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Federal and state legislators seek solution to opioid epidemic

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The opioid epidemic sweeping across the country has left state and federal lawmakers alike in search of legislative solutions. In 2015, 12.5 million Americans misused prescription opioids and an additional 828,000 people used heroin, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Approximately…

Local potters featured at Mid-Year Pottery Market

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln County is home to numerous talented potters and many of them will be displaying their wares at the Mid-Year Pottery Market on Friday and Saturday at the Lincoln Cultural Center. Longtime potter and folk artist Kathy Richards of Lincolnton will be one of the…

Vale taxidermist expanding, to begin offering processing

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer When she was a young child, Jamie Harkey, 23, learned the craft of taxidermy from her father, Doug Harkey, who in turn learned it from his grandfather, Grady Lofton. Both father and daughter own and operate Harkey’s Taxidermy in Vale. They recently moved into a…

EMS first responders face ugly aftermath of opioid addiction

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Opioid abuse is an epidemic that’s ravaging the country and it’s the emergency medical services first responders who often deal directly with the horrors that result from addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin. “It’s all dangerous,” Lincoln County EMS training coordinator Chad Parlier said. “If prescription…

Local law enforcement fighting an uphill battle against opioid epidemic

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Opioid abuse has become an epidemic that not only affects those addicted to the euphoric high, but also the family and friends of the addict, emergency medical responders tasked too often with saving lives from overdoses and law enforcement officers working to combat the crisis at…

State budget includes funding for Lincoln County projects

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The new $23 billion state budget that went into effect on July 1 includes approximately $550,000 set aside by local legislators to aid three capital projects in Lincoln County and the city of Lincolnton. Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine, a Lincolnton Republican, and state Sen.…

Vale leatherworkers uphold deep-rooted family tradition

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Leatherwork is what has linked the Mulls of Vale together over the years but the middle George, George Pinkney Mull Jr., has led the life that books and movies are made of. Going back to the beginning, the Mulls came to this country in the…

Statue of Medal of Honor recipient unveiled in Cornelius

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A likeness of former Lincolnton resident and Medal of Honor recipient Cpl. Jerry Crump was unveiled at the Town of Cornelius Veterans Monument at a ceremony held on July 4. Crump earned the Medal of Honor for his acts of heroism during the Korean War.…

Curtis, Saine discuss the new state budget

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The North Carolina General Assembly voted last week to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the state budget, passing the bill into law. The budget, which passed despite Cooper’s veto with a 73-46 vote in the House and a 34-14 vote in the Senate, checks in…

City elections shift years, mayor’s term extended

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The North Carolina General Assembly unanimously passed a bill last week that will move municipal elections in the city of Lincolnton from odd- to even-numbered years and extend the mayor’s term from two years to four years. House Bill 504, sponsored by Lincoln County state Rep.…