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Alive After Five welcomes Jim Quick & Coastline

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton’s Alive After Five concert series welcomes the rhythm and blues sounds of Jim Quick and Coastline to the downtown district for a free concert on Main Street on Thursday. Quick and his band have garnered many accolades including 14 “Artist of the Year” awards. The…

United Way, nonprofits form partnerships to reach youth

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The United Way of Lincoln County has formed partnerships that have led guest speakers addressing students at Asbury Academy to expose them to various career opportunities. On May 19, Lincolnton Animal Hospital veterinarian Dr. Karen Miller served as guest speakers and about 25 students were able…

Lineberger places at Bassmaster Elite tournament

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton resident Shane Lineberger finished 19th in the Bassmaster Elite tournament at Toledo Bend Lake in Louisiana. The professional bass fisherman was making his first appearance in the highly regarded national competition. Lineberger, 43, graduated from Lincolnton High School and has remained in Lincoln County his…

Man arrested for meth, stolen gun

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Staff report A Charlotte man has been charged with possessing meth and a stolen handgun. William Louis Albright, 30, was arrested on Saturday at the Murphy Express gas station on Highway 73 in eastern Lincoln County. A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped at the store at around 11:30 p.m.…

Lincolnton native wins Air Force award

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A Lincolnton native has been recognized as “Key Spouse of the Year” by the Air Force Space Command. Kathy Rash, 56, has served as a full-time volunteer since 2012, supporting her husband’s work. She has been an Air Force spouse for 24 years and, along with…

LHS art students add mural to armory

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Students from an advanced art class at Lincolnton High School recently painted a mural on the floor of the National Guard Armory in the city, a process that spanned two weeks. “I ran into coach (Cole) Sigmon and we have made an effort to make some…

Jetton’s bid to remove vehicle tax from budget fails

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton Councilman Roby Jetton made a motion to remove the $30 registered motor vehicle fee from the 2016-2017 city budget on Thursday, but the motion failed due to a lack of support from the other members of the council. While the budget won’t likely be adopted…

Lincoln County budget reflects growth, aging facilities

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The 2017 proposed budget for Lincoln County reflects local growth and the need for infrastructure improvements at county facilities. The budget rings in at $95,634,214. “Repairs and construction projects are needed since very few have been done in the last 25 years or so,” County Manager…

Vale woman wins $200,000 in lottery

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Staff report A hospice care worker from Vale won $200,000 in the North Carolina Education Lottery. Donna Shronce was on her way home from work Tuesday night when she stopped at the Triple B One Stop on Highway 274 in Cherryville and bought a ticket for the $200,000 Gold Rush…

Runaway teen returns home safely

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Staff report A 14-year-old Lincolnton boy who was reported as a runaway on May 16 has returned home. Benjamin Lee Mack, II was reported by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office to have run away from home. His mother contacted the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday to tell deputies that he…