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Officials prepare for new voting law

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Following Gov. Pat McCrory giving his stamp of approval earlier this month to a bill that brings sweeping changes to North Carolina’s voting process, local Board of Elections officials have been learning the ropes of the new law. The Republican-backed bill, which received McCrory’s…

Denver firefighter indicted for sex crime

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A grand jury indicted a former Lincoln County firefighter Friday on sex-related charges involving a child, the Clerk of Court’s Office said. Landon Kirk McMahon, 21, of Catawba Burris Road in Denver, is accused of inappropriately touched a 12-year-old family friend in early 2012. Denver…

Man dies in motorcycle wreck

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Catawba County man lost his life Tuesday morning after his motorcycle collided with a flat-bed commercial truck in northeastern Lincoln County, the same area where a West Lincoln High School student died in a wreck nearly a year ago, troopers said. The incident…

Lincolnton’s Pizza Hotline to close Saturday

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A much-beloved and longtime staple of the Lincolnton restaurant scene is soon closing. Pizza Hotline, owned by Roger Melson, will shut its doors Saturday after a couple of decades serving local residents. “I really have enjoyed this,” Melson said of his time running the…

NAACP to host local rally

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Local leaders of the Lincoln County Branch of the NAACP gathered Friday afternoon to discuss details during a press conference for the “Taking the Dream Home to Lincolnton” rally happening Wednesday evening. Part of the “Forward Together” and “Moral Monday” movements, the rally will be…

Teachers, students head back to school

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Numerous personnel changes kick off school year in Lincoln County SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   It’s back to school for local students, with several changes in place for the upcoming academic year. New security measures, including access control and video surveillance, have been installed for local elementary schools. Just recently,…

Long-time police officer retires

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   One veteran police lieutenant reflected on his more than 20-year career as he prepared to retire from his hometown agency this month. Lieutenant Randy Willis started full-time with the Lincolnton Police Department in 1991 after switching careers at age 36. “I wanted to make a…

German visitors enjoy local equestrian activities

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   German teen Stella Eck recently traveled to western Lincoln County with her grandfather in order to visit a local friend and ride horses. The 14-year-old spent two weeks in Vale, staying with her grandfather’s former neighbor in Germany, Ingrid Hackler, she said. Most…

Sheriff Carpenter offers tips for school bus safety

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  Staff Report   Thousands of Lincoln County students will be headed to and from school today as classroom doors open for the start of a new year, drawing teachers, parents and school buses loaded with children onto area streets. Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter issued a press release earlier…

Charges possible in construction accident deaths

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A father whose daughter and nephew were killed in an eastern Lincoln County construction accident in April may soon be charged with involuntary manslaughter, the Sheriff’s Office said. Lieutenant Tim Johnson, head of the agency’s Criminal Investigations Division, said the case has yet to…