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Probation officers charge woman with felony for pills

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sabrina Darlene Whitworth, 32, of 2589 Woodland Hills Trail, Trailer #37 in Lincolnton and charged her with trafficking prescription pills after a warrantless probation search was carried out on Friday. Narcotics investigators and probation officers searched the home as a…

Cultural Center hosts pottery market

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Potters from Lincoln County, surrounding region showcase art ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln Cultural Center hosted its second Mid-Year Pottery market on Saturday, and judging by the crowds and the varied display of hand-crafted artwork, it is sure to be a hit for many years to come. Potters from…

Chamber of Commerce to announce opposition to county offices move

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce is taking a stand against the county’s approved $17 million plan to renovate the hospital on Gamble Drive and move several offices there. The Chamber’s Board of Directors, City Council members and concerned citizens will gather on Tuesday to discuss…

Church moves from storefront to breaking ground in Denver

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Morrie Lawing doesn’t have an official title. Most leaders of churches in the area are pastors, preachers or priests, but when he moved to Lincoln County from the Ballantyne area in August of 2005, his mission was not to establish a title, but to plant a…

Council sets date for Hog Happenin’ 2015

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Hog Happenin’ 2015 could have nationally recognized sponsors, according to Downtown Development Association chair Brooke Sherrill. Sherrill shared the news with Lincolnton’s City Council during a meeting on Thursday. “It was a challenging year because (Lincolnton Business and Community Development Department director) Brad (Guth) resigned right…

Artist opens Main Street studio

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Laurie Bostian is no stranger to downtown Lincolnton. The former executive director for the Arts Council once had a studio on Main Street where she would spend hours painting in the window. From the time it opened its doors in 2007 to when she moved to…

United Way, Lincoln County partnering on assistance hotline

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The United Way 2-1-1 program may not be in place in Lincoln County just yet, but if it were up to Executive Director of the United Way Kathy Vinzant and Assistant County Manager Martha Lide, the program would already be running at full steam. A resource…

Fire destroys Denver home, owners unhurt

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Denver Fire Department, with assistance from Pumpkin Center Fire Department, Alexis Fire Department, East Lincoln Fire Department and Sherrill’s Ford–Terrell Fire-Rescue, spent the better portion of Wednesday morning responding to a fire at 5100 Mary Elizabeth Lane in Denver. After receiving the call at 9:02…

Bill requires emergency call centers have back-up plan for outages

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Staff report Every 911 center in North Carolina will now be required to have a backup call response plan in place. Senate Bill 797, signed Wednesday by Governor Pat McCrory, requires all public agencies operating 911 communication centers, referred to as Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), to have an alternate…

Hovis’s love for city shines through

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For nearly two decades, Lincolnton native Larry Mac Hovis has served as the Ward IV councilman for the city’s legislative body, the City Council. “This city’s been my heart,” he said. “My family grew up here — my grandfather had a grocery store on Main Street,…