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City, county to hold budget work sessions

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Staff report Government budget season is in full force this week, with both city and county officials holding budget workshops. Lincolnton’s City Council will hold its second budget workshop today at 6 p.m. at City Hall. According to City Clerk Donna Flowers, the purpose of the meeting is to continue…

Business and Community Development director Brad Guth resigns

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Staff report After almost 16 years as Lincolnton’s Business and Community Development Director, Brad Guth has decided to resign. According to City Manager Jeff Emory, Guth submitted his resignation on Friday. Emory was unable to elaborate on the reasons for the letter of resignation. “I want to thank Brad for…

School Board to hear Asbury update

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Education will recognize several outstanding citizens during its meeting Tuesday night. The Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District has chosen Jeff and Alvin Carpenter as the 2014 Conservation Farm Family this year. According to the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water…

Vale woman charged with theft of saddles from church

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office charged a Vale woman on Saturday with stealing saddles from Cross Creek Cowboy Church in January. Sylvia Juanita Minteer, 43, of 3627 Bridle Path Drive in Vale was charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering a place of worship, larceny…

Troopers: Hickory man overturns vehicle on U.S. 321 ramp in Lincolnton

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Catawba County man was rushed to an area hospital Thursday evening after his vehicle overturned on a ramp off U.S. 321 in Lincolnton. Troopers said Jesus Diaz Flores, 30, of Hickory, was taken by ambulance to Catawba Valley Medical Center after his Ford Explorer overturned…

East Lincoln Relay for Life begins Friday

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer For the second weekend this month, Lincoln County will celebrate Relay for Life. Starting 6 p.m. today, the county’s eastern end will cheer on cancer survivors and collect donations for American Cancer Society research, praying one day a cure might be found. “Cancer survivors bear the…

Caldwell County man indicted for sex offenses

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Caldwell County man was indicted this week on rape charges from a 2012 case involving a Lincoln County teen, deputies said. A grand jury returned a true bill of indictment Monday against Matthew Chad Beaver, 35, whose last known address was 2270 Perry Lane in…

Oakes, Hatley receive most votes in local elections

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Staff report Republican Board of Commissioners candidate Martin Oakes and incumbent Republican Clerk of Superior Court Fred Hatley led the field in their respective races in Tuesday’s primary election. Oakes finished with an unofficial tally of 2,495 votes, ahead of Bill Beam’s 2,222 votes and Anita McCall’s 2,091 votes. Barring…

Primary election held today

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Staff report Today is the last day Lincoln County residents will be able to cast their vote for the 2014 Primary Election. Polls opened this morning at 6:30 a.m. and will remain open until 7:30 p.m. According to Lincoln County Board of Elections Director Bradley Putnam, the early voter turnout…

Lincoln Cafe closed after fire

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton eatery will be closed through Tuesday following a small-scale fire at the business Sunday morning. According to Bryan Greene, owner of Lincoln Cafe and a former Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy, a fire started near one of the facility’s burners, damaging a wall. The restaurant,…