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Few faces friendly to Duke Energy at hearing

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Duke Energy couldn’t count an ally among the 22 people who spoke at a public hearing at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton on Wednesday night. Duke is applying for stormwater and wastewater renewal permits that would allow the company to drain water from…

Plan to move county offices to new building taking shape

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For more than five years, it seemed inevitable that Lincoln County officials would vote to move several of their offices into the old hospital on Gamble Drive, after an extensive and costly renovation. More recently, it appeared possible the court system would be joining county offices…

Catawba, Lincoln deputies target 100 drug suspects

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Staff report Narcotics investigators from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office joined forces this morning to arrest 100 suspected drug offenders. Teams of officers from both jurisdictions were assigned lists of suspects that were the target of warrants in “Operation 50-50,” according to a press…

Yellow bows go up for deployed troops

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  Ribbons will stay up until soldiers return from Bahrain ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Dale Punch hopes the bright yellow ribbons deliver an appropriate message. The Vietnam War veteran was one of many who volunteered at the American Legion in Lincolnton on Monday night to construct 104 of the…

Public decries new county animal law

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        ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   If the nearly 100 people who packed into the James W. Warren Citizens Center auditorium accomplished anything on Monday night, they made sure their voices were heard. Seventeen spoke during a public hearing, all but one deriding a drafted animal services…

Rombs: Animal ordinance not a new leash law

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Ron Rombs didn’t understand the confusion. Lincoln County’s animal services director didn’t get why the county’s new proposed animal ordinance drew such scorn and he doesn’t understand why, at a public hearing on Monday night, so many would come out to oppose its…

County votes to put new building for offices at site of old hospital

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   After more than five years of planning, Lincoln County commissioners finally reached a conclusion on county office moves at a meeting on Tuesday. The board voted 3-2 against using an old building and 4-1 against constructing a new building behind the James W.…

At 91, Helen Blackburn keeps playing

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  Musician has held post at Lincolnton’s Riverview Baptist Church for 72 years     PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Lincolnton resident Helen Blackburn, 91, defies many perceptions of what life may be like for an elderly person. She has a quick wit, a keen sense of humor and a…

Ordinance gets new public hearing

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Today’s meeting for the county’s Board of Commissioners won’t exactly be typical. The expected audience is large enough that having the meeting in the chambers on the third floor of the James W. Warren Citizens Center — the board’s normal locale — won’t…

Frank Love Orchestra pays tribute

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   When the band begins to play, its namesake won’t be able to partake in the festivities. But for the 18 members of the Frank Love Orchestra, continuing to perform is only what’s right. And it’s what Love himself would have wanted. The group…