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‘The Nutcracker’ to be performed at Citizens Cen-ter this December

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Lincoln County may soon have a new Christmas tradition – a children’s performance of “The Nutcracker.” “It’s a Christmas classic. Even people who don’t dance or have any interest in ballet will take their children to ‘The Nutcracker,’” said Kelly Barker, one of the organizers. Lincoln County dance studios Starstruck,…

New Senior Services director named

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Marti Hovis is enjoying her new job as director of Lincoln County Senior Services. “I just felt like it was the next step,” said Hovis, who worked as program and services coordinator for five and a half years. “I’m excited. It’s kind of scary too because there’s more responsibility.” Hovis’…

Alcohol suspected in Reepsville collision

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Alcohol is thought to be a factor in Wednesday’s head-on collision on Reepsville Road, authorities said. Trooper J.M. Futrell with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said Reginald Hunsucker, 40, Vale, had been drinking prior to the 6 p.m. accident. “Hunsucker was impaired,” Futrell said. “He was traveling west on…

Suspects sought in homemade bomb attacks

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Lincoln County sheriff’s detectives are investigating four incidents at two homes where homemade chemical devices were thrown or placed on the victim’s porches. The “Drano bombs” were detonated between Oct. 18 and Saturday along N.C. 182, just southwest of Lincolnton. Larry Seagle, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office, said…

Board OKs development ordinance

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Lincoln County is poised to usher in the most sweeping changes to local land-use laws in decades. Planning Board members Monday unanimously recommended the adoption of a so-called Unified Development Ordinance, a major hurdled cleared after than a year in the works. County commissioners are now expected to hold a…

Construction starts on next leg of N.C. 16

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The clock officially began ticking last week on a project expected to bring dramatic transformation to east Lincoln County: paving the last 10 miles of the new N.C. 16. Charlotte-based Blythe Construction Inc. was awarded the new N.C. 16 contract by the state last month with a winning bid of…

New dumping at controversial site

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An illegal landfill in Denver that caught fire and was ordered closed in 2007 accepted several truckloads of debris last week without approval from state or local officials – a possible violation of state law. Officials with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources have opened an investigation…

Question of the Week

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“What effect do you think early voting at the East Lincoln Community Center had on voter participation in east Lincoln County this election year?” Ben Murray, Denver: “I just finished voting early here. I don’t know what the impact will be yet. It was convenient. I think it should increase…

Coming Up

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n Dinner and the theater! Satisfy both your cultural and real appetite at 7 p.m. Friday and Sunday. Come out for “Doc’s Holiday,” a dinner theater hosted by Salem United Methodist Church, 378 N. Pilot Knob Road in Denver. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for kids 12 years…

Consignment and specialty shop offers quality items

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Selling everything from custom jewelry to wedding dresses, Fran’s Consignment and Specialty Shop offers high-end products at a fraction of the cost. After her father became ill, Fran Pope said she needed a job that would allow her to work more flexible hours. In 1999, the consignment store opened for…