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Commissioners to decide rezoning requests

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer County commissioners will determine the fate of several zoning permit requests at their meeting tonight. At the Jan. 6 meeting, officials listened to three rezoning and conditional use permit requests, one of which was fairly controversial. Last week, neighboring residents shared mixed feelings about applicant American…

Lincoln ranks ninth in state for meth labs

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The North Carolina Department of Justice recently released statistics ranking Lincoln County among the top 10 counties in the state with the highest surge in meth lab busts from 2012 to 2013. With 19 labs that State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) agents processed and cleaned up…

America’s heroes come together at Post 30

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Fire at city home displaces two

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two people were displaced from their Lincolnton home early Thursday morning following a mysterious blaze, fire officials said. Firefighters believe the incident stemmed from a pick-up truck at the property just before 3:40 a.m. on Shady Lane, according to Lincolnton Fire Chief Mitch Burgin. Flames gutted…

Dog found shot on county road is on the mend

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A dog found tied and shot along a county roadway late last month is set to join her new foster family today. Camilla, a 2-year-old terrier mix, has been recuperating at Maiden Small Animal Hospital the last couple of weeks following treatment and surgery for her…

Officer completes prestigious leadership course through state DOJ

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton Police Lieutenant Matt Painter may have come from humble roots, working his family’s cattle farm as a child, but more than 20 years in the criminal justice field has molded him into a well-respected public servant and community leader. The seasoned supervisor recently completed a…

Council approves ordinance changes

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council reunited Thursday night for their first meeting of the new year. Council members began with a public hearing on adding a new Chapter 97 Film Ordinance to the City’s Code of Ordinances. Planning Director Laura Simmons informed council members and the public of…

Mystery Solved: Historian identifies child mill worker

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For more than a century, the identity of a girl photographed in a Lincolnton textile mill had remained a mystery. But through the determination and research of Massachusetts historian and author Joe Manning, the image of this young textile worker has been reunited with her descendants.…

Famed Lincolnton physician retires

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Over the last three decades, one local doctor estimated that he has encountered more than 35,000 patients and delivered more than 7,500 babies. “I actually lost count,” Dr. John Chang said laughingly. Recently retired from the medical field, he sat down with the Lincoln Times-News on…

Couple charged with insurance fraud

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An eastern Lincoln County couple attempted to illegally gain funds by hiding pricey possessions in a house closet and reporting the items as stolen with both the Sheriff’s Office and an insurance agency, deputies said. Scott and Rebecca Nazworth told officers on Nov. 30 that while…