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Art Crawl 2015 Featured Artist: Beth Hunter Marulanda

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer After 40 years spent as an employee of the federal government’s Social Security division, Beth Hunter Marulanda, who is bilingual in Spanish and utilized those skills in her profession, has found herself dedicating more time to her passion for spinning pottery in her home. “I find…

Two injured, 16 pets perish in Denver fire

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Two people sustained injuries and nine dogs and seven cats perished in a single-wide mobile home fire on Campground Road in Denver, at the intersection of Executive Circle, early Thursday morning. Denver Fire Department Engine 11 was first at the scene after receiving a call at…

Rising Sun Pottery carries torch of 200-year tradition

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Owner hopes to expand to accommodate growing business PHIL PERRY Staff Writer With each passing decade, pottery turning becomes richer with tradition within the Catawba Valley region. Many artists have traveled south to study the techniques and artistry of the pottery turners located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.…

SAGA Combat Systems offers free classes to law enforcement

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A martial arts program designed for Lincoln County law enforcement has been established by SAGA Combat Systems of Lincolnton. The acronym “SAGA” represents “Striking And Grappling Arts.” The school offers classes in karate, judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. “We wanted to come up with a way to…

Denver Christian Academy is ‘a dream realized’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For Dennis Zinchuck and Michael Kiser, the opening of the doors for Denver Christian Academy represents long hours of research, conversation and sleepless nights. The school, located in the previous location of Lincoln Charter School at 2243 Charter Lane off of Highway 16 in Denver, held…

Deputies: Man posed as officer

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Staff report A Vale man has been accused of pretending to be a law enforcement officer after threatening to arrest two people during a dispute at a gas station in western Lincoln County, according to a release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The Lincoln County Communications Center received an…

Ice mixed with snow can’t stop winter fun

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DOT takes early action on roads

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Several western Lincoln County residents were left without power for about three hours on Monday afternoon when a car slid into a pole off of West Highway 27 near Rock Dam Road. “The driver was treated for minor injuries and Rutherford Electric had to set a…

Precautions taken by Sheriff’s Office to prevent repeat of SWAT gear theft

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Earlier this month, a Lincoln County SWAT team member’s home and department-issued cruiser were broken into and two weapons, including a submachine gun, and various tactical gear and body armor were stolen. Sgt. Robert Jeffries was not home at the time of the thefts and his…

Heat Under Feet: Main Street sidewalk warms up for 28th year

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Heated sidewalks and driveways are not a new amenity. Cities across the country have utilized them in target areas throughout their concrete landscape since they were popularized in the 1970’s. Today, landowners have the systems installed in their driveways and sidewalks around their residence. Within the…