writer Elizabeth Heffner

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Ever since I can remember, I have always had a passion for writing. It started off as short, choppy story sentences I would write for my mother. I am sure they were typical of any scribbling a pre-school kid could do, with ice cream, rainbows,…

Gastonia woman wins Rhyne Competition

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “For a viewer to experience a connection with one of my pieces is the ultimate compliment,” artist Renee Matthews said. The Gastonia resident recently won two awards this fall in the annual Paul C. Rhyne Art Competition at the Lincoln Cultural Center. Sponsored by the…

Suspect caught in NYC

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     New York City police arrested an Iron Station man Thursday wanted for identity theft and a number of other charges in Lincoln and Catawba Counties, deputies said. Aquil Giovanni Jackson, 27, of 526 Mt. Vernon Church Road, was apprehended by officers in…

Theatre Guild presents ‘Southern Fried Murder’

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     At least one person will be murdered in Lincolnton today as 10 local actors bring to life Billy St. John’s comedic production of “Southern Fried Murder” for the first of six shows this month at the Lincoln Cultural Center. Directed by local resident…

Starr to retire from Cooperative Extension

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    SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Kevin Starr, director of the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension, is set to retire at the end of this year after more than two decades at the post. He came on board as director in April of 1991, having previously worked for about seven-and-a-half…

Women train hard for Charlotte’s lengthy AVON breast cancer walk

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   For the last several months, three Lincolnton women — team name “The Rack Pack: Racking Up the Miles for a Cure” — have been training and raising funds for this month’s AVON Walk for Breast Cancer in Charlotte, one of eight host cities…