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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…

Ready. Set. Hope.

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Freshman soccer player doesn’t let his size stop him

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DENVER — Standing at around 5 feet tall, East Lincoln freshman Damian Caracciolo certainly doesn’t let his size get in his way. “I’ve been the smallest really my whole life, except when I was really little, so I don’t let (my size) get to me,” Caracciolo said. Caracciolo, who moved…

Water main break cuts supply to middle school

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East Lincoln Middle School experienced a water outage due to a separated joint in the main line on Hwy. 73 near Furnace Rd., according to Steve Gilbert, Public Works director for Lincoln County. The problem was first reported to school personnel on Sunday evening. Despite the situation, East Lincoln Middle…

Community Calendar

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CLUBS, GROUPS CoveKeepers The Lake Norman CoveKeepers will have its next meeting Thursday at the Captain’s Cap Restaurant on N.C. 16 in Denver. Rick Gaskins, executive director for the Catawba RiverKeeper Foundation, is the guest speaker. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. For more…

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…