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Lincoln Theatre Guild holding auditions for 2017 productions

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln Theatre Guild has scheduled auditions at the Lincoln Cultural Center for two upcoming productions in 2017. Auditions for “Rock of Ages” will be held on Jan. 15 and Jan. 16 and auditions for “Robin Hood” will take place two weeks later on Jan. 29…

Proposal for West Lincoln medical facility withdrawn again

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincolnton Main Street, LLC, has once again withdrawn a rezoning request for a 15,000 square-foot medical facility in western Lincoln County. The request called for the rezoning of three acres on the northeast corner of Highway 27 and Howards Creek Mill Road in Vale. The new…

More felony drug arrests made at Lincolnton home

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Staff report Four people are facing felony drug charges following a Lincolnton Police Department search of a home on North Grove Street. Officers said the search of the home on Tuesday — the second search warrant served there since Dec. 23 — was the result of an investigation into methamphetamine…

Vale residents charged with stealing truck

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Staff report Two Vale residents have been charged with the theft of a truck from a business near Highway 27 West in Vale. Miranda Day Beaver, 29, and Dennie Lee Mitchell, 25, both of 6610 Buckskin Trail, are accused of stealing a truck from the parking lot of R and…

Repairs begin on arbor at Tucker’s Grove campground

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Much-needed repairs have begun on the arbor at the Tucker’s Grove Camp Meeting in Iron Station. Rotted beams are being replaced with wood of a similar age and the sides of the arbor are being raised to eight feet all around. Some of the pews…

Public hearings on tap for Lincolnton City Council meeting

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council will hold its first meeting of 2017 on Thursday evening at City Hall. The agenda includes the induction of newly appointed Ward 1 councilman Tim Smith, as well as a number of public hearings. The first public hearing on the agenda involves…

Arts council seeking entries for amateur photography contest

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Arts Council of Lincoln County is now accepting submissions for its annual amateur photography competition. All submitted work will be featured in an exhibit in the Carolina Mills and Cochrane galleries at the Lincoln Cultural Center from Jan. 11-Feb. 5. “We have been organizing this…

Developer wants to build 165 homes in East Lincoln

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Three zoning cases will be presented in front of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners during a joint meeting with the planning board on Monday. The most significant among those is a request from Queen City Land, LLC, to rezone 84.7 acres from general business and…

Vietnam War veterans offers perspective on Vietnamese culture

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer While serving in the Army during the Vietnam War, Dr. John Allen became deeply immersed in the culture of the South Vietnamese. After graduating from University of Mississippi, Allen entered the service, was deployed to Vietnam and became a member of a Vietnamese Range Battalion.…

Charlotte man arrested in child predator sting

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Staff report A Charlotte man has been charged with possessing child pornography in connection with a Lincolnton Police Department child predator sting. Jeffrey Alan Churchwell, 51, of 3216 Minnesota Road, was arrested on Dec. 28 after a month-long undercover operation. Officers said Churchwell made contact with a detective who was…