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Hopper named Red Cross Chapter Executive

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Newly-assigned Community Chapter Executive for the unit of the American Red Cross spanning Lincoln, Gaston and Cleveland Counties, Daughtry Hopper considers the nonprofit organization her “home.” The Durham native and Bessemer City resident said she could not be happier to return to the agency she left…

Elections Director Beam resigns

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A shift in leadership is underway at the Lincoln County Board of Elections Office, less than two months before the Nov. 5municipal election. Elections Director Bill C. Beam announced his resignation, effective Sept. 24, last week, he confirmed Tuesday. The decision came after a majority of…

Family mourns crash victim

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Family and friends of a 24-year-old man killed in a weekend crash in Lincolnton will gather this evening at Warlick Funeral Home. Matthew Wayne Dill, of 303 Bryant Cooper Lane in Lincolnton, died after his 2005 Dodge Neon crashed around 9:40 p.m. Saturday on Gates Road,…

County adjusts revaluation process

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincoln County residents can expect a change for the 2015 property-revaluation process. Tax Administrator Kep Kepley presented a request before the Board of Commissioners Monday night for funding, in the amount of $76,000 over a two-year period, to allow the Tax Office to visit all properties…

Fair gets over 20 years for murders

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer More than a year after police discovered the beaten bodies of a couple inside their Lincolnton home, the man charged with killing them has pleaded guilty. Judge Forrest Bridges handed down a hefty sentence Friday afternoon to 44-year-old Wilbert Lester Fair inside a Lincoln County Superior…

Haynes Dairy nearing century in business

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer “We’re so fortunate to be a survivor,” Paul Haynes Jr. said of his family business, which is about to reach a major milestone. Haynes Dairy, located in western Lincoln County, will celebrate a century in operation in January and has spanned four generations since it opened…

Arts Council reveals ‘Facing Tradition’ exhibit

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Suspect sought in meth bust

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Narcotics Investigators are looking for a man they said had a meth lab inside his residence north of Lincolnton this month. Deputies said they responded to a home on Fitzgerald Stowe Lane around 6 p.m. Thursday after being tipped off about potential drug possession at the…

Golfing for a good cause

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Teens charged for attempted murder

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two teens will appear in court today on attempted first-degree murder charges after allegedly shooting the mother of one of the suspects in the head Wednesday morning following an argument at a Catawba County home. Sherri Rhoney was rushed to a Charlotte hospital with…