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ELHS grad selected to study in Greece

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Cole Owens heard his biography read during the selection ceremony for the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity’s program “Tragos Quest to Greece,” he knew that he was one of the 20 selected from a pool of over 15,000 applicants. “I heard my bio and I knew…

Catawba, Lincoln deputies target 100 drug suspects

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Staff report Narcotics investigators from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office joined forces this morning to arrest 100 suspected drug offenders. Teams of officers from both jurisdictions were assigned lists of suspects that were the target of warrants in “Operation 50-50,” according to a press…

Yellow bows go up for deployed troops

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  Ribbons will stay up until soldiers return from Bahrain ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Dale Punch hopes the bright yellow ribbons deliver an appropriate message. The Vietnam War veteran was one of many who volunteered at the American Legion in Lincolnton on Monday night to construct 104 of the…

Public decries new county animal law

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        ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   If the nearly 100 people who packed into the James W. Warren Citizens Center auditorium accomplished anything on Monday night, they made sure their voices were heard. Seventeen spoke during a public hearing, all but one deriding a drafted animal services…

Rombs: Animal ordinance not a new leash law

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Ron Rombs didn’t understand the confusion. Lincoln County’s animal services director didn’t get why the county’s new proposed animal ordinance drew such scorn and he doesn’t understand why, at a public hearing on Monday night, so many would come out to oppose its…

County votes to put new building for offices at site of old hospital

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   After more than five years of planning, Lincoln County commissioners finally reached a conclusion on county office moves at a meeting on Tuesday. The board voted 3-2 against using an old building and 4-1 against constructing a new building behind the James W.…

Burgin receives award, reflects on career and family

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      PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Lincolnton’s Terry Burgin was honored in late March as the recipient of the United States Marshals Service 4th Circuit U.S. Court Security Officer of the Year. The 4th circuit includes South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and the District of…

Criminal Charges — 4-8-15

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Kirk Alan Headley, 47, of 8900 Unity Church Rd. in Denver was charged Apr. 2 with one count of failure to appear. A $500 bond secured bond was set. Anthony Christopher Doll, 30, homeless, in Lincolnton was charged Apr. 2 with…

Week of the Young Child upcoming

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  AMY WADSWORTH Guest Columnist   It’s almost time for the Week of the Young Child, April 12-18. The Week of the Young Child is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The purpose is to focus attention on the needs of young children and their…

Deputies: Man assaulted woman with beer bottle, accused of kidnapping

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    Staff report   A Lincolnton man is facing felony assault and kidnapping charges following a domestic dispute on Thursday. Jonathan Adam Brown, 23, of 1939 River Road in Lincolnton, is accused of assaulting a woman and taking her cell phone to keep her from calling 911, according to…