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Smitty’s Grill a labor of love for new owner

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The grill inside Westside Market on Reepsville Road in Lincolnton recently got a new owner. Lisa Smith started leasing the space, which was already fully furnished, and opened Smitty’s Grill on July 3. “I always wanted to do it,” said Smith, who previously spent…

Local firefighters help kids cool off

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Kids have some fun and get some relief from the heat on Friday after firefighters from the Lincolnton Fire Department opened a hydrant for them on Mauney Drive in Lincolnton.…

Filing closes for Lincolnton elections

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The slate of candidates for the Nov. 5 Lincolnton municipal election should be set, with the two-week filing period having closed Friday at noon. No new candidates threw their names in any of the three races up for contention last week. Likewise, with no…

Program checks in on seniors

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “They treat you like a human — not like anything’s wrong,”65-year-old Trudy Perkins said. Perkins is one of 15 Lincolnton residents who are part of the police department’s “R U OK” Program, designed to check on area senior citizens and other individuals who either…

Arson suspected in city fire

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON   Staff Writer   Police are investigating a case of arson following an outbuilding blaze Wednesday night behind a city residence. The incident occurred just before 10:30 p.m. at 2025 Bost Street in Lincolnton, according to the Lincolnton Fire Department, which served as the scene’s primary responder. The…

Public meeting seeks comments on plans for Denver intersection

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    SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   County officials are looking to map out the future growth for the interchange of N.C. 16 and N.C. 150, and they want to hear from the public throughout the planning process. Led by the Lincoln County Planning Board, the initiative will specifically seek…

Board of Elections members sworn in

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   New members to the Lincoln County Board of Elections were sworn in last week. Appointed by the State Board of Elections at the end of June, the new board will be made up of Republicans Wayne Mitchem and Charles Newman and Democrat Marsha Jordan.…

Troopers, Catawba deputies empty-handed after odd traffic stop

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Blaze claims barn in Denver

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RSI cited by Labor Dept.

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincolnton manufacturing plant where a man died earlier this year is expected to pay nearly $19,000 in penalties for violating the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Act, the North Carolina Department of Labor said. RSI Home Products Manufacturing, Inc., located on Lincoln County…