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Saluting our veterans

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Heroes share their stories at Union Elementary breakfast JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “I was just one of the lucky ones,” World War II Navy veteran Murphy Whisnant Jr., said. “So many others had a terrible time.” The 89-year-old Charlotte resident was one of more than 100 military veterans who signed…

Denver gas station boasts homemade links

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For the past 30 years, the Triangle Food Mart has been one of the best-kept secrets in Denver. Located on North N.C. 16, it is easy to drive by the store without a second glance. A row of gas pumps stands before the modest looking building,…

Flying into Lincoln County

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Fire hits home on Cat Square

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County firefighters responded Sunday morning to a house fire near the Lincoln-Catawba line. According to Cooksville Volunteer Fire Department’s Captain Justin Weinrich, his Vale agency was first on scene at the Cat Square Road residence around 8:30 a.m. Fire crews from Northbrook and…

Actavis plant to shut down

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor   A Lincoln County manufacturing plant will start the process of closing its doors in the coming months, costing over 300 workers their jobs. Actavis, a global manufacturer of pharmaceuticals, will complete the closing of its Lincolnton plant by mid-2015, according to company spokesman Charlie Mayr.…

Heavner receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   After serving the people of Lincolnton for the past 35 years, Carroll Heavner was honored Thursday night with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award. One of the most prestigious awards one can receive in North Carolina, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine…

Volunteers assist church with construction

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Cherryville officers handed prison time

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Staff report Two former Cherryville police officers who provided protection for what they believed were tractor trailers transporting stolen goods through Gaston County have been handed prison sentences. Casey Justin Crawford, 33, received a 33-month prison sentence from U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. in Charlotte today, according…

City Council honors retiring city workers

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton City Council members met Thursday night to discuss multiple zoning requests and honor two retiring public servants. Lt. Kenny Shrum of the Lincolnton Police Department was honored after serving the Lincolnton Police Department for 22 years. “I’ve enjoyed working with the guys and doing my…

Christian Ministry starts holiday fundraising

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Christian Ministry of Lincolnton kicked off its largest fundraiser of the year on Monday. The annual six-week long Christmas Fund effort, which drew in more than $116,000 last year, is designed to help impoverished, needy community families, like the Cobbs, from Lincolnton, celebrate the holidays without…