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Revaluations come under fire

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The methods Lincoln County uses to perform property revaluations drew the ire of a group of concerned citizens at a recent Board of Commissioners meeting. During a public hearing, several speakers questioned the 2015 Schedule of Values’ validity, as well as its creation process. “I think…

Veterans hope to care for their own with new group

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer For years, Maurice Moore’s karate studio on North Aspen Street has been dedicated to helping the community get healthy and learn self-defense. Now, Moore , a Vietnam veteran that served in both the Marine Corps and the Army, has a new mission — and it’s one…

Students get a lesson in conservation

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Conservation Field Day gives students a crash course in all things nature ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s sixth grade students gathered at two of the county’s parks last week for Conservation Field Day. According to Patty Dellinger, Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District Program Coordinator, the field day…

Denver Days fun for all

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Director has big plans for Lincoln County hospice

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Julie West came to Hospice and Palliative Care of Lincoln County around the time the offices moved from North Cedar Street to Donita Drive. Stepping in as the new director, the Gaston County native comes from an extensive hospice background, having worked in nearly every aspect…

Bust nets 2 for heroin

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County narcotics investigators placed a Catawba County couple under arrest for heroin charges Wednesday afternoon, following a three-month surveillance operation. According to a press release, Melissa Rachelle Sipe, 34, of 25 North Davis Avenue in Newton, and Jason Matthew Owen, 30, of 2151 Kool Park…

Ingles opens Lincolnton location

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Ingles employees and management officials worked diligently this week in preparation for the Boger City supermarket’s grand opening early Thursday morning. The newest addition to Lincoln County’s supermarket options, some of Ingles’ features include a Starbucks, an Asian food dine-in option, pharmacy, a floral department, an…

Hmong families, once fleeing violence in Laos, now living the American Dream

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Community thrives through agricultural businesses JACLYN ANTHONY LTN Staff While the U.S. war against communism raged in Vietnam, a then-unknown aspect of that conflict, now referred to as the Secret War, was playing out in Laos, a small landlocked country situated between Vietnam, China and Thailand. Unacknowledged by the U.S.…

Commissioners update UDO for solar farms

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer After a lengthy, heated discussion, Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 at a meeting on Monday to approve an amendment regarding solar farms in the county’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). County Commissioners Cecelia Martin and Carroll Mitchem voted against the amendment. According to Zoning Administrator…

Health Departments to offer free KI in case of nuclear emergency

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Staff report Residents living within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone of the McGuire and Catawba Nuclear Stations will have access to potassium iodine in the event of an emergency at either of the nuclear plants. Health Departments in Lincoln, Gaston, Catawba, Iredell and Mecklenburg counties will distribute the over-the-counter medication…