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OUR VIEW: New law will save lives

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The General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory passed an important piece of legislation on Monday that will save lives and hopefully prevent a few broken hearts. The legislation makes North Carolina “the third state to provide unlimited access to a prescription drug that’s already saved more than 2,000 people statewide…

Officers: Lincolnton man was found passed out in car

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Staff report A Lincolnton man is facing felony drug charges after officers said he was found passed out in his vehicle on Monday. Officers said they approached Christopher Burton Drake, 38, of 1829 Baldwin Lane, while he was in his vehicle in the 1600 block of East Main Street in…

Cooperative Extension agent dedicated four decades to community

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Melinda Houser has been a staple at the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension since the early 1970’s. Now, after four decades of dedicated service to the community, Houser is entering her last week with the program before retiring at the end of the month. “When I first…

Men charged with selling crack cocaine

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Staff report Two local men have been charged with selling crack cocaine. Kelly Lawrence McClain, 35, of Maiden, and Thurman Winfred Link, 67, of Lincolnton, were arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. Deputies said they conducted a surveillance and undercover operation targeting the men after receiving multiple…

First Federal Park receives grant from Timken Foundation

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The First Federal Park project in Lincolnton has received a $25,000 grant, with a matching incentive of another potential $25,000. “We are anxious to see the park open and be a vital part of our downtown,” Mayor Ed Hatley said. “It shows, along with First Federal,…

Lincolnton obtains Main Street accreditation

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton, along with 10 other North Carolina communities, has received accreditation as a roster member of the National Main Street Center. The new roster members are chosen based on criteria that include economic vitality and fidelity in following the best-practice standards for historic…

Lincoln County nonprofits receive record funding

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Community Foundation has awarded a record $19,333 in grant money to be distributed among 12 nonprofit organizations that serve Lincoln County residents. An affiliate of Foundation for the Carolinas, LCCF has totaled $113,000 worth of grant funding since 2002. “Lincoln County is basically…

Man arrested for growing pot

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Staff report A Lincolnton man is facing felony charges after deputies said they found marijuana plants growing at his home. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dilon Gregory Garcia, 20, of Nottingham Road, on Friday. Deputies said a tip called in to the Sheriff’s Office Drug Tip Line led them…

After 37 years, BonWorth closes doors

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer After opening its doors in 1979, BonWorth of Lincolnton closed its doors for good on Saturday, leaving the chain with four outlets in North Carolina and 130 stores nationwide. In recent years, locations in Hickory, Asheville and Winston-Salem have dissolved. “I’m sad, really,” Darlene McConnell said.…

Mid-Year Pottery Market set for July

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincoln Cultural Center will host the fourth Mid-Year Pottery Market in July, featuring the work of local potters. Patrons can chat with local potters and browse pieces while exploring each artist’s technique and discovering what makes each piece that they create unique. Catawba Valley pottery…

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