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Local, state candidates meet at forum

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer For the second time in as many weeks, candidates in the running for state and local offices addressed the pressing concerns facing Lincoln County in a forum setting. The first back-and-forth between incumbent state Sen. David Curtis, a Republican, and his Libertarian opponent, Nic Haag, seemed…

2nd annual Lincolnton Zombie Walk held Saturday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The zombie apocalypse will probably never happen, but zombie wannabes will walk the streets once again in downtown Lincolnton on Saturday evening for the second annual Lincolnton Zombie Walk. Participants are asked to arrive carrying canned goods – which are useful during an apocalypse and…

Man charged with molesting relative

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Staff report A Denver man has been charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor. Thomas William Caddoo, 44, of Andrew Franklin Drive, was arrested on Thursday and charged with three felony counts and placed under a $50,000 secured bond. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Caddoo is accused of…

Women arrested on felony meth charges

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Staff report Two women have been arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on meth charges in separate incidents. Kimberly Nicole Wood, 20, of 720 Lincoln Street in Lincolnton, was brought to the Harven Crouse Detention Center on Oct. 19 for a probation violation by probation and parole officers. A…

Hart Square festival gives visitors a glimpse of an earlier time

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Nestled deep in farmland in Vale, Hart Square can be difficult to find. Once you do find it, it’s as if you stepped into a different time. Modeled after a North Carolina village from the 1900’s, it takes more than 400 volunteers, artisans and re-enactors demonstrating…

Rep. McHenry, Millard spar at Hickory forum

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The two candidates running to represent the 10th Congressional District of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives met face-to-face on Tuesday afternoon at the Lake Hickory Country Club for a debate hosted by the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. Incumbent Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry…

Spooktacular to be held Saturday in Vale

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Spooktacular, held at Woodmill Winery in Vale, is in its eighth year of offering a safe, family-friendly event for children to enjoy Halloween festivities. This year’s event will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Hosted in conjunction with the Partnership for Children of…

Woodmen donates new flags to LMS

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincolnton Middle School principal Dana Ayers didn’t know how old the United States and North Carolina flags were that were being used at the school, but they were getting worn and tattered. The North Carolina flag was actually missing the rings for the holes to…

Lincoln Charter School approves annual budget

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln Charter School’s board approved the 2016-2017 annual budget at a monthly board meeting held Monday night at the school’s Lincolnton campus. The budget for the Denver campus changed very little from the 2015-2016 budget due to no change in enrollment or staff. The increases…

East Lincoln, Denver fire departments help coastal communities

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer When Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina, 10 firefighters from East Lincoln and Denver were deployed to assist with swift-water rescues. Fire departments throughout Lincoln County train, prepare for and specialize in various types of rescue scenarios, according to East Lincoln Fire Department senior firefighter Casey…