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Carolina Nonwovens moving to Maiden

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For the second time in three months, a Lincolnton textile company has announced it will shut its door on operations in Lincoln County. But unlike Mohican Mills, which shut down permanently, none of the 27 employees at Carolina Nonwovens will be forced to find new work.…

Nonprofits find strength in numbers

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Terry Laney has not served in his position a full year yet, but the executive director of the Lincoln County Habitat for Humanity has already used his experience to make an impact on the county’s nonprofit landscape. After meeting with nonprofit leaders like United Way of…

Deputies: Woman helped cover up murder

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Staff report A Morganton woman has been charged with helping a man cover up the February murder of his 77-year-old grandmother. Amber Dawn Harris, 28, of 5469 Wallace Road, is accused of helping Chadwick Allen Bean, who was charged with first degree murder for the stabbing death of Lucille Miller…

Ministry bridges faith, health

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First United Methodist partners with Carolinas HealthCare System JACLYN ANTHONY Chief Photographer On the first Sunday of the month, nurse Betty Parker sets up a table at First United Methodist Church on East Main Street in Lincolnton. Before and after the service, she’s available to parishioners for blood pressure checks…

Hatley to seek mayor’s seat

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincoln County Board of Education member Edward L. “Ed” Hatley, a Democrat, has confirmed his plans to run for mayor of Lincolnton in November. Hatley, 63, began his career in education in 1974 and has served as principal at three Lincoln County high schools throughout his…

Local woman named ‘Marine of the Year’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The Captain Jeb F. Seagle Marine Corps League Detachment #1265 has honored one of its own before. Both Hank Kaczmarek and Sherry Trevino have been previously recognized as “Detachment Marine of the Year,” with Trevino’s coming in 2014. A state-level honor has now been bestowed on…

Official options limited for abandoned homes

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer An old, used mattress set sits adjacent to a dirty wall and a lawn long untended to. The front steps are worn down and slanted and the grass in the front yard is beaten down from recent heat and a lack of precipitation. The house that…

Son keeps Home Place tradition alive

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Though he’s been gone three years, the thought of David Heafner still stirs up emotions in his 25-year-old son. Tears well up in Clay Heafner’s eyes as he reminisces about his late father, the former owner of Home Place Restaurant at 1700 Highway 27 in Lincolnton.…

Knights, Wolves cross the stage

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Singer hopes to make it big in country music

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Kelby Costner didn’t need to lose weight. He didn’t make plans to quit smoking, increase time with family and friends or get organized. He didn’t make it his mission to get more sleep or learn a new language. In a way, he did decide to discover…