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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…

No Zika cases reported in Lincoln County

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Though nine cases of the Zika virus had been reported in North Carolina as of Wednesday, none have been found in Lincoln County. The mosquito-borne virus, which Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden confirmed to the New York Times causes microcephaly in the…

City, county moving airport discussions forward

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer City of Lincolnton councilmen and Lincoln County commissioners will sit down for a discussion regarding a plot of land at the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport in the coming weeks. The county is in the middle of the process of satisfying the requirements of a $6.7 million…

Lincoln Economic Development Association budget on BOC agenda

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County commissioners are expected to question the Lincoln Economic Development Association’s director about his proposed budget during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting today. Cliff Brumfield was out of town when commissioners met Friday for their fifth and final designated budget meeting, a session that was…

City property tax, water and sewer rates to drop, motor vehicle tax added

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton’s City Council unanimously approved a motion by Councilman Devin Rhyne on Thursday to adopt a $30 tax on all motor vehicles registered within city limits while also dropping the property tax rate by 1 cent and the city’s water and sewer rate by 1 percent.…

Selecting a free-choice mineral supplement

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GLENN DETWEILER Guest Columnist The Cow Herd Management Calendar for North Carolina producers has specific recommendations listed by month. In the introduction is a list of items to do every month. One reminder says: “Provide clean water…and free access to a high quality mineral supplement. Make sure you use a…

Criminal Charges — 4-18-16

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James Thomas Thatcher, 22, of 6610 Kidville Rd. in Denver was charged Apr. 11 with one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a schedule I controlled substance and probation violation. A $5,000 secured bond was set. Roland Anthony Watts, 46, of 6485 Charleston Tr. in Cherryville was…