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Local photographer to be honored by Arts Council

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Arts Council of Lincoln County is featuring the Gerald Johnson photography exhibit throughout the month of July. The exhibit has a collection of Johnson’s personal favorite photos on display at the Lincoln Cultural Center galleries. “We like to promote, especially local artists,” Deanna McGinnis of…

Sciencetellers coming to Lincolnton library

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Sciencetellers, an organization of performers who combine the art of storytelling with science experiments, will be putting on a show at the Charles R. Jonas Library in Lincolnton at 10:30 a.m. on Monday. The 45-minute extravaganza will educate and fascinate children of all ages with…

Rock Springs Camp Meeting focus of East Lincoln history meeting

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The East Lincoln Historical Society will hold a meeting at the Rock Spring Campground in Denver with the theme “Rock Spring Camp Meeting: Now and Back Then.” Guest speakers will include camp meeting historian Terry Brotherton and Rev. Tony Matthews. Matthews, a Vale native and Lincoln…

Lincoln County Board of Education candidate has second thoughts

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County Board of Education candidate Tommy Houser may be having second thoughts about campaigning for the District 1 seat. According to Board of Elections Director Brad Putnam, on Wednesday morning Houser inquired about removing himself from the ballot. Houser could not be reached for comment…

Four arrested on felony drug charges

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Staff report Four people were arrested on felony drug charges by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday. Deputies said the arrests were the result of several investigations that included search warrants, conducting surveillance operations and follow up investigations from citizen complaints. During the investigations, narcotics detectives seized multiple ounces…

Zickefoose named Lincolnton city manager

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Interim city manager Steve Zickefoose was named the city’s permanent manager during the Lincolnton City Council’s regular session on Thursday. The contracted position was left vacant after Mayor Ed Hatley split a deadlocked vote in January to terminate the contract of former city manager Jeff Emory.…

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…

Salem Industries holds annual Independence Day luncheon

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Salem Industries, a local company that helps special needs “consumers” find employment, held its annual Independence Day luncheon Friday afternoon. The workers took full advantage of their day off, dancing to music provided by a live DJ and feasting on hot dogs and chips served by…

Lincolnton man arrested on felony cocaine charge

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been arrested on felony cocaine charges. Dershae Mylantus Blackburn, 26, of Painter Lane was arrested on Monday after an investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said Blackburn has been selling cocaine at his residence, located half a mile north of Boger City…

Couple arrested for stealing credit card

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Staff report An Iron Station couple has been charged with stealing and using a bank card belonging to a roommate while he was hospitalized. Deputies were dispatched on June 13 to a residence at 124 Newman Lane in Iron Station to assist EMS on a medical call. The home’s occupant…