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Five arrested on felony drug charges

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Staff report Five Lincolnton residents have been arrested on felony drug charges after a joint operation between the Lincolnton Police Department and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Officers executed a search warrant at a home at 401 North Grove Street in Lincolnton on April 30 and seized methamphetamine and prescription…

Ramsour’s Mill celebration on tap for weekend

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The 236th anniversary of the fight between the American Patriot Militia and the British Loyalists will be remembered as American history enthusiasts and historians alike will make their way to Lincolnton to participate in a re-enactment this weekend. On June 20, 1780, the American Patriot Militia…

Lincoln County man charged with trafficking opiates

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Staff report A Stanley man has been charged with trafficking prescription opiates. Deante Jerome Sowell, 23, of 946 Ben McLain Lane in Stanley, was arrested on April 29 by the Lincolnton Police Department on six felony counts of trafficking opiates and two felony counts of possession with intent to sell…

Denver man spends decade recreating ‘Charles W. Morgan’ ship

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A Denver man has finished a project that was 10 years in the making. His intricate recreation of a part of American history will be on display at the 2016 Lincolnton Art Crawl today. The Charles W. Morgan whaleship, a historic landmark since 1966, was built…

Lincolnton Art Crawl 2016 Featured Artist: Cherylann Keogh

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Artist Cherylann Keogh will bring her brand of clay-working to the 2016 Lincolnton Art Crawl tonight. Keogh, a New York native, made her way to Lincolnton after college when an aunt, who was working as a music therapist, offered her a job for the summer working…

Man charged with trying to meet child for sex, again

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Staff report A South Carolina has been arrested for a second time on charges that he arranged to meet what he thought was a child for sex. Michael Wilson Lesswing, 45, of 3403 Shady Bark Trail in Catawba, was arrested on a fugitive warrant in York County and picked up…

Golf tournament to benefit Crohn’s Disease research

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Staff report Valerie Joly was in New Hampshire when the ailments associated with Crohn’s Disease first wreaked havoc on her body. Joly, now a Lincoln County resident, has had to battle the symptoms of the gastrointestinal disease to get through everyday life. She says the illness nearly killed her twice…

CHS-Lincoln hosts art gallery for student artists

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Carolinas HealthCare System and the Arts Council of Lincoln County in cooperation with the Lincoln Cultural Center is presenting “An Art Explosion,” a gallery consisting of work from students at Lincoln Charter School and Lincolnton’s Blank Canvas Academy. From Lincoln Charter School, kindergarten through 12th grade…

Commissioners approve craft breweries

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincoln County commissioners voted on Monday to allow craft breweries in general business districts. Craft breweries were previously only permitted in general industrial districts. The 4-1 vote to amend the county’s unified development ordinance was only opposed by Commissioner Alex Patton. Patton and Commissioner Carrol Mitchem…

Casar man charged with kidnapping

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Staff report A Casar man has been charged with kidnapping a woman. Eric Brandon Tessiner, 24, of Wards Gap Road, was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Sunday. Tessiner is accused of holding a woman against her will in a vehicle and threatening her with a knife on…