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Legislation sponsored by Rep. Saine paves way for faster internet

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A bill crafted by Lincoln County State Rep. Jason Saine to enable the installment of 5G broadband technology across the state was signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper last month. Saine, a Lincolnton Republican, filed the bill in March following months of work that began…

Lincolnton City Council votes in favor of ‘brunch bill’

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council voted 3-1 on Thursday evening to allow the sale of alcohol to begin at 10 a.m. on Sundays in the city. Councilman Roby Jetton, a Republican, offered the lone dissenting vote, citing religious reasons, while also questioning the overall impact of an…

First couple married under arbor on ‘Big Sunday’ at Rock Springs looks back

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Wedding bells tolled in the Rock Springs Campground arbor tower for the first time on Aug. 10, 1969 for the marriage of Marsha Sigmon and Danny McCall. While couples frequently meet during camp meeting and some go on to get married, this ceremony was the…

Commissioners to vote on ‘brunch bill’ ordinance

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will meet this evening to vote on a “brunch bill” ordinance that would permit the sale of alcohol throughout the county prior to noon on Sundays. The ordinance, which the Lincolnton City Council passed with a 3-1 vote on Thursday,…

Employee charged with stealing drugs from Lincolnton nursing home

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer An employee of Cardinal Healthcare and Rehabilitation has been accused of stealing prescription drugs from the Lincolnton nursing home. Wendy Faye Jaynes, 37, has been charged with three felonies following her arrest by the Lincolnton Police Department during a traffic stop on Tuesday. Jaynes faces one…

Deputies help rescue family from burning home

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies helped a western Lincoln County family escape from their burning home on Highway 27 West on Wednesday. A passing motorist called the Lincoln County Communications Center shortly after midnight on Wednesday when he noticed flames coming from a window air conditioning unit and…

Deputies release photos of home invasion suspect

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit has released additional photos of a vehicle and person of interest in a July 20 home invasion. Detectives said the vehicle is believed to be a gold or tan 1990’s Ford Taurus. The right front hub cap is missing from…

National Night Out unites communities

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The City of Lincolnton was teeming with patrol cars and fire trucks Tuesday evening. Nine different neighborhoods throughout the city hosted block parties to socialize with these first responders and their neighbors for National Night Out. An annual event, National Night Out is held on…

New Apple Queen to be crowned Saturday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer As it has for the past 39 years, the Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen crown will pass to another young woman from Lincoln County on Saturday evening. The current titleholder, Keely Stempien, has been dividing her time over the past few weeks between helping the…

‘Brunch bill’ public hearing on city agenda

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council will conduct a public hearing on the state’s “brunch bill” during Thursday evening’s regular monthly meeting. Senate Bill 155, which was signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper in June, allows for the sale of alcohol beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays.…