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School Board to hear Asbury update

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Education will recognize several outstanding citizens during its meeting Tuesday night. The Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District has chosen Jeff and Alvin Carpenter as the 2014 Conservation Farm Family this year. According to the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water…

Students see law enforcement up close

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    K-9 units, specialized vehicles a hit with county second-graders   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   With police dogs, a bomb squad and SWAT gadgets and rows of patrol vehicles, the 23rd Annual Lincolnton-Lincoln County Adopt-A-Cop picnic for county second-graders proved successful this week in sparking elementary students’ interests…

Carmen Sumner: The Voice of the City

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER   Staff Writer   Known to many as the “Voice of the City,” receptionist Carmen Sumner is City Hall’s go-to person for all of Lincolnton’s government related inquiries. “I have phone calls with people all the time who have questions and don’t know who to call,”…

VFW honors local public servants at banquet

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “I look at our public servants as being similar to veterans; they are brothers in arms, just like us, except they serve in a different capacity,” VFW Commander Garry Pratt said. Head of the Lincolnton VFW Post 1706 for the fifth consecutive year,…

City leaders discuss budget at work session

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   City Manager Jeff Emory shared his concerns with city council members regarding the General Fund Balance during a budget meeting Wednesday night. According to Emory, the city has spent $2,165,000 from the fund balance since 2009, which is offset by the $660,000 surplus made…

East Lincoln Relay for Life begins Friday

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer For the second weekend this month, Lincoln County will celebrate Relay for Life. Starting 6 p.m. today, the county’s eastern end will cheer on cancer survivors and collect donations for American Cancer Society research, praying one day a cure might be found. “Cancer survivors bear the…

Caldwell County man indicted for sex offenses

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Caldwell County man was indicted this week on rape charges from a 2012 case involving a Lincoln County teen, deputies said. A grand jury returned a true bill of indictment Monday against Matthew Chad Beaver, 35, whose last known address was 2270 Perry Lane in…

Beam, Oakes lead Board of Commissioners primary, Hatley cruises to Clerk nomination

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    Tillis takes Republican primary for Senate, McHenry trounces Gaston County challenger ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer It was a close race, but Bill Beam and Martin Oakes appear to be the GOP candidates for county commissioner in November’s general election. Oakes won a place on the General Election ballot…

Deputies stumped by pipe bomb explosions

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office remains puzzled over who set off pipe bombs in an Iron Station neighborhood Monday morning and whether the incident was fueled by racism. Detectives said multiple pipe bombs exploded just before 1 a.m. in the 5900 block of…

Denver residents rail against proposed kennel at commissioners’ public hearing

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Residents of a Denver community vehemently argued against a proposed dog kennel at Monday’s Board of Commissioners meeting. Applicants Robert Seitz and Pat McCaffery are requesting a conditional use permit for a 6.15-acre parcel located on the north side of Natalie Commons Drive, approximately…