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2 charged in fatal shooting

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Two suspects have been charged in the shooting death of a man found dead in a vehicle in southwestern Catawba County, as well as the attempted murder of a passenger who was also wounded. The deceased, identified as Aaron Ruff, was found behind the wheel of…

Exploring pieces of local history

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Archaeology campers learn as they sift through local artifacts AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Campers enrolled in the Lincoln County Historical Association’s (LCHA) archaeology camp aren’t just playing in the dirt. The archaeologists-in-training are learning a variety of new skills, from using a compass to laying out grids on a dig…

Whooping cough on the rise in N.C.

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Two probable cases of pertussis — also known as “whooping cough” — have been identified in Lincoln County in recent weeks, as state officials warn that reported cases are on the rise in various counties. Teena Leonard, communicable disease program manager for the Lincoln County Health…

Vale college student’s research chosen for new GWU program

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer An area university has selected a Vale resident with a nose for science to be the first to participate in a new research program. “One of the goals of undergraduate research is to foster scholarship that goes beyond the classroom; it can start there, but the…

Deeds office renovations complete

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Following months of renovations, the Lincoln County Register of Deeds Office will be returning to its permanent location in downtown Lincolnton on Tuesday. While the 105-A East Court Square facility has been under construction since November, the county office operated out of a temporary facility at…

Deputies: Flashlight used to halt man resisting arrest

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A deputy recently struck a man with a flashlight during a foot chase after the suspect refused to comply with officers, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Kerry Glen Phinx, 45, of 6433 McIntosh Road in Lowesville, allegedly fled from officers after deputies said they stumbled…

Roundup cuffs suspected drug dealers

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  LCSO ‘Operation Midnight Special’ goes after 34 indicted on range of drug charges   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office carried out its third drug major operation Tuesday night since Sheriff David Carpenter assumed office last year, filling an already overcrowded detention center with more alleged…

Saying goodbye to retiring educators

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Lincoln County is saying goodbye to teachers, an assistant principal and a principal as they hung up their hats, graded their last papers and submitted their final round of grades before their retirement following the recently ended school year. Among the educators leaving county…

County erosion study leaves cove woes unresolved

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Despite years of public claims from residents near Burton Creek, findings of a study on erosion in the area appear to show nothing unusual about sediment accumulation in nearby Lake Norman coves. The lake-bottom core-sampling project, conducted by S&ME of Charlotte, tested five coves…

Theatre Guild serves up its take on ‘Grease’

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    AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   A beauty school dropout, a cheerleader, a few Pink Ladies and some T-Birds will tell a 1950s-set story of 10 high school students growing up and all that entails this month at the Cultural Center. The Lincoln Theatre Guild is performing their version…