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Timken grant will help finish Phase One of Rescue Squad Park

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The fate of the East Lincoln Rescue Squad Park got an undeniable boost last month thanks to a sizable donation from an area business. The Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club Foundation was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Timken Foundation. That grant pushes the organization’s capital…

Poinsette: Lincolnton has incredible potential

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Republican city council candidate Gene Poinsette sees the potential of the city of Lincolnton. But he also thinks it will take new leadership to reach that potential. “You see it everywhere,” he said. “Bigger cities are developing communities that are like what we already have in…

East Lincoln’s Woodie crowned Apple Queen

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer In front of a cheering sold-out crowd at the James W. Warren Citizens Center on Saturday, Madeline Woodie was crowned as Lincoln County’s 37th Apple Queen. The rising East Lincoln High School senior beat out 12 girls on Saturday to inherit Abby Hord’s title. Afterward, a…

Men die in murder-suicide

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Staff report A Cherryville man was shot and killed inside a home on Bates Avenue just after midnight on Friday. The victim was identified by law enforcement as Andy Heath Hartman, 40, who lived at the residence. The suspect in the killing was identified by a witness as Yates Franklin…

Muslim prayer to open county board meeting

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For the first time since Lincoln County commissioners approved an all-inclusive prayer policy more than two months ago, a non-Christian speaker is scheduled to deliver an invocation at a county commissioner meeting. Duston Barto, who helped form Foothills Interfaith Assembly shortly after the policy was approved…

Asian art exhibit finds destined home in city

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer In October 1980, John Crocker made a donation to the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte. While the donation was made in the hopes that the contribution would be preserved and made available for exhibit, it was only a pit stop for where Crocker’s heart yearned…

Deputies: Man stole ashes from cemetery

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Staff report A Dallas man has been charged with stealing a cemetery plaque and a granite slab containing human ashes from Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton, where he formerly worked. Ray Ellis Herron Jr., 32, was arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. He is accused of stealing…

Keep on Trikin’: Trident Trikes continues to innovate

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Inspired by a love of bicycles that has led him to be a near 30-year member of a Lincolnton bicycle club, Tom Flohr set out to build a tandem bike more than six years ago. “I wanted a tandem (two-seater) bike and the only company out…

Rock Springs Camp Meeting set to begin

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Faithful meet for 185th time at Denver campground SHELBEY COOK LTN Intern The 185th year of the Rock Springs Camp Meeting begins on Saturday in Denver. The first meeting on the campground was held in 1830, making the Rock Springs Camp Meeting the oldest religious campground meeting in the U.S.…

Communities unite for National Night Out

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For the 32nd year in a row, a national initiative called “National Night Out” will kick off on Tuesday and serve as a strong and unified front against crime. There will be 13 different “block parties” established that will serve as meeting places for the community…