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Sen. Burr to address annual GOP dinner

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    SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County Republican Party Chairman Bradley Putnam announced earlier this week that U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., has confirmed his attendance as the guest speaker for the Lincoln County GOP’s upcoming Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner 2012. “This is a great opportunity for not only…

Quartet hitting Valentine’s notes

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincolnton resident Kristi Conner has been singing in barbershop style musical groups since she was a teen, and for the second consecutive year, she’s joining with fellow singers from internationally known women’s chorus the “Sweet Adelines” to bring Valentines’ cheer to local residents. Four women,…

Talking about medicine

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    Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln pharmacist Ashley Garling (left) discusses medications and dietary supplements with Doris Ray during this week’s “Brown Bag with a Pharmacist” program at the hospital. The program, aimed to educate people about medications and possible interactions, is sponsored by CMC-Lincoln Diabetes Education and Self-Management program and…

Murder case to be tried in Lincoln

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Stepfather of victim found dead in cell Tuesday JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A mother charged in the death of her toddler son is set to go to trial in Lincoln County next month. On March 12, a Lincoln County jury will decide the fate of 23-year-old Kathy Lynn Swafford, of…

Mayor delivers ‘State of the City’ address

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Mayor John Gilleland presents his “State of the City” address to Lincolnton Rotary Club members on Monday. Gilleland: Development going well; lack of water customers a threat SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Mayor John Gilleland presented his “State of the City” address at the Rotary Club of Lincolnton’s meeting on Monday…

Hickory finance chief gets Lincoln position

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer County Manager George Wood announced the appointment of a new finance director at the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night. Deanna Rios, currently the finance officer for the city of Hickory, has been selected to run the county’s Department of Finance, replacing Leon Harmon…

Roundup of drug suspects continues

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A dozen suspects remain at-large in Operation .38 Special, a Sheriff’s Office drug initiative that commenced late last month. A grand jury in mid-January indicted more than 30 suspects wanted on various drug charges including the use and sell of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills.…

Patton says he will seek 3rd term

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Alex Patton isn’t ready to stop being a county commissioner yet. The two-term Lincolnton Republican and chairman of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners issued a statement Tuesday announcing that he expects to file for re-election later this month. The move comes despite frequent public statements…

Matherly leaving LEDA for Va. job

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor A little too much success in bringing industrial development to Lincoln County may be costing the community its top economic development official. Barry Matherly, executive director of the Lincoln Economic Development Agency, has accepted a position as senior vice president of business development for the Greater…

Shots into Iron Station home being investigated

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies are unclear as to why two shots were fired into an Iron Station home Saturday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s Office report, one of the residents was sitting at a computer desk inside her home in the 800 block of Monterey Drive when she heard…