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Annual Rotary auction set for Saturday

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A series of unforeseen complications shortened the length and minimized the audience, but the Lincoln County Rotary Auction for Education will again take place this year with a six-hour event Saturday night. Traditionally, the auction has been a two- or three-day affair at the James W.…

Roundtable discussion, tour of Ramsour’s Mill on tap

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A roundtable discussion focusing on the American Revolution era and a tour of Lincolnton’s own Ramsour’s Mill battlefield is on tap for local historians and enthusiasts for that era of American history. The Southern Campaigns Revolutionary War Roundtable is an informal gathering of professional and amateur…

New motorcycle shop opens in Boger City

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A swift transition allowed Mike Head to quickly open up shop for himself, but it also meant putting off some long-awaited plans. Head bought out Trick 1 Motorsports’ ownership in the building at 2393 E. Main Street in Boger City and debuted as Magic’s Motorsports on…

State senators to introduce bill to cancel I-77 toll contract

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Three state senators plan on introducing legislation as soon as next week that may help push forward the cancellation of the state’s Interstate 77 toll contract. The bill, to be introduced by Republicans David Curtis (Lincoln, Iredell, Gaston), Jeff Tarte (Mecklenburg) and Andrew Brock (Davie, Iredell,…

Cherryville man arrested on murder charge

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Staff report A Cherryville man has been charged with murdering his 24-year-old girlfriend. Jeffrey Eaker, 26, is being held at the Gaston County jail without bond on a first degree murder charge in connection with the shooting death of Lacey West. Officers responded to the shooting in the 1100 block…

Men arrested on meth charges after SWAT raid

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Staff report Two men are facing felony drug charges after the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team served a search warrant at a home in Iron Station. Richard Lee Knight, 40, formerly of Landis, and Cecil Brandon Hester, 33, of 5089 Amity Lane in Iron Station, were arrested on Tuesday…

First Federal Park awaits permitting, bidding to begin

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Ground will be broken for Lincolnton’s First Federal Park in the coming weeks when the final details of the planning and permitting stages are concluded by city officials. Parks and recreation director Richie Haynes has been working hand in hand with landscape architect Gary Wirth of…

Lincolnton agrees to sell 42 acres at airport to county

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council agreed in principle Tuesday to sell Lincoln County a 42-acre parcel of airport land, helping to ensure the community can more ably recruit an industrial client that has expressed an interest in locating here. The agreement, made in a joint session of councilmen…

Jason Saine ranked 5th in House for effectiveness

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine was voted the fifth-most-effective member of the House by his peers in Raleigh, according to a survey conducted by the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research. The poll asked House members, senators, lobbyists, lead legislative liaisons and capital news…

Trilogy Lake Norman grand opening set

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s largest new development will celebrate its progress next week with a grand opening event on its grounds. Trilogy Lake Norman, which, when complete, will house more than 1,600 homes, has finished its initial phase and four residents have already moved in. A community and…