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Officers educate students about safe and sober driving

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton High School students got to see the effects of drunk driving on Wednesday, in a law enforcement effort to keep those students safe on prom night. The Lincolnton Police Department, in partnership with the North Carolina Forensic Tests For Alcohol program, conducted the seminar and…

Maiden to perform ‘The Little Mermaid’ for spring musical

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Maiden High School drama teacher Lisa Bolick views her drama club’s spring production of “The Little Mermaid” as a bittersweet endeavor. “This class of seniors is the most mature and one of the hardest working groups that I have had,” she said. “They are a close-knit…

Feds threaten to pull funding over HB2

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The United States Department of Justice, in a letter sent Wednesday, told Gov. Pat McCrory that North Carolina is in violation of the Civil Rights Act by passing House Bill 2. The letter, posted on WRAL, gives McCrory until Monday to confirm “that the State will…

Trio arrested on meth charges after SWAT raid

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Staff report Three people are facing felony drug charges after a search of a home turned up nearly six ounces of meth. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit and SWAT team found the drugs after searching a home at 1210 Betterbrook Lane in the Lincoln View subdivision in Lincolnton…

New Lincoln County Animal Services director hired

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer After a two-month search, Lincoln County has tabbed the next leader of its animal services department. Taylor Sumansky, a native New Yorker and the former supervisor of the City of Pittsburgh’s Bureau of Animal Care & Control, will take over as the Lincoln County Animal Services…

Sex offender charged with threatening Lincolnton detective

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A convicted sex offender has been charged with threatening the Lincolnton Police Department detective who arrested him. Jason Scott Webb, 47, of 206 Point Circle in Belmont, was arrested on Wednesday by Gaston County law enforcement for threatening Detective Brent Heavner. Heavner arrested Webb in a…

Groundbreaking scheduled for Chick-fil-A

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The first Chick-fil-A restaurant in Lincoln County is taking another step closer to becoming a reality. The chicken company will hold a groundbreaking May 12 at its future location t 7267 Highway 73 in Denver, between the QuikTrip and Walgreens. For Lincolnton students who engaged in…

EMS patient found with handgun

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Staff report A Mount Holly man has been charged with possessing drugs and a gun after being treated for a possible overdose by Lincoln County EMS. A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped to assist Lincoln County EMS on Friday afternoon at a convenience store in the 5100 block of…

Lincoln County Farm Bureau makes donation to school

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincoln County Farm Bureau donated $600 to the agriculture department at West Lincoln High School on May 2. The funds will be used for protective equipment related to bee studies conducted by students. “The honey bees are one of the main pollinators of our agricultural crops,”…

City of Lincolnton to present budget for public comment

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton will present a draft of the 2016-17 budget on Thursday for the purpose of facilitating public comment before it is likely adopted in the June regular session. “This budget has been a collaborative effort between department heads and the Council,” finance director…