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Heafner-Williams winner now a finalist in NYC opera competition

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A former winner of Lincoln County’s Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition is a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition. “He’s very young to be doing what he’s doing, but I’m not surprised,” said Carolyn Heafner, a founder and director of the Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition, of Erich Rene’s success. “When you…

Community worship night set for March 1

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There’s an event coming to downtown Lincolnton that may be the first of its kind in the community, and it’s all about bringing people together. “I think there’s a need in this community among churches to promote more unity,” said Eric Taylor, organizer of Community Wide Night of Worship 2008,…

American Tire has grown to more than $2 billion in sales

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It’s been more than 10 years since American Tire Distributors finished building its facility in the Lincoln County Industrial Park. In that time, the company has gone from being the only resident of the park to one of many. And while American Tire Distributors may have made history by being…

Boy Scouts honor volunteers

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Sewer line problems concern officials

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Sewer line delays at the Lincoln County Industrial Park and changed building plans at the Killian Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant continue to plague commissioners. Both delays and changes cause more expenditures, which the board has made clear is the last thing it wants. At their Feb. 4 meeting, commissioners approved…

Marine commissioner seeks money for boater safety

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Lincoln County’s new marine commissioner has requested nearly $4,500 in additional funds to increase boater safety on Lake Norman. The move comes six months after Lincoln County Commissioners refused an identical request. If approved, it would bring Lincoln County’s total contribution level to $25,500, in line with Mecklenburg, Iredell and…

Woman charged in break-in

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Authorities arrested a woman Saturday after she allegedly broke into a residence while the victims were asleep inside. Rhonda Kay Pruitt, 32, Iron Station is charged with felonies for first degree burglary, larceny after breaking and entering and larceny, said Larry Seagle, public information officer with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s…

Permit received: Final hurdle cleared for new hospital

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Local hospital officials said they have cleared the final state hurdle to building a new $5 million medical facility in eastern Lincoln County. The 40,000 square-foot medical complex, dubbed Carolinas Medical Center-East Lincoln Medical Center, this January received a permit by the state certifying a need for the project. The…

Lincoln paramedic on road to recovery

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Lincoln County paramedic Ken Morrison is on the road to recovery after going into cardiac arrest Jan 25. Ted Mankowski, operations manager with Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services, says that Morrison was recently released from Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. “He’s really doing great,” Mankowski said. “He’s at Carolinas Rehabilitation…

Family-friendly atmosphere at Beef O’Brady’s

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Specializing in sandwiches and chicken wings, Beef O’Brady’s recently opened its doors at Catawba Springs Promenade in Denver. “It’s a very family friendly business,” said Todd Stevermer, owner of the Denver restaurant. Beef O’Brady’s opened for business Jan. 8. “It’s been great so far,” he said. “We’ve gotten a pretty…