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Deputies stumped by pipe bomb explosions

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office remains puzzled over who set off pipe bombs in an Iron Station neighborhood Monday morning and whether the incident was fueled by racism. Detectives said multiple pipe bombs exploded just before 1 a.m. in the 5900 block of…

Denver residents rail against proposed kennel at commissioners’ public hearing

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Residents of a Denver community vehemently argued against a proposed dog kennel at Monday’s Board of Commissioners meeting. Applicants Robert Seitz and Pat McCaffery are requesting a conditional use permit for a 6.15-acre parcel located on the north side of Natalie Commons Drive, approximately…

Primary election held today

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Staff report Today is the last day Lincoln County residents will be able to cast their vote for the 2014 Primary Election. Polls opened this morning at 6:30 a.m. and will remain open until 7:30 p.m. According to Lincoln County Board of Elections Director Bradley Putnam, the early voter turnout…

Relay for Life honors cancer survivors, victims

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    Survivors share stories, messages of hope and faith despite sickness   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Rachel Chapman, of Lincolnton, gathered with hundreds of her fellow small-town citizens Friday evening at the 20th anniversary celebration of Relay for Life of Lincolnton to celebrate with those who have beaten…

Students ready to Adopt-a-Cop

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Roughly 1,600 Lincoln County 2nd graders and more than a dozen law enforcement agencies from across the region will participate in the 23rd Annual Lincolnton-Lincoln County Adopt-A-Cop picnic Wednesday at Betty G. Ross Park. The yearly affair is a fun-filled, educational day when the…

Meet the Candidate: Adam Long

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  Adam Long   ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   For Democratic Board of Commissioners candidate Adam Long, the journey into the political realm has been cultivated from a fusion of passions. A Lincoln County native, he graduated from Lincolnton High School in 1988. “I’ve traveled extensively and have a pretty…

City to hold budget hearing

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  Staff report   Lincolnton mayor John Gilleland and city council members will hold a special called meeting this Wednesday to discuss the proposed 2014-2015 budget as well as employee health insurance options and a proposed water contract with Lincoln County. At this time, City Manager Jeff Emory has proposed…

Zoning request for Denver kennel on agenda for Board of Commissioners

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and Planning Board will hold public hearings for several conditional use permits and rezoning applications tonight at their joint meeting. County commissioners and Planning Board members will consider a request regarding a conditional use permit to operate a…

Lincolnton ready for Relay for Life

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON   Staff Writer   Local insurance agent Billye Roland will be participating in Relay for Life of Lincolnton this year in way she never has before — in a purple shirt and wig, evidence of her current cancer battle. While both her parents suffered from lung…

Council mulls water deal with county

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   A solution to the Lincolnton and Lincoln County water dilemma may be on the horizon. During their meeting Thursday night, Lincolnton City Council members discussed the most recent turn of events surrounding negotiations between the selling of city water to the county. According to…