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Saine-sponsored bill would help connect rural areas to high-speed internet

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine has co-sponsored a bill designed to equip rural communities with high-speed internet. “This is an opportunity for local governments to partner with private enterprise to help spread broadband in a very directed way if there’s a need for infrastructure,” Saine…

Pair arrested in connection with carjacking

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Staff report Two people charged in connection with an armed robbery and carjacking in Lincoln County have been arrested in Caldwell County. Destiny Dawn Bentley, 21, of East Berkley Street in Granite Falls, turned herself in to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday. She was charged with one felony…

Churches, universities come together to make prom magical

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Prom night is a special time for many high school juniors and seniors. For some, it’s the most important social event of their entire high school career and a rite of passage. Students often look forward to it for months or even years. But attendance…

Lincoln County Special Olympics holds bowling event

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer More than 250 athletes competed this year at Lincoln County Special Olympics annual bowling competition on Thursday at Pin Station in Newton. Many of the competitors have been attending the event for years and have been brushing up on their skills during field trips to…

Commissioners considering wastewater treatment plant expansion

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A proposal for expanding the Killian Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant that could potentially double the sewer capacity in Lincoln County will likely be presented to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners next month. Lincoln County Public Works director Don Chamblee delivered a presentation on Thursday morning,…

Chamber to oversee Lincolnton events and marketing coordinator

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The chamber of commerce is in search of a new events and marketing coordinator to replace Abby Cole, who has accepted a marketing and public relations position with Partners Behavioral Health Management. “I’ve enjoyed my time with the City of Lincolnton,” Cole said. “This is my…

Commissioners to vote on five zoning cases

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will vote tonight on five zoning hearings that were held two weeks ago during a joint meeting between the commissioners and the planning board. The planning board has recommended commissioner approval in all five instances after consideration of the presented…

UPDATED: Man reported missing found safe

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives said a missing Lincoln County man has been located in the Waco area and is safe. A report was filed on Wednesday after a Cedar Ridge Lane man had not been heard from since Monday. Detective Dan Snellings said Dillon Andrew Walker, 20,…

The Veteran’s Corner: Local office offers help with benefits

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ALEX PATTON Guest Columnist As I was sitting at home over the weekend I received a Facebook post wanting me to attend a webinar on nine secrets to winning a VA compensation claim. Being new in this job, I signed up for the free one-hour webinar. I listened intently as…

County hires new senior services director

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer County Manager Kelly Atkins has announced the hiring of Kathryn Saine as the new Lincoln County Senior Services director, effective Feb. 18. Saine, the wife of Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine, is a native of Virginia who graduated from UNC-Charlotte with an undergraduate degree in…