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Felon arrested on drug charges

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Staff report A Stanley man has been charged with trafficking opiates and possessing cocaine and marijuana. Mario Javon Johnson, 32, was arrested on Thursday by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office after a three-month-long investigation, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies served a search warrant at a…

Lincoln County veterans share their stories

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Veterans come from all walks of life, all races, colors and creeds. Most of them also come with wounds of some kind – some you may be able to see, but many aren’t visible. You may not even know some of them are veterans because…

Union Elementary welcomes veterans for sixth year

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Veterans, their spouses and families filed into the gymnasium at Union Elementary School Thursday morning, many of them greeting each other before they sat down and were treated to a hot breakfast prepared by Lincoln County Schools. This is the sixth year the school has…

Lincoln County boards prepare for fresh faces

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Two Lincoln County boards are preparing for a bit of a shakeup following the results of Tuesday’s general election. The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will welcome two new members, as will the Lincoln County Board of Education. Republicans Anita McCall and Rich Permenter will join…

Stage set for first Lincolnton Chalk Walk

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Sidewalks in downtown Lincolnton will become a canvas for local artists on Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the first annual Lincolnton Chalk Walk, sponsored by GameSwap, a video game store located on Court Square in downtown. “We are expecting a great turnout, it’s for…

Republicans roll in Lincoln County elections

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer After months of anticipation the polls have closed, the votes have been tallied and the future leaders of Lincoln County have been chosen. The Lincoln County Republican Party rejoiced Tuesday following a clean sweep of the three available county commission seats. “We’re very satisfied,” county party…

Lincoln County Democrats struggle, Shuford keeps seat

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The mood at the Democratic headquarters was jubilant until the results for the local election started coming in Tuesday evening. Four of the five Democrats up for election, with the exception of Judge Meredith Shuford, running in a nonpartisan judicial race, were defeated. School board…

Commissioners approve $2 million grant for communications center

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with the North Carolina 911 Board for the acceptance of a $2 million grant that will fund a portion of the construction of a new emergency communications center. According to County Manager Kelly Atkins, the project comes…

Pine Ridge Boys performing with Lowesville Gospel Concerts series

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Pine Ridge Boys will be returning to Lowesville Gospel Concerts on Saturday at 6 p.m. in a concert featuring new tunes from their recently released CD, “We are the Pine Ridge Boys.” This is the third time the Pine Ridge Boys have played at…

Veteran’s Day parade scheduled for Friday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The annual Lincoln County Veteran’s Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday. The parade, which lines up at 10 a.m. on Water Street, begins at Flint Street and ends at the courthouse. Participants will include the Marine Corps League color guard, the ROTC…