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Lincoln County EMS launches ‘alternative destination’ program

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services currently has in place a community paramedicine program that enables paramedics to transport patients needing behavioral and mental health or substance abuse assistance to alternative destinations where they can receive the optimal care that they need for their illness. The…

Ramp builders serve community for four decades

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Due to a health condition, Christy Giron couldn’t leave her house on Davis Street in Lincolnton without help. That all changed on earlier in March, after a 70-foot ramp was built by the ministry of the South Fork Baptist Association. Representatives of seven churches helped…

Commissioners approve two projects, table library discussions

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved two high-dollar projects and tabled a third during Monday night’s regular monthly meeting. The board voted unanimously to execute a contract with Emmett Sapp Builders, Inc., a construction company based in Wildwood, Florida, for renovations to the old Lincoln…

Another subdivision proposed for East Lincoln

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County has issued notice of an upcoming community involvement meeting regarding a proposed residential development in the Catawba Springs Township. Meritage Homes of the Carolinas, Inc., is requesting the rezoning of 58.5 acres from transitional residential to planned development residential to permit a subdivision with…

Store owners charged with drug trafficking

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Staff report The owners of a Lincolnton bargain store have been charged with drug trafficking. Mandi Uriah Smith, 39, and Askari Jaward Johnson, 39, both of Devine Road in Iron Station, owners of the J&M Discount Variety store located at 3485 East Highway 27 in Lincolnton, were arrested on Monday…

LCHA to open historic Machpelah Church to visitors on Saturday

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The late Rev. Dr. Robert Hall Morrison, pastor at Unity Presbyterian Church in Denver in the 1800’s, will be making an appearance at the historic Machpelah Church in Iron Station on Saturday afternoon. Morrison, depicted by Charlotte historian Jim Williams, will provide some historical context and…

Lincoln Theatre Guild presentation of ‘Robin Hood’ opens Friday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer “Robin Hood” will be shown on the stage of the Lincoln Cultural Center beginning March 24. The play, which is presented by the Lincoln Theatre Guild, is directed by Pete DeGregory and stars Jeremy Homesley as Robin Hood, the generous outlaw of Sherwood Forest who…

Artist upholds deep-rooted pottery traditions

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer In this age of mass-produced goods, there are still artisans and craftspeople in Lincoln County keeping alive the traditional way of doing things. Michel Bayne and his wife, Diana, moved to Lincolnton in 2010 and restored the 1859 Theodore James Ramseur house. Bayne turned an…

Deputies investigating reports of shootout

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Staff report Deputies are investigating reports of a shootout in Iron Station on Saturday. Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 4900 block of Amity Lane at around 3:20 p.m. on Saturday. When officers arrived, the homeowner told them that a silver car had pulled into the driveway of…

Commissioners set to discuss three high-dollar projects

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will discuss a trio of high-dollar projects during their regular monthly meeting today at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. The first item of significance on tonight’s agenda involves a donation of approximately 35 acres of land located at the…

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