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City Manager Steve Zickefoose: ‘We have become complacent’

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When Steve Zickefoose accepted the interim Lincolnton city manager position in January, he said he had no idea that he would eventually be named to the position on a permanent basis, along with retaining his role as finance director. “I’ve had some time to take a…

Historic cemetery tour on tap for downtown

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A group of citizens is organizing a guided tour of downtown Lincolnton’s historic cemeteries that will take place in October. The project is being spearheaded by Carol King in conjunction with three local churches and associated volunteers. “I just really want to do a cemetery tour,”…

Historic Lincolnton clock in experienced hands

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A historic clock that once called Court Square home will see a new life and once again hang in downtown Lincolnton thanks to the expertise of a Charlotte clock restorer. Jim VanOrsdel is a craftsman who has operated “The Clock Shop” since 1968. His resume is…

Lincoln County Apple Queen Pageant preparations underway

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The 38th annual Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen Pageant is now three weeks away and the 12 young women vying for the crown began rehearsals this week. The 2016 installment of the Apple Pageant promises to be a year of many firsts as seven former queens…

Man arrested on identity theft charges

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Staff report A Lincolnton man was arrested on July 11 on identity theft charges. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Kelly Paris charged Danny Eugene Dean, Jr., 37, of Hubbard Street, in connection with a case that came under investigation on May 26. Kimberly Bivens filed a report with the Lincoln…

Five charge with felony drug crimes

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Staff report Five people were charged with felony drug crimes by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office during the past week. Deputies said the arrests were the result of multiple investigations into drug activity and were a continuation of a larger investigation into meth and heroin/opiate dealers in the area. “These…

Man arrested in connection with break-ins

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Staff report A Stanley man has been charge in connection with several vehicle break-ins at neighborhoods on the Gaston County-Lincoln County line. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office charged James Tyler Brooks, 22, of 2479 Carol Drive, on July 12 after responding to a report about shots being fired near Ridgecrest…

Granite Falls woman arrested on felony drug charges

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Staff report A Granite Falls woman was arrested on felony drug charges after a brief car chase in western Lincoln County on Tuesday. A deputy on patrol on Frank Cline Road in Vale noticed a “suspicious white Honda Prelude” approach the intersection of Hog Hill Road and said the car…

County moves forward on old jail renovation

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincoln County is moving forward with plans to renovate the old jail behind the James W. Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton for what will become new probation offices. The portion of the jail that was constructed in 1956 has been demolished to make room for 10…

Denver Days gears up with free concerts

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Denver Days festival has entered its 14th year and will celebrate its permanent move to Rescue Squad Park with a “Music in the Park” series. The Rotary Club of Denver Lake Norman event is made possible in 2016 by a sponsorship from Hecht Realty. “I…