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City Council to hear report on Hog Happenin’

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A review of this year’s Hog Happenin’ is expected to be a topic of discussion during Thursday’s Lincolnton City Council meeting. The annual event, which took place more than a month ago on June 7 and 8, has proven to be a somewhat divisive subject in…

Dunkin’ Donuts eyeing eastern Lincoln County

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Plans are currently in the works for a new Dunkin’ Donuts in eastern Lincoln County, with members of the public invited to share their input on the proposal during a community-involvement meeting Thursday. John Coughlin, who has the development rights for the Massachusetts-based chain in Lincoln…

Two teens, juvenile charged for Denver break-in

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two Lincoln County teens including one juvenile broke into a Denver residence Sunday night, less than a year after the Sheriff’s Office said one of the suspects also targeted multiple tents at an area camp meeting facility. The 15-year-old juvenile, whom the Sheriff’s Office did not…

Candidates file for city elections

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Filing for the 2013 Lincolnton municipal election got underway Friday at noon, with the two-week period for candidates to officially mark their intention to run for city office continuing through July 19. Two incumbents were among the four candidates who filed Friday. Mayor John Gilleland, a…

Program to teach Braille to blind children

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “It’s not an embarrassment to be blind,” Yvonne Franz said. The Lincolnton resident has been teaching visually-impaired students for more than three decades and could not be more excited to teach Braille and other life skills to eight local five to 12-year-olds this week. Franz helped…

School Board to consider vendors

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education is expected to take action on a variety of items during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening, as well as hear various reports. First on the agenda is the consideration of several Policy Committee recommendations, including one regarding attendance, another…

Poetry Lincolnton releases anthology

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN News Editor Poetry Lincolnton has been hosting readings at the Lincoln Cultural Center every month since 2011 and now the fruit of those meetings is something tangible. The group released its first anthology in June, “The Best of Poetry Lincolnton 2013 Reading Series,” through a co-sponsorship with Charlotte-based…

Local funeral director named state ‘Professional of the Year’

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincoln County funeral director was recently named “Professional of the Year” for 2013. The Funeral Directors and Morticians Association of North Carolina, Inc., handed out the annual award in a special ceremony last month in Wilmington. Mary Frances White, owner of Ebony and White’s Funeral…

Police drug roundup nets over 20 suspects

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police have apprehended more than 20 area drug suspects since initiating Operation “Independence Day” on Wednesday. A three-month undercover investigation targeted dealers accused of buying and selling marijuana and pharmaceuticals such as Hydrocodone, Xanax, Dilaudid, Oxycodone and Clonazepam. Undercover officers Sgt. Det. J. Munday and Det.…

Fire Department to help raise funds for Amity Lane washout

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A local fire department plans to help an Iron Station neighborhood raise money to repair a road washed away in this month’s area flooding. Trinity Farms resident Debbie Whitley said Pumpkin Center Fire Department will host a food fundraiser on Saturday and Sunday and donate proceeds…