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Board of Education deliberates over remaining bond money

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education has a decision to make regarding what to do with the remaining $13.5 million from a 2008 bond referendum that was approved by Lincoln County voters. Lincoln County Schools Associate Superintendent Dr. Matt Stover presented the board members with three…

Bar-B-Q King celebrates 45 years

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When a restaurant has served the community for 45 years, there is something special at play behind the counter. “It’s been about consistency, the best ingredients we can find and the family atmosphere that we want every employee to experience,” Bar-B-Que King co-owner Keith Smith said.…

Women arrested in connection with Lincolnton robberies

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Staff report Two Lincolnton women have been arrested in connection with recent robberies in the city. Lincolnton Police Department officers charged Elizabeth Annette Pope, 47, and Donna Jay Wasson, 44, both of 924 Aderholt Road, have been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, common law robbery and conspiracy to…

Man held on $1 million bond for coke

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Staff report A Lincolnton man is facing 15 felony drug charges for allegedly selling cocaine. Paul Richard Walton, Jr., 36, was arrested on Thursday by the Lincolnton Police Department at his home at 1014 E. Catawba Street. He was charged with five felony counts each of possession with intent to…

Cat Square wreck knocks down power lines, sets field on fire

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A single-car accident on Cat Square Road in Vale resulted in injuries and downed power lines on Tuesday night, which set a field near the accident on fire. The Union Fire Department responded to the wreck at 706 Cat Square Road at around 8 p.m. Traffic…

Lincoln Cultural Center celebrates 25 years

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln Cultural Center opened its doors as a home for the arts in Lincoln County for the first time 25 years ago. The staff has worked tirelessly, planning an elegant “Puttin’ on the Ritz” silver anniversary celebration on Sept. 10 in honor of the milestone.…

Solicitor ordinance won’t go before commissioners

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer An ordinance proposed by Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter to further regulate door-to-door solicitors has been tabled, at least for now. “I understand that there are misconceptions about the idea for the ordinance and what it pertains to,” Carpenter said. “So in the meantime, we are…

Campaign cash varies greatly among county commission candidates

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Campaign contributions from the latest finance reporting cycle vary greatly among the five candidates vying for three seats on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. Republican Rich Permenter has distanced himself from the pack, raising $7,582 in individual donations to put toward his campaign. Permenter ran…

Men arrested in connection with Lincolnton robberies

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Staff report Two men have been arrested in connection with recent robberies at the Colonial Village apartment complex in Lincolnton. Lincolnton Police Department officers said Isaac Julius Gillespie, 33, of 732 East Pine Street in Lincolnton, and David Nixon, Jr., 54, of 406 South Mountain Street in Cherryville, were targeting…

Lincolnton park up for council approval

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton’s City Council will likely approve a contract for the construction of a downtown park at a meeting on Thursday. Howard Construction submitted a bid to build First Federal Park for $415,198, about $85,000 more than the city’s projected budget. Howard’s original bid was $481,000, the…