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Pair arrested after homemade bomb explodes

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Staff report Two eastern Lincoln County residents were arrested after an explosion rocked the Andrew Point Drive area in Denver on Wednesday night. Gregory Scott Reynolds, 54, and Amy Michelle Dove, 42, both of 1252 Highway 16 Business, were charged in connection with the explosion of a homemade bomb made…

Desire to ‘make a difference’ drives local artist Mary Whisonant

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Mary Whisonant refuses to let age get in the way of a little philanthropy. At 74, many people with her experience and background may have long since retreated to the sidelines and allowed other community members to take up the slack. Despite having retired as a full-time…

Local professor’s Ernest Hemingway studies lead to new book

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer While much of her research provided a warm-weather escape from frigid winter conditions, the zenith of Ashley Oliphant’s Ernest Hemingway studies started with a photo taken outside on a snowy April weekday. Oliphant, currently about halfway through her second work on the famed American novelist, temporarily…

Commissioners vote to raise landfill fee

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County taxpayers will soon pay more for the county’s landfill. Commissioners voted at a budget workshop Friday to raise the county’s availability fee for a second straight year. After reaching $86 last July, the fee will jump to $99 when commissioners finalize the budget, due…

Preservation efforts benefit Emmanuel Lutheran Church cemetery

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer An organized effort by Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Lincolnton has resulted in the preservation of many headstones in the church’s cemetery. Most often referred to as the old “White Church Cemetery,” it is located at Church Street and N. Aspen Street and serves as the oldest…

Denver shopping center gets positive feedback at meeting

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer East Lincoln residents voiced little opposition Tuesday to a developer’s request to build a 90,000-square-foot commercial development on Highway 16 Business. Representatives from Cambridge Properties held session at the East Lincoln Community Center to field questions about the proposal, which includes a 50,000-square-foot grocery store, 12,500…

Deputies: Pair hid in creek after break-in

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Staff report Two Vale residents have been charged with breaking into a western Lincoln County home after deputies allegedly found them shortly after the break-in walking in a creek near the home while wearing items stolen from the residence and in possession of methamphetamine. Deputies said Adam Castillo, 36, of…

Council to vote on reorganization of Business and Community Development

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton’s City Council will vote tonight on the approval of a contract between the city and the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce to reorganize the Business and Community Development department. The contract would result in the city events and marketing coordinator’s position moving to the chamber’s…

Airport talks between city, county continue

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton and representatives from the county will continue talks regarding the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport at a meeting later this evening. Initially, one source with the city incorrectly told the Lincoln Times-News that the talks were regarding the city’s ownership in the airport. On Thursday morning,…

School system to lay off 34 teachers

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County school board members approved a process Tuesday to cut 34 teachers and eight teacher assistants from next year’s payroll. Originally funded by President Barack Obama’s 2009 federal stimulus package, the positions have since been maintained by the Lincoln County Schools fund balance. The layoffs…