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Coalition Against Child Abuse kicks off pinwheel fundraiser

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A local nonprofit is cluttering up yards in the name of helping children. For the second straight year, the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center will attempt to “blow away” child abuse by covering lawns with blue pinwheels beginning today and lasting…

Lincoln County Animal Services director hire could happen soon

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County Manager Kelly Atkins confirmed Thursday he is close to naming a new head of the county’s animal services department. Atkins and a committee of two employees whittled a field of about 40 applicants into eight, who were interviewed for the shelter’s director position. Those…

Vietnam veterans get warm welcome

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A few handfuls of proud Lincoln County seniors donned hats befitting a grand occasion and held on to medals they had earned many decades ago. Tuesday was Vietnam Veterans Day, part of a multi-year, national campaign to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. To…

Hard work, faith fuels 100-year-old woman’s passion for life

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Pauline Beam attended Easter sunrise services at Cedar Grove Lutheran Church on Sunday and returned later that morning for Sunday school, like she has for many decades. Even when the 100-year-old lifelong Vale resident hurt her back in September and was receiving therapy in Lincolnton, her…

Shooting suspect arrested in S.C.

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Staff report A Catawba County man wanted for allegedly shooting into an occupied vehicle in western Lincoln County on March 16 was arrested in South Carolina on Friday. Bobby Lee Fish Jr., 35, of Lowrance Road in Catawba, was stopped by the South Carolina Highway Patrol during the early morning…

Family donates ‘Hager House’ to ensure preservation

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A nearly 140-year-old home in Lincoln County was donated to Preservation North Carolina to ensure that the home’s historic integrity would remain intact. The home, located at 134 Nellie Circle in Stanley, was built in the 1880’s by J.P. Hager, a farmer. The home served as…

Lawsuit filed over LGBT ordinance repeal

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Four left-leaning civil rights groups, two transgender residents and a lesbian law professor wasted little time Monday in challenging North Carolina’s freshly passed House Bill 2. The group is suing North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, Attorney General Roy Cooper and the University of North Carolina after…

Large shopping center proposed for Denver

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer  A Charlotte developer has submitted a request to Lincoln County officials to construct a 90,000-square-foot commercial development on the east side of Highway 16 Business in Denver. Cambridge Properties plans to turn 15.3 acres of land 1,000 feet north of Highway 73 into a 50,000-square-foot grocery…

Ceremony to honor Lincoln County Vietnam War veterans

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Ray Trevino remembers stepping off the plane expecting thank yous for a necessary service. In 1969 San Francisco, that appreciation never came. While Trevino anticipated a welcome home from a country with a long history of military pride, Vietnam protesters carried frustrations with national leaders over…

Lincolnton Fire Department begins training for new hires

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Led by Assistant Chief Brent Smith, the Lincolnton Fire Department has begun the process of training three new full-time hires for the department. While each employee is certified by the state of North Carolina, the department is providing additional training that will also provide familiarity with…