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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…

Denver Days begins today

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Denver Rotary hopes to raise funds for East Lincoln Rescue Squad Park ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Denver Days is here again. The festival has been a fall tradition for 12 years, with the Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club taking the helm five years ago. Sponsors like Hecht Realty and Hecht…

EL Rescue Squad Park bid gets OK from county

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 in approval of awarding Brushy Mountain Builders, Inc. with the contract to construct East Lincoln Rescue Squad Park at a meeting on Monday. According to Lincoln County Public Works Director Don Chamblee, Brushy Mountain Builders, Inc. was the lowest…

Library moving forward with digitization

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Lincoln County Library is making strides to expand and improve its digital collection for the public. According to the county’s library director, Jennifer Sackett, the library recently purchased the site licensing and equipment needed to digitize and expand its collection. “This software enables libraries to…

Glow Run to help fund playground for fosters

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Patrons of Alive after Five on Thursday may notice some very colorful characters on the Marcia Cloninger Rail Trail. A Glow Run, with proceeds going to help to provide a playground and outdoor visitation area for local foster children, is set to kick off from 5–9…

Deputies: Man broke baby’s leg

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Staff report A Lincoln County man is facing felony child abuse charges after allegedly breaking his 3-month-old baby’s leg. David Lawrence Simmons, Jr., 24, of 8578 Unity Church Road in Denver, was taken into custody on Friday by Detective Dan Renn of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office after hospital workers…

Woman arrested for forged prescriptions

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Reporter A Lincolnton woman was arrested on Friday after allegedly attempting to pass forged prescriptions at a local pharmacy. According to a press release issued by the Lincolnton Police Department, Officer Brent Heavner responded to the Walgreens at 1230 East Main Street in Lincolnton on Sept. 14…

42nd city Apple Festival brings crowds, business to downtown

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Thousands flooded the streets of downtown Lincolnton on Saturday to celebrate the 42nd annual Lincoln County Apple Festival. Known for being a family-oriented event, the non-profit festival offered attendees a diverse array of entertainment and food, as well as an opportunity to shop and support local…