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Cooperative Extension program will help identify hazardous trees

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Cooperative Extension is hosting a public workshop on Saturday to educate county residents on the potential hazards of dangerous trees. Registration for the event, which will be held from 9 a.m.-noon at the James W. Warren Citizens Center auditorium, concluded on Thursday. The…

Family holds vigil for man serving life sentence

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer On Monday, President Barack Obama commuted prison sentences for 46 inmates serving time for drug-related offenses. The second-term president has now granted nearly 90 commutations during his tenure in the White House. But Obama’s decision, aimed at kick starting reforms to the criminal justice system, provided…

Book celebrates war hero’s service

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Presented with an opportunity to tell a war story, Reginald Lanier couldn’t say no. The Lincolnton native and retired aircraft controller at Charlotte Douglas International Airport is a history buff, so when Linda McNeely Blanton asked him to write a book about her father and his…

Criminal Charges — 7-17-15

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Criminal charges for July 17, 2015. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Christopher Dale Proffitt, 31, of 6203 Sherwood Ln. in Denver was charged July 14 with one count each of driving while impaired and carrying a concealed weapon-alcohol. Melissa Faye Hatcher, 36, of 1092 Swing Tr.…

McHenry sponsors legislation to help eugenics victims

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s United States House representative was one of two North Carolina congressmen to introduce legislation earlier this month that would stop those receiving eugenics compensation from having that income affect federal benefit eligibility. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), teamed up with Democratic Rep. G.K. Butterfield…

Denver dentist receives national recognition

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Staff report A Denver dentist has been honored by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) for lifetime achievement. Dr. Richard Pence received the association’s Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition (LLSR) award during the AGD’s annual meeting on June 18-21 in San Francisco, California. Pence is the first dentist in the…

Around Town — 7-17-15

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Around town for July 17, 2015. TODAY Dinner with Elvis The Vietnam Veterans of Lincoln County will host “Dinner with Elvis,” a variety show including music from Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Tom Jones and Elvis Presley from tribute artist Danny Crouse at the Lincoln County Veterans Center, located…

Four more candidates enter Lincolnton race

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Three Republicans file for seats, Dems will face primary battle for Ward 2 PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Three Republicans filed to run in the City of Lincolnton primary election in September on Thursday, just 24 hours prior to the filing deadline today. One Democrat, Larry Houser, filed for the Ward…

Man facing armed robbery, meth charges

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Staff report A Lincolnton man is facing robbery and methamphetamine possession charges after a traffic stop by the Lincolnton Police Department on Saturday. Dustin Everett Beam, 29, of 1408 Laboratory Road, was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped on Gaston Street Extension. Beam was wanted in connection with…

No Stranger to the Endangered: City, county collectively preserving spaces

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer North Carolina is primarily recognized by preservationists for its tobacco barns, mill villages and one-room schoolhouses. Many of these historic properties have been saved through federal, state and local grant incentives, while others have found new life through property owners with enough passion and capital to…