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‘Food Backpack Mission’ feeds hungry children

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 15.3 million children under the age of 18 in the U.S. are living in homes where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. Locally, an effort to buck the national trend…

Request to rezone Denver business falls short, 3-2

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Residents of Denver’s Forest Oaks neighborhood finally found some county support, but their quest to rezone a nearby business ultimately fell one vote short at a Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday. The residents sought to rezone Universal Rubber Products from light industrial to general business…

Officials: Lincolnton remains committed to airport

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer After 20 years in a negotiated agreement with Lincoln County, Lincolnton remains committed to the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport. “No official action has been taken regarding the airport,” city manager Jeff Emory said. “It is my understanding that the city plans to continue this association.” After…

Assistant fire chief resigns amid SBI inquiry

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The assistant chief of the Lincolnton Fire Department resigned on Friday amid a state investigation into missing funds at the local chapter of the North Carolina Firefighters’ Burned Children Fund. Bill Fortenberry served as treasurer for the Burned Children Fund, in addition to his firefighting duties…

Apple Festival thrives for another year

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Deputies still searching for armed robbery suspect

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  Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are still investigating an armed robbery on Business Highway 16 in Denver on Sept. 13. Employees at O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, located at 367 North Highway 16 told responding deputies that a white male entered the store around 4:50 p.m. armed with a…

Lincolnton election events on tap for county Republican Party

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For the Lincoln County Republican Party, the opportunity to put GOP candidates in front of as many voters as possible has become a priority in the run up to Lincolnton’s municipal election on Nov. 3. “We feel that these scheduled events can do that,” party chairman…

Humane Society program working to keep unwanted pets out of shelters

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Humane Society of Lincoln County has eclipsed 10,000 spays and neuters since 2000, according to representatives from the organization. According to spay/neuter clinic coordinator Diane Leatherman, the nonprofit passed that mark in March, though there is still some work to be done. “I wish it…

State investigating Lincolnton Fire Department assistant fire chief for missing money at local Burned Children Fund

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The State Bureau of Investigation has launched an inquiry into allegations that Lincolnton Fire Department assistant chief Bill Fortenberry committed “financial crimes” related to his duties as the treasurer of the Lincoln County Chapter of the North Carolina Firefighters’ Burned Children Fund. Bryan Lynch, a Boger…

Apple Festival gets back to its ag roots

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For the first time since it started the event 33 years ago, the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension did not assist in coordinating this year’s Apple Festival. That doesn’t mean, however, that the organization won’t have a visual presence at tomorrow’s festivities. Cooperative Extension will utilize the…