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McHenry names new district director

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) announced Wednesday that his former regional director, J. Brett Keeter, will now serve as the district director on his staff. The change will take effect immediately. Keeter will manage McHenry’s district offices located in Hickory, Gastonia and Black Mountain, where he…

Hovis’s love for city shines through

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For nearly two decades, Lincolnton native Larry Mac Hovis has served as the Ward IV councilman for the city’s legislative body, the City Council. “This city’s been my heart,” he said. “My family grew up here — my grandfather had a grocery store on Main Street,…

UMAR artists repurpose old typewriter parts

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Pol cries foul over website domain name

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer State House of Representatives Democratic challenger Rosemary Hubbard has accused GOP incumbent Rep. Jason Saine of cybersquatting website domains containing her name, in order to further his political campaign. Almost two weeks ago, Hubbard began the process of establishing a website for her campaign. It was…

Radio operators on the communications frontline

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer With events in recent history like Hurricane Katrina and the terrorist attacks on September 11 still fresh in the public’s memory, the emergency preparedness of a community at any given time is always an important topic of conversation. Mobilizing law enforcement and fire departments as well…

Around Town — 7-9-14

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TODAY Meeting The Iron Station Senior Citizens will meet at Ironton Presbyterian Church. Covered dish lunch begins at 12 p.m. For more information, call (704) 735-3242. Canning Class A Freezing Foods and Canning Tomatoes class is being held in the Demonstration Kitchen on the first floor of the James Warren…

Exhibit showcases the art of local woodturners

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln Arts Council held its second woodturning competition in June, and though the majority of the art associated with Lincoln County is steeped in pottery, it is clear that woodturning is quickly becoming a new favorite medium. Woodturning – the Known and the Unknown, an…

Iron Station man takes 5,000-mile dirt bike ride

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Allen Beck and Auggie Ensley spent the last year of their two-year friendship planning for a trip that a little over 100 people have completed. The Trans-America Trail is a rugged 5,000-mile journey, stretching through Tennessee, Mississippi, across Arkansas, into Oklahoma and New Mexico, through Utah…

Newton man arrested for sex with teen

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Catawba County man is being held at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center on a $125,000 bond, accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl. According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Darrick Wayne Fowler, 24, of 1719 Duke Street in Newton, was arrested on…

Criminal Charges

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The Lincolnton Police Department reported the following arrests: Jaedel Dwight Adams, 32, of 340 Valerie Drive in Lincolnton was charged July 2 with one count misdemeanor DV protective order violation. An unknown bond was set. Emily Justice Dawson, 31, of 626 S Poplar Street in Lincolnton was charged July 3…