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Lincolnton candidates focus on campaign strategy

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer In today’s political climate, it takes more than strategically placed signs, handshakes and a friendly smile to reign victorious in a run for office, at any level of government. It takes a well-planned cocktail of classic, proven methods as well as an effort to embrace modern…

City, county exchange fire coverage for debt collection

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The final pieces of an agreement between Lincolnton and Lincoln County will be set in stone Monday when county commissioners meet at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. In August, the county agreed to let the city control the invoicing of residents along Route 90, who use…

Ziggy Pockets’ blend of country, rap a hit in Denver

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Ziggy Pockets’ musical palette is as distinct as his stage name. Growing up a 1980s kid in rural Davis Creek, West Virginia, Pockets — born Zackary Meadows — found inspiration not only in classic country artists Waylon Jennings and Johnny Paycheck, but in West Coast rap…

Unstoppable: North Lincoln student vows to make a difference

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer When he first learned of a significant problem facing his community, North Lincoln student Christian Boyles decided he needed to do something to correct it. And as he heard more about Christian Ministry’s dwindling food supply, Boyles asked what he could do to help. A sense…

Local firefighters gather supplies for Columbia

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A group of Lincoln County firefighters are reaching out to their brothers in Columbia, South Carolina, who are still recovering from flooding that resulted from storms that hit the Palmetto State more than a week ago. While fighting the floodwaters, some of those firefighters and their…

City investigating altercation between employees, councilman

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A verbal altercation involving two City of Lincolnton employees and Ward 4 City Councilman Larry Mac Hovis has prompted an internal investigation. According city employee Ryan Poovey, 30, who has been an employee of the city for nearly seven years, the incident occurred earlier this week…

Lincolnton pipe organ company endures industry changes

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer One thing becomes abundantly clear when you enter the workspace of Lincoln Pipe Organs in Lincolnton — there isn’t much downtime in the shop. “We manage to stay busy and keep ourselves focused and moving forward,” Stephen Spake said. “This industry has changed over the years…

Report details impact of wastewater sewage sludge

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A new report from Waterkeepers Carolina details industrial contaminants in sewer sludge and its impact on surface waters in North Carolina. The investigation offers information on how industrial chemicals in municipal wastewater sewage sludge contaminate surface waters when the sludge runs off of agricultural fields into…

Passerby saves family from house fire

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A man traveling by a home at 2500 Windy Knob Trail early Wednesday morning saw the home ablaze and opened the front door to awake the occupants. The North 321 Fire Department was dispatched at 7:34 a.m. and was assisted by the Union, Lincolnton and Howards…

Crouse fire destroys cabinet shop

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A fire destroyed a Crouse cabinet shop Wednesday afternoon, leaving the building a total loss. Five different departments were called to the incident at 2308 Pleasant Grove Church Road. The Crouse Volunteer Fire Department was first to the blaze and arrived at around 2:45 p.m. Lincoln…