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Family mourns crash victim

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Family and friends of a 24-year-old man killed in a weekend crash in Lincolnton will gather this evening at Warlick Funeral Home. Matthew Wayne Dill, of 303 Bryant Cooper Lane in Lincolnton, died after his 2005 Dodge Neon crashed around 9:40 p.m. Saturday on Gates Road,…

County adjusts revaluation process

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincoln County residents can expect a change for the 2015 property-revaluation process. Tax Administrator Kep Kepley presented a request before the Board of Commissioners Monday night for funding, in the amount of $76,000 over a two-year period, to allow the Tax Office to visit all properties…

Fair gets over 20 years for murders

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer More than a year after police discovered the beaten bodies of a couple inside their Lincolnton home, the man charged with killing them has pleaded guilty. Judge Forrest Bridges handed down a hefty sentence Friday afternoon to 44-year-old Wilbert Lester Fair inside a Lincoln County Superior…

Haynes Dairy nearing century in business

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer “We’re so fortunate to be a survivor,” Paul Haynes Jr. said of his family business, which is about to reach a major milestone. Haynes Dairy, located in western Lincoln County, will celebrate a century in operation in January and has spanned four generations since it opened…

Arts Council reveals ‘Facing Tradition’ exhibit

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Suspect sought in meth bust

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Narcotics Investigators are looking for a man they said had a meth lab inside his residence north of Lincolnton this month. Deputies said they responded to a home on Fitzgerald Stowe Lane around 6 p.m. Thursday after being tipped off about potential drug possession at the…

Golfing for a good cause

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Teens charged for attempted murder

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two teens will appear in court today on attempted first-degree murder charges after allegedly shooting the mother of one of the suspects in the head Wednesday morning following an argument at a Catawba County home. Sherri Rhoney was rushed to a Charlotte hospital with…

City Council repeals trash fee, approves plans for brewery

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Those Lincolnton residents and businesses calling for a repeal of the recently imposed trash tax got their wish in an unexpected move Thursday night. The City Council voted 3-1, with Councilman Dr. John “Les” Cloninger in opposition, to get rid of the fee. This…

Suspect arrested in East Lincoln Christian Ministry break-ins

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Nearly three days after deputies identified a woman accused of breaking into a Denver organization twice in one morning, officers have apprehended her. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for Sarah Elizabeth Leatherman’s arrest on Sept. 9 after detectives said they learned she…