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Arwood charged with involuntary manslaughter

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A father who lost his daughter and nephew in a construction accident on his property in April has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Jordan Keely Arwood, 32, was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center Thursday…

Program focuses on future growth

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincoln County residents will have the chance to offer their input on the community’s future growth during a series of workshops on Monday. Part of the CONNECT Our Future initiative, three interactive sessions are planned throughout the day to allow participants to share their thoughts on…

Lincolnton couple pursues passion for art

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton couple Jonathan and Ginger Weathers each have their own creative talents and business ventures and look forward to showcasing their crafty creations with the community at one of the many booths that will be on display Saturday at Lincoln County’s 41st Apple Festival. Not only…

Flowers earns ‘Master Municipal Clerk’ certification

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Donna Flowers, longtime clerk for the city of Lincolnton, recently achieved a new level of certification after completing years of training. Flowers, who has been employed with the city since 1986, has earned the designation of “Master Municipal Clerk (MMC),” awarded by the International Institute of…

Hopper named Red Cross Chapter Executive

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Newly-assigned Community Chapter Executive for the unit of the American Red Cross spanning Lincoln, Gaston and Cleveland Counties, Daughtry Hopper considers the nonprofit organization her “home.” The Durham native and Bessemer City resident said she could not be happier to return to the agency she left…

Elections Director Beam resigns

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A shift in leadership is underway at the Lincoln County Board of Elections Office, less than two months before the Nov. 5municipal election. Elections Director Bill C. Beam announced his resignation, effective Sept. 24, last week, he confirmed Tuesday. The decision came after a majority of…

Family mourns crash victim

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Family and friends of a 24-year-old man killed in a weekend crash in Lincolnton will gather this evening at Warlick Funeral Home. Matthew Wayne Dill, of 303 Bryant Cooper Lane in Lincolnton, died after his 2005 Dodge Neon crashed around 9:40 p.m. Saturday on Gates Road,…

County adjusts revaluation process

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincoln County residents can expect a change for the 2015 property-revaluation process. Tax Administrator Kep Kepley presented a request before the Board of Commissioners Monday night for funding, in the amount of $76,000 over a two-year period, to allow the Tax Office to visit all properties…

Fair gets over 20 years for murders

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer More than a year after police discovered the beaten bodies of a couple inside their Lincolnton home, the man charged with killing them has pleaded guilty. Judge Forrest Bridges handed down a hefty sentence Friday afternoon to 44-year-old Wilbert Lester Fair inside a Lincoln County Superior…

Haynes Dairy nearing century in business

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer “We’re so fortunate to be a survivor,” Paul Haynes Jr. said of his family business, which is about to reach a major milestone. Haynes Dairy, located in western Lincoln County, will celebrate a century in operation in January and has spanned four generations since it opened…