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Friends remember wreck victim as happy, friendly man

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “When you saw him coming, you knew that you were going to smile,” Jerry Long said of longtime friend and Crouse resident Michael Rhyne, who passed away this week in a vehicle wreck in Gaston County. Long, a former Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy, met…

Pro-Motion Motor expands in Lincolnton

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Pro-Motion Motor Company recently completed an expansion that owner James “Buddy” Chaney hopes will allow his company to continue on its path of growth. “I really want to thank God and the support of our community,” he said Tuesday. Without either, he added, Pro-Motion…

Community Foundation gives grants to local charities

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Community Foundation recently awarded more than $12,000 in grant monies to eight area nonprofits to assist with programs primarily affecting students, pregnant women, needy residents and the area’s homeless population. The LCCF, established more than a decade ago as a charitable giving…

A view from the Cowans Ford dam

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Lincolnton Relay for Life under way

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Dealer gets 7 years for heroin

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A former Lincoln County drug dealer, whom narcotics investigators said served as the largest heroin supplier in the county at one point, was sentenced Thursday to up to seven years in prison. A judge ordered Dustin Vice, 28, of Iron Station, to spend between…

Lincolnton Fire employs one of few bike teams in state

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Since 2010, the Lincolnton Fire Department has maintained one of only a handful of bike response teams in the state, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal website. According to Jeffrey Hurt, 29, agency firefighter and one of 13 current bike members, Greensboro…

Man charged with theft from church

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   More than two years after a thief targeted a Lincolnton church, out-of-county officers have made an arrest, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Charlotte police apprehended Raymond Ravond Camp, 29, of 3622 Gustar Court in Charlotte, on Wednesday. Police transported him to the Lincoln County…

County places voluntary restrictions on water use

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Voluntary restrictions will soon be in place for Lincoln County water customers while new equipment is being installed at the treatment plant. From 5 a.m. Oct. 7 through 5 p.m. Nov. 26, the plant will be at half capacity, county officials announced Friday. As…

Business expo to be held Thursday

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce’s 10th-annual business expo is set for Thursday. This year, the event will be held at a new venue — the recently renovated Laboratory Mill on Southfork Road in Lincolnton, owned and restored by John and Cyndi Dellinger. The expo,…