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McHenry responds to attacks from GOP primary challenger

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, of North Carolina’s 10th District, has responded after coming under fire again from Denver journalist and congressional candidate Ken Fortenberry. Fortenberry, who is challenging McHenry for his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in May’s Republican primary, released new complaints…

A taste of Pie Day

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Heather Jenkins, 6, joins hundreds of others at the annual observance of Pie Day on Tuesday at the Citizens Center.…

Local singer has high hopes for release of single

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincolnton resident Courtney Chay was among 18 budding artists across the Carolinas to win a spot on the Pride of Carolinas album released this week. She’s also hoping her very own single “Warrior” will reach at least 5,000 downloads in the next several days, granting…

Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Reporter   Officials from local law enforcement agencies, schools and fire departments are set to take a frigid plunge, some in costume, Saturday at Sally’s YMCA in Denver. The Polar Plunge event, sponsored this year by the North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run, benefits North Carolina Special…

Local Ryan’s spared as many forced to close

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Gastonia restaurant not so lucky SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Despite immediate closings in other parts of the state, including Gastonia, the Ryan’s on North Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton is remaining open. Buffets, Inc., the nation’s largest steak-buffet restaurant company and owner of Ryan’s, announced last week that it will be…

Police: 3 caught in theft of copper

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two Maiden residents are among three men accused of stealing more than $6,000 in scrap metal from a Gaston County construction company. Cherryville Police officers spotted the three individuals putting scrap metal into a trailer Thursday at Czerr Construction on Wert Street in Cherryville, according to…

New email account prompts arrest of sex offender

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincoln County sex offender was placed behind bars last week after failing to tell authorities that he had an email account. William Travis Evans, 37, of 3536 East Highway 27, located in the eastern part of the county in the Ironton township, was allegedly using…

Time for Pie Day

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Annual observance set for Tues. locally SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer While National Pie Day is being celebrated across the country today, Lincoln County will observe the holiday Tuesday, marking its 14th year of doing so. Members of the Extension and Community Association (ECA), a group of volunteers for the N.C.…

Waterfall photo claims top prize in contest

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Western Lincoln County native Mark Houser was just a teen when his parents bought him his first camera. Now, at 40 years of age, Houser is pursing the art form as a serious hobby, winning this year’s Best of Show award at the Arts Council’s Amateur…

Gun scare at nearby college

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With Catawba Valley Community College on lockdown during the search for a gunman Wednesday morning, Hickory police set up a special operations post on campus. Lincoln students among 5,000 evacuated after armed man sighted on Hickory campus; search comes up empty JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Classes were back on schedule…