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Salem Industries celebrates clients’ own independence

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The 58 workers who comprise Salem Industries’ workforce couldn’t fight back smiles during an Independence Day celebration on Thursday. The luncheon, put on by the United Way of Lincoln County, featured a live DJ and dance party. Salem Industries helps intellectually challenged “consumers” with employment tasks…

McHenry: Fast track will keep executive honest

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer President Barack Obama signed into law the Trade Promotion Authority bill on Monday, activating legislation that’ll change the way Congress handles trade deals. TPA, commonly referred to as “Fast Track,” allows Congress an up or down vote on any trade deal. No amendments can be tacked…

Martial arts master faces another fight

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The accolades and achievements Maurice Moore has accrued through decades of perfecting a difficult-to-perfect craft haven’t come free. The costs are significant, and they’re costs that Moore must now face. Moore, an internationally known boxing and karate instructor, can remember being inducted into the World Karate…

Deputies: Man stole from dad

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies have charged a Denver man with stealing from his father’s home and breaking into a truck and stealing more than $600 worth of property. Matthew Allen Hartley, 21, of the 3700 block of Henderson Street, has been charged with one felony count each…

City readying Independence Day celebration

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As cities and towns across the country celebrate the 239th Independence Day, Lincolnton will be no different, as children’s activities, a patriotic parade and fireworks will be in store for community consumption. “I believe that the fact that Independence Day falls on a Saturday, we can…

Eccentric collection tells stories of city, county

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For one Lincolnton resident, collecting items of historical significance, personal value or for sentimental reasons drives his passion for the past and his vision for how he can creatively display the items in his business for his customers and members of the community to enjoy. “It…

Historian feeds passion through family research

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Genealogy researcher enjoys unearthing stories PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Sparked by an unanswered question many years ago, Mona Ramsey has dedicated much of her life to tracing and feverishly documenting the history of her own family while sharing that passion and knowledge with others. “I asked my dad what my…

Community comes together to honor deceased veterans

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A collection of veteran’s organizations are coming together to honor deceased veterans in Lincoln County with a drive to place a flag on each grave within the county. The gesture has been observed in Lincoln County for decades and a meeting on Thursday by the Lincoln…

Donation will help sustain Christian Ministry

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A surprise phone call from a generous, grieving county resident resulted in the donation of $8,000 in medical equipment to Lincoln County’s Christian Ministry on Thursday. Joseph Mannino said he gave the organization about 25 wheelchairs, 40-50 walkers, 30 canes and 200 crutches because it’s something…

Bill Fortenberry named assistant fire chief for city

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer On Tuesday morning, Bill Fortenberry will begin a new chapter in his firefighting career, which has spanned over three decades. The 26-year employee of the city will celebrate a promotion to the Lincolnton Fire Department’s new assistant fire chief. After former assistant Ryan Heavner was promoted…