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Fun is No. 1 at Kids Rock Fun Factory

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer There’s a place in Lincolnton where kids 12 and younger can go and enjoy 20,000 square feet of inflatables, games, music and prizes. Parents appreciate the family atmosphere and “safety first” approach of Kids Rock Fun Factory. What began a year ago with the lease of…

Hickory man charged with trafficking meth

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Staff report A Hickory man has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine after a joint operation between the Lincolnton Police Department and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Kenneth Otto Jones, 50, of 407 26th Street SW, was arrested on Thursday after “detectives with both agencies utilized physical surveillance techniques and encountered…

Neighbors voice opposition to proposed Denver neighborhood

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer About 50 people turned out to the East Lincoln Community Center for a community involvement meeting on Tuesday to discuss their issues with the proposed Newton Crossing neighborhood in Denver. Much of the dissension hinged on traffic, specifically residents of Sarah Drive concerned about the development’s…

LPD makes felony meth arrests

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Staff report The Lincolnton Police Department has charged a man and woman with felony possession of methamphetamine. Arthur Joshua Houser, 25, of 2158 Lewis Road in Lincolnton, and Laura Kathryn Drew Smith, 31, of 402 Madison Street in Lincolnton, were served outstanding felony warrants at a home at 401 North…

Humane Voters of Lincoln County endorses candidates

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Humane Voters of Lincoln County advocacy group has announced its candidate endorsements for the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners race. The nonpartisan animal-rights voting coalition is backing Republicans Rich Permenter, Bruce Carlton and Anita McCall and Democrats Elaine Jenkins and Neil Underwood for the upcoming…

Mitchem: Voters know where I stand

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Carrol Mitchem is one of two incumbents vying to keep his seat on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, but perhaps the biggest issue to the third-term Republican is reminding voters how soon they’ll have to make their decisions. The North Carolina General Assembly voted in…

School board, commissioners talk school expansion

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County commissioners convened with school board members on Tuesday, discussing accomplishments, budget figures, projected growth and the prospects of a new elementary school. According to figures presented by county Planning and Inspections Director Andrew Bryant, the schools will face real space difficulties in the eastern…

Lincolnton couple charged with trafficking meth

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Lincolnton couple with trafficking methamphetamine. Earl Gary Brooks, aka “Gabby,” 60, and Megan Elizabeth Campos, 34, of 2331 Southside Road, were arrested in the early morning hours on Thursday after deputies received information that the two were at a home on Elizabeth…

City Council comes together on ‘profile’ for city manager

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton’s City Council met on Wednesday to discuss the qualities that officials are seeking in a new city manager. “I’m very pleased with the progress we are making,” Ward 4 Councilman Roby Jetton said. “I truly believe that we collectively have our citizens’ desires at the…

Two men facing additional drug charges

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit has charged two men, who had previously been arrested for trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine, with additional drug charges. Both men were previously arrested during separate surveillance operations where they were charged with allegedly trafficking cocaine and methamphetamine. According to detectives, the…