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DOT yet to begin work on Vale bridge

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  Beam Lumber Road bridge destroyed in flooding in 2013   ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Almost a year has passed since Lincoln County’s flooding disaster last summer, which resulted in multiple road closures and infrastructure damage. While the North Carolina Department of Transportation has addressed most of the county’s storm…

Meet the Candidate: Martin Oakes

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    MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor   When Denver Republican Martin Oakes moved to Lincoln County in 1997, the intersection of Highways 16 and 73 had just received its first stoplight, and was home to little more than a gas station and a grocery store. The area has grown immensely…

Elections director makes case for precinct consolidation

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Elections held a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss the proposed Precinct Consolidation Plan with the public. Board of Elections director Bradley Putnam presented the plan, which would consolidate the 28 precincts throughout the county to 23 precincts. At…

Glimpse of summer brings locals to the river

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County woman scammed out of $5k

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  Staff report   An eastern Lincoln County woman was scammed out of $5,000, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies went to a residence on the 4400 block of Catawba-Burris Road in Denver on April 9 to investigate possible fraud. The victim said someone called her residence, claiming to…

Program shows benefits of pursuing education to students

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   West Lincoln High School students will receive a first-hand look at the financial benefits a college education can bring on Thursday. Through a partnership with State Farm and The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation, more than 1,000 students across North Carolina will board The Choice…

Deputies seeking suspect who exposed himself at Denver Arby’s

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    Staff report   Lincoln County deputies are asking for the public’s help to identify an individual they said exposed himself at the Arby’s drive-thru on Highway 73 in Denver on Feb. 18. They said the suspect placed an order shortly before 6 p.m., drove to the window to…

Meet the Candidate: David Carpenter

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  Sheriff David Carpenter   ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   For the past 31 years, Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter has dedicated his life to law enforcement. “I knew I wanted to be in law enforcement when I was 10 years old,” Carpenter recalled. With that goal in mind, Carpenter…

Denver felon charged with crack possession

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  Summer Jones   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Denver woman found herself behind bars Thursday night after county narcotics officers said they uncovered a stash of cocaine and marijuana inside her residence. Deputies arrested Summer Demetrius Jones, 32, of 7046 Campground Road, around 9 p.m. following a six-month…

Fighting The Good Fight

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  Churches, Christian Ministry gain some ground in battle against local hunger JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Following more than a year of struggle, including a frequently depleted food pantry, Christian Ministry of Lincoln County is finally seeing improvements in its food supply and daily operations, experiencing one blessing after…