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County patrols extend to the high seas of Lake Norman

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Thirty-six-year law enforcement veteran First Sgt. Larry Ingle officially retired from law enforcement in June, but came back part time to work a rotation in the Lincoln County Sheriff’s boat, patrolling Lake Norman. From May to September and along with two other deputies, Ingle hits the…

Family: Man’s death in hospice avoidable

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Bud Coffey was well loved. The life-long Lincolnton resident was an avid Carolina Panthers fan and, according to family, had two favorite basketball teams — the UNC-Chapel Hill Tarheels and anyone playing against Duke. When he was born, his parents could not decide what to name…

Apple pie ladies are at it again

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Cooperative Extension to host fried apple pie sale ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The sweet smell of simpler times and a tease of fall floated through the hallways of the county offices as staff and volunteers for the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension took over the Demonstration Kitchen in the James Warren…

Teen arrested after car chase in Denver

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MADISON WARREN Special to LTN A Dallas teen faces several charges after a vehicle he was riding in led Lincoln County deputies on a short chase in Denver. Deputies charged Jason Kyler Beane, 17, of 109 Knowles Drive in Dallas, with one misdemeanor count each of resist, delay and obstruct…

WoodMill ready for another Grape Stomp

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Winery expects thousands of visitors to annual festival ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer WoodMill Winery is expecting to draw a crowd of thousands this weekend. For its ninth consecutive year, the winery will host its Annual Grape Stomp Festival. According to owner Larry Cagle, Jr., the festival first began as a…

New Habitat for Humanity director hopes to make a difference for families

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Terry Laney started with Habitat for Humanity as a volunteer in 1996 after a tragedy struck his family. Six weeks after the death of his granddaughter, his wife started volunteering at a local Habitat for Humanity. Two weeks later, so did he. Four years after that,…

Commissioners drop gunfire discussion

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners has opted to cease discussions regarding the recent controversy over gunfire restrictions related to the county’s noise ordinance. The board approved restricting gunfire noise during the hours of 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. at a previous meeting. However, residents in the…

State troopers investigating fatal hit-and-run

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The sky around the intersection of Highway 321 and Highway 127 were lit with flashing lights in the early morning hours on Monday, as the Highway Patrol was called to investigate the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian. Reported around 6:47 a.m., John Morrison, 35, of Mountain…

A sandwich and a plane ticket

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Family combines love of food, travel in new Denver restaurant ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Eastern Lincoln County has acquired a new culinary gem, an eatery that fuses the adventures of travel exploration with sweet and savory meals. Located at 2495 North Highway 16, Sweet Destinations: A Travel Café operates primarily…

Officers, advocates attend conference on crimes against kids

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Local child advocates and law enforcement are now better armed for the fight in online crimes against children after spending Aug. 11-14 in Dallas, Texas at the annual Crimes Against Children conference. Attending the conference from Lincoln County were Sherry Reinhardt, executive director of the Lincoln…