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Golf tournament raises nearly $5K for East Lincoln Relay for Life

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Ninety-two golfers hit the links Saturday, eager to compete but perhaps with greater goals than simply beating par. Together, the 23 foursomes, hole sponsors and other donors at the Lincoln Country Club’s Hunter Mauney Memorial Relay for Life Golf Tournament helped provide $4,594 to East Lincoln’s…

Boy Scout project rejuvenates Sonoco Library

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A Boy Scout from Troop 82 in Lincolnton put his plan and design into motion as he, along with his fellow scouts, overhauled the Lincoln Cultural Center’s Sonoco Research Library. Blair McMurry, 15, raised about $1,200 and, along with help from his grandfather, designed, built and…

Ballard, Cusic top Robinson-Lineberger winners

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The annual Robinson-Lineberger Literary competition winners were honored with a banquet hosted by Gallery 27 in Lincolnton. On Friday evening, winners read their works while discussing their creative process and inspiration. In the adult poetry competition, Cindy Renora Ballard took top honors for her poem titled…

New leaders weigh in on city budget

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Since November, the landscape of Lincolnton city government has changed dramatically. The city lost 20 years of experience when Ward 4 Republican Roby Jetton defeated Democrat Larry Mac Hovis. It lost another 17 years when John “Les” Cloninger resigned his Ward 2 seat for health reasons…

County names new animal services supervisor

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Hannah Beaver, an attendant with Chatham County Animal Services, has been chosen to supervise Lincoln County’s animal shelter, County Manager Kelly Atkins announced Monday. The England-born Beaver, who currently resides in Durham, will start her new role on May 2. Beaver was hired in part, Atkins…

JK Silencers to open doors in downtown

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Jeremy Kupper has seen his business grow from an elaborate setup in his garage in Lincolnton to a Main Street storefront within a four-year span. “It feels really good to have a storefront,” he said. “There were limitations to my previous workspace. I’m really happy to…

Pair arrested after homemade bomb explodes

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Staff report Two eastern Lincoln County residents were arrested after an explosion rocked the Andrew Point Drive area in Denver on Wednesday night. Gregory Scott Reynolds, 54, and Amy Michelle Dove, 42, both of 1252 Highway 16 Business, were charged in connection with the explosion of a homemade bomb made…

Desire to ‘make a difference’ drives local artist Mary Whisonant

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Mary Whisonant refuses to let age get in the way of a little philanthropy. At 74, many people with her experience and background may have long since retreated to the sidelines and allowed other community members to take up the slack. Despite having retired as a full-time…

Local professor’s Ernest Hemingway studies lead to new book

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer While much of her research provided a warm-weather escape from frigid winter conditions, the zenith of Ashley Oliphant’s Ernest Hemingway studies started with a photo taken outside on a snowy April weekday. Oliphant, currently about halfway through her second work on the famed American novelist, temporarily…

Commissioners vote to raise landfill fee

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County taxpayers will soon pay more for the county’s landfill. Commissioners voted at a budget workshop Friday to raise the county’s availability fee for a second straight year. After reaching $86 last July, the fee will jump to $99 when commissioners finalize the budget, due…