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Man jailed for Newton woman’s murder

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Caldwell County man remains in jail without bond after Catawba County deputies charged him with kidnapping and murdering his ex-girlfriend. Aaron Obdee Compton, 49, of Granite Falls, is accused of taking Tabitha Spake Heavner, 40, from her home on Rocky Ford Road in…

County to vote on new manager

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Board of Commissioners is expected to take an official vote on a new Lincoln County manager Monday night. Chairman Alex Patton announced last Friday that William (Tracy) Jackson, who currently serves as the assistant county manager for Iredell County, would likely be taking up…

Leaders debate city-county deal

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer It’s back to the drawing board for various contracts between the local city and county government. During a special-called meeting Thursday evening, the Lincolnton City Council voted 3-1 to send several contracts, the result of months of negotiations, back to committee. Councilman Devin Rhyne cast the…

Local man’s song makes it big

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  Lincolnton songwriter Bryan Ayers (left), pictured here with his brother and manager Philip, had his song “Always My Girl” recorded by singer Andy Walker. JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A local man’s two-decade old song has traveled from a Lincolnton filing cabinet to London’s famous Abbey Road Studios — the…

Tucker’s Grove Camp Meeting begins today

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Nearly a week after Denver’s historic Rock Springs Methodist Camp Meeting wrapped up, Lincoln County prepares to embrace a second annual camp meeting, Tucker’s Grove, with a similar mission of reviving the community’s Christian faith. Tucker’s Grove Camp Meeting, established in 1874, will commence…

Deputies believe Lincolnton, Denver vehicle break-ins related

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies believe recent vehicular break-ins in Lincolnton and Denver may be related. According to a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office press release, four vehicles on the county’s eastern end were targeted this week. Deputies received reports Thursday of break-ins along the 8000 block of Mariner’s Pointe…

City to hold special meeting on contracts with Lincoln County

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer City leaders will meet for a special-called session Thursday evening, with various proposed contracts with Lincoln County on the agenda for discussion. Perhaps most pressing among these, in the eyes of Lincolnton Mayor John Gilleland, are water negotiations between the two entities. Gilleland has long and…

Deputies make large meth bust

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Deputies said they seized three ounces of crystal methamphetamine which were concealed within a stuffed animal, pictured above, on Tuesday. JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s narcotics investigators said they have encountered methamphetamine more frequently over the last six months, with the most recent encounter taking place this week…

Fees implemented for Driver’s Ed.

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Driver-education classes will now cost Lincoln County students, or their parents, $50, following a vote Tuesday night by the Board of Education. During a discussion on budget updates, the group made the move at the recommendation of school administrators. Assistant Superintendent for Business Steve Zickefoose explained…

Theatre Guild to present ‘Steel Magnolias’

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Cast member says show is ‘something people will relate to’ JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “You need to get together with a group of your best girlfriends and come see it,” Amanda Cline-Grant said. The Maiden resident plays the part of “Shelby” in the Lincoln Theatre Guild’s performance this month of…