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United Way, Lincoln County partnering on assistance hotline

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The United Way 2-1-1 program may not be in place in Lincoln County just yet, but if it were up to Executive Director of the United Way Kathy Vinzant and Assistant County Manager Martha Lide, the program would already be running at full steam. A resource…

Fire destroys Denver home, owners unhurt

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Denver Fire Department, with assistance from Pumpkin Center Fire Department, Alexis Fire Department, East Lincoln Fire Department and Sherrill’s Ford–Terrell Fire-Rescue, spent the better portion of Wednesday morning responding to a fire at 5100 Mary Elizabeth Lane in Denver. After receiving the call at 9:02…

Bill requires emergency call centers have back-up plan for outages

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Staff report Every 911 center in North Carolina will now be required to have a backup call response plan in place. Senate Bill 797, signed Wednesday by Governor Pat McCrory, requires all public agencies operating 911 communication centers, referred to as Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), to have an alternate…

Hovis’s love for city shines through

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For nearly two decades, Lincolnton native Larry Mac Hovis has served as the Ward IV councilman for the city’s legislative body, the City Council. “This city’s been my heart,” he said. “My family grew up here — my grandfather had a grocery store on Main Street,…

Pol cries foul over website domain name

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer State House of Representatives Democratic challenger Rosemary Hubbard has accused GOP incumbent Rep. Jason Saine of cybersquatting website domains containing her name, in order to further his political campaign. Almost two weeks ago, Hubbard began the process of establishing a website for her campaign. It was…

Exhibit showcases the art of local woodturners

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln Arts Council held its second woodturning competition in June, and though the majority of the art associated with Lincoln County is steeped in pottery, it is clear that woodturning is quickly becoming a new favorite medium. Woodturning – the Known and the Unknown, an…

Iron Station man takes 5,000-mile dirt bike ride

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Allen Beck and Auggie Ensley spent the last year of their two-year friendship planning for a trip that a little over 100 people have completed. The Trans-America Trail is a rugged 5,000-mile journey, stretching through Tennessee, Mississippi, across Arkansas, into Oklahoma and New Mexico, through Utah…

Newton man arrested for sex with teen

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Catawba County man is being held at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center on a $125,000 bond, accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl. According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Darrick Wayne Fowler, 24, of 1719 Duke Street in Newton, was arrested on…

Cleared convict announces write-in candidacy for county sheriff

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County resident Anthony Huss announced, with a float in Lincolnton’s Independence Day parade, that he will run for the office of Lincoln County sheriff in the November election as a write-in candidate. “My biggest focus in on quality rather than quantity,” Huss said, citing the…

A Sticky Situation: Denver acupuncture business expands

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A Denver-based acupuncture clinic is celebrating its new location and expanding services. On July 10, AcuCare Clinic and its neighboring businesses will hold an open house, allowing community members an insight into healing practices such as acupuncture, massage therapy, counseling and Tai Chi. Almost three times…