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‘Copper’ the fire dog retiring from the force

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Firefighters at Lincolnton Fire Department will miss Copper’s mischievous behavior around the station, including eating off their plates while they’re out fighting fires or responding to other emergency calls around town. But due to his old age and lack of agency funding, Fire Chief Mitch Burgin…

Board of Education member Bob Silver named All-State

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County Board of Education member Bob Silver has been named to the honorary All-State School Board by the North Carolina School Boards Association. Silver was recognized during the Awards Ceremony of the Association’s 44th Annual Conference for Board Member Development on Nov. 19. According to…

Man’s humanitarian work takes him to Philippines

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Priscilla and Howard Wise of Lincolnton haven’t seen their son since last Christmas and, if they are lucky, they get to talk to him a couple of times a year. Aaron Wise, 31, who grew up in Lincolnton and attended Lincolnton High School for two years,…

Event benefits local needy children

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two local couples united earlier this month in a holiday effort meant to touch the lives of Lincoln County children. Named “Santa’s Sac,” the first effort took place Dec. 7 at the Lincoln Country Club. During the event, co-founders Scott and Jackie Chapman and Chad and…

LCSO seizes meth lab No. 22

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A dangerous methamphetamine operation was located inside a western Lincoln County mobile home Wednesday afternoon, resulting in one resident’s arrest, the Sheriff’s Office said. Narcotics investigators said Carl Lloyd Almany III, was harboring a “shake-and-bake” or “one-pot” lab at his property, located at 1656 Knoll Drive…

Zackie Warlick is Cat Square Mayor

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Vale resident Zackie Warlick grew up picking cotton and raising chickens and pigs with his family. The 10-member crew often completed what he called “back-breaking” work on their Sain Milling Road property. He even took five weeks out of school each year to carry out the…

Man on lawn mower dies after being struck by car

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A 67-year-old Denver man died this week, troopers said, after a vehicle collided with the lawn mower he was driving on the wrong side of the road. The incident took place around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on Forney Hill Road in Denver. According to Trooper R. Neal…

Nutcracker coming to Lincolnton

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Play performances held today, Saturday JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer For the sixth consecutive year, Lincoln County dance studios will unite to perform for the community the beloved story of The Nutcracker, but a twist this time around will showcase the true meaning of Christmas and even incorporate a few additional…

DDA envisions future of downtown

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Dozens gathered at the Old Reinhardt Building to learn about the Downtown Development Association’s vision for Lincolnton. According to the association’s website, The Lovable Lincolnton Possibility Tour consists of seven potential redevelopment projects in the downtown area “designed to reinvigorate interest in the downtown vision developed…

Planning Board splits on solar farm

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Planning Board members shared conflicting viewpoints during Monday night’s meeting regarding the proposed construction of a solar farm in Denver. The Planning Board voted 4-4 to recommend county commissioner approval of Strata Solar’s solar farm, which has created controversy because of its proximity to SailView, an…