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Firefighter hurt in wreck

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An auto accident in Vale on Highway 27 on Wednesday evening left a man seriously injured after he had to be extracted via the jaws of life, an apparatus used to peel back heavy steel to save an accident victim. North Brook Volunteer firefighters arrived at…

Gang activity slight in Lincoln County

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Thirty-seven members of the street gang “La Mara Salvatrucha” or “MS-13” have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Charlotte on racketeering conspiracy charges. Twenty-two of those indicted were also charged with additional offenses including murder, attempted murder, assault and various firearms violations. Jill Westmoreland…

Saine: New state budget will benefit taxpayers

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer As the state’s budget deadline looms, Rep. Jason Saine remains confident that what will get passed will be beneficial to state taxpayers. Saine, Lincoln County’s representative in the North Carolina House of Representatives, said on Tuesday that multiple goals will be met in the budget, including…

County tax administrator quits

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County tax administrator Kep Kepley tendered his resignation on Wednesday. His last day with the county will be on June 19. “It is with much thought and consideration that I turn in my resignation,” Kepley wrote in his letter to county manager Kelly Atkins. “I…

Soil and Water department works to keep ecosystem healthy

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer It’s not often that Rick McSwain can say his department is in the midst of a lull period. But for now, that’s just what the Soil and Water Conservation District director is facing. Currently, the department is going out and working on various Agriculture Cost Share…

Obituaries — 5-22-15

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Obituaries for May 22, 2015. June Ann Read June Ann Read, age 71, of the Heath House in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Her funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Exodus Baptist Church with Rev. Joseph Hughes officiating. The family…

Landowner: Taxpayers don’t always get fair value

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer When Lincoln County resident Mark Cotter received his property value from the county’s 2014 revaluation, he couldn’t believe how the county valued his land. Despite the fact that the Denver parcel adjacent to his sold for $150,000 on October 10, the county assessed Cotter’s property’s value…

Around Town — 5-22-15

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Around town for May 22, 2015. TODAY Adopt-A-Duck Derby Lincolnton Lions is hosting an “Adopt-A-Duck” Derby at Betty G. Ross Pool, at 800 Madison St. in Lincolnton at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds will promote sight conservation and help the blind/visually impaired. SATURDAY  Yard Sale Herndon Chapel AME Zion, at 369 Hill…

Apple Queen supports Alzheimer’s research

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Abby Hord gets recognized in more places than she did a year ago. The 18-year-old North Lincoln High School senior was crowned Lincoln County’s Apple Queen last July, and she’s hoping her newfound popularity comes in handy on Saturday for a good cause. Hord is hosting…

Learning about sport for dogs was new to me

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Laura McSwain told me how she and her dogs became involved in Fly Ball. She had heard of a chapter in Winston-Salem and this was where she became involved in this sport for dogs. The dogs are trained in agility, running, jumping hurdles, jumping on a…