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Animal shelter still working toward ‘no-kill’

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Though it officially adopted a ‘no-kill’ philosophy nearly two years ago, high summer intake levels have prevented Lincoln County’s animal shelter from meeting its live-release target. As a general rule of thumb, no-kill shelters and rescue groups strive to save 90 percent of adoptable and healthy…

Commissioners, planning board to meet tonight

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will hold a joint meeting with the planning board tonight, in an effort to discuss long-term goals and objectives. Quasi-judicial decisions are on the agenda, as are planning work, a transportation discussion and a question-and-answer portion. It’s the first time…

Lincolnton man arrested on child pornography charges

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Staff report A 37-year-old Lincoln County man was arrested on Thursday on multiple child pornography charges by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives said information from the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force led to the residence of…

McHenry named chair of Bush’s NC campaign

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush named Rep. Patrick McHenry chairman of his North Carolina presidential campaign on Thursday. McHenry, a Denver resident, represents North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District, which includes all of Lincoln County. State Rep. Charles Jeter will serve as co-chairman for the state campaign,…

Vintage stock cars get new life at Rhine Enterprise

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Businessman also leads Military Pit Crew Challenge in San Diego ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Inside the Denver shop of Rhine Enterprise, Bill Rhine, 37, restores and fabricates a stockpile of stock cars. The former NASCAR pit crew worker, who runs a leading vintage stock car restoration company, left the sport…

Former employees come together to remember Carolina Freight

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The business is long gone, but the memories will never fade. How could they for Joe and Sandy Dismukes or Howard and Marie Harrill, two couples who found long-term employment and longer-term love in their time working for the Carolina Freight Corporation? “It was a wonderful…

Catawba Springs celebrates three decades

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer On Aug. 23 of 1985, ground was broken for a new elementary school in eastern Lincoln County. The school was the result of a $2.1 million project that converted a 21-acre plot into a facility to service about 500 students from the Westport, Triangle and Lowesville…

School is back in session

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Democrats hope to make gains in city, face uphill battle in county

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Most of the time, the building sits empty. Lincoln County’s Democratic headquarters on West Water Street in Lincolnton, the home of a political party seeking a spark, is a part-time operation. Tommy Huskey, elected county party chairman in April, knows there may soon be a need…

Donations sustain county Christian Ministry, for now

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Facing the real possibility of running out of food, Christian Ministry got a bit of relief over the weekend. Cash donations and trucks full of nourishment have enabled the county’s food pantry to re-stock. Where last week there was a critically low supply of beans and…