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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…

Unity Presbyterian to hold organ dedication concert on Sunday

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Unity Presbyterian Church in Denver is holding an organ dedication concert July 24 to introduce the community to the largest church organ in Lincoln County. Organist Jeff Perks played an integral role in facilitating the purchase of the organ from Carmel Baptist Church in Charlotte and will…

Residents voice concerns about well water in western Lincoln County

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MATT CHAPMAN       Staff Writer Concerns have been raised in recent weeks over the quality of water in the western end of Lincoln County. While there are currently no health risks for those consuming well water, the amount of iron in the water is certainly not desirable, leading some residents to…

Former county commissioner, educator Harry Huss dead at 89

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A former Lincoln County commissioner has died at the age of 89. Charles Harry Huss was born in Lincoln County in 1927 and attended Lenoir-Rhyne University before receiving his graduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. He served as a teacher and administrator in Gaston County before retiring…

Field set for Lincoln County Board of Education race

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Three more candidates have filed to run for seats on the Lincoln County Board of Education, bringing the total number of candidates to eight with Tuesday’s deadline to file now in the rearview mirror. In a surprising turn of events, incumbent Cathy Davis has decided to…