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Patton, Burgin to run against Hatley for Lincoln County Clerk of Court

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer     While the official filing for the 2014 primary is months away, two elected officials and the incumbent have already taken action by filing letters of intent for Lincoln County’s clerk of court position. Candy Burgin, chairwoman for the Lincoln County Schools Board…

City candidates address the issues at forum

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lowering taxes, recruiting businesses and attracting young people to Lincoln County were among the key points discussed at the Candidate Forum for City Elections on Tuesday. The forum gave the five candidates the opportunity to express their platforms on a variety of questions approved…

McHenry to face Republican challenger

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Belmont resident Richard Lynch announced earlier this week that he intends to run against Congressman Patrick McHenry in the Republican primary for North Carolina’s 10th District congressional seat. In his press release, Lynch states that he has worked as a manufacturer and entrepreneur. Although…

Rep. Saine honored with Public Leadership award

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The North Carolina Technology Association has announced two of the three individual award winners for the NCTA 21 Awards Gala. Lincoln County’s General Assembly representative Jason Saine will be honored with the Public Leadership Award. The award is given to a public sector individual…

Fire damages city plant

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     A blaze that broke out at a Lincolnton plant Sunday morning demolished a trailer and destroyed several thousands of dollars in railroad equipment, plant officials said. Lincolnton Fire Department responded just before 7 a.m. to Omni Products, Inc., located at 1591 North Aspen…

Former coach convicted of rape

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     A Crouse man and former Optimist Club sports coach will spend at least the next 15 years behind bars for raping a young girl, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Judge William Bell sentenced Eddy Shane Heavner, 35, of Gaston Webbs Chapel Road,…

Man charged with secret peeping

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     An 81-year-old western Lincoln County man was jailed Sunday for secretly spying on his tenants, deputies said. According to a Sheriff’s Office report, Vernon Boyles, of 5443 West N.C. 27 in Vale, peeped through a hole in the wall of the victims’ living…

EL football forfeits 3 wins due to ‘clerical error’

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Academically ineligible player dressed for first 3 games of season   By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor East Lincoln had its school-record 19-game winning streak snapped at Gastonia Forestview on Sept. 13. Technically, it ended much sooner. Mustangs head football coach and athletic director Mike Byus on Wednesday morning released a…

Local singer-songwriter headed west

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   For some rising musicians, their hometown is simply a trivial fact. But for Lincoln County singer-songwriter Lily Tallent, the red clay farmland of Lincoln County is a vital component to her music. “Having roots in tradition and history is not something I take lightly.…

County to hear zoning requests

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will vote on a zoning request from a company that is seeking to build a Family Dollar in Denver at its meeting today. C4 Development has requested a conditional-use permit to develop a 1.6-acre lot into an 8,320…