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Heavner tapped as interim fire chief

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Lincolnton Fire Department chief Mitch Burgin hangs up his uniform for the last time at the end of January, he will leave a void at the station that has been filled with his professionalism and dedicated service to the community where he grew up, just…

Pipe organ builder remains on cutting edge

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Denver firm keeps the music playing with premium instruments PHIL PERRY Staff Writer In an industry that has become smaller over the last two decades, the employees of Cornel Zimmer Organ Builders in Denver have carved a niche for their expertise as master craftsmen and respected artisans. “We don’t punch…

Pair arrested for selling meth in Ingles parking lot

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Staff report Two people are facing felony narcotics charges after investigators said they saw them conduct a drug transaction in the parking lot of the Lincolnton Ingles grocery store on Saturday. Investigators observed an exchange between several individuals and attempted to intervene, according to a press release from the Lincoln…

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy

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McHenry: Keep scaling back Dodd-Frank

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor When Rep. Patrick McHenry visits North Carolina’s 10th congressional district, he always hears concerns from his constituents about jobs. From his new position as the vice chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, announced Jan. 15, McHenry said he hopes to play a part in Congress…

Bolick recalls short but memorable hardball journey

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lifetime Lincoln County resident Steve Bolick can’t remember a time when baseball wasn’t a part of his life. When he wasn’t playing or teaching the game in some capacity, he was watching — and still is. Bolick, 75, remains sharp and quick witted with a hearty…

Another solar farm proposed for county

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Another solar farm will soon be on the agenda for Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners, though it’s unlikely that this one will generate as much public pushback as one proposed in 2013 that drew the ire of residents of SailView, a high-end development on Lake Norman.…

Deputies: Man called escort service prior to home invasion

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Staff report An eastern Lincoln County man who was pistol-whipped and robbed at gunpoint during a home invasion made phone calls to several escort services the night of the incident, deputies said. A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office investigation into the Jan. 10 home invasion uncovered information that the homeowner made…

‘Talon Challenge’ continues support of cancer research

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For the sixth successful year, two rival charter schools have combined their efforts to raise money for cancer research via The V Foundation. “With 100 percent of V Foundation funds going to cancer research and their obvious connections to North Carolina, we feel that this is…

Area fathers commit to ‘All Pro Dad’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer In a fast paced society where time can be more valuable than money, a Lincoln County chapter of a national program called “All Pro Dad” was established three years ago and has flourished and expanded into eight Lincoln County elementary schools. An icy and treacherous morning…