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Harkey’s Taxidermy passes torch to new generation

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer With more than three decades in business in western Lincoln County, Harkey’s Taxidermy is celebrating a family tradition as a father passes the torch of his business on to his daughter. Doug Harkey, 52, has watched his daughter, Jamie Harkey, 22, progress in the craft that…

United Way ‘Day of Action’ brings the community together

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The United Way of Lincoln County held its annual “Day of Action” on Thursday, partnering with Asbury United Methodist Church and volunteers from numerous organizations in the community to transform the old Asbury School building into a resource center for students in the county. “I’m not…

VFW, local businesses collect supplies for students

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The local VFW post has collected hundreds of school supplies for local students. Made possible by private and corporate donations, the VFW efforts were organized by the ladies auxiliary and distributed by Christian Ministry of Lincoln County. Auxiliary president Charlotte Reynolds sees the effort of so…

Pair arrested on fugitive charges

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Staff report Two Bessemer City residents were arrested Tuesday on fugitive warrants. Deputies said Christi Ray Griffis, 57, and Lori Marie Carey, both of Coho Road, were wanted in Piece County, Georgia. A detective noticed the pair in a vehicle with Georgia license plates driving suspiciously on George Brown Road…

City shakes up development department

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When Vicki Davis stepped down from her post as the director of Lincolnton’s business and community development department, it provided city officials with the opportunity to reclassify the position and evaluate the role. Now a coordinator position that will report to zoning director Laura Elam, City…

Face jugs will remain in downtown for now

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The “face jugs” that form downtown Lincolnton’s public art display will remain in place, for now, despite several being recently broken. The board of directors for the Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton met on Thursday morning and voted unanimously to leave the face jugs mounted in…

Jimmy Buffett takes the stage with local band

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Zac Brown tribute band 20 Ride received the surprise of their music careers while playing a show in Greensboro on Aug. 15. Music legend Jimmy Buffett stepped on the stage to sing his hit “Margaritaville” with the band at the PGA Wyndham Championship. The band…

Board of Elections sets provisional early voting hours

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Elections met earlier this week and set a tentative date and plan for one-stop voting hours and polling locations for the November general election. At this moment, Lincoln County residents wishing to cast their ballots prior to Election Day can vote…

Homeowners find stolen car in Vale pond

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office removed a car from Eaker Pond off of Highway 274 in Vale on Wednesday evening. Sheriff David Carpenter confirmed that the car was reported stolen in December and the case is still under investigation. “The people that own the pond noticed…

One arrested for meth lab

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested one man in connection with a meth lab and are looking for a second man. Joseph Robert Creech, 50, of Swanson Road in Crouse, was arrested on Saturday. Deputies said they located a “one pot” meth lab at the Swanson Road…