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New personal training studio opens in Denver

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Frank Terzino knows that most people do not like working out, but he tries to find a way to make it fun. “I like to work out, but I acknowledge that working out sucks and a lot of people don’t like it,” he said. “As much as you can tell…

New software changes game for auto recovery business

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Hickory Auto Recovery is using new software, Recovery Database Network (RDN), to offer more services to its clients. RDN is the nation’s largest web-based communications platform for the repossession and remarketing industry. RDN assigns more than 2.5 million assignments each year to its thousands of clients. The Lincolnton-based business has…

Polished Apple Award

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Attorney seeks food for needy

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Denver attorney Brad Champion is collecting canned goods for “A Feed Those in Need Drive.” The drive is done in conjunction with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, which provides food for almost 650 partner agencies in 14 North Carolina counties and five South Carolina counties. Champion works at Knox,…

Library’s postponed book sale will be this weekend

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The Lincoln County library system skipped its annual book sale during the Apple Festival in favor of having it in a larger, less chaotic setting this Friday and Saturday. “We’re excited about this,” said Jennifer Sackett, library director. “This is a new thing for us, and we’ve never done it…

NC voters ban felons as sheriffs

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North Carolina voters overwhelmingly agreed Tuesday to amend the state constitution to permanently bar convicted felons from running for or serving as a county sheriff. With about three-quarters of the precincts reporting, unofficial results show 85 percent of voters casting “yes” ballots in favor of the amendment, compared to 15…

Burr trumps Marshall to keep US Senate seat

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North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr vanquished Democratic challenger Elaine Marshall on Tuesday, retaining his seat in Congress with a renewed promise to rein in government spending and debt. With nearly all precincts reporting Tuesday night, Burr held 55 percent of the vote compared with 43 percent for Marshall. Libertarian candidate…

GOP seizes US House seat in NC on wave to power

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A career nurse who became a tea party favorite in North Carolina ousted a veteran Democratic lawmaker from Congress on Tuesday, joining a GOP wave that swept the nation and put the party back in control of the U.S. House. “This is a victory for the people,” Republican candidate Renee…

Killian Creek begins treating waste water

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ABOVE: Barry McKinnon, senior utility engineer for Lincoln County Public Works, stands atop a sludge basin at the newly constructed Killian Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant in southeastern Lincoln County. BELOW: The purified water from the Killian Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant will be added into Killian Creek, which merges…

Fire squad teams up with Catawba Springs to boost kids’ holidays

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The East Lincoln Fire Department and Catawba Springs Elementary School are gearing up for their second-annual “ELF-Fund” project. The fire department and school are seeking monetary donations to help pay for the project, which served more than 90 Catawba Springs Elementary students and their families last year. The students and…