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Painting pumpkins in Long Shoals

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Stroupe unopposed, believes in mission of Conservation District

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Meet Pamela Stroupe — a grandmother of three, a lifelong Lincoln County resident who grew up on a farm and later-raised her family on one, and a woman who formerly taught high school algebra and geometry for a decade. More currently, she’s up for…

Cherryville police chief submits resignation as FBI probe continues

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Cherryville Police Chief Woody Burgess, who was placed on suspension earlier this month in connection with a federal probe of his agency, handed a resignation letter to Interim City Manager Jeff Cash on Monday, but the action won’t go into effect until Thursday, Cash…

State OKs funds for new park in Denver

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Construction on the first phase of the East Lincoln Rescue Park should begin soon now that funding has come through in the form of a North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund matching grant. The Lincoln County Parks and Recreation Department announced Friday that…

Volunteers travel into disaster zone

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Denver resident and local American Red Cross volunteer Ray Roedel packed his bags and headed for the Northeast on Tuesday in an effort to provide disaster relief for individuals who’ve suffered from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy. Because the deadly storm has forced…

Deputies: Suspect breaks officer’s nose

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An Iron Station man assaulted a deputy, fracturing his nose and sending him to the hospital Thursday after the officer responded to an area disturbance call, according to Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Travis Williams was forced to hold Robert Hayes Hunter, 42, of 734 Trinity Lane, at…

At the Spooktacular

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Worrying a pesky bug could be worse

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Smaller than the size of a penny, dark in color and indigenous to China, the kudzu bug is continuing to populate Lincoln County, as well as other parts of the Southeast. This year, farmers and county Cooperative Extension Agent for Agriculture Libby Yarber have noticed a…

3 generations of seamstresses open shop

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Three generations of seamstresses are behind a new sewing shop in Lincolnton, continuing on a trade that is becoming increasingly rare. Alterations And Sew Much More, owned by Rachel Freeman and her mother Rebecca Naylor, opened for business last month at 518 N. Generals Blvd., beside…

Effort to help seek Alzheimer’s disease cure

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer After seeing her grandfather suffer from Alzheimer’s and after his unexpected death earlier this year, 17-year-old Lincoln Charter student Mary Canipe felt inspired to do something. That something would draw awareness to the disease and (she hopes) help prevent others from going through what she and…